2009 Montage

Posted in Announcements, Cues, General Musings, Orchestration, Projects on November 30th, 2009 by leslieq – Be the first to comment

This is some of 2009 in a bite-size audio morsel. Although I haven’t been writing full-time this year, I’ve actually ended up with a lot of music—many of which have not yet seen the light of day. I needed to prepare a montage of my music for screen for some music editors. Simple enough in itself, but as I started thinking more and more about which tracks to include, it was a total nightmare. So here’s what made the cut:

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Track featured are:
The Story Begins, Bicycle Music, [untitled], Breaking the C-ode, Dorian, Comedic Antics, Mischief Managed, Suspect Intuition, Festive Bustle, The Magic of Christmas (Choral), [untitled], This Is Me.

On a little aside, I’ve been battling away in Logic Pro and the EXS24 instruments for a while now trying to model a good orchestral palette. I’m definitely getting there—particularly with the challenging espressivo Strings so brace yourself for a whole bunch of big tunes I’ve wanted to upload for a while but haven’t due to bad String section rendering. The top and tail of the montage above are a little taster of my developing String tuttis.

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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.