Westworld Spitfire competition entry
Hey everyone, here is my Attempt at the Westworld competition.
Rather than tell you what instruments I used I’ll talk you through my process, which may be more useful for you.
So there’s 2 ways to hit your cues. You can tempo sync, and you can change time signature. This piece uses both but I lean more on changing the tempo to fit the scenario within the cuts.
When approaching writing the music I took into consideration:
- where the dialogue was
- the anticipation of important cues
- thematic development.
You’ll notice that because my piece is a bit of a hybrid style I chose to not hit the cue right on its head, at least for the most part. Usually I tend to hit just before the cut or important juncture. This is to avoid mickey mousing (playing exactly what’s on screen), and to state what’s going to happen just before the viewer sees what’s going to unfold so that they pre-empt what will happen. This is a typical film/tv scoring technique developed in the early 80s.
The harmonic content is modal, flicking between Ionian, melodic and harmonic minor scales, while Only hinting at chords. There’s plenty of counterpoint in this piece which propelled the parts forward.
The hybrid elements are based off a zimmer style approach while I based my orchestral writing on a more williams/silvestri style.
Each section only builds enough tension as to what the scene needs so that I don’t over compose.
I included woodwind within this piece because they’re so under used and I Felt there was a lot of scope for them. I didn’t however go for a typical Scalic williamsy feel, instead I wanted to enforce the harmonic content while also using them for mood and transitionary purposes… so you’ll find they are more in the style of phillip glass.
There’s a lot of extended techniques within this. Piece also, giving more thematic and textural interest. I used things such as triple tonguing in woodwinds, con wording/legato strings. Rips, pedal harmonics etc. Keeping in mind that I didn’t want to over score.
Percussion is very zimmer and trailer esque, will not over producing it as I didn’t want a wall of sound. If I had opted for that then you’d never hear the dialogue
In conclusion I’ve really loved this project because I don’t get to do too many tv or film cues these days and that’s what I’m trained in, so this was so enjoyable! I hope this. Insight inspires you to have a go yourself!!
[Westworld - Spitfire competition entry]