What you see before you is a personification of the english summer, the shorts of optimism, it’s july. The sun is bound to come out eventually it’s going to be lovely and warm the sweater of perpetual disappointment. This is england, it’s bound to be lukewarm and a little bit rainy. So this is really the british condition, but i have come here to the devil’s homes this place steeped in folklore, to explore a really interesting brand new sample library from spitfire audio, but just before we get into the library. I just want to explain what these extraordinary things are. These are bronze age, burial, mounds and allegedly down there somewhere. Is a viking king? How you doing mate? Okay, so what happened? Was the vikings have been on a raiding party to exeter, which is about 100 miles? That way, and on their way home and there’s a lesson here for all of us. They decided to stop off at chichester to do a bit of plundering and they met with a little bit more resistance than they expected they all got wiped out. So under these mounds are the viking kings and in the you forest around me lie the spirits and bodies of the viking warriors perpetually to roam through these. You, forests, taking selfies and wondering why they ever turned left stopped at the services at chichester. Why they didn’t keep going because they could have been at home with a nice glass of mead, watching denmark on the television or a box set of the bridge right.
So what i’m gon na do is take some moody, folk, lorry sort of shots, cut them together and then we’ll take them home and we’ll give solstice a try, which is a library that draws on the rich folk tradition of british music. Up to now, spitfire has very much been focused on orchestral. Music solstice explores this new direction and arguably the folk traditions of british music are richer and even more varied um than our classical orchestral um tradition. So i’m, really looking forward to this it’s, a really exciting library and it’s. Quite a big one, so we’re gon na have lots to talk about let’s, get going two days later Music. So a couple of days have passed. Um, the sun is out look it’s, lovely um, it’s half past six in the morning i’m got my fresh cup of tea we’re on our way to our to the shed to start working with solstice and see what it has to offer um in the meantime, uh Our noble video editor hugh, has compiled quite a lot of those shots. We took up on kingly bale into a little micro movie, which we’re going to ziggy come out um, which we’re going to score. So we we’ve got a kind of sort of viking movie. Of of a kind, and which might be you know, right up, um solstice is uh, oh donkey come on, girl, concentrate Applause might be right up solstice’s street, but anyway we’ll see um it’s.
Oh here we go first thing in the morning. The chaos that is my shed right, let’s fire up the beast and get going Music right. Let us get down to this now. What’S going to happen is first of all, we’re going to have a look at solstice albion solstice and give you a quick uh. Once over of the library itself, then we’re going to show you uh a little movie, the movie we’ve made about vikings and where did that come anyway, um and uh. So we’ll do some spotting we’ll talk about how you’re gon na write music to um the movie and then i’m gon na do a little bit of scoring i’m. I don’t know how far we’ll get into it, because obviously scoring takes a little while and sometimes it’s boring to watch and sometimes interesting, so it’s, this sort of little video is going to fall into these three sections. Best news. You noticed, i said you’re going to score it. Yes, what we’re doing um this movie uh! You can download it and have a go yourself. So, underneath this video somewhere, there is a link to um our how to score films, guide, pdf and this little time coded movie, so that you can have a go yourself. And if you have a go post, your movie in the comments and if there’s enough of them i’ll do a live workshop and we’ll talk about your work. Okay, how much fun is that okay, calm down guy calm down it’s too early for this level of excitement.
Right shall i introduce you to albion solstice? Yes, i think i will okay here it is. It runs inside contact full version of contact, so i mean no no it’s uh it’s in the library’s tab. So therefore you can use it with player as well. Um it’s. This little fella here it has this funky little interface, okay, so the way the library is structured is like this um you get a choice between the cassette orchestra, the drone grid and solstice orchestra. I will tell you this is quite a big library, it’s there’s a lot going on here. Okay, albion is all about ensembles. There are almost there’s, no individual instruments, uh in here so you’re not going to get sort of celtic felt fiddle, whatever you’re going to get some traditional strings mixed with some accordion mixed with et cetera. So it works like that, and i mean that is the whole albion, vibe um, so but there’s loads and loads and loads of articulations in each of these instruments. I mean this one here: uh, which is one of those uh, the string ones um the uh. Look. You see your boo, you got what a dozen different articulations in there, so you are getting quite a lot of uh stuff which you won’t find elsewhere. Now do you remember when i was standing on top of that um hill in the murky mist? I was saying how it’s sort of folk, or into it sort of is um it’s.
