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September 4, 2022
"Horror Re-Scored: Vol 3" Begins
After completing the very daunting "The Erehwon" concept soundtrack album" project, D4D is returning to his regularly scheduled program of "re-scoring:" horror- films that he liked or had some kind of impact on him in his youth. The film of choice for this project is "Pumpkinhead".
He saw this movie when it came outout on hoe video after its theatrical release and the imagery and atmosphere of the film stuck with him. Never a fan of the music that is in the movie currently, he chose to create one that felt more befitting.
He explores a more primal sound for Pumpkinhead through lots of drums and varied metallic percussion as well as crickety and echoy manipulated percussion instruments and synth ambient sounds such as screaching birdds and howls.
Also, there is minimal use of string sections and brass sections and when used, they are featured doing various effects and not so much creating a melodiy or motif. It is to sound aggressive and menacing like Pumpkinhead himself. The music will clash with anything that is melodic and heartfelt as this is an ancient mythical creature created through witchvraft set loose in a modern world.
Ghost Writing FOr Richard Band
Just shortly after finishing up and releasing "The Erehwon" concept soundtrack album, composer Richard Band called up his trusty assistant, D4D, to tackle a new assignment. This one would allow D4D to flex his own creative music muscles while demonstrating his ability to follow direction, remain orcganized and learn to a more proper workflow that is more in line with the professional world of film composing.
D4D got to "ghost write" five cues on an upcoming movie that Richard is finishing up scoring in early September. Richard has been mentoring D4D for some time now and saw this as an opportunity to gain professional experience to help build his resume.
Richard Band tested the waters with D4D by initally assigning 2 short scenes to which to compose music. Satisfied with the result, Richard assigned D4D 3 more cues, 5 in total, each ocurring after the other chronologically. While given full creative license to create what he wanted, he still came up with something that was in line with the style Richard Band had established for the rest of the score - big oldschool adventure, sci-fi, action music.
Sunday, July 31, 2022
MIDSUMMER SCREAM CONVENTION DISCOUNTS
I am attending (not presenting) Midsummer Scream in Long Beach, CA on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 11am to 6pm. I will be wearing a black t-shirt with my logo branded on the front and my web site on the back. If you find me, introduce yourself and I will give you a discount code for 50% off all my digital albums.
July 31, 2022
"THE EREHWON" Arrived
My latest (and long-overdue) concept soundtrack album will drop. I finished all the mixing of my longest composition to date. This album consists of thirty tracks with a total running time of a little over 1 hour and 30 minutes. It is a hard-hitting, action packed, sci-fi adventure told through a hybrid of techno rhythms, tribal percussion, and various synth sounds. I even included the overused "braum" sound from Inception that every movie seems to use now, along with the classic high-pitched solo piano note that decays as heard in so many trailers, and various bass / drum hit glissandos and wooshes.
Entered Ryan Leach's July 2022 Composing Contest
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Ryan Leach - a working composer for film , television and games - is holding anther composing contest this month (July 2022). This time its a medieval kids fantasy world (based on the style of the artwork featured in the image provided).
We were given the photo featured in the video to which to use as inspriation to compose a 90 second piece of music. It will be judged on composition, relevance to the photo, and production value.
ABOUT THE MUSIC
I wanted to evoke that small medieval village feel with a slight comical tone mixed with a sense of understated heroism to depict the character returning on the horse. The music introduces this character with the drums, tamborine and strings. The village theme is depicted through bassoon, clarinet, celeste, plucked and bowed string lines. A quick break develops the underated hero theme on drums, tamborine, chimes and violas before returning to a reprise of the village theme. The piece concludes with a strong puncuated statement on timpani, cimes and tamborine.