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May 2021
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Cue of the Week: “Alone in the City”

This week’s selection is another cue from the political thriller The F-Zone. More accurately, a medley of two cues for adjacent film scenes which I thought complemented each other well.

The first part puts a moody soprano sax* atop piano and flutes, while the second section is more somber and string-focused.

* Saxophones aren’t legally required to only play jazz!

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April 2021
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Cue of the Week: “The Audit”

In movies as in life, a tax audit is a trying event. The audit scene in the thriller The F-Zone is accompanied by the score’s recurring piano motive as well as glissando strings which might suggest (depending on your imagination) either alarms or sighing with exhaustion.

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April 2021
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Cue of the Week: “The Hospital”

This week’s selection is another cue from the political thriller The F-Zone.

I’m fond of the often-underutilized low registers of mallet instruments. Here the vibraphone, normally something we might normally consider jazzy or relaxing, takes on a subtle ominous character. The harp, likewise played in the bottom of its range, makes for a nice (and creepy) accompaniment.

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March 2021
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Cue of the Week: Walking

This music introduces a short film called Dead Line, which I scored many years ago. Detuned piano, fiddle drones, and exotic bells create a disquieting atmosphere to accompany a lone figure walking through the Nevada desert at dusk.

“Detuned piano” usually implies a deliberate process, but here I was taking advantage of a piano that was already out of tune. 🙂

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