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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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May 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Devil in the Forest”

This suspense cue (from thriller feature Hell Bent) introduces the film’s murderous antagonist, your classic guy-with-sharp-object-dressed-in-devil-suit-lurking-in-forest archetype. Rather than give the killer a theme, I gave him a sound – a truly hair-raising effect produced by a rare wind instrument. It comes in around one minute into the track; see if you can guess what it is!


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Devil in the Forest
 

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May 2008
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Cue of the Week: “The Morgue”

The scene in Home Room which this music accompanies centers around the topic of acceptance of death.  To reflect the moment’s introspective mood, as well as the quiet of the morgue setting, I wrote harmonies for three flutes – standard, alto, and bass.  The bass flute in particular has a wonderful hollow haunting sound which works wonderfully with picture.  Piano and a touch of cello round out the ensemble.

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The Morgue

25
April 2008
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Cue of the Week: “The Mirror”

Here’s a moody and somber piano cue from Home Room‘s score. The hollow-sounding sustained tone in the background wasn’t produced electronically as you might expect, but by percussion guru M.B. Gordy’s swinging a flexible plastic tube overhead in a circle! The result produce a more organic sound than an analog synthesizer-style preset, though it required a special effort to mic.

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The Mirror
 

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April 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Going Home, Part 2”

Here’s something in a more traditional lyrical movie-music vein, one of two cues for oboe and string orchestra towards the end of Home Room. The multi-talented (and multi-instrumental) Chris Bleth lends his oboe skills to this performance.

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Going Home, Part 2

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March 2008
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Cue of the Week: “Tibetan Jam”

This short cue is a genre-blending mixture of meditative Far Eastern percussion and contemporary beats. I’m not winning any points for ethnomusicological authenticity here, but this was fun to write. The cue began its life as a sort of proof-of-concept, but I like the idea and am tempted to extend it into a longer piece.

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Tibetan Jam

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