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    Music Box

    Hi everyone:

    I have been asked to write music for a production of Chris Durang\'s \"Baby with the Bathwater\" and the director and producers have asked that ALL of the score be done with a sound of a \"music box\" (you know, that twinkly clangy chimey wind-up mechanical instrument).

    So far I have obtained decent results with glockenspiel and vibraphone samples. But can anyone recommend something even more accurate?

    Any suggestions appreciated

    cheers

    gspin

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    Re: Music Box

    here\'s one - but it\'s a preset included in a keayboards plugin:

    http://www.usbsounds.com/usb/jsp/vi/ps01/home.jsp

    I\'m not sure if it\'s a real music box, but there\'s an mp3 of it here:
    http://www.usbsounds.com/audio/USB/ps01/PS1-004.mp3

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    Re: Music Box

    They have a \"Toy Glockenspiel\" at g-town that might help you:
    http://www.gtownsounds.com/

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    Re: Music Box

    You mentioned glokenspiel, check out thumb piano (and a mix of both).
    Also, there was a thread about this a while back. Do a search you might find some other valuable info.

    I hope the score you are writing is not too long.
    30 minutes of music box would be tedious... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

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    Re: Music Box

    [ QUOTE ]
    You mentioned glokenspiel, check out thumb piano (and a mix of both).
    Also, there was a thread about this a while back. Do a search you might find some other valuable info.

    I hope the score you are writing is not too long.
    30 minutes of music box would be tedious... <img src=\"/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif\" alt=\"\" />

    [/ QUOTE ]

    In fact I tried desperately to talk them out of it... it ain\'t over yet though.. the score is only a series of 45sec-1 min spurts for scene changes... still I agree

    cheers

    gspin

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    Re: Music Box

    Hey gspin.... I kinda agree with Patrick. But maybe you could suggest to them that you have the \"music box\" themes to enter and exit at critical segments of the film... and allow you to compose the rest of the score using your usual instrumentations. Or, have the \"music box\" sorta mixed into the background behind your main instrumentations throughout the film. Yeah, that way, the whole score wouldn\'t be ALL just music boxes. Just a suggestion.............Good luck! Gary Thomas

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    Re: Music Box

    Very recently, I had to write a cue for a child scene and after discussing it with the director we thought the music box idea was appropriate.
    But fortunately I included other elements in the arrangement and the cue definetly has this chilhood feel without barebone instrumentation...
    Maybe you can try 2 versions, one with just music box and another with a few complementary elements and present them to the director?

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    Re: Music Box

    Try this one from \"Worra\'s Place\", don\'t know if it\'s what your after, but it\'s free!
    Music Box

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    Re: Music Box

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. They were very useful.

    Patrick and Gary you are right and in a sense you are preaching to the choir, because I had already attempted to convince the director that just pure music box could be very monotonous. The score is however coming along quite nicely with a lot of different arrangements and styles.

    thanks again

    any further suggestions would be welcome

    cheers

    gspin

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    Re: Music Box

    I have JUST the thing for you if no one else has already suggested it.

    Get "Best of Bolder" from Bolder Sounds. Its not expensive. 160 bucks for a ton of great sounds

    www.boldersounds.com

    The glockenspiel mallet patch is probably JUST what you are looking for for that "music box" sound..

    - RF

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