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Babylon 5 Theme (Drum Pets reimagination)

2014/06/11 No Comments »

Another deviation into grandiose orchestral music.

So I was ogling the demo videos for Sonokinetic’s new flagship sample library, Grosso, and got a bad case of consumeritis. It sounds spectacular, and it has a discounted introductory price. Still, I try to exercise a little self-discipline from time to time, so I still haven’t bought it. Also, I don’t have the money right now. Also, my sample library hard drive is full. This, of course, opens up a whole new can of worms, as I’ve been pondering a computer upgrade, or switch, rather, from laptop to desktop.

A stalemate, for sure. I was still inspired, though, so I sat down with the urge to create something orchestral. I got an impulse the other day to have a go at the Babylon 5 theme. Babylon 5 was a huge favourite of mine, and Christopher Franke’s seminal score certainly played a part. The hybrid orchestral sound (classic orchestra sounds with electronic elements) is quite in vogue these days, and I think Franke must be considered one of the genre’s pioneers, with his smooth blend of synths and the Berlin Symphony.

I spent a little time figuring out the chords (I am a bit chord-challenged), and started layering stuff. I ended up using several of my sample libraries – and I bloody well should; I’ve spent a shiteload of money on them: the most important elements are Action Strings (the staccato string section), Damage (the drum base) and a brass patch from Orchestral Essentials. I like layers, though, and I really went to town this time. Grosso’s predecessor, Minimal, worked out wonderfully; it has some really expressive orchestral phrases that adds a ton of realism and depth. There’s a bit of Symphobia in there too, and also some brass stabs from Ableton Suite and some Soundiron libraries (Apocalypse Elements and Olympus Elements). The electro parts are Sylenth1 and Razor.

I haven’t done anything as far as mixing is concerned, but I wanted to wrap it up in one sitting, so I left it as it is. I don’t know a whole lot about mixing orchestral music anyway.

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