It draws on a very wide range of sources of musical inspiration, there’s, a big falcon element in there there’s a big celtic element in there, but there’s. Also some electric guitar there’s. Some percussion and drums there’s some sort of sort of contemporary classical sort of thing. So it’s, no one thing it’s a lot of different things pushed together which is really cool because it’s different and the one thing everybody is crying now poor is different. So you know not another orchestral library or rest of it. This points in a different direction, but as you’ll see what i mean when we get into this, oh hang on, we should be getting into this. Why didn’t? I remind myself of that earlier right. Let me start playing some stuff because otherwise uh you’ll get bored um. So this is what they do. Okay, let’s. The cassette orchestra is um, essentially um it’s, just like a sound design tool. More than anything else. Let me go through these two first shum here. He is hello friend, oh hello, um, so it’s like a synthesizer, but all the original stuff, Music, all the originals uh, all the original sounds are totally organic and, and some of them are some of the traditional some so it’s like a synthesizer but it’s kind of The eco friendly organic, you know certified organic it’s, the whole foods for those of you whole foods version of synthesis, because you can sort of feel the gritty smelly naturalness of it gritty, smelly, naturalness.
Why don’t always use that as their sleeker? No okay and then there is this fella, which is called the drone grid. Now you know owners of um, uh evos will recognize this thing here, so each of these columns is a different evolution. So if i go on this one now i hold ctrl and click on that and you get you set the whole thing to one of them and it sounds like this: nice Music. You can hear it changing and evolving Music. One of the nice things about evos is you can sort of, let them go for a while and they just kind of do their thing hang on. Can i i’ve got something heavy enough Music? Have i got something heavy enough, i’ll be back in a minute Music. Oh, you see it can compose without me being here sort of yeah anyway um, so you got loads of these different evos and they all sort of do some sort of that kind of thing. Um the main event here, the main event is the solstice orchestra and that’s. What we’re gon na be looking at, mostly um. So let me show you how that works, and here it is okay. There we go so in the solstice orchestra. You have all these. This list of things sure the elders, the callers, the mystics, the black hearts, the hosts there’s quite a lot of brandings. Going into this. To give it a kind of unified feel because it’s basically strings brass and woodwind pipes by pipes, i mean sort of whistles and recorders band which is sort of accordion and stuff, like that: choir, electric stuff, acoustic, guitars and mandolins, and things belts and mallets and percussion.
And it sounds a bit like this uh. This is uh. What have i got here? I’Ve got elders, okay, so the elders thing can’t the strings come in two basic flavors there’s, the classic octet, and you get you get this kind of okay, so that’s the legato and i’m going to whack the releases right up on there. Music but it’s got quite cool stuff like these hairpins. I personally love hairpins, well it’s, because, like that, just like me, it’s really nice, then it’s got weird stuff like a patch called malevolent. Is that malevolent? I do not feel threatened by my contact instrument. It’S! Quite nice, though, Music it’s, all subtle, stuff and then there’s, sinister and sinister, is slightly different to malevolent. Okay, so that’s the classic. So each of these is subtly diff and sometimes not so subtly different. A lot of these also come with um effects, as well as the traditional instruments get effects an evo and some motors motors are things like Music this and you can organize that it’s all sort of um syncs to uh to to midi and things like this, the Traditional ones: oh no, there they go so by traditional. I think they mean that’s, where they bring in the sort of fel, folk and celtic, and all that kind of malarkey, Music and there’s. The long something Music and they’ve got all kinds of things. I’Ve never seen before, like this hmm go you kid pond, so you’ve got all that kind of stuff going on and there’s a single solar base.
