Since everything I've ever posted here is always 90-100% all-Garritan, I thought it would be fun to post some music from an era before the fabulous Garritan libraries even existed ... BG!
Actually, this piece goes back even further ... to a time before 'soft-synths' existed at all. It's a brief, original, animation score I produced for an animator back in the late 90's (and developed into the early 2000's).
It also marked the first time I tried to integrate some live audio into a project utilizing MIDI synths and sample playback modules. These two very short live-audio clips are at 1:22 (me playing my Mark VI doing my best Stan Getz subtone imitation! LOL), and then again at 1:45 (your's truly on a creepy bass clarinet cue).
The underscore called for a combination of 'Mickey Mousing' as well as playing through the action ... I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to comment!
Click Here ---> FRANK'S ANIMATION SCORE
The Virtual Scoring Orchestra
Reed 1 - Flute, piccolo
Reed 2 - Flute, piccolo
Reed 3 - Flute, piccolo, Bb clarinet
Reed 4 - Bb clarinet, oboe, English horn
Reed 5 - Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Reed 6 - Bassoon
Trumpets 1, 2, & 3 (open & w/ cup & harmon mutes)
Trombones 1, 2, & 3 (Tb3 is bass trombone)(all open & w/ cup & straight mutes)
Horns 1 & 2
1st and 2nd violin sections
EDIT: Add Harp
Electric Jazz Guitar
Percussion 1 - Drum set
Percussion 2 - Xylophone, Bells, Vibes, timpani, wood block, conga, misc.
EDIT: Add Choir (Female voices)
About The Score ...
What you hear is an amalgamation of many 10-12 second cues; each written (over a four year period) to a rigid scene specification with exact timings. Before it was completed, the project was dropped by the animator ("if I had a nickel every time ..." LOL) when he realized it was too big to animate by himself, and his budget had evaporated. BUMMER!!
Although the cues seem to flow fairly well, this was not necessarily the final amount of music throughout. I had put this file together not as a final score, but simply so I could hear the individual cues and evaluate them. What you hear is the mix, as-is, from 2004 (when the last cue was written). Before posting, I only added a tad of EQ to give a little sizzle to the high-end, since a lot of those older 'patches' were not nearly as crisp as what we have now (some are 8-bit, 13-bit, etc.).
The beginning 30 seconds is the MT Opening Roll (where the opening credits are rolled). The entire short follows two non-human characters (who can fly ... 0:46: "The Chase") and their afterhours misadventures as they romp through a large complex. They are boy-girl and frolic at 1:12, have a romantic dance at 1:22, which is the live tenor sax cue, and ultimately get into trouble at 2:15. They are then mesmerized at 2:22 by a creature in a large, neon-lit tank ... and so on.
The project would have had more music after 3:05, but then it was cancelled. What you do hear @ 3:05 (the all-percussion walking music) is the start of the film's ending. At 3:33 the screen goes black and "Directed by ..." followed by the end credits. I faded-out the old file here as the ET music was only started ... you can see where I was going with the jazzy ending.
Before Soft-synths ... How Did We Do It?
We still used a DAW (in my case, Cakewalk Pro-Audio 8 (the precursor to Sonar), and via a MIDI interface box (Sierra 8-In/8-out which was tethered to a connection from the Soundcard), we sent MIDI commands out on cables (1-8), and each MIDI cable in turn went to an outboard synth or sampler (Ensoniq EPS, Kurzweil PX+, Proteus 1 & 2, Roland SC 88).
That was only Half of it! Each module had a stereo pair of audio cables that went to your mixer. There you mixed all the incoming audio, and if you wanted it imbedded in your DAW project file, you needed to play the sequence and record the incoming audio at the same time. This required a decent duplex audio card capable of playback and recording simultaneously (my beloved Frontier Design's Dakota ... 8-in/8-out). Things worked best with 10,000 RPM A/V drives. Not a simple, cheap, or easy way of creating music ... thank God for Gigastudio (which was just about coming out back then) and then shortly thereafter, Garritan.