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Still ‘Goldsmithing’: The Art of Remaining Quiet

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there guys, how are you doing?

Back to the Goldsmith studies, the movie of the week was the already-classic (arguably :P) Sci-Fi Total Recall (90) by Paul Verhoeven.

Total Recall

As far as the movie goes it was interesting to re-watch the groundbreaking (at the time) visual effects and some of them hold up surprisingly well even for today standards. Also, Sharon Stone was indeed THE undisputed sex symbol of the 90s. lol But talking about the music score…

I don’t really think it lives up to the novelty of the movie to be honest. It still sounds like a ten-years-old soundtrack, it’s still based on action movies clichés… Yet there’s something to learn here just like in any other Jerry Goldsmith’s soundtrack: silence is gold. :)

This feature caught my attention in Chinatown, but it makes a good deal of sense here too: Mr. Goldsmith leaves room for the dialogues to stand out. New composers frequently think they should provide a barrage of music to fill every single gap with sound… when, like in most cases in art and pretty much everything else, less is more.

Despite not being that remarkable the soundtrack of Total Recall can teach us this lesson–as valuable as any other. :)

See ya, take care!


Learning ChucK

November 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

These are little assignments I did for a ChucK (music programming language) course at Calarts through Coursera. :) I hope you like it!

Classical vs. Popular (Counterpoint)

July 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Hi there, good night, how are you all doing?

One of the most important–and interesting–issues when it comes to composing and arranging music is how to do a nice and functional counterpoint. Of course, it’s a broad theme but we can roughly say a counterpoint is an auxiliar melody which supports and dialogue with the main theme without being just a mirror or a straight harmonization of that first one. Our studies of course included an exercise (as always) that I’m presenting here for your appreciation. :)

In this particular theme I’ve tried to perform a crossover between classical and popular elements through the intercourse of some typical characteristics of each style. There are a lot of little details to analyse here and there but the core thing to look at is how the two melodies (violin vs. flute) behave when they’re soloing. The violin starts its work right at the head of the bar (causing a somewhat “distorted” notion of the strong count in this case) while the flute makes it through an anacrusis (“correcting” that notion of time, showing the classical point of view of the same thing). After both solo intruments being presented we can hear they “dancing” together without necessarily losing their particular characteristics.

You can give it a listen here:

Enquanto chove

And you can check the original sheet here (without some minor tweaks).

Conterpoints can make music much more beautier if used properly and I’m still working on that… Meanwhile take a listen to an abosulety astounding counterpoint job from the genius Pixinguinha as he does it through his sax giving the flute a helping hand. :) This is a “choro” (a Brazillian music style, predecessor of samba) and it’s called Atraente.


That it for now, see you next week!

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