Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

Running For The Border (Full version)

No artwork

Get Flash to see this player.

The earlier version of this track was created for an animators demo reel, but this one is intended to test out something. One suggestion I had when posting a WIP of an earlier piece was to "kick some life into it" by adding a key change. Of course! So I decided to write a version of this with one passage repeated but in a different key. This really seems to work in this piece, more so than in the last piece I tried it in. The basic track is A Minor, with a short passage in C minor, and it really does have a noticeable positive effect. There's still a lot to learn about how to use the effects of key changes within a piece, but this is one step along the way.

The repeating motifs used by the string section of the orchestra remind me of rock guitar riffs, probably an influence from all the rock music I've listened to over the years.
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
Song Stats
Hits: 2496
Comments: 22
Fans: 16
Plays: 133
Downloads: 28
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Oct 11, 2014 - 11:30:16 AM
Last Updated: Jul 02, 2017 - 06:38:35 PM Last Played: Jun 25, 2019 - 05:18:05 AM
Song License
Creative Commons License:

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
PowerMac G5 Quad, Korg MicroKey 37.
GarageBand, Miroslav Philharmonik.
kaidavis said 1829 days ago (October 11th, 2014)
Thanks for the critique,now I see by your playing. I see this in a movie,very professional.
Check out my latest song called Only You
Fire_Angel said 1829 days ago (October 12th, 2014)
There's nothing wrong with your playing either! But thanks for stopping by, this piece was a learning experience and I'm glad it's working for other people too.
Check out my latest song called Prelude To Battle (Improved version)
paul f. page said 1829 days ago (October 11th, 2014)
Rhythmic motif...
...That is really engaging from the outset. I really like the way you bring this rhythm through in not only the strings and rest of the orchestra, but also through the timpani. You are really doing some nice things instrumentally here as well. The key change at 2:20 is perfectly placed. Yippie. Got the number soaring. Addition of flute at 2:48 also keep things rising in intensity. Definitely one of your very best posts, right up to the cool ending with percussion play-off. The economy of your musical language here keeps this whole number in absolute focus, too. You are onto something very good here. Wonderful to hear. Bravo!
Check out my latest song called Caprice
Fire_Angel said 1828 days ago (October 12th, 2014)
Thanks for the advice.
Your constructive comment on the Happiest March really set me off learning about the impact and use of keychanges, which really helped when developing this. Expect more, and thanks for the advice!
Check out my latest song called Prelude To Battle (Improved version)
Vic Holman said 1829 days ago (October 11th, 2014)
running riffs
great piece. i like the urgency feel with the strings. nicely placed gongs. it all says action sequence to me.
Check out my latest song called Life In A Car
Fire_Angel said 1828 days ago (October 13th, 2014)