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John Williams Departing From The Motif (Sorta) In “Tintin” Soundtrack.

July 30, 2012 1 comment

Hi there, how have you been?

This week I rent The Adventures of Tintin for a movie night here with my girl–I couldn’t be wrong with this one since I always loved both Tintin AND Spielberg–and aside the good time I had with the movie itself we always have something to learn with Mr. John Williams (this must be his bazillionth nomination for best original score in the Academy Awards, and it was the second IN THE SAME YEAR. -.- Nasty.)

But what’s more interesting about this particular work is that it isn’t exactly something one could expect from John Williams; because he usually excels at taking the most of a ¬†remarkable theme–a “motif”–and in such circumstances the structure (the actual “composition”) would precede the surface (arrangement, execution)… This Tintin score turns the tables regarding that matter.

Maybe due to the inherent “cartoon-ish” feel of the movie, Mr. Williams decided to take the other route–to pull the “how to play” before the “what to play” to highlight the final overall mood.

How to, after all? Well, we can’t summarize all that in a simple glimpse, but there are a couple interesting clues on the matter:

1) Instrumentation (surface) over melody (structure). For instance, anything intending to be epic will sound better with brass, no matter how the melody works; while mystery can be achieved through woodwind instruments like the bassoon.

2) Dynamics, articulation. Again: mystery will be even more effective with staccatos; epicness with glissandos/crescendos.

Here are two awesome examples on both issues–my favorite theme in the movie is the first to appear, “The Adventures of Tintin”.

Enjoy the music, I hope you like it! See ya!


One-week-break. I’ll be right back… :)

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Just taking a break from my work but we’ll be back to our regular routine next Monday. [ I’m already working on some neat stuff for you guys. :) ]

Meanwhile just relax and listen to this awesome vacation theme–I’m serious here, I REALLY think it’s awesome. lol

See ya!

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Old-Time-Radio-Like Recordings…

July 16, 2012 2 comments

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Sometimes you just want to make something sound old. I’m not sure why, but those “hissing” recordings have something to them that soothe our souls and send us to a distant place in our memory–or even beyond.

This week I want to share two sketches with such a feeling; the first one was meant to sound that way because it’s an excerpt of the magnificent epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner… and it’s much older than any recording for that matter; lol The other was recorded in a bad table mic, so as it wouldn’t give me much of a quality recording I made it sound old to mask those technical problems. :P

Take a listen, I hope you enjoy ’em!

Delicacy In Animated Movies Soundtracks

July 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

After an unexpected holiday here in S√£o Paulo we’re back to our regular routine. :)

This weekend I watched Disney Pixar’s Up with my girl and aside the movie itself being enchanting the soundtrack has got me tuned up from the beginning to the end. Another work by Michael Giacchino (I already studied him in The Incredibles, which is completely diverse from this one but also awesome anyway), this one has the particular trait of being cheering without losing its emotional delicacy–an indispensable feature for such a film.

So to demonstrate that I’ve picked two tracks from the official soundtrack album, “We’re in the club now” and, particularly, “Married life”. Both achieve the cited status by using a skipping 3/4 with some providential tempo variance while firmly tied to the emotional melodic motif which pervades the whole movie.

Enjoy the music AND the movie AND your life with the ones you love. :)

Electro-Chiptune-Remix. -.-

Hi there, how are you all doing?

This time I’m here to share something nobody (not even myself lol) would expect coming from me: an electro remix! o.o

But there was a good reason for that. The chiptune master Dj CUTMAN has opened a contest for a remix over a song from him (+ Benjamin Briggs) based upon an old lost NES game, MIG-29. And the prize was the very cartridge and a Power Glove! *-* I had to try, even being a novice in the matter.

Despite not having any chance against tougher guys I’m very pleased with the results. I think it ended being a nice theme to give a listen to and it has its fair share of personality as well.

Take a listen to both the original and my version of the theme and enjoy it! :)

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