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May 2008
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Cue of the Week: “The Morgue”

The scene in Home Room which this music accompanies centers around the topic of acceptance of death.  To reflect the moment’s introspective mood, as well as the quiet of the morgue setting, I wrote harmonies for three flutes – standard, alto, and bass.  The bass flute in particular has a wonderful hollow haunting sound which works wonderfully with picture.  Piano and a touch of cello round out the ensemble.

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The Morgue

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April 2008
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Cue of the Week: “The Mirror”

Here’s a moody and somber piano cue from Home Room‘s score. The hollow-sounding sustained tone in the background wasn’t produced electronically as you might expect, but by percussion guru M.B. Gordy’s swinging a flexible plastic tube overhead in a circle! The result produce a more organic sound than an analog synthesizer-style preset, though it required a special effort to mic.

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The Mirror
 

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April 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Going Home, Part 2”

Here’s something in a more traditional lyrical movie-music vein, one of two cues for oboe and string orchestra towards the end of Home Room. The multi-talented (and multi-instrumental) Chris Bleth lends his oboe skills to this performance.

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Going Home, Part 2

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March 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Tibetan Jam”

This short cue is a genre-blending mixture of meditative Far Eastern percussion and contemporary beats. I’m not winning any points for ethnomusicological authenticity here, but this was fun to write. The cue began its life as a sort of proof-of-concept, but I like the idea and am tempted to extend it into a longer piece.

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Tibetan Jam

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March 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Two Girls”

From the the film Home Room, a moody piece accompanying a dissolve between two film’s two protagonists (played by Erika Christensen and Busy Phillips, respectively) which highlights the parallels between them. Trying to echo the visuals, I composed the music so that one melodic statement played over each character’s moment in front of the camera.

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Two Girls
 

Morituri Te Salutant // Michael Gordon Shapiro - HOMEPAGE MUSIC
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