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Film Soundtrack: Japanese Dr Who

Posted in Film Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2015 by Gideon K

 

My multi-talented brother Josh has all sorts of crazy ideas now and then, and usually one way or another I get roped into helping out with them. This was one of his more successful bouts of creative lunacy as the video went viral quite quickly.

Summer 2014 he decided to make a Tokusatsu style parody of Dr Who. He has written a bit about it here, and the short film ended up going somewhat viral when he put it out.

My involvement in the film was (aside from driving to the park to shoot and so on,) was doing the sound and voice recording, getting the right kind of ring modulation for the Dalek sounds, and also doing the music, which is the bit that I’m most proud of.

At this point in time, it is the piece of music I’ve made that has been heard by the largest number of people – not a song I’ve slaved away for months writing, not any band recording I spent ages sculpting the right parts for or anything like that, but a goofy bit of trumpet-based rock n roll.

You have to laugh at the strange universe we live in.

It was all based around that little motif that the trumpets play. I didn’t even write that so much as adapt it from this tune Akie kept humming while we were filming. I made a midi track of everything, and sent it to my mate mate Jon, who kindly recorded real drums from the patterns I had programmed, and then. Andy Watts did the same thing with the trumpet parts. Add bass, keyboards, dash of lemon, and there you go.

 

 

One interesting thing about the sound on the video: Josh was going for the look of an old VHS tape, so to try and match that kind of quality (or lack of), I ran the soundtrack and all the dialogue, sound effects etc onto a worn-out cassette tape and then back into the computer so it had the gooey, squishy sound and hiss. The version of the track on my soundcloud is just the mix from the computer.

 

 

 

The Soundtrack of Our Imaginary Lives

Posted in Creativity, Film Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2015 by Gideon K

Life is strange. You get caught up and focused on some things that you ignore or neglect something else. Then, when you lift your head up to have a look around you realise that more time has gone and wonder if you could have spent your time more productively or effectively.

It seems fairly typical of my creative patterns in some way – to start one thing, eventually get to the end of it (and I’ll allow myself some credit here – it may take a while, but I do finish the projects I start), then plough into some other kind of project straight afterwards that is perhaps on a completely different tangent to what I’ve been previously working on. I sometimes question how much of that is creative restlessness and a desire to explore new or unfamiliar ground, and how much of it is a form of escapism. Instead of sticking to one or two disciplines and mastering them, I fumble and play, I dabble with a number of things and don’t really master any of them.

I’m not sure yet.

But speaking of mastery, I believe this year I have put in at least a few more of the hours that will count towards clocking up the 10,000 hour minimum genius quota. Mastery of what, if anything, is a different subject.

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past year learning about recording and engineering sounds and music. What motivates me is the need to be able to record my own music on my own, at home whenever I felt like it, and to have those results be presentable in some way.

Part of this was brought into focus by putting out an EP earlier this year of punk/alt rock covers that were recorded mostly at home on my crappy soundcard and my old computer. I took it to get mixed by a pro, but it made me want to improve my home-recording skills.

 

To cut a long story short, most of the music I have been working on this past year or so has been soundtracks to short films. Like most other creative avenues I have dabbled in, film music is not something I had given much thought to or foreseen myself having a go at much before. I had done a piece for one of my brother’s film projects when he was studying, but nothing since then until July last summer.

I plan on putting down a few words in due course about some of these projects, but for now here is a little showreel I have put together of some of the music I have made for moving image.