The “Orchestra”

Dave Business, Cracked Up (Blog), Creating, Music/Audio, Tech 3 Comments

I discovered a new tidbit this morning … my director has an aversion to flutes because of my music.

I produced a short opening bumper for one of his other shows that was a web-comedy series about an angel’s “union”.  It had a somewhat prominent flute trill in it.

I guess, as a result of editing multiple episodes, that sound has given him a bit of flute-itis – a violent allergic reaction to the sound of the flute.

Anyway, a bit of a short entry today as I’ve got a lot still ahead of me.

Places Everyone!

I realized last evening that I haven’t added any new instruments to my “orchestra” in a couple of days.  I think I’ve got a more-or-less “locked” ensemble.  I’ve included a screenshot of a cue to the left – you can click on the image to get a larger view.

The top audio track is the film audio.  Below that are three piano tracks that I use to sketch out the music – usually melody, rhythm and bass.

I have your typical Orchestral sections:

  • Keyboards (piano and harp – not technically a keyboard but whatever…)
  • Strings (Violin I & II, Viola, Cello, Bass)
  • Winds (Evil Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and I’m using English Horn in here as well)
  • Brass (Horns, Trumpet, Solo Trumpet and ‘Bone)
  • Percussion (Snare, Bass, Cymbals, Metals, Woods, Timpanii)

Following that, I have a few tracks of synths – some pads and rhythmic patches

Below that I have 5 or so tracks for percussive loops

And some more synth tracks – 8 pads and 8 rhythmic elements.

So far, that’s been doing it for this score.

What it Sounds Like

I thought I’d share a couple of examples of works in progress:

  • Going to War! – kind of a light-hearted cue that’s under a getting-ready-for-the-game montage
  • Epic + Fail – under a montage of head-to-head action with the hero and his advesary
  • Triumphant End – supporting the triumph at the end of the film.

More action to come…

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