Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Epic Scenery

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The Epic Scenery
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 03/31/13


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I felt like writing something to symbolize a sort of grandiose, wondrous landscape/scenery, such as what one would find in Alaskan fjords, for instance. I wanted something grand and sweeping, with an undertone of etherealism, and this is what I came up with. (I even used the beautifully breathy Shakuhachi!)

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

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  1. 03/09/12: Updated the song with some volume tweaks.
  2. 03/31/13 4:03 AM ET: Re-recorded and remixed with improved sounds, made a few notational tweaks, and added a glockenspiel.
  3. 03/31/13 11:20 PM ET: Made a few little volume tweaks.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Inhuman Soundtrack | Escape from the Chartraine [deprecated]

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Inhuman Soundtrack [deprecated]
Escape from the Chartraine
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 03/30/13


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NOTE: This track no longer comports with the revised version of Inhuman and has been replaced in the soundtrack.

This is part of my soundtrack for my series-turned-upcoming novel, Inhuman, which I’m presently busy overhauling and revising.

This is (an old version of) the score for the very first scene in Chapter 1: Escape and Arrival [old edition]. It’s so annoying when you wake from a peaceful dream to find your spaceship exploding around you …

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

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  1. 03/30/13 2:23 PM ET: Re-recorded and remixed with improved sounds and a (slightly) simplified instrumentation.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Inhuman Soundtrack | Inhuman Theme

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Inhuman Soundtrack
Inhuman Theme
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2010] | Last updated: 03/05/13


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This is part of my soundtrack for my series-turned-upcoming novel, Inhuman, which I’m presently busy overhauling and revising.

This is the main theme for Inhuman, in the form of a short suite to capture the feel and scope of the story as I envision it.

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed Audacity.

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  1. 11/09/11: I have an interview with a potential new music teacher tomorrow (and I’m currently excited as a lemur on crack), so I took the time to polish this up just a bit more, tweaking some volumes and whatnot. (And I also found – about bloody time – how to make the clash cymbals sound decent. Durr.)
  2. 11/10/11: Made a few more tiny volume tweaks.
  3. 03/27/12: Added a flute part to the main theme, and made some other miscellaneous sound tweaks.
  4. 05/07/12: Made a few small volume tweaks (reduced noise during silences, quietened some instruments).
  5. 05/14/12: Updated some instruments (brass, percussion, harp) using Sibelius 7 sounds and remixed from scratch.
  6. 05/14/12 8:15 PM ET: Tweaked some volumes, made the choral slightly more prominent.
  7. 05/22/12 8:25 PM ET: Improved the handbells and made some minor volume tweaks.
  8. 11/22/12 11:08 PM ET: Replaced several instruments with improved versions (thanks, Kontakt!) for an overall smoother, cleaner feel.
  9. 03/04/13 10:05 AM ET: I finally found the right drum sounds I’d been seeking for a while, and I think the result speaks for itself. Also added a brake drum and made a few other minor edits, mostly volume-wise.
  10. 03/05/13 7:05 PM ET: Made a couple more tiny volume tweaks.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.