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New audio: “…and Found” – Inspired by ABC’s LOST

July 16th, 2009 2 comments


There was a little contest going on in the guise of “fan appreciation” for ABC’s hit show LOST, and I found out about it last night.  Unfortunately, the contest ends tonight, but I decided to send my entry off anyway to see if they might accept it 8 hours late (next day air FTW).  Regardless, you all get to hear what I can do when pressed for time (and with a 60-second time limit…not that many of my works on the site go much longer than that).  It should be in the player to the right side of the page.  This short piece entitled “…and Found” is meant to run during a title sequence if one existed, and was inspired entirely by Michael Giacchino’s work on the show.  I hope some of his expertise rubbed off on me!  The man is a gold mine right now, so I could stand to learn from someone making as much money as he is.

I will amend an instrument list later if anyone is interested.

Adding a KwaEr (“choir”)

June 30th, 2009 2 comments
EWQL's Symphonic Choirs

EWQL's Symphonic Choirs

I’ve been playing around a lot with EastWest|Quantum Leap’sSymphonic Choir” package (which runs on the Play VSTi like most of their products), in conjunction with Word Builder.  Word Builder advertises that you “type in words for the choir to sing” which is a bit misleading as, although it works sometimes, it makes much more sense to use the exceptionally specific Votox language.

Votox allows you to type in phonemes using a standard QWERTY keyboard, and doesn’t use the non-English characters normally seen in dictionaries (such as a schwa).  For instance, if I wanted my choir to sing the word “cow”, I might type the word in plain English.  However, let’s say I want more control over the dipthong and the choir should sing more of an “ew” sound instead of “ah” followed by the default long vowel sound “oh”, I would switch to Votox and type “KaO”.   The ‘K’ and ‘a’ are likely self-evident, but the capital ‘O’ triggers the sound your voice and mouth make when your lips are in the shape of the letter, which can be more closely represented as “ooh” (i.e., “cool” as opposed to “coal”).

All of this is relatively inconsequential, as the best way to learn is just to play around with the tool; and it’s absolutely hilarious to get to know!  Imagine having an entire group of men and women singing “This shoe smells like poo” in the typical C-maj sequence I-IV-I-V-I!!

Hours of pure, gut-busting laughter. I promise!

After the novelty wears off, you’re left with an extraordinarily poweful tool that is slightly hindered by the difficulty of routing MIDI and/or the generated audio into and out of your DAW. An update has been announced for Word Builder and Symphonic Choirs that will integrate the two tools which are currently separate applications (Why? Not a clue), and make this particular composer very happy.

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