Cinematic Action/Adventure Film Score
Creative Vision for the Track:
I wanted to recreate, as close as I could, the sound of the main theme from The Rocketeer by James Horner. My challenges were to pick out each part by ear, to arrange the opening theme and a couple sections of the ending theme, and to learn how to best use Spitfire’s BBC Core. Basically, I wanted to listen to this and get goosebumps in all the same places that I do listening to the original.
Composition Details (Tempo, Key, Main Chords etc):
Tempo is mainly around 100, though it floats around quite a bit.
Key: Many, MANY key changes, but the most common ones are D and E major.
Chords: Pretty standard I, IV, & V, and sometimes iii.
Main Instruments used:
Intro starts with a piano and an atmospheric pad. I used a mix of synths to get the pad. For the piano I used the Yamaha Grand from Logic Pro.
Then the rest of the orchestra comes in: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, french horn, trombones, tuba, harp, glockenspiel, chimes, snare, bass drum, cymbals, and timpani. All of these came from Spitfire’s BBC Symphony Core.
I’m really happy with how all the articulations sounded. But there were a couple areas that were a struggle. First are the trumpets. The BBC trumpets sound great most of the time with a very regal sound. But there were times in this piece where I needed a more brash sound, more like you’d find in a Western film score. I got as close as I could, and next time I’d probably look for a different library to accomplish that particular trumpet sound, but I wanted to limit myself to just BBCSO for the orchestral instruments. The second struggle was doing a convincing forte-piano followed by a crescendo back to forte. I mostly did this with the sforzando articulation and then a mod-wheel swell on either the legato or long articulation, but I usually had to also put a volume ramp in to get the crescendo high enough.