New audio demos to listen to

Posted in Announcements, Cues on July 7th, 2009 by leslieq – 4 Comments

Just uploaded a first batch of audio samples to my Audio page. Do check them out and let me know what you think. I’ll again be delving deeper into each track (orchestration, instrumentation, techniques, motifs etc) in the very near future. Some of the articles are already written, just need to find some time to prepare all the notation and audio assets required to finish off the post.

HeartBeats, a film by mr

Posted in Projects, Suspense on June 27th, 2009 by leslieq – 3 Comments

I was very lucky to work with a good friend of mine on one of his animation pieces. The short piece explores a slightly sinister representation of what would happen if all heart beats became synchronised.

The direction was to create a sound world that added growing suspense to the film and to pick out key visual cues. Having heard a guide track and under his close direction, we ended up with the following:

As a composer with a strong sense of traditionalism (hope it won’t be my downfall) and more at home working in terms of orchestral textures et al, I found this project a real challenge because it forced me to think purely about sound and not just the music. Working on this piece proved that silence and space in sound is just as important a through sound. The sound here is like another actor—along with the representation of hearts; the connection lines and the particles so I felt it was really important to respect this and balance it accordingly.

I’ll dissect the musical material in a later update to this post but the ideas are very small and minimalist.