Join the Music Contest - Jurassic Park (June 2020)

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Contest Rules & Guidelines

  • Write a New Track for the Contest (no old tracks allowed)
  • The Emotion & Spirit of the Original Soundtrack must be respected
  • Feel free to still add Your own Style/Sound/Character to your cover version
  • The winner will be decided by a Poll afterwards (Contest ends June 30)

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Mikael “Mike” Baggström
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The A theme only, or can it be the B theme, or must it be both?

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I think it should be up to the composer (you), as it still a cover, not a re-score. :slight_smile:

I’d probably suggest you do a mix. As welcome to Jurassic park is basically just the end credits and the start of the film. You have so many interesting themes in this film.

The island theme for instance is based off the locrian scale which is awesome. Uses a Dim 5 arp as the main theme on trumpet. Soooo cool.

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True, but it’s still “The Main Theme” that is the cover contest :wink:
I added a link to listen to YouTube, to the theme.

Edit: Oh, you meant adding other themes from the film into the cover? Sure, go ahead, as long as the main theme is still there as well.

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That clears it up. So you want the welcome to the island theme :slight_smile: the way you’ve sold it leaves it open a bit so thanks for the clarification.

The link, though it says main theme is actually just a link to the end credits orchestration, which was the released orchestral mock-up of all themes. The main theme is the first theme you hear in the track(first herd when the brachiosaurus comes into shot in the film), followed by theme B which is a variation of theme A. Later on we head the iconic fanfare which is the”welcome to Jurassic park theme” (first herd on the helicopter ride).

Later there’s some aleatoric themes that are in relation to the raptors.

So I’d guess that you’d want both Part Aand B themes which is basically the first minute and a half of that piece being thr centerline. Unless u actually want to use the track above as the bedding for the whole composition :slight_smile:

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I am probably thinking way wrong, but I always thought of “Main Theme” as the entire cue. Meaning one whole track on the soundtrack, not a “melodic theme”. :stuck_out_tongue:

I still want to leave it up to the composer, just using this “entire track” as the seed for however you want to interpret the sound, emotion and spirit of Jurassic Park.

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Ok gotcha :stuck_out_tongue: yeah I think a lot of people think of this whole track a one theme. The whole track is actually a medley, but to me that makes it even better as it’s basically a free for all :wink:

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Indeed! It’s a smörgåsbord as we say in Sweden! :wink:

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Haha we say that in the uk too :wink:

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Curse my brain, I’m still a bit confused. So, the opening part with the strings is the A theme and later the brass fanfare is the B theme, but you just consider the whole piece the Main Theme, and any of it can be used, however I like, keeping with the overall spirit?

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Anything goes, as long as the spirit and emotion is still there. I will update the rules to remove ‘main theme’ as it is indeed confusing. So again: the ‘spirit and emotion’ must be respected. Other than that, use your creative freedom. :slight_smile:

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Ah cool! Yeah, I had an idea incorporating the so-called B theme, the brass fanfare, but I know most people remember the A theme as the main theme. Not 100% sure I’ll be able to participate as I have quite a few other projects needing my attention, but I’m going to give it a go and see where it ends up.

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Yes, the whole point is to respect the “John Williams” spirit and the emotion of the soundtrack from Jurassic Park. I can promise you that doing covers and breaking down themes like this is one of the most wonderful ways of learning and improving as a composer. Way more than making your own compositions in fact! :smiley:

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That’s what I’m here for! My newest piece isn’t going quite the way i want; it gets to a certain point and then sounds waaayyy 19th century.:sweat_smile:Here to learn and and see what others think, so learning to write a la John Williams is a good experience.

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Also, you may have noticed there is no rule on length. I am not expecting anyone to do a 7 minute cue! :stuck_out_tongue:

1:30 or so would be good enough in my book. As long as it sounds complete = Ends with true cadence.

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The whole thing is a medley. Nearly every theme is included in this piece (Apart for the connecting cues). So there’s like 10 themes in this piece. For some reason people upload it with the tag of “main theme” which has confused a lot of people. If you listen to it you’ll hear when the theme changes as the mood changes too.

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