Just uploaded a new cue called “The Future” to Soundcloud, I wrote to contribute it to the upcoming hitRECord on TV Season 2 episode of the same name.
For those of you that don’t know hitRECord is actor/director/producer/singer etc Joseph Gordon Levitt’s open collaborative production company. So members of the companies website can contribute to requests that other members make. This includes Joseph Gordon himself and the company has produced albums, theatre productions and the film “Don Jon” amongst other things. Last year I contribute nine pieces of intro music for the first season of hitRECord on TV’s first season. While non of my pieces got featured in the show I through enjoyed the experience and learnt about the sort of things they did and didn’t want along the way. I’ve only contributed this piece this year as I got distracted by my Music for Media course, studio improvements, gear buying and ill health for first few months of the shows production. However, I got this piece submitted by the December 22nd deadline and now everyone can hear it.
Initially I wanted the track to have a dark and more dystopian atmosphere but in the end with a little hope but I think I ended with something that is a little dark but more hopeful. I featured acoustic drums, celesta, strings and bass guitar add a more human feel and warmth to the digital sounding synth bed, I think they worked really well together. I also worked on having the track progress melodically and harmonically rather than with my previous cue which progressed using sonic tricks and changes in the rhythmic parts and overall arrangement.
Let me know what you guys think below on Soundcloud, in the comments section or via the OCP Twitter.
As I promosied in my last post I have a new cue uploaed to Soundcloud. This one is inspired by the soundtracks of John Carpenters and features all my hardware studio gear my Minbrute Analogue Synth, Yamaha PSS-470 FM synth, my Nord Drum (a virtual analogue drum synth). my Fender Stratocaster put through a Moog Minifooger Drive.
Check it out below and let me know what you think here, on Soundcloud or on the OCP Twitter.
Yesterday I received my Certificate of Completion for my Sound Design having submitted my Final Project and had it reviewed by my tutor Paul Crossman (aka dance music producer General MIDI). For my my final project I decided to create an ambient techno track inspired by The Field, whose warm, rich analogue sound I’ve always admired. The only rule for the Final Project was that I had to use some of the techniques learned on the course using Native Instruments Kontakt sampler and Reaktor modular synth environment. I used a Tapedeck ensemble we created in Reaktor, an organ and synth lead I’d create using an Additive Synth we’d made in Reaktor and an Analogue Drumkit I’d created in Kontakt. I also edited some vocal loops and vocal percussion loops out of long recordings I’d made using various Reaktor ensembles.
The resulting track is a dark downtempo ambient techno track with a thickly layered drone, hard cutting drums, deep bass guitar and child-like synth and bell melodies laid over the top, in fact I think the melodies add a creepy edge to the track. Check it out and let me know what you think:
Posted in Ambient, Music, soundtrack, Techno
- Tagged ambient techno, General MIDI, Kontakt, music, Native Instruments, Point Blank Online, Reaktor, Sound Design course, spoken word, The Field
When not steadily transforming my studio and working on assignments for my Point Blank Online Sound Design course, I’ve been working on my film scoring skills. The cue that I’ve written (which you can listen to below) scores the opening scene from A Scanner Darkly (video to follow shortly) which main subject was the victims of Drug use/Abuse. In the scene Rory Cochrane believes that he is covered in tiny green bugs that run all over his day and he frantically tries to wash them off or kill them with bug spray.
The main parts of my composition are drones and loops that I came up with using my Korg Monotron (original, Duo and Delay) and my Electro Harmonix Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai. These elements were then underpinned by a beat that utilised Battery 4’s Garage Kit and a Kontakt bass guitar instrument. Let me know what you think, I think its suitably tense.
Posted in krautrock, library music, Music, soundtrack
- Tagged A Scanner Darkly, dark, dirty, drug induced paranoia, grimy, intense, Korg Monotron, Korg Monotron Delay, Korg Monotron Duo, Richard Linklater, Robert Downey Jr., Rory Cochrane, Sound Design course, soundtrack, tense, unsettling