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November 2019
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Cue of the Week: “Postcard Therapy”

Happy Thanksgiving to the American followers of this blog!

The music for the final scene of Emerald, Texas has a happy-go-lucky vibe, with whistling over guitars leading to a finale for piano and strings. However, the film’s denouement is more complex than this cheerful cue suggests!

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November 2019
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Cue of the Week: “A Moment of Reverie”

In one scene from the film Emerald, Texas, protagonist Dee pauses for reflection while her more carefree friends play in a parking lot. Like much of the score, this cue mixes acoustic guitar with strings to reflect both contemporary Americana and the Wizard of Oz parallels of the story.

Guitar performances by Kyle Johnson.

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November 2019
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Cue of the Week: “Elva Arrives”

The movie Emerald, Texas features present-day analogues from The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy is a rebellious teen from (of course) Kansas, the tin woodsman becomes a heartbroken metal sculptor, and so on.

The wicked antagonist is Elva, an eyepatch-wearing bounty huntress stalking our runaway teen protagonist. To musically represent Elva’s mix of bad-assery and witchy temper I used electric guitar and the rosiny screech of the fiddle. This week’s cue accompanies her first appearance.

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October 2019
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Cue of the Week: “Kick the Can”

Another selection from the score for Emerald, Texas. Two friends kick the can down a dusty Kansas lane. The music blends American folk with the chamber string sound that recurs throughout the score. 

One subtle detail: the string harmonies come from playing several notes of the film’s main melody simultaneously. Composers employ sneaky tricks like this to create a sense of subtle familiarity throughout a score.

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Morituri Te Salutant // Michael Gordon Shapiro - HOMEPAGE MUSIC
  1. Morituri Te Salutant // Michael Gordon Shapiro - HOMEPAGE MUSIC
  2. Emerald, Texas // HOMEPAGE MUSIC
  3. Mythic Battle // HOMEPAGE MUSIC
  4. The Yard Sale // Michael Gordon Shapiro - HOMEPAGE MUSIC
  5. Investigations // HOMEPAGE MUSIC
  6. Home Room // HOMEPAGE MUSIC
  7. Sands of Arabia // HOMEPAGE MUSIC
  8. Spider Cult // HOMEPAGE MUSIC
  9. Poker Night // HOMEPAGE MUSIC