Instruments: Cello, Viola, Marimba, Drums
Nothing but good, wholesome instruments here. None of those dirty electric guitars, synths, drum kits, harps, sackbuts, or pipe organs. Heh, organs.
|Stay the Course
"Stay the Course"
Instruments: Synths, Percussion
A low rumble marks the seconds. Out of nowhere comes nothing! Just a continuous ominous force, never seen. You can see the ominous force if you sprinkle some iron filing around.
Instruments: Synths, Guitar
Feel: Calm, Grooving, Mysterious
There is a mystery that is unfolding, unraveling, being solved, confounding, being thought about, being copied, demanding attention, delighting, comforting, and feeding the dog treats that look like sausages and get your hands all oily. Best for: Feature films where the protagonist thinks about a hard problem while walking at night in the neon-bathed entertainment district in Osaka in the rain in 1994.
Instruments: Synths, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, Zither, Piano
Feel: Dark, Grooving, Somber
Ukulele and flutes and glockenspiel... I think you already know what this sounds like. The percussion is also adorable.
Instruments: Choir, Glockenspiel, Trumpets, Trombones, Tubas, Percussion
Feel: Driving, Epic, Mystical
The portal to my wizarding school is at the back of a payday loan place in Windsor, Ontario. It isn't quite as cool as that magic train station, but the loan place is open late. There is also a Tim Hortons across the street. So that's nice.
Instruments: Guitar, Lute
Feel: Calm, Relaxed
Gather 'round the tavern's fire and I will share a tale for as long as I have ale. Hah! "Tale and ale!" I'm not guaranteeing rhymes, though. That was a coincidence. I was playing lute for an uninterested group of tavern-goers, when all of a sudden, I remembered that I had a sandwich for lunch! It looks like I'm out of ale, so that is the end of my tale.
|Crusade - Heavy Industry
"Crusade - Heavy Industry"
Instruments: Basses, Cellos, Anvils, French Horns, Euphoniums, Trombones, Tubas, Trumpets, Percussion
Feel: Driving, Epic, Somber
Do you have recurring dreams of being an industrial roomba working in an ore processing facility? Do you make fantasy paintings and need some music for timelapses? Do you go jog-hopping in low-gravity post-apocalyptic environments? Do you have opinions about eggs? Are you a monster who is in charge of other monsters? Did you work on a top-hat/sombrero assembly line? Are you starting a ferry line on the river Acheron to compete with Charon? Are you drafting epic legislation? Do you enjoy hitting dumpsters with sticks?
Instruments: Piano, Basses
Feel: Bright, Calming, Mysterious
Remember when you went on summer holiday to your Auntie's house outside Nether Wallop in Hampshire while your parents went to Cyprus to broker a secret deal with the Ottoman Empire? Remember the times in the Magic Garden? This piece of music is more "Magic Garden" than "Inter-Empire Diplomacy".
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Synth
Feel: Grooving, Driving, Mysterious
Let's talk about why so much film music sounds like this. The construction allows any part to be muted and otherwise sculpted around the dialog without the loss of a theme or motive energy. There isn't really a theme to lose. You can't hum this one easily. There is a lot of variation, but it is all in a very well defined range, and doesn't get too crazy.
"Morgana Rides "
Instruments: Zither, Drums, Strings, Synth
Feel: Grooving, Driving, Mysterious
This is dark and concerning - like the lights-out bonus level on your hidden object game. Almost exactly like that. As if it was written for the dark bonus level of a hidden object game. Just as if.
|Miami Nights - Extended Theme
"Miami Nights - Extended Theme"
Instruments: Percussion, Synths, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Drums, Strings
Feel: Grooving, Action, Driving
Did you ever wake up one day and think, "I should write an entire soundtrack treatment for a reboot of an early 90s tv action-drama that will probably never get produced!" Of course you didn't. No worries. I got you. If they do reboot "Miami Vice," I want to capture the crappy synthetic feel of the era, but with more natural sound. There are drum machines in here that were placed on a stage, put through amps, recorded on microphones, then digitally processed to sound more like drum machines. You’re welcome.