Alrighty, so I've got yet another song to send out to you peeps. The last piece I sent off was for the waldo trailer which was a reeeeally fun piece to compose..........but thinking back there were some issues with it......clipping, redoing 30 minutes of work that was lost, etc.........Anyway, so this piece I'm sending out is a piece to showcase the power of Storm Drum 2 from East West Quantum Leap (EWQL) and also the fun of using the lovely lil' Audio Export feature in Logic Pro which I'll explain later in this e-mail. So it's not a long piece but it gets the point across of what's possible to do......on top of that there are a few ideas that I really enjoyed, the theme towards the end.....where I think on a later piece I'll flesh that out because it kind of puts it out there but it doesn't develop.....and I reeeally dig the chord progression and how the strings flow with it......
Anyway, so this piece it was hugely influenced from Harry Gregson-Williams work off the Spy Games.......yes I went and watched that movie today and it's an extremely great movie! The soundtrack is just as good as the movie, thus I listened to the "Training Montage" piece, digging the beats, the synths, the usaged of rythms and whatever else. Also another influence is from John Powell's work off the Italian Job, I believe it's called "The Heist" but I'm not sure......Anyway, another great piece. As for the style itself, I was kind of leaning towards the style and feel of the my Mr. Drake files....some rockin' piano with some sweet strings and some electronic beats giving us the groove....So I was going for that approach.
As for the main purpose of this piece which is to showcase Storm Drum 2 and some key features you can find in Logic Pro, one of the prominent things I used was the Audio Export which is extremely useful for those wanting to manipulate the audio sound. So by simply right clicking your MIDI recorded segment you can select "Export to Audio" which will then export it as an Audio AIFF format. With this you can drag it in and then use the Sample Editor and do whatever you want.......in my case, I would click "Reverse" and place it accordingly......so for all those using Logic Pro, that's how you do that. As for Storm Drum 2.....if you have 395 bucks to splurge, it's sooooo worth it! So I used a number of their instruments from Fuzz Box to Distorbia to the Black Drum Kit and numerous others....all the beats were all made, none of this "looped" business...And also you can do the Audio Export thing as well with those and manipulate the sounds whichever way you want. And one more thing to add......panning. If you haven't explored panning and the fun it makes your music sound.....do it....after listening to a lot of techno and electronica music, panning hi hats and other rhythmic instruments is a cool way to elevate your music.
Obviously my usual rig for composing is the same as always, which doesn't take much at all haha! A 13 inch MacBook Pro 2009 model with 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8GB of RAM, 250GB Hard drive, MOTU Symphonic Orchestra, EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Gold & Storm Drum 2, Logic Pro, M-Audio Keystation and my newest addition, my lovely Apogee ONE audio interface.......and that's it......that and a creative mind I suppose could come in handy too haha!!! Anyway, enjoy the piece.