No title yet, this is a work in progress.
I wanted to compose a bright energetic adventure theme - nice and big, cinematic, John Williams style I guess.
It started sounding a bit like ET Adventures on Earth before I knew it at the start, but I like it enough to keep that style.
Wanted to post this too because a few questions flying around asking how do people work on a piece.
While none of this is in a finished state, what you hear so far is very close to a finalised mix, as I compose part by part and polish each phrase or section before moving on. Obviously lots of music to add to this.
For me I find that in the polishing phase other interesting orchestration idea's pop up and that in some way directs me towards other ideas. For example, when I had finished the first melody phrase and fully orchestrated it, it was big enough that I knew the next step for me was to let the strings take over and ease it off slightly.
Still less than a minute long at the moment.
I started this piece with the trombones playing the theme. I picked it on the keyboard. I was thinking along the lines of the Jerry Goldsmith Star Trek themes, and it also sounding a little like the ET Adventures on Earth beginning. Chord progression mostly responsible. Using the strings to drive the rhythm while the brass plays the melody at first, then I switched to the violins 1/2 and violas in unison playing the 2nd theme while the horns are taking the rhythm instead. Great thing about the horns (using 4) is that they fill the chords on their own, leaving the cellos to be a little bit fancy and play some quick lines under the sustained notes.
The woods are a combination of rhythm, themes in the clarinets and lots of runs during sustains (very JW).
Updated now - longer. More information in a later post below. Link below is latest.
Cinematic strings 2