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Well I've been writing orchestral music for around 18 months now and of late I've been working on some really nice pieces but they've been generally quite introspective and low-key.

I decided that it was time for me to write a real 'adventure' piece of music, drawing on influences from John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith.

So, without further ado I present Night Escape. This piece is a real homage to some of my favourite adventure scores. You can download it from

People who've been following my blog should also be pleased by the amount of chromatic mediants and tritone changes I threw in. This time I've even used chromatic changes over a constant bass note in a polytonal manner. All this over alternating bars of 4/4 and 5/4 in true Jerry Goldsmith style.

This was also another chance to showcase WIVI which I used for all brass and woodwinds in the piece.

Hope you all like it!

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Comment by Carlos da Silveira on February 7, 2008 at 11:19am
Hey James, I´ve listened to the mix you pointed me to. I think that on a second audition the cinematic effect is well accomplished. The title tells the story so, maybe, the ending is right for a settlement in the action, i.e: the guy that was escaping finally arrives to a safe place. I´ve liked better the orchestration and the use of different instrumental colors in a second audition too. You definitely have a personal voice and the resources to accomplish your vision.


Comment by James Semple on February 7, 2008 at 5:03am
Thank you very much Carlos!

Interesting point about the ending. Perhaps I'll take a look at building this into a huge climax.

There is a slightly different mix at


Comment by Carlos da Silveira on January 16, 2008 at 8:38am
Hi James, I´ve listened your piece. Great use of samples, well accomplished orchestration and, overall, the lost art of dynamics! On the composition side I need a good old great ending! The piece seem to go that way but it dissolves pianissimo. I don´t know, that´s what I thought while I was listening. Nevertheless great composition and orchestration skills. Hope to hear more from you in the future.

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