Since music is one of my main hobbies and interests, I decided I was willing to take on the challenging, and rather problematic task of recording the soundtrack of A Midsummer Nights Dream myself. My extensive knowledge of computer music programs such as Garageband, plus my ability to play the trumpet further my reasons to record the soundtrack. All songs (I have worked out there should be about 11 in total) will be recorded using a wide variety of software instruments relating to the theme of the play, and entirely self composed by myself and anyone else who wishes to aid in my quest for the perfect score.
Garageband is the musical software I am using to create the soundtrack. It enables you to drag and drop pre made loops to create a song, record from a built in microphone, or record using software instruments by typing in notes on the screen. Please note that all the music in the soundtrack is recorded and entirely self compositional with the help of other talented musicians.
I have already successfully recorded with Mel on tracks 3 and 5, and plan to meet up and record with other talented musicians, both in and outside of the diploma group. If you are interested in recording with me for the soundtrack, please let me know after the powerpoint, and we will arrange to do so in the near future. I will be very grateful for any help I get.
Although a great amount of the soundtrack will feature real instruments, an equal amount will also be recorded by software instruments provided by Garageband. But this method is by no means copying, and will still be my own composition.
Tracks 2, 5 and 10 will contain mostly trumpets, as brass instruments will fit the triumphant and royal themes successfully. Oberon should be a proud and outstanding character, whom is best depicted by trumpets. I also plan to use trumpets on songs 1, 8 and 11, which will be played by myself.
Tracks 4 and 9 will feature flutes, as they are peaceful, quiet instruments, which perfectly describe both woodland areas and the restfulness of sleep. I also plan to use flutes on tracks 1,3, 5, 6, 7 and 11.
Furthermore, violins will be required on tracks 1, 4, 6 and 11.
Although my influences aren’t obvious in the soundtrack, certain songs, bands and genres of music have proved significant in my compositions. Among these include Tchaikovsky’s Overture 1812, primarily evident in grand, triumphant songs such as Oberon’s Song/ Pyramus and Thisbe and The Royal Palace, Max Richter’s What Have They Done?, influential in tracks such as Helena’s Song and Sleep and Mr Bungle’s The Bends avant-garde instrumental passages. I have tried my best to mask these influences, and can safely say that they are not enirely obvious in any of my compositions.
Track 1 should be a welcoming, easily and totally accessible song featuring a wide range of instruments including grand piano, violin, flute, trumpet etc. As an intro song, it should combine all the greatest elements of the play all mixed into one.
Track 5 should be a colourful tune, with a contrast of light and dark overtones. There should also be a mixture of mighty and rather feeble, although dignified passages depicting Oberon and Titania as opposites.
Track 6 should be a rather sad and slightly emotional song, but not too sad to ruin the cheerful, comedic atmosphere of the play. Needs enough sorrow and instrumental elements to portray Helena’s emotions when rejected by Demetrius.
Track 10 should be loud, outgoing and pack a strong and memorable punch, as well as contrasts in pitch and mainly trumpet playing. This symbolises an important event, chiefly that Pyramus and Thisbe is about to commence.
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Midsummer Nights Dream Soundtrack themes are mischievous, playful, solitude, dreams and the great outdoors.
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