I finally completed my submission for the Score The World contest. I submitted it tonight, so I’d love to hear any feedback from you guys.
The composing/recording actually went really fast, but I sat on this for a long time not really sure which direction it should go. This scene is such a strange balance between minimal visuals, really well done ambient audio, and a strong emotional undercurrent. But once it all coalesced in my head it went pretty fast.
The film is a WW2 story about a prisoner/worker at a concentration camp. So… dark, but very grounded.
Creative Vision for the Track:
Musically I wanted to keep it minimal, so no big themes or full orchestras. Conceptually, I wanted to do a kind of broken Hungarian folk tune. The main character is Hungarian, so I imagined what kind of theme I’d write if I were scoring the whole movie and that’s what I came up with.
Composition Details (Tempo, Key, Main Chords etc):
The tempo is about 107, but the main emotional swell is kind of tempo rubato. The root is D, but using a double harmonic scale which has the Hungarian gypsy scale as one of its modes. So main chords are D, sometimes Dsus4, Eb, and Gm.
Main Instruments used:
For instruments I kept mostly away from classical orchestral instruments. I wanted to sound like the instruments all had something wrong with them. Like they were maybe cobbled together or not quite in tune or slightly broken.
I used a violin and cello from BBCSO, and used Big Bang Orchestra to fill out the main swell.
The main piano is Christian Henson’s Binaural Family Grand.
I used a Slinky Violin and Box Violin from Decent Sampler. I love the Slinky Violin a lot. Used it on its own and to double violin and cello.
Mandolin is from Spitfire. So is a slightly overdriven Lap Steel.
And I used Winter Voices from Pianobook as a nice, thick background texture.