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The Epic Cue Recipe

The Epic Cue is very much in vogue nowadays in film music. It’s an exciting, awe-inspiring cue, one that is meant to bedazzle and overwhelm us with sound and fury, like when we see the culmination of an epic battle scene:

Music*

The Score**

Ingredients

  1. Melody

  2. Sustained chord

  3. 16th notes

  4. Drums and percussion

  5. Sound effects interspersed for interest and surprise, usually lower than 100hz.

Cooking Directions

  1. Set your tempo to around 130 bpm.

  2. Create a melody that sounds epic, but orchestrate it with either choir or brass. French horn and female ahhhs are favorites.

  3. Create a sustaining chord background, usually with some brass and maybe woodwinds (though woodwinds are probably overpowered by the brass in this orchestration). In the example above, I placed two trombones in an octave from each other, and then I added a French horn choir. The harmony was minimal, as I preferred other parts of the ensemble to do that job.

  4. Create 16th note part. 16th notes can be played by strings (because of their agility and ease of playing) or synths. In this case, I used a pandiatonic string section with lots of measured tremelos, and I created a synth arpeggiator that changed according to my finger placement on an X/Y pad.

  5. Next, add drums and percussion. can be just about anything, but Taiko drums, snares, drum sets, and techno-style electronic drums are super common.

  6. Finally, add of sound effects to maintain surprise. I decided not to add any to this specific cue.


*Epic Cue 1 composed by Dave Wirth, Copyright and Published 2019 Fire, Fire, Red Star Down! ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

**Score is Published 2019 Fire, Fire, Red Star Down! ASCAP

Capelinhos - Miniature Film Score

Using found footage of an eruption of Capelinhos in 1957, this video presents the terrifying blurriness of an eruption of a volcano, and really, the effects of that on a civilization. The music for this was such a joy to create!

Video: Capelinhos

Author: Alzira Simas

URL: https://archive.org/details/MarleneAn...

Copyright: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 CC

Url: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...

Ghost Town - Miniature Film Score

I found a video of a very dilapidated ghost town. It reminded me a lot of some creepy scary movies I've seen lately. This miniature film score is meant to accentuate that feeling of a creepy loneliness.

Original Video: Gerry Fialka Super 8 Movies Cottage Cottage Cheese

Link: https://archive.org/details/GerryFialkaSuper8MoviesCottageCottageCheese

Author: Gerry Fialka

Citrus Drink - Miniature Film Score

It's August, and in Austin Texas we need everything we can get our hands on to stay cool. What better time than to publish this citrusy miniature film score, eh?

All footage was found on www.videvo.com, and with the exception of the two videos below, all have the same “Royalty Free License.” The two that do not are

https://www.videvo.net/video/fizzy-summer-cocktail/6651/ “Videvo Attribution License”, by author: Videvo

https://www.videvo.net/video/fresh-lemons-on-tree/6027/ “Videvo Attribution License”, by author: Videvo

Epic Cliff Sketch

This video is part of a series of videos called Film Scores For Photographs, which are musical sketches that explore the story of a single photograph and then sets that story to music.

This video's photograph is named The Amfitheater mountain / Das Amphitheater Berg, was taken by Marco Verch, and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Photo URL: https://flic.kr/p/Lam5cp
Photographer: https://www.flickr.com/photos/30478819@N08/
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Spaceship Sketch

A quick musical sketch of a photo that seems like it should be part of a spaceship:

This video is part of a series of videos called Film Scores For Photographs, which are musical sketches that explore the story of a single photograph and then sets that story to music.

This video's photograph is named Star Trail, was taken by Toufique E Joarder, and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Photo URL: https://flic.kr/p/ozKv7J
Photographer: https://www.flickr.com/photos/toufique_e_joarder/
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Film Score For A Photograph: Star Sketch 1

Star Sketch 1 is part of a series of videos called Film Scores For Photographs, which are musical sketches that explore the story of a single photograph.


This video's photograph is named Star Trail, was taken by Toufique E Joarder, and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Photo URL: https://flic.kr/p/ozKv7J
Photographer: https://www.flickr.com/photos/toufique_e_joarder/
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/