A little while back, Galen Huckins, made a post about the Portland Film Music Festival, where new scores would be written for several of the 1940's Superman short films. This is my audition piece for that.
I was having a really hard time with this. I think spent about a day sitting in front of my computer, fiddling with the keyboard, before I even put down a single note. Originally, I was going to score an action cue, but I couldn't. I couldn't stop hearing pre-existing themes for Superman. So, I decided that before I write any type of action, I must have a main theme. I worked for about 4 hours more coming up with the theme and about another 2 hours orchestrating it. Now that I have that done, I feel that I could bust out the score in a very short time frame.
Even though the score reads, Superman: Billion Dollar Limited, it could actually serve as the Main Titles for all of the films.
Galen said that he has more composers interested than movies to score. So, here's to hoping that he and the people in charge like my audition demo enough to give me the gig.
Very different than what I typically think of as “superhero music” – I guess with all of these big budget films recently I tend to think of the over-the-top Hollywood type score. It does, however, have that kind of 40s serial sound to it, which is what I’m assuming you are aiming at. The main superhero theme has a little bit of a tongue-in-cheek feel to it, which could work very well depending on the film itself.
I agree with Trent - not what I was expecting. But I like it very much. The main melody is immediately memorable (always good to have that melody stuck in the listener's mind as well as his ear) and very representative of a heroic theme.
The choice of instrumentation is nice - small and intimate. Yet... not too small - it still allows the heroic theme to have some oomph to it.
Thanks for sharing your talents and techniques with us, Professor!
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I agree with Phil (fastlane) that George Reeves will always be the "real" Superman, and your music here fits that old TV serial feel perfectly. I really like that this isn't a cinema blockbuster extravaganza; rather it's much less orchestratively dense, much more musically lean and thought-provoking.
If this was composed to the style specs set for the audition piece, then I applaud the filmmakers for their taste and you for fulfilling it so admirably. This is really well-done!