Making the animated trailer #6 – music Friday, 19 February 2010Posted by Helen in Animation, Behind the Scenes.
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The music for the Carry a Poem trailer was composed by Adam Brewster, the other half of Binary Fable. I’m going to ask him a few questions about how he went about writing it.
Helen: You wrote the music after the animation was complete. Why’s that?
Adam: So that I knew where the significant points needed to be in the music, and I was sure they wouldn’t change.
Helen: Can you tell me a little about how you got started?
Adam: The first thing was to think of a tune (this usually happens in the shower, but in this case I woke up in the middle of the night with the tune in my head. I could still remember it in the morning, so I wrote it down). Then I embellished the tune in my mind and started to think about what instruments would give the effects I wanted.
After that, I sat down at the computer and worked out the timings. I needed to make sure that all the “hit points” in the action were matched by hit points in the music.
Helen: Did you have a particular style of music in mind, or did the style develop as you worked?
Adam: I felt very strongly that a dance/electronica piece would work best with the visuals.
Helen: The music’s very catchy (my favourite characterisation was from reading champion Colm who described it as an “earworm”!). Was that one of your main aims?
I’m glad it turned out that way, though!
Helen: Finally, tell me about that vocoder…
Adam: If you listen very carefully, there are moments when the music seems to be saying “carry a poem”. This is, in fact, me, saying “carry a poem” – modulated through the synthesiser software to give a slightly ghostly, robotic singing effect (in a way that hasn’t been heard since Mr Blue Sky…!).
Helen Jackson will be writing each week until the end of February about the production of the Carry a Poem trailer. For more blog posts about animation, take a look at Binary Fable’s blog.