Suspense

C.S.I.-inspired music

Posted in Cues, Drama, Library Music, Suspense, Thriller on November 8th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

I’ve been working on some generic production music recently with the aim of licensing them out under the YouLicense system. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be uploading tracks that fall under a number of umbrella genres, themes and subjects. A YouLicense “album”. So from a Thriller & Suspense album, I’ve added the following track called Suspect Intuition. Minimalist; methodical; idiomatic and questioning.

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SCOREcast challenge: Breaking the C-ode

Posted in Action, Cues, Suspense, Texture on August 18th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

Lee Sanders over at SCOREcast set a challenge to come up with a one-minute film cue in any genre with the only stipulation that the only note allowed to be used is ‘C’ (if a note is sounded). Breaking the C-ode is what I managed to produce in a few hours messing around in Logic Studio.

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I wanted to tell you what scene I was thinking of as I wrote this but that would be telling. Let me know what scene it conjures up for you by posting comments.

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.