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July 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Triumphant Victory”

Seeing as how we’re at the junction of Independence Day, Bastille Day, and Canada Day, something patriotic and vaguely militaristic seems to be in order.  Enjoy a bit of brass and percussion fanfare, performance courtesy of the Budapest Film Orchestra.


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Triumphant Victory

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June 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Hold, Please”

Here’s the end title theme for Hal Cantor’s comedy web series Hold Please,  which follows the exploits of an actress struggling with her office day job.  In my mind no instrument says comedy quite like vibraphone… except the guiro.

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Hold, Please

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June 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Getting Busy”

This week’s cue comes from the film Home Room, wherein Alicia Browing (Busy Phillips) attempts to spring a friend from a psychiatric hospital. The scene has a somewhat impish tone, so I picked instrumentation that was brighter than the moodier palette I’d used thus far in the score. Here we have a riff for 12-string guitar and hammered dulcimer, along with an African drum called an Udu and sundry other percussive goodies. (And yes, the title is a weak pun on the lead actress’s name.)

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Getting Busy
 

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June 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Escaping the Country”

This week’s cue offers some orchestral action/suspense writing for a daring escape scene involving airplanes, armed thugs, and, of course, tax auditors. That shaker you hear at the opening isn’t your everyday percussion instrument, but a South American caxixi – essentially a tiny woven basket filled with seeds. Acoustically, this rare instrument can be described as sounding almost exactly like a shaker.

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Escaping the Country
 

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May 2008
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Cue of the Week: “The Clock”

This week we have a simple piano cue from Home Room‘s score used to accompany the passage of time.   (Perhaps I should have posted this one on a Wednesday!)  Here the film’s theme is transformed into a kind of contrapuntal echo of the simple open-fifth left hand pattern.

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The Clock

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