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15 May 2009

Cue of the Week: “A Dark Future”


Brooding and lyrical, this orchestral cue adopts the classic “rounded binary” form – a theme, followed by a contrasting B section, capped with a brief reprise of the opening material. It also reflects my fondness of using the woodwind section for color, even in the context of a ensemble sound where strings and brass predominate. (A gripe I have with epic film music these days is that it’s so brass-strings-percussion heavy that the woodwinds get overlooked… but that’s a subject for a blog post of its own.)

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

A Dark Future


2 Responses

  1. Kate Yoak

    Excellent sample, Mike! It starts out as a much softer take on the “ta-da-da-dam” we are so conditioned to receive as a message that there is a guy dressed in black with a curved knife behind the door.

    Usually, such score distracts from the plot so completely that when the guy shows up, you no longer that interested… it’s sort of anti-climatic.

    You piece has a mellow flavor (is that the technical term?). It impacts the mood without coming in front of the action. That said, it’s incredibly penetrating. I think I need to go listen to something light now!

  2. That was pretty cool. I’ve never heard anything quite like it.

    That little bit in the middle there where the woodwinds get a brief spotlight made me think. . .”ooohhhhh! This is the part where the faeries come in! Wait. This isn’t Opera. Nevermind.”

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