Well, i seem to be getting back on track (no pun intended) and working on a completing some tracks. Here’s the first on I completed, called “A Little Violin Noire.” I did this in a few hours and ended up stying up all night but I had this idea pop into my head right before bed, and, well, I just couldn’t let it go.
The result here, is a solo violin piece with a bit of a Macabre/Noire type of feel to it. i had been watching a show called, “Shadow House,” which has a little bit of a Victorian Gothy vibe to it and the music follows suit, so i wanted to write something that was like the score to a mystery/Goth scene, kind of like a character(s) searching a creepy abandoned mansion looking for clues.
Not much in the way of specifics for the music, as I wrote it mostly free tempo, but some of the phrases follow a standard 4/4 at about 90bpm. Mainly in the key of D Harmonic minor, sometimes straying into G harmonic minor. I used Spitfire solo violin for this and run through the Abbey Roads J37 emulator and mastered with iZotope Ozone 9
Thanks for taking a listen! It was a bit more improve than I normally do (I’m not really good at it ) But I just had this little mystery/noire idea that I though would be fun. I’ll maybe do something a little more thought out next time–I like those kind of creepy Victorian Goth/mystery bits for some reason!
Very nice! Love the vibe, was reminding me a bit of that Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. I think that was a Hans Zimmer score. That’s a nice solo violin and you did a great job making it sound authentic. It really worked apart from a few spots where some fast legatos had trouble blending. Was that multiple articulations on different tracks or was that key switching?
Thanks Mike. Actually it’s a performance patch that will switch from legato to staccato depending on how you play and you can assign a cc switch to the vibrato which will go to pizzicato if you move it to zero. The only thing I don’t like is that the sustain just keeps giving you a very audible re-bow. The solo strings on Audio Imperia’s SOLO library are better at this where you can change the re-bow technique so it has a more natural sustain type of playing.
Thanks for the kind words. Especially solo strings–they have such unparalleled dynamics and all the different articulations help create very complex emotional pieces. One of the reasons I love Camille Saint-Saëns is for his use on solo strings in many of his larger works.