Tolkien, as you may have gathered by now is one of my main inspirations and my obsession with his works seems to be growing. In The Silmarillion Tolkien describes the Sea-Elves and their majestic ships, a fleet unmatched in beauty and craftsmanship and drawn by the great swans. I have composed some music to capture the grandeur of these ships and the piece ‘Lord of the Waters’ tells of the sailing to Aqualondë, haven of swans. In addition to the music I have read excerpts from Tolkien, The Illustrated Encyclopedia by David Day (2012, Bounty Books), hopefully this will serve as inspiration to animators, artists and story-tellers and bring life to these rarely told gems in Tolkiens great body of work.
Creating Lord of Waters
On the 1st of July 2014 I went into the Audient studio of SAE-QANTM Brisbane with 4 hours of studio time, a couple of books on Tolkien and the inspiration to tell one of his tales, bringing it to life with music. I composed the music, making a short-score version for piano (instrument plug-in for Pro-Tools) and recorded myself reading passages from David Day’s book Tolkien, The Illustrated Encyclopedia.
To record the vocal I stayed in the control-room, chose the Heil PR40, set up a pop-filter and made use of a reflective shield.
I set myself up with a headphone mix of the short-score so there was no bleed into the vocal mic and recorded the vocal in a couple of takes (if the idea takes off then someone with a good story telling voice can be recorded!). Happy with the outcome and pushed for time I had to pack up so I saved the session and exported the MIDI track, the MIDI was orchestrated later that day outside of the studio using Logic Pro. Once orchestrated I bounced the audio to a stereo track and used Pro-Tools once again to edit the vocal and layer it on the music (the coming together of music and vocal was done on the 2nd of July at home).
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