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?
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
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?
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.