As part of this unit you must submit one original creation of music from a local or global context for your own instrument
Maximum of 1 minute
Check out some of the examples below
Techno creation example
Film music creation example - first draft
Film music - creation - final draft
Section 2: Statement on the creating exercise – Track 2 – 1:00 min
I wanted to learn and understand how film music is used to enhance film and how it is used to convey emotions, using different instruments and techniques to create emotion.
Looking deeper into film music, I have explored how leitmotifs are used, and how they represent characters and objects, likewise how time and location can be represented. For my creation, I wanted to explore more with the orchestra. This was because the orchestra is a prominent and the most popular way to create soundtracks for film in mainstream cinema. For my creation, I used Cubase Elements 10. I first downloaded a film clip from 'Mission: Impossible – Fallout', 2018. With this 1-minute clip, I imported the clip into Cubase and removed the original audio, then recorded my creation over the top. With most action films using an orchestra, I decided to do the same using a VST orchestral pack, providing me with a wide range of instruments to experiment with.
I started coming up with a leitmotif in G-Minor. I used a violin, implementing chromaticism (shown in the red box below), with a sharpened 4th. This is important as it creates tension in the melody, matching the character's dangerous environment. The ‘Mission: Impossible Theme’ also uses chromaticism, also implementing a sharpened 4th.
I added another motif with a cello playing a low G staccato note in unison with the brass playing legato. I added mezzo-forte strings, trembling on a low G note in the background to accompany the leitmotifs. This thickens the texture, and the tremolo provides tension to the danger on screen. I recorded a French horn playing a 5th interval and at one point rising in dynamics on the D, representing the ascent in the character's actions. A crash cymbal enters with sforzando brass playing a Gm chord while the character leaps onto the helicopter's door (shown in the score below). As the characters faced each other, I recorded tremolo strings ascending in minor 3rds, sustained, with a quiet timpani roll. Timpani and brass chords create a new rhythm in this new section, with semiquaver hi hats accompanying to aid the increased pace. New accented motifs enter on strings, with chromatic notes used in the string phrase.