Alright my friends, here’s the story on this one. Back in the day when I was a college boy I was required for my composition degree to take a class called Electronic Music. It’s one of those classes that I wish I could take again because back then learning about creating a studio was way above my head. Also I had staff paper and live musicians. Why did I need to learn about messy buttons and synthesized sounds? Now that seems like a silly question in a way. Our final project was to create a purely electronic piece. I sampled 2 of my friends quoting passages from the Lord of the Rings books and movies. After an hour of play and fun recording and distorting their voices I simply improvised a score in the background to go with the voices. Some of the sounds we done were orcs, elves, men, Ring Wraths, etc. We had some fun; I did the project, and then threw it in a black box so no one would ever hear it again. Even my 2 friends, Dan and Beth, have never heard the final recording.
Today I rediscovered that forgotten black box and behold there was a cd. I played it and exploded in a bust of laughter. I told myself, “It kind of sounds better than what I remembered.” This has been the very first and only time that I ever used a DAW. I bet it was Digital Performer back in 2004.
So I wanted the piece to be about someone who fell asleep either watching the movie or reading the books and started dreaming (or hallucinating.) The dreamer notices more quotes from the movie than what appears in the book. Quotes from the book seem to blend into obscured gibberish. At the end of the deep sleep the dreamer starts waking up to the Harry Potter movie describing Moaning Myrtle’s howling. At the end of the piece you even hear, “Sorry wrong movie, hehe.”
It’s completely OK if you hate this work, because at one time I think that did also, but I thought it would be fun to share, see what you thought even if you thought the piece was total nonsense, and if someone could tell me where the samples came from. Remember this was the very first and only time I ever used a DAW. It only took about 2 hours from beginning to end. I see now though the recording advantages of a DAW because notation software could never produce these effects.