Uh they’ve got brass and woodwind. This is a brass and woodwind evo mystery pipes, uh band, etc. That kind of thing um i’m, just giving you the world’s quickest, run through here, hurdy girdies and drones. I quite like this one. This is that could be useful, bellows and strings a band plucked Music. Then there’s, some really nice choir stuff as well Music. He says playing the world’s worst chord: okay and they’ve got a lot of kind of more percussive stuff and uh sort of a little drum loop enough of this okay, so that’s the 900 mile an hour overview. Ladies and gentlemen, now let’s move to part two of our uh extravaganza and we’ll have a look at this little film which we’ve made um it’s gon na have a run at an oscar next year, it’s just a work of genius, um, no um, actually hugh the Editor has done a wonderful job with my slightly wonky footage, but there we go right, so this is um a movie uh, unlike all uh movies, in film and television. It comes with this time code burnt in at the top um. So that gives you an exact reference to every frame of the film, so it starts the first when you first look through a film like this, you got to feel where the sections are, where the shots have got something in common, where there’s a change in in The spirit of the thing you may feel that that oh look, there’s a large english bloke disappearing from sight i’d rather like that, and i promised you a viking ghost look.
I mean come on when i promise you a viking ghost. What have you got there? Hey? What you’ve actually got there is tom from the office tom’s a very good acoustic guitarist and he has a budgerigar called frank he really does, but for for today i said to him: is it in your job stretch him to come, dress up as a viking? Anyway? There he is dressed up as a viking being tom, so okay, so we’ve got the ghostly uh, the ghostly viking. So obviously this is a kind of title moment, so you know if we’re going to say vikings or whatever that’s, where it would come up. So this opening sequence needs to reach some kind of climax. Here then a said english person walks down the hill and it then moves into another. Little sort of this is evolving into a different section. Here’S me a bit of a time lapse, then we’re going into the woods and now the rest of this has got this kind of we’re now into the sort of the eu forests where all the vikings fell and where their ghosts wander uh deep into the night. So this section has a different feel: um. Oh look! You haven’t got frank on your shoulder: where’s frank: the badgery guard top okay, come on he’s, a viking he’s, a viking, so it’s moody and all that kind of thing, and so this whole last section of it. Um, you know if this was a documentary.
This is where the voiceover will be coming and explaining. You know the significance of the vikings and how they all the ghosts take selfies, because that’s really what viking ghosts do if you’ve never met a viking, ghost they’re, just obsessive about selfies, ridiculous, okay right so um! You look at the film like this and you go. Okay, now some people use markers at specific points and that’s a perfectly reasonable thing to do you know, so you can so you can see where it is now. The thing is interesting thing: okay, look at this um pop myself in there pop that down there. Okay, um, a lot of when we’re talking about hit points hit points are things you want to try and reflect in the music it isn’t as though there is just one point at which you know it’s not like somebody’s, just cracked, an egg on his head, so It because he fades in so the fade starts down there, sort of about there um 22 seconds in and he’s fully resolved by 23, so it’s, a one second 25 frame fade up and then he’s gone again. So you have to decide if you’re going to hit that um, where exactly so, what a probably would do is something which reaches a sort of a sort of natural climax about there, where he makes eye contact with you at about 24. Something like that. There we go and i’ve now put a little marker in and the markers are useful um.
The most important thing about markers is Applause that you make sure that they are locked to time code, not music. You see i mean so if i turn that to that, if i, if i leave the music one on and all doors which do markers, do this um it’ll say: oh, that marker is at uh b1 bar 13.. However, i think that’s a clever way. I can show you more of this: there we go sort of okay. However, if i change that note symbol thing there to the clock, it now is locked to the time code not to the place in the music. So if i change the tempo it’ll it’ll still stay where um the viking pops up. Okay, so markers are useful for that reason, right moving on um, okay, so then we’ve got this sort of little section here, where i’m sort of wandering down. Then we go into the woods, and this is definitely so. If, if there’s a feel to the whole front of the thing, you could use the title to motivate a change in the music, but by the time you get into the woods, you definitely need to be in a slightly different place and that’s a bit more suspenseful. The way it’s pov walking about you know your viking. Then it calms down a bit with this stuff of the yew tree and then we end up at the end. Okay, now part three i’m now going to try and score a bit of this.
I don’t know how it’s going to go. You never do you know um, just remember if you want to try scoring it for yourself now, i’ve broken it down, for you, click the little link down below and we’ll. Send you a pdf and the movie uh. So you can have a go and then you can put it on youtube post it in the comments and then, if there’s enough of them, as i said before, we’ll do a live workshop and say what’s, good and what’s bad and how you can do it better. Okay, what more can i say right so let’s start at the beginning of the movie uh, which is you don’t, always start when you’re scoring a movie, you don’t always start right at the beginning. Actually, sometimes you’ll try and find the crucial scene and try and start working out what your themes are and and if you can crack the difficult scenes uh then the easy ones come later. So you want to try and get your themes down anyway. This whole film is only about a minute and a half two minutes long. How long is it i don’t know i’m not going to look now. Oh sam, because i’m now curious one minute and 21 seconds there. We go right, uh term, so we need something which is gentle and wafty over this front. Let’S put it there underneath me, hello, um, okay, let’s, move into elder class uh how about the? How about an elder evo, Music start higher guy.
