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Midsummer Nights Dream Soundtrack Audition Powerpoint

  1. 1. Soundtrack Paddy Johnson
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Instruments Involved <ul><li>I plan on using real instruments, such as trumpets, flutes, piano etc, and would gladly appreciate any assistance from musicians in the diploma group in the recording of certain songs. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Garageband <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Below are some song names I have planned for the soundtrack: </li></ul><ul><li>Main Title/ A Midsummer Nights Dream </li></ul><ul><li>The Royal Palace </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Quince’s House </li></ul><ul><li>The Woods </li></ul><ul><li>Enter Oberon/ Titania </li></ul><ul><li>Helena’s Song </li></ul><ul><li>Puck’s Entrance/ The Magic Potion </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom’s Head </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Pyramus And Thisbe/ Trumpet Fanfare </li></ul><ul><li>11.End Title </li></ul>
  6. 6. Musicians <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Instrumental Plans <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Furthermore, violins will be required on tracks 1, 4, 6 and 11. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Influences <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Track 1: Main Title <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Track 2: The Royal Palace <ul><li>Track 2 should be a grand and triumphant opening capturing immense energy with volume and sharpness. It should have a clear, pronounced sound produced by mainly brass instruments and drums. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Track 3: Peter Quince’s House <ul><li>Track 3 should be a mixture of both seriousness and slightly silly music, as it represent ordinary workers, but with a comedic twist. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Track 4: The Woods <ul><li>Track 4 should be an enlightening tune, with perhaps a touch of the dark and devious, warning listeners of what troubles face our main characters ahead. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Track 5: Enter Oberon/ Titania <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Track 6: Helena’s Song <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Track 7: Puck’s Entrance <ul><li>Track 7 should be sprightly and lively, with both silly instrumental passages to represent Puck’s mischievous side, and slightly darker passages to represent a more sinister Puck. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Track 8: Bottom’s Head <ul><li>Track 8 should be rather pompous, persistent, loud and also with a creative, slightly quirky angle. This represents the idiotic, foolish and absurd characteristics of Bottom’s appearance. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Track 9: Sleep <ul><li>Track 9 should be a peaceful, thoughtful track, which successfully extracts thoughts from the audience, and represents the images on stage. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Track 10: Pyramus And Thisbe <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Track 11: End Title <ul><li>Track 11, the final track, is similar to the main title, as it combines a large variety of instruments, merging different themes and moods, reflected throughout the play. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Allmusic <ul><li>Allmusic is one of the largest music databases in the world, which features over 900 music critics, who rate a massive amount of cds. The following slides contain lists of popular CD themes and moods, and the ones that are related to The Midsummer Nights Dream Soundtrack. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Midsummer Nights Dream Soundtrack themes are mischievous, playful, solitude, dreams and the great outdoors.
  22. 22. Midsummer Nights Dream Soundtrack Moods Include Amiable/ Good Natured Bright Calm/ Peaceful Cheerful Creepy Delicate Dramatic Dark Dreamy Energetic Innocent Lively Playful Silly Sinister Soothing
  23. 23. Thank You For Watching <ul><li>By Paddy Johnson 10S1 </li></ul>