Posts Tagged ‘arrangement’

An Old Forgotten Song…

October 7, 2013 1 comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Just dug up an old song which was written to be performed by a band but such thing never happened. lol The concept is to use some endless lyrics–by tying the final and the first verses together–while adding instruments to the mix progressively.

I hope you like it, undestanding Portuguese or not. ;) See ya!

I could take you
somewhere far from here,
I would say: "I'm already
ready to go.
No need to ask,
I'm not frightened by deciding.
(Almost nothing to take with,
only recollections of what I've seen...)"
But if you turn me down
I stop and ask myself...

On Effects Percussion

September 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Talking about music ambience it can be very interesting to hear instruments switching roles inside an arrangement. This time I want to point one of my favorite techiniques out for reaching such results: sporadic percussion.

In gereral rhythmic instruments are used for guiding harmonic and melodic ones over a tempo line; but if you manage to pick a particular sound that stays “apart”, clear from all the others that’s a good opportunity to explore its “mood” vein. :)

Here’s a nice example on the matter, taken from one of the finest videogames soundtracks ever (IMMO): Soul Star, by Nathan McCree.

Here we can listen to some high percussion (a tambourine, some cymbals) standing above everything else and shining without the duty to keep up with the main rhythmic line. Beautiful.

That’s it, have an awesome week!

Testing Vocals.

July 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

This week I want to share a test recording I did for applying different melodic line voices… (For some reason that sentence started dancing inside my head and the only thing I had to do was to grab it. lol)

The important thing when creating such a wall of vocals is to sort ’em into categories (like “harmonization” or “counterpoint”) before really starting to work; as long as you’re able to do that piling 2nd, 3rd lines will be a lot easier.

Take a listen, I hope you like it. :)

Shifting Moods At Each Cycle (Portfolio)

Hi there, how have you been?

It’s been some time since I commented on my portfolio for the last time… So I’m better get going with that. :P

This one was made as an exercise in a composition class. The idea with this arrangement was to create a flute theme (5/4 in this case) and shift it from mood to mood as the cycles of the music flow. So it goes from presenting the theme to emotional (heavier strings) to noir (piano) to tutti. :)

I hope you like it. Have an awesome week!

Brazillian Poetry… Becomes Brazillian Music. :)

December 10, 2012 1 comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

This week I was reading a marvelous, underrated Brazillian poetess called Cora Coralina and I must say I’m absolutely enchanted with her work. She spent her entire life making cakes and candies and only published her first book after her husband died–she was 75 years old at the time.

Her poems taste like something very… immemorial since she lived in a countryside environment that never really evolved–even nowadays, I must say.

As for my turn I tried to keep my music faithful to that mood by choosing instruments that are closely related to that countryside ancient tradition here… Don’t expect any samba, it’s much more “inner” than that. lol

I used a zabumba, an agogô and a shaker for the rhythmic section and also a viola caipira to help an acoustic guitar with the strings sounds.

I really hope you like it, see ya!


O trigo dourando
a terra padrão.
Dizendo fartura,
certeza de pão.
A cana acamada
vestindo de verde
a terra lavrada.
Cafezais montam guarda
e mandam a mensagem
da terra vermelha -
do Paraná.

Entradas. Estradas.
Picadas, balizas
avançam pra frente.
Rodagens. Asfalto.
Carroças. Carretas. Tratores.

Apitos de usinas.
Motores. Vapores.

Criadores. Currais.
Riquezas que espelha
a terra vermelha
do Paraná.

às voltas do sol
os campos floridos
dos girassóis.
O rami alastrado,
ao verde entonado
das amoreiras.
E os grandes ranchões
do bicho-da-seda
fiando a riqueza
da terra vermelha
do Paraná.


World of Goo Soundtrack: Nice AND Free. :)

November 19, 2012 1 comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Digging into videogames soundtracks this week (as always lol) I finally found Mr. Kyle Gabler’s portfolio. The guy is an all-around “entertainment designer” as he likes to call himself but what I really like from him is his work on World of Goo, an indie videogame which was praised everywhere for being so… Unique. :) (Actually I don’t really like the game that much, but anyway… The music is terrific.)

Well, Mr. Gabler was kind enough to make that soundtrack available for FREE. And with some valuable coments too.

It’s interesting to know the theme music for the game, “World of Goo Beginning” was inspired by Astor Piazola’s “Libertango”… Quite an interesting reference–it makes more sense now. lol Here you can give both tracks a listen:

Even more interesting than that was to hear that lots of tracks in the compilation WEREN’T really written for the game… It’s seems that a new coat of paint (like messing up with instrumentation/arrangements, for instance) can do wonders–I’m happier about building a portfolio now. :P

That’s it for now, enjoy the music, have a nice week!

Following the Last Post… lol A New Recording. :)

November 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Just like promised last week here’s the recording I was talking about, “Frustração”. It’s part of my band’s (“Salvante Norte”) first EP, and it brings that… desolation feeling up to the table through the recording quality of the leading voice.

The track starts rather upbeat as the singer throws some crooner mood into the game… But the fake posture is truly revealed when all the other instruments stop and the voice is shown naked, just like it REALLY is (around 1:00 or so). The real sadness behind the song is there, unmasked.

I hope you can get the grab of it despite the lyrics in Portuguese–feel free to ask me about the meanings though. :P

See ya, have a nice week!

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