UPDATED NOVEMBER 4, 2010: Here’s the “medium-fine” second mix of the score:
The director and client approved the rough sketch I sent them and had a couple of notes. Yesterday I replaced the cheesy synthy sounds in the sketch with much better ones and started working on more than just broad outlines.
Here’s the cheese version:
Now that’s-a nutty cheese-a-ball!
On this little film (it’s about a minute and a half) I’m pretty much sticking with strings, so after taking care of some software updates that let me ditch the synthy junk and get back to the same setup I used for Credo, I started playing with ways to augment a string orchestra without mucking it all up with brass and woodwinds. I just don’t like horns in this, at least not at this point. Maybe if there’s a build at the end.
I really like how Chinese tam-tams sound—part gong, part cymbal, tonal or atonal depending on how they’re played, and nicely mysterious:
I love temple bowls, too, but they’re too exotic and specific for this track. Some other project, I hope.
Good sounds, the addition of percussion, and a day of work, and here’s how it stands now:
Done? Oh god no. But now the medium strokes are in. Fine strokes still have to happen; relative note volumes and dynamics are rough, keyswitching (switching between variations of a sampled sound) isn’t happening much, some of the note heads and tails are choppy and mechanical, there are orchestration ideas I haven’t had yet, and so on, but it’s much more refined than what I had Monday.
If all goes as planned, music for the whole thing should be at a medium-fine stage within a few days, and the film should be on the Internet, chasing down paying customers for DIAMOND RUBY within the month.