03
April 2009
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Cue of the Week: “Audrey and Einstein”

It was recently remarked to me that this blog tends to feature a lot of music of dark/aliens-invading/yearning-for-eternal-truths sort of character. In response to this, mikemusicradio.com will proudly feature a month of happy music.

This week’s selection is for guitar, piano, and the least lachrymose of all instruments, the accordion. Enjoy!


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Audrey and Einstein
 

20
March 2009
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Cue of the Week: “Trouble’s Overture”

An ominously-building musical prelude combining orchestral colors with chorus, drums, and electronic timbres. If this blog were written by a publicist, the words “relentless pulsation” would probably be dropped in somewhere. (Fortunately, I would never do such a thing myself.)


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Trouble’s Overture
 

27
February 2009
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Cue of the Week: “High Adventure”

Circa fourteen years ago the University of Southern California, I wrote music for a short thesis film called High Adventure. It was decidedly unlike any student film I’d ever seen: it featured firearms, stuntmen from Universal, and an aerial chase sequence with actual biplanes. The film’s creator, Russ Matthews, wanted similarly ambitious production values for the music, so we rounded up a union orchestra and recorded an eleven minute microcosm of an action-adventure score.

The music definitely pays homage to John Williams and some of the other composers stuck in my head during my student days, but I also was careful to give the film its own musical voice. Though I’ve had the subsequent pleasure of working with Russ on professional projects, the results of this collaboration have a special place in my heart. Here’s the end title music, which is a medley of the score’s principal themes.


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High Adventure
 

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February 2009
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Cue of the Week: “Egon’s Decision”

This is a medley of two cues from The Penguin Who Wouldn’t Swim, embodying the “drama in a storybook world” flavor common to the music in that score. I love the string performances in this recording – they came out wonderfully expressive.

(It’s a bit sad that the fabulous musicianship in studio recordings is often anonymous. I do my best to keep track of musicians who play for me, but in the case of a string section brought in by a contractor it can definitely be tricky.)

(Click on the play button to stream, or the cue title to download.)

Egon’s Decision
 

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