One can have good ideas but either they are channelled into the wrong vehicle or circumstances beyond one’s control conspire to mean that they don’t see the light of day. When this happens it can be all the more gratifying when eventually they find their true home and no one has any idea that actually they originally germinated on a completely different project.
The two tracks of mine that feature on the Cavendish production music library ‘Moviedrome’ album recorded all the way back in 2002 are good examples of this.
Back in the early 90s I embarked on a project to write a big concert work based Homer’s ‘Odyssey’. It seemed a good idea at the time but after quite a slug of work sketching a number of movements, I lost confidence in the whole direction of the project and in particular the practicalities of how it was ever going to see the light of day.
It seemed a good idea at the time but after quite a slug of work sketching a number of movements, I lost confidence in the whole direction of the project
The other track on the album is called Courageous and also started life in the early 90’s but this time as a pitch for a ‘Captain Bird’s Eye’ Fishfinger commercial! The pitch was always destined for failure, one of those where you discover the director’s nephew gets the gig no matter what the other demos are like. The film for the commercial was only some 40 seconds long and filled with sync points so there simply wasn’t the space to create more than a snappy superhero like motif at the time. I did think the motif had some merit though and it proved to be a useful starting point for the heroic ‘courageous’ track.
The motif was extended into a full melody with a completely new middle 8 section added. The style of the scoring remained roughly the same as it has always been intended to sound as if it were a superhero film score but the structural changes to the melody really meant that all the musical details of the arrangement changed.