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December 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Thunder of War”

Taiko drums have transcended their original ethnic connotations to become staples of contemporary action scoring. Though sometimes over-used, these instruments have a lot to offer: they pack a punch, but are more agile than the traditional orchestral bass drum. And as they come in different sizes, they offer a palette of different tones.

This percussion-based cue brings taikos back to the context of Japanese ceremonial and militaristic music, creating a musical portrait of growing conflict. I took some liberties with instrumentation, opting for some expressive sounds that probably weren’t regularly used in 13th century feudal Japan. (Please don’t tell the emperor!)


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Thunder Of War
 

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December 2008
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Cue of the Week: “TV Breakdown”

This moody piece of music from the film Home Room features one of my favorite orchestral instruments, the bass flute. It’s a difficult instrument to play (and sometimes hard to find), but has a wonderfully dark and sensuous tone color. The instrument also requires a lot of breath in order to produce a tone, so it’s good idea to let the musician occasionally come up for air!

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TV Breakdown
 

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November 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Happy Reunion”

Happy Thanksgiving to all my reader-listeners in the United States! My feeling is that the holiday calls for some music on the cheerful side. Here’s a warm and sentimental orchestral cue featuring wistful passages for winds, and a triumphant finale for the strings.


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Happy Reunion
 

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November 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Work Montage”

Not every cue can have an interesting name! This optimistic orchestral interlude from the score for the film “The F Zone” was recorded at the now-defunct but highly-respected O’ Henry Studios in Burbank. (Whether it was named after the author or candy bar, I don’t know.)


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Work Montage
 

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November 2008
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Cue of the Week: “For You”

This week’s cue is a song accompanying the titles for Cleve Nettles’ film, “Genie and the Shark”. This was a fun opportunity to write a song and derive a lot of the film’s underscore from the melody or related material.

I won’t give away any plot details, but the musical concept underlying both tune and underscore was, “Arabian nights meets Argentine tango”.

Vocal performance by the very talented Megan Briones. Lyrics by yours truly.


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For You
 

Morituri Te Salutant // Michael Gordon Shapiro - HOMEPAGE MUSIC
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  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