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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 http://www.jamessemple.com/music/escape.mp3.

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.

Best

Carlos
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 http://www.jamessemple.com/music/escape4.mp3

Regards

James
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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