Hello good peoples!
Here is my newest track. This was supposed to be for the fantasy music contest, but I couldn’t get it done in time–too many technical issues in dealing with some newer sample libraries and my Komplete controller. Another reason added to why I hate using samples libraries/DAW and would rather just write out the score, but I digress
My original goal was to write something dreamy and magical, but I had several ideas that weren’t fitting that thought and eventually, I just went with wherever the music felt like going. The result is something that has some dreamy bits, some darker bits and some majestic bits. I did make a conscious effort to not write any big evolving themes/melodies but instead created a couple of motifs that weave in and out of the piece and create development by evolving instrumentation/textures. Honestly, the piece is too short and some of the sections could hav.e been made longer.
Composition wise, I found that trying to get a fantasy/dreamy sound required some really complex harmonies; lots of compound chords/altered bass chords and there’s a lot of modal mixture/modulation going on. I couldn’t really tell you everything but that it starts out in A minor/A Aeolian and ends on E minor but cycles through A Dorian, D Dorian, E Phrygian, E Mixolydian and E Ioninan/ E major ( I think )
The intro features con sordino upper strings cycling through some chords with a solo bassoon underneath. After the build up, the B section is the soft dreamy bit with harp, celeste and vibraphone with some ppp strings providing harmony. Then the next section turns a bit darker with the bass instruments on a continuous E pedal note and some meandering solo instruments before back to the string choir, con sordino, for the somber outro.
Gear for this one:
Orchestral Tools Berlin Inspire: solo flute, solo bassoon, harp
Orchestral Tools Modus: vibraphone, celeste
ProjestSAM TrueStrike: celeste, timpani, suspended cymbal
Cinematic Studio Brass: solo horn
Audio Imperia Nucleus: solo oboe
Audio Imperia Areia: strings
8Dio: Lacrimosa choir
izotope Ozone9, Nectar
Tokyo Dawn TDK