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August 2020
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Cue of the Week: “Tidings From Home”

This week continues the music selections from the score of the film Lady Usher.

This understated cue plays during a foreboding discussion. As dialogue music, its two jobs are to 1) establish the mood and 2) not be so busy as to interfere with speech. A rising and falling viola solo creates a sense of uneasiness about what’s to come.

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August 2020
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Cue of the Week: “Romance”

This week I begin sharing music from my fourth feature film collaboration with George Adams, Lady Usher. This one is relatively recent, score recording having wrapped last December.

A modern re-setting of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, the movie opens with a romantic vignette of the two protagonists.

The theme introduced here, as a lyrical prelude for guitar and string quartet, will recur throughout the movie in darker form as the plot unfolds.

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July 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The Queen’s Birthday”

Cortopia’s Down the Rabbit Hole wraps with the anonymous adventurer confronting the Queen of Hearts at her birthday party. This week’s music accompanies the showdown.

My concept for the score was something celebratory, but evocative of the Queen’s ornery persona. For the latter, I used the contrabassoon, the bassoon’s larger sibling, who here periodically intrudes upon the regal strains of the strings and harpsichord.

Listen to the music at the usual places below.

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July 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The Keep of Hearts”

The King of Hearts has had way too many tarts. Late in Cortopia’s VR game Down the Rabbit Hole, the player contends with a king who has grown to epic proportions.

I wasn’t super subtle in my musical characterization of the over-fed monarch: he gets a tuba solo.

Listen to the music at the usual places below.

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June 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The Four Castles”

Much of the score for Cortopia’s “Down the Rabbit Hole” has a fantasy or neo-Baroque character, reflecting the game’s setting and pompous resident aristocracy. This week’s cue, in contrast, is more like a 19th-century symphonic march. I restricted the instrumentation to winds and percussion in order to make the music feel less lush and more stern.

Listen to the music for free at the usual places below.

(Also, check out my interview about this score on Kate Remington’s fantastic Music Respawn game music podcast!)

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June 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The Estate”

This selection from the score for Cortopia’s VR game “Down the Rabbit Hole” accompanies a level with sly sneaking, and trickery of pompous sentient-card aristocrats. Needless to say, bass clarinet was called for.

Listen to the music for free at the usual places below.

(Also, check out my interview about this score on Kate Remington’s fantastic Music Respawn game music podcast!)

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June 2020
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Interview on Music Respawn about Down the Rabbit Hole

I was delighted to return to Kate Remington’s acclaimed Music Respawn show, this time to discuss my score for Cortopia’s VR game Down the Rabbit Hole. With her dual backgrounds in classical music and journalism, Kate makes for a fabulous interviewer.

You can listen to the interview at WSHU’s website, SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.

I was previously on Music Respawn to talk about my score for Empires Apart. If you’re hungry for more after listening to the above, click here.

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May 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The House and the Descent”

As presented here, this cue from “Down the Rabbit Hole” proceeds in an orderly fashion from start to finish. The in-game experience is quite different. The anonymous adventurer has slipped down a ladder into a seemingly eternal rabbit hole. As she learns to slow her descent, the frenetic music gradually becomes sparser and more gentle.

To create a sense of “falling forever”, I had the music descend down the symmetrical whole tone scale, which, conveniently enough, finishes up exactly where it starts.

If you’d like to see/hear this sequence in context, check out this YouTube video. The music’s pretty soft so you may need to crank the volume.

Or just listen to the music as usual:

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