A NEW DEADLINE FOR THE ELIAS COMPOSER CONTEST!

Good news, everyone! ELIAS Composer Contest organisers have granted us an extra two weeks to finalize our entires into the event, making the new deadline the 2nd of May 2016. I had worked to the previous deadline (18th April) so I have a submission that I can demonstrate today. Keep in mind, we now have an extra two weeks, so the following example will no-doubt evolve, perhaps with instrumentation and more stingers.

REQUIREMENTS

Phase 1:

  • A wav file less than 1 minute in length
  • Demonstrate at least three intensity levels, preferably low, mid and high.

When you woke up this morning to see a cloudless sky and the first buds of spring waving in the garden, you knew that today would be a perfect day to pay your friends in Fae Way a visit!
With a backpack full of your famous apple muffins, you make your way through the verdant woodland; surrounded by birdsong and the distant trickling of a brook. You smile to yourself as you catch sight of the first tree-house that signals the border of the quaint little town and quicken your step.

But what’s that? You can hear shouting. It has to be happy shouting, right?

As you run into the town square you’re shocked to see many of your friends are being rounded up into cages by those no-good Red Caps from over the hills. You’re not about to have your perfect day and the chance of a picnic with friends spoiled so, unzipping your backpack, you arm yourself with muffins and set about restoring order to Fae Way by bringing down as many Red Caps as possible either by distracting them with a tasty treat or just knocking a few over long enough to free your friends.

STORYTELLING THROUGH ADAPTIVE AUDIO

By looking at the inspiration for the contest, we can break the story into smaller chunks, or in the case of ELIAS, Triggers. Each Trigger will be a section of the story, told in music, that can adapt to the next Trigger-Level within four bars (earlier with the use of stingers).

Trigger One

When you woke up this morning to see a cloudless sky and the first buds of spring waving in the garden, you knew that today would be a perfect day to pay your friends in Fae Way a visit! 

Trigger Two

With a backpack full of your famous apple muffins, you make your way through the verdant woodland; surrounded by birdsong and the distant trickling of a brook.

Trigger Three

You smile to yourself as you catch sight of the first tree-house that signals the border of the quaint little town and quicken your step.

Trigger Four

But what’s that? You can hear shouting. It has to be happy shouting, right? As you run into the town square you’re shocked to see many of your friends are being rounded up into cages by those no-good Red Caps from over the hills.

Trigger Five

You’re not about to have your perfect day and the chance of a picnic with friends spoiled so, unzipping your backpack, you arm yourself with muffins and set about restoring order to Fae Way by bringing down as many Red Caps as possible either by distracting them with a tasty treat or just knocking a few over long enough to free your friends.

The storyline we have been given is linear, it tells a story in progressive sections. To match this progression, the music must be able to adapt to the next section of story. Let’s listen to the one-minute example once again to listen how ELIAS sounds in real-time when changing Triggers relatively quickly.

Thanks for reading and stay creative!

Next blogpost, I will talk about the score I have written for Jacinta Scadden’s short film, “Framed”.

 

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