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March 2019
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Cue of the Week: “Ghosts of the Past”

In the film Valkyrie* this music cue accompanies a haunting admission about the protagonist’s past. Since this is a supernatural thriller, the music maintains the “something extra-normal is going on” sensibility even while maintaining sympathy for a teenage girl who lost her parents.

This score has more of a central motif than a theme – a pair of minor thirds that here are echoed by two celli. The cello has represented the protagonist’s brooding underworld associate, and the second cello enters at the moment when their friendship seems to solidify.

* No relation to the Tom Cruise film of the same title.

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March 2019
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Cue of the Week: “A Prevented Death”

As you can tell from this week’s music selection, the accompanying scene in the film Valkyrie* is pretty intense. Without getting into spoiler territory, there’s a harrowing incident where a character is nearly crushed to death.

I tried to avoid familiar musical sounds here (even the piano is slightly off-kilter) and relied on processed acoustic rhythms and timbres in order to create a sense of disquiet and alarm.

* No relation to the Tom Cruise film of the same title.

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February 2019
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Cue of the Week: “The Lotus”

From a recent television pilot called Valkyrie (no relation to the film of the same name): a teen girl hires a hitman… but not for the reason you’d think.

I picked the instrumentation to match the character: brooding cellos for the brooding assassin. There’s a suggestion of a tango rhythm, mimetic of the back-and-forth of this unlikely negotiation.

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January 2019
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Cue of the Week: “The Journey Underway”

Continuing the Hex series, this week’s selection was composed for the game’s map view screen. Here I wanted to convey both a fleetness of foot (the player is traveling around the planet, after all) as well as gravitas (since big warlike events are happening).

The staccato flute pattern is the game’s main theme, repurposed into a repeating accompaniment. This is one of those sneaky tricks that composers use to make an entire score feel cut from the same cloth.

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Morituri Te Salutant // Michael Gordon Shapiro - HOMEPAGE MUSIC
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