Wrayer (Bill) made a great suggestion last week for a new Listening Room composition challenge, which received tremendously positive feedback from the many who responded. For this challenge, participants would write thematic-type music for an existing well-known movie, or possibly a ficticious one; kind of like doing a practice "spec" piece, in a way.
With this in mind, I put together what I think would be an example of what Bill has proposed. Since I -- for whatever reason -- am drawn to "high seas" type movies (like Treasure Island) and also really like classical Spanish music, I combined those two for this example.
This then, is "spec" theme music for a ficticious movie about the Spanish Armada. It's in your face "here-we-come-in-our-big-tall-sailing-ships-to-kick-your-butt" music (so crank it up a little!), with some change of pace romantic/melancholic stuff thrown in, with a Spanish tint to it (hopefully).
This is all Garritan stuff except for: an Absynth impact drum packaged in Kontakt2, MusicLab RealGuitar, and... a sample, to my own amazement, I sampled myself and actually made it work (for another project, actually, but it fit in well here) -- it's a brake drum/anvil type sound that I recorded into SoundForge (it's a brake drum from an '89 Volvo DL -- I kid you not).
-GPO: oboe, English Horn, contrabassoon, solo trumpets, trombones, bass trombone, lots of French horns, tuba, full string section, timpani, cymbals, gongs, crotales (detuned a ton)
-CMB: trumpet section, trombone section, sarrusaphone (my new favorite!), VDL snare drum lines (two sections of 'em, one section detuned down quite a bit), tom, and impact drums, VDL gong
-JABB: trumpet 2 and 5 (for that Spanish,matadorish, macho trumpet stuff), acoustic guitar
This is very much stepping out of my realm (well, if I even have a realm), but I thought I'd give it a shot in support of Bill's great idea.
Thanks for listening! http://www.dannywilliamsmusic.com/Armada.mp3