I quite like that. Now something i used to do wrong uh for a long time. I would try and do what i call tempo maps so i’d work out. Okay, if i’m gon na hit that viking there, it needs to be 115 beats a minute and and then i thought, oh, can i think, of a good piece of music, which runs at 115 bits a minute, no that’s, all the wrong way around. You need to feel the music you got to feel the you know. How does it so don’t get locked into tempo maps too early? You can always tweak things later so i’m, not gon na work with a click we’re just gon na go one. Two three let’s see what’s going on: okay, so i’m gon na start Music. Here we go, you can see the whole thing in one. Go there: Music right, Music, okay, oh it’s, all right i’m going to have another go at it um. I think the spirit of the thing’s, all right, let’s, just remind myself where he ah here we go, but down beat of 12 uh. He uh starts with now bear in mind. You know we we don’t have to do the whole. We don’t have to do everything. There’S going to be other bits of music which are going to play around this okay that works, then something else is going to be going over the top of that and then i’ll take those out by fading it down.
Okay, right, okay, i’m! Perfectly happy with that! Now, what are we going to bring in over the top of all this, because that is not going to do it by itself? Um let’s make this window a bit bigger for you, oh sorry, okay, so let’s try shall we go for some of this choir let’s. Just get the choir interface up, so we can have a look and where is the choir? Oh there we go right. Let’S show you what’s going on here. So we’ve got main techniques uh no way because i’m on the wrong clicked on the wrong thing. There we go that’s, it right main technique, so, as you can see, we’ve what’s that wavering, not wavering but drowning. Oh, i love that that’s really good cellular, not quite sure what that means. Long, r, infinite long e infinite. Oh i’m! Definitely going for one of these. I think i think i like that one. Do you like that one have i made the right choice? It doesn’t really matter because it’s, my music Music. Now the thing feels a bit like cheating, it’s, not cheating, it genuinely is not cheating i’m keeping an eye on the bar numbers and then we’re going to bring in the Music bases. Something else is going to be coming in here. Okay, so far, this is working. Okay, so we got the choir now we need to work out what’s gon na now there’s some percussion down here i’m tempted to get into the world of oh now that is so low that the tiny little ear pieces i’m here i i’ve got it’s just going Music, so i have no idea what that sounds like you’re, probably hearing it in 5.
1, hd wonderfulness or whatever you listen to youtube, you’re, probably sitting on the tube. You know on the underground, the metro, whatever looking at this on your phone. Hello have a nice day at work here i am on your phone. Oh, come on guys, settle down right, see, it’s, all interesting, it’s, all interesting stuff! Nothing comes out straight. Everything’S got an angle, so you’ve got quite a oh there’s, a bit of burn going on. In there baron’s a wonderful, wonderful instrument, i’m going to win look. I have no idea now i’m going to turn the click on, and i think some of this might come in quite handy after after we’ve gone through bar 11. Okay, let’s see Music yep, maybe or maybe keep it something slightly more motorist going through the wandering use. This one wasn’t what i originally thought, but this is working and i can tie this up with another motor, so we got something else: oh it’s, a ghostly, viking, and now after this we need to get rid of this i’m going to leave it long. And then i can get rid of it and fade it out or do whatever else i do, but i don’t think i want it in here: Music, no, okay, you’re gone you’re gone right; okay, so now we’re going to introduce another motor on the top of that And we’re going to use and one of these trend ones must be a motor Music. Oh there it is so these are the strings like the elder classic things, but these are by traditional musicians, so they got a very different vibe let’s go let’s, go down there right.
