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Gremlins!

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Back to the already-famed :P Goldsmith studies I watched Gremlins (1984) to give its soundtrack a thoughtful listen… and this is a tricky one for sure.

From the start if you check the IMDb page for the movie you’ll see where it’s filed: under “Comedy/Horror”. Those are two absolutely diverse genres regarding the mood a soundtrack should aim for, so scoring for such an aberration can’t be simple in the slightest. :)

Gremlins

Mr. Goldsmith starts nailing it for the easier (in theory) side: the main theme. It sure is remarkable and fitting and could give any arranger enough material for a good development. But that’s not the only issue: there’s still the setting (Xmas), the pace (“Adventurous”), the content (“Fantasy/Mystery”)… Too much for an average joe to handle. Masterfully the man pretty much wraps it all up in a single under-2:00 piece, presented in one of the first important scenes of the movie, before the main theme really shows up.

It hints at everything yet to happen in the movie–even the main theme–while merging absurdely well with the current scene and scenario. Truly a sign of who is the craftsman behind it. :)

Check this and the main theme out and enjoy the ride. :)

See ya, take care!

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Music to Subjugate the Adult in You. :)

January 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you all been?

Last week while reading this article in Paste‘s website I got in touch with a cute, interesting indie videogame: Castles in the Sky, by The Tall Trees. The premise–gameplay wise–is simple: exploring the environment by jumping around. But there’s something more to it; something deeper.

Castles in the Sky

Castles in the Sky somehow manages to evoke childhood memories… or maybe more; I would say “mindsets”. Of course, not everyone’s childhood memories are equal. But those guys nailed it by approaching the player in a more subconscious level, reaching an abstract yet palpable feeling anyone can relate to.

And music here (by Jack de Quidt) ultimately makes it greater than the sum of its parts. By supporting the watercolor palette cohesively with slightly melancholic piano-based themes it helps drowning you in your own nostalgia, whatever it may be about.

Check the trailer out and if you’re feeling curious/generous you may lend those guys a hand. It would be worthy for its soundtrack alone–which comes standalone in the pack–but $1.50 is a steal anyway. :)

Cheers, have an awesome musical week!

Space Sketch. :)

September 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you all been?

This week I want to share a quick recording on a space-theme idea… I’ve been digging making acoustic takes drenched in late-FXs for some time now, this one isn’t different. :)

(Pick this image because I suddenly recalled I used to love those NASA logos when I was a kid… *-*)

NASA Voyager

That’s it for now, I hope you like it. See ya!

Sinatra, the Man with the Golden Arm

August 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Last week I was reading about the prominent movies composer Elmer Bernstein and decided to watch a film scored by him: The Man with the Golden Arm (1955, Frank Sinatra). The peculiar thing about this score is it was a forerunner in using jazz music as the main resource for composing themes–which in some ways is a safe bet since the plot places Sinatra as an ex-addicted who wants to start a career as a drummer.

But the shiny part of this work is how the main… nasty theme is twisted when things don’t go well for Frankie (yeah, he’s still Frankie in the movie).

Sinatra's unmistakable look.

The Man with the Golden Arm

[SPOILERS]

I do recommend you watch the movie but if you only want to know something about the soundtrack here’s a rather impressive scene showing the first fall from the main character. In only four minutes (from 0.36:20 to 0.40:20) the theme is dragged into a whirlpool of pain and is spit back only to remind you of how devastating can such feelings be.

Without further ado, take a watch. ;)

See ya, take care!

The opening sequence (with the complete main theme):

Twist scene:

A Tough Variation For An Almost Exhausted Theme. :P

June 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

This week I finally got back to my work in the indie videogame caled “HIVE” and we needed another variation of our very first soundtrack theme. Since I’ve already done a bunch of them this one has proven to be a tough one to figure out… :P Anyway it’s finished and hopefully it gets the job done. :)

The trick here was to shift the original time signature from 3/4 to 4/4… Turning a waltz into a ragtime. lol

I hope you like it…

For you reference here are the older entries on the same matter. :)

Have an awesome week! :D

Portfolio Interlude: New Theme. :)

January 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you guys doing?

Just wanted to share a new little piece of recording I’ve just done (like, REALLY just now, a few minutes ago lol)… Its intent is to help us to cleanse our soul. :)

Next week we’ll be back with our commented portfolio. See ya!

(More) Feelings Turning Into Music.

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Just like an older post on the matter I’m here to share a new recording filled with emotional significance to me. It’s like… seeing something you love going away while recognizing the good things it left behind. Not sure if the sound matches the feeling but it’s just the way it came out at the moment.

See ya, God bless us all.

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