ENTRY #14

MARCH 24TH 2018

Greetings! This week I bring news on my final pastiche for my Capstone Project, a piece in the style of the Firelink Shrine theme from Dark Souls 3. The idea for this piece was to record exclusively live instruments (rather than just using MIDI in Ableton Live or in notation software), to give this last piece some extra "life", plus to bolster my experience by collaborating directly with real musicians. So thus far I've found both a cello player and a female vocalist who are on board, and I've written out how I'd like the pastiche to sound. Check out the score (there will be layered recordings for the multiple parts):

 

             

 

The vocal clusters dip ever so slightly into terrain of the Main Menu music from the game. Like the Firelink theme though, I'm trying to evoke a more intimate vibe, and this sense of something forlorn, of ancient and lost things.

From closely listening to the original Firelink music, I noted its strong use of minor/aeolian in F, with an emphasis on the 2nd and 6th scale degrees. So I've tried to evoke a similar emotional experience (in E minor instead) with the cello climbing regularly to the 2nd then 4th scale degrees, the cello and voice both visiting the minor 6, and sharp dissonances of the vocal clusters like with the perfect fifth and minor sixth combined.

So the plan is to record the cello first, the two parts layered onto each other, then head over to capture some "Ooos" from the singer to layer on top. The cello player just got back into town today, so recording will begin very soon.

Lastly, what else still remains on the agenda:

  • Update photo(s) for the front page
  • Complete demo reel video
  • Prepare Power Point presentation

That's all for now! Check back soon for the Dark Souls pastiche and the demo reel.