Hello boys and ghouls, it’s your old pal the Crypt Keeper, here to wish you all a very scaaaaaary Christmas.
Here’s my entry for the Christmas music contest. Had a bit of fun with this at @Mikael’s suggestion. I had already done (well, redone anyway) a Christmas piece in a more traditional style you can listen to HERE if you’d like.
So for this one, I tried to be a bit untraditional and use Krampusnacht as my inspiration and use Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre as a bit of an example. If you don’t know Krampus, in central European mythology, he’s kind of the evil devilish twin of St. Nick. He comes the day before St. Nick to scare the naughty boys and girls and leave coal in their stockings. So, I wrote something that was a bit mischievous and creepy, but used a traditional Christmas song (Jingle Bells) as a basis
The piece overall is in the key of D minor–harmonic minor specifically, and I tried to give it a focus on the A Phrygian Dominant scale as well to give it that darker sound. Slower tempo, about 79bpm, and in 4/4 time–though the rhythm makes it feel a bit like a waltz
Strings: Spitfire Intimate/Studio strings
Solo Horn: Cinematic Studio Brass
a2 Bassoon: Audio Imperia Nucleus
Piano: Native Instruments Kontakt Library Concert Grand
Harp: Orchestral Tools Berlin Inspire
Glockenspiel: Audio Imperia Nucleus
Marimba/Xylophone: Orchestral Tools Berlin Inspire
Bells and other percussion: ProjectSAM True Strike
Valhalla Room reverb
Waves j37 emulator
Izotope Ozone 9
Happy (or scary ) holidays to all!