So to pick up the piece where I am now… (I didn’t start this blog when I started to compose the music, we’re already 10 minutes in).
Hero mouse Raoul left his parent’s house, crossed the dangerous Sandy Road with the help of ComeOn, a large black crow, and is now walking towards the next obstacle (which will be the large river) on the way to TomCat’s house (called The Old Barn).
This is not going to be a relaxed walk or even a comfortable one for the little mouse, because the Crow keeps on insisting to hear the story of the cat who broke into the mouse hole, kidnapped the little baby mouse and Raoul who fought the cat… only… Raoul didn’t fight the cat, instead he was hiding under his bed. Not something he’s very proud of though and therefor isn’t mentioning it in his story.
Now, how do I put this walk of shame on music? My thoughts are going something like this:
What’s the action? It’s a walk, so there must be some kind of walking music (4/4 meter, kind of march like mood). What kind of walk is it? It’s a walk of shame for Raoul, so it is not going to be happy music for sure, and also not too fast, it should be heavy (brass steps? Tuba/bass drum on the beat?) like walking with lead in his shoes.
That’s for the context of the scene, now the musical material itself. The rule I have set for myself in this composition is that I would take EVERYTHING somehow from the intro music, so all the music after that is related to that 1st part, creating this way a feeling of unity in the full composition. Every character in the story has gotten his own theme (melody), unique to them but at the same time still connected to each other, because it all comes from the same musical source (the intro music).
So how do I get my musical material for this specific scene? By asking myself these questions:
– Who’s in the scene? Raoul and ComeOne (so I will use their theme material, but adjusted to the current scene situation)
– Any kind of interesting surrounding actions going on that should be mirrored in the music? No, it’s just a walk over the grass from the Road to the River.
– What should the music reflect again? Raoul’s walk of shame.
Enough talk! Time to write this scene. In the next post you will hear how I did it. Till then!