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Soundtrack 2011: The Daughter of Thaddeus

February 1, 2012

To help give the impression that I occasionally do something other than sing chant, think music, or make useful booklets:

My brother Josiah over at Random Interesting Stuff has begun posting our latest movie as a series of vimeo videos (link).

Here is the first, the overture which I wrote as an opening:

The Daughter of Thaddeus Overture from Cynecam on Vimeo.

When I was working on the soundtrack, I decided to write all the different sections of music for what were basically all chamber ensembles: a Brass quintet (as in the above), a Clarinet Quartet, a String Quartet (2 Violins, Cello, Bass), etc. This divided up the work among my musicians, and made scheduling easier.  (It was also easier to get my composing-head around.)  When it was time to record, I would thus be conducting 4-6 people, and we would take about an hour or an hour and a half to sight-read/rehearse/record, and people who had solos did them after everything else was done.  The exceptions were the percussion (mostly recorded separately and edited in) and the harp/dulcimer pieces (which were recorded at home and played by Josiah and Lydia).  When I had all my recordings done, I just used Josiah’s movie editing program to cut/edit/splice and line them up with the movie. In the end, I had about an hour’s worth of music, since I didn’t leave much silence in the film. Oh well – maybe next time!

End note: “an hour’s worth” – according to spellchecker this expression must be spelled with an h’apostrophe.  Thus we may see that it really means “the worth of an hour.”

 

2 Comments
  1. Beautiful work! Your music is amazing.

  2. Wonderful.

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