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Adding my orchestral score to "The Dark Knight Rises"

Started this discussion. Last reply by MM Coston 15 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hey! I did another one of these rescoring assignments. This time it's The Dark Knight Rises, not to my mind a terribly good film and consequently not a terribly cohesive chase scene even if you've…Continue

Tags: cue, soundtrack, knight, dark, the

Adding orchestral score to Harry Potter - Voldemort & Dumbledore's duel

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sylwester Faustmann Jan 10. 12 Replies

This was done as the assignment for Film Scoring Practice on facebook, but I finished early and thought someone might like it, or have some thoughts, or both. This was scored as a self-contained clip…Continue

Tags: rescore, orchestra, voldemort, dumbledore, potter

"Sails and Waypoints" - new recording with full orchestra

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Dexter Dec 17, 2017. 16 Replies

Hey all, I did another one. It's a more considered and less complicated piece than the previous session with this company (…Continue

Tags: slow, cue, melodic, emotional, classical

Introducing Dave Dexter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Harris Nov 22, 2017. 7 Replies

Hi all!I've been on the forum for two years or so now, joining at around the time I started to get more seriously into "real" composing - as in mockups that could be scored and played rather than…Continue

 

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MM Coston replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Adding my orchestral score to "The Dark Knight Rises"
"I like the music but it doesn't seem to fit the clip. Although, I've never seen this movie so maybe it does. In contrast, the Harry Potter one you posted (which was awesome, btw) seemed intricately woven into the scene. Its probably a…"
15 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"I was drawn to the title of Blow It Up, Start Again and loved it!"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO EXPRESS INTEREST APPROACHING
"It's not required. I personally would like it, but it's not my forum."
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO EXPRESS INTEREST APPROACHING
"Yep, still got my integrity, thanks for noticing! Anyway, how about you be the change you want to see in this world and take your argument somewhere else like Gav asked :)"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO EXPRESS INTEREST APPROACHING
"Self promotion here is fine and inevitable. Self promotion whilst giving nothing back is contemptible. Your antipathy (and bizarre, hostile connection to psychoanalysis even though nothing I said was psychoanalytical) to this concept suggests you…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO EXPRESS INTEREST APPROACHING
"Lol. For the record I'm with Rodney. Some people like to share and help others on forums, many others just post their music and want (let's be honest here) praise, exposure or promotion. A minimum post count would be hard to police but if…"
Friday
Dave Dexter replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Adding my orchestral score to "The Dark Knight Rises"
"Thanks, Robert - and that's fair enough, different directors go for different styles so obviously people will too. Had Nolan hired me, I'd probably not get away with this. But if Whedon hired me, I might :)Imagine getting a scoring gig,…"
Thursday
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"A huge amount of development and variation is possible in two minutes. Think of it as a challenge if it's something you don't find easy atm."
Thursday
Robert Fisher replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Adding my orchestral score to "The Dark Knight Rises"
"You know what you're doing musically and on the production side of things for sure though it just wasn't working for me stylistically with this film. It could be tainted by my familiarity with the original Zimmer score though which I…"
Thursday
Dave Dexter replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"John, you deleted your post? but I did see Dunkirk - not a fan of Zimmer's usage and arrangement of Nimrod there. As I recall it was tonally jarring and didn't sound very good, personally."
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to Joel's discussion Best places to get published?
"The obvious first step for me would be to find companies with a catalog that matches the music you want to publish, especially if they specialise or at least accommodate older style pieces from contemporary composers. Recordings or performances are…"
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"Those pieces are my everest, I'm glad I've introduced you to something new. I strongly recommend the Bairstow works - very encapsulated writing with a great deal of varied texture and arrangement and quite unusual harmonies, without ever…"
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"Have you heard this choral arrangement of Nimrod (or perhaps Nimrod is an orchestral arrangement of Lux Aeterna? It's pretty astounding imo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwdeqVmXlHk"
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to Caspian Moon's discussion My compositions
"No problem there, they work well on guitar - might be easy to overblow orchestrally. If you have access to a classical guitar, you could try playing some passages on it to add a wider range of texture. I'd offer to record a version myself but I…"
Monday
Dave Dexter replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"I've been more impacted by soundtrack composers, not through snobbery but just exposure and inclination. Classically, choral composing has probably had the greatest impact on my approach to harmony and progression; Thomas Tallis' Spem in…"
Monday
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"To be fair, this is more about scheduling than compositional quality."
Jan 14

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Orchestral/classical/choral
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
Where do you live?
Liverpool
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
A composer and guitarist in many styles, now focused on purely orchestral, classical and choral pieces in the hope of film and large-scale game work. Into Williams, Arnold, Powell, Silvestri, Elfman and all that good stuff.
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https://www.davedexter.com

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At 5:34pm on April 8, 2017, Ray Kemp said…
Funnily enough it sort of highlights the way I build a cue except I don't bother with the score but rather do it all in the DAW. Chords eventually being split into individual parts.
At 7:48am on April 8, 2017, Ray Kemp said…
Dave, I wonder if you've seen this towards your study of JW type scoring
https://youtu.be/4Bhyd8hyF24

Ray
At 5:02pm on August 7, 2015, Tyler Hughes said…
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