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Scoring over rubato source music

Discussion in 'Tips, Tricks & Talk' started by Marko Dvojkovic, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. So, the title basically says it all, how would you approach scoring a sequence in scene over source music that has rhythm all over the place?
    It is basically a melody, some parts are harmonised it is also quite random, there are no repeating figures, but that's not the issue. I normally wouldn't score over it but the assignment is to score the whole scene.
    I developed all of my ideas so far from transcribing that source music, but damn, I know that if it had discernable rhythm I wouldn't be struggling.
    I harmonised it and stick the chords to that source music melody so I guess my score will also be rubato there...
    The only other approach that comes to my mind is to just to put a very long note or chord through whole sequence but I don't know that's kind of lame xD.
    Any other ideas are welcome, thanks folks!
  2. Without hearing/seeing what you are describing I don't know how to offer any specific advice.

    Trust your instincts, and if you fail......that's how you learn.

    Good Luck
  3. Ok, here is the scene
    and source music starts at 0:33. I am sorry for not providing the scene in the first place, but I am looking for really general concepts for solving that problem so...
  4. It will feel forced as you mentioned the scene does not need any extra soundtrack.

    That said:

    I would avoid the register that the harmonica is in.

    Use a contrasting, but complementary sounding instrument like an acoustic guitar.

    Then it's about your storytelling instincts and the direction the director would want the music to convey.

    I did a quick improv for you. I used a "Pyhrgian Cadence" and basically followed the harmonica to not interfere with the narrator either.

    It's just a rough recording from my phone but you can have a listen here

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/u8647nqz0vmv9n1/Grapes of Wrath.mp3?dl=0
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  5. Thank you very much for suggestions, I am tempted to listen to what you did now, but I will first try and maybe fail on my own as you said and then check it.
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