What have i got the choice, so i’ve got Music, sixteenths, triplets Music. What happens if i move me my mob wheel, Music, oh quite, like i’m, quite enjoying this Music? No, no it’s the right idea! Let but let that drum come in! First don’t come in with the strings at the same time. Okay, guy! Do what i tell you: okay, i’m, going to i’m going to how about the getting in line with the Music? Oh, it sounds vikingish to me, okay, um. I need to tidy the timing up a bit and actually what i’m going to do is bounce it render it in place. Okay, i mean, i hope, you’re starting to see how this is all kind of coming together and how you know. I could faff like this. For quite a while um, i know some of you are quite fond of faffing. So look what we’ve done so far is we’ve successfully transitioned from uh the sort of slow moody bit to something a little bit less slow moody, okay, i’m gon na bring in some. Oh where’s, that gut band thing Music, so no, no! No! No! No! No epic fail. No it’s, not an epic fail, it’s, not an epic fail. If you try uh it doesn’t, you know it’s, not an epic fail if you try and it doesn’t work out. If you think you’ve done great work and actually it’s rubbish, then it’s an epic Music film. I think this is rather a useful sound.
Does it sound like um a oh, the electric one works Music that works Music? That transition does not work okay, but that you’re starting to get the gist of how this mob Music um that’s, not very um. Music Music let’s go for band short Music, Music, okay, that’s, going to help that transition by going or whatever next one Music. I got it right first time and then i’ve got it wrong afterwards. Music now rubbish, guys, Music. I have no idea what vikings sound like ah come on. Do it Music on they go it’s all very well guy putting on the sunglasses out to show that you have doubt that you’re only good when it comes to playing these things, but because you can’t see anything because the sunglasses so scratched now i’m, even less likely To get it right, oh viking, Music, oh just just, stick it in let’s! Just just do it just just do it Music and my little earpiece is falling to bits. Oh it’s, all going horribly wrong. What look at my ear, i can’t see anything can’t hear anything. Oh okay, look um before you decide and complete twerk let’s just fix this and then i’m going to call it done, because i could be here all day: it’s not ideal. Um i’d probably need a bit more percussion. Oh, i could always add some more percussion that’s. Another idea um or some acoustic motors Music, so Music, okay, then we’re back to swooshy stuff, again, look i’m gon na um.
So look! This is a very interesting library, um it’s. It comes from a completely different direction to anything else. Um certainly very different to anything else: spitfire have done which mean not exclusively but quite well focused on the orchestral tradition. This draws in obviously folk celtic lots of other things as well, and it comes with a very strong and distinctive flavor. I mean that also is a downside from the point of view that it’s more recognizable, because oh it’s got that because it’s it’s, clearly a christian henson, passion, project and it’s, you know it’s part of his musical personality is in this library. I really like the way. They’Ve combined several of their approaches, evolutions and motors, and things like this all into one instrument, that’s, really cool. That makes this very, very useful. Um you see, i can imagine, mixing this up with other libraries on other projects and it just gives it that kind of little, so it doesn’t sound, so f. Obviously it’s going to sound full on uh. You know solstice because that’s all we’re using but imagine using other stuff and the electronic stuff, maybe as well um yeah they’re, really really really really really good. I like it um, so look that’s. All i’ve got for you for today um, but we’re gon na be back very soon with yet more stuff, more scoring more how to do stuff stuff, um, we’re gon na be uh. As i say, i really like to see what you make of this little movie.
Um, you know with tom the viking, with his noble budgerigar frank on his shoulder, and let me know what you, the library as well and that’ll, be really cool and, as i say, if there’s enough of you have a crack at this um scoring thing, then we’ll Do a little live workshop and we’ll look at it and say what’s wrong. So thank you very much indeed to spitfire for letting me have a copy of this library uh very kind of you, uh good job boys. I have to say the interface is really. The interface is excellent. They keep on refining the egg. I don’t know what they do, whether they have developers or umper, wampers or oompa loompas or just um hamsters, who do this? Maybe they’ve got a team of hamsters who design this stuff or on palumpas, but you know who all live in sort of christians sort of fantasy workshop and they turn this stuff out but there’s a lot. If you look carefully in this there’s, more and more and more clever stuff, going on and and little options and mix options and ways of uh changing the stereo image – and you know all kinds of things buried in here which, like this stereo, where then you know It hasn’t gone unnoticed, hasn’t gone unnoticed. Hamsters are number lumpers, oh master, christian, oh no, don’t do this! Guy don’t do this! This is going down a bad road. Okay, that’s, it i’m done.
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