This is my entry for the Discovery competition that is being held by Orchestral Tools.
When approaching this piece i tried to imagine what it would be like to wait and anticipate the formation of a new Galaxy, as if the Discovery had been traveling past a super nova from a distance and as it comes into sight the tension builds slightly, before the gravity of the singularity collapses on itself with so much force that in a blink of an eye it implodes and disappears. Then as quickly as it left the galaxy appears with a bright glow and gradually expands until everything slows down, as if gravity stabilises once more.
The overall genre of this piece is very Epic, and some elements are inspired by Trailer music, though its a bit more melodic than the typical Trailer style. I chose to use all of the sounds from the Discovery Sine Player instruments which created a firm bed for me to create the rest of my piece. All Hits, Risers and Electronic elements were created from scratch, and i also recorded live shakers, glochenshpiel and rain maker which i later manipulated to create swirling textures for the introductory section. The rest of the pallet is based on a contemporary orchestra.
Harmonically the piece develops in three stages. The introduction starts in D minor which suited the Discovery instruments and the chords move around a drone which holds the piece in its harmonic centre. After the Implosion I then establish the Key more firmly and introduce the Theme, which was only intend at in the introduction. Finally the harmony changes modally for the climax which signals that something exciting is forming. The harmony switches through three different implied key centres in these 8 bars to give the impression that in this section the galaxy is developing quickly. Finally we arrive back in Dm as the majestic horn fades out playing the start of the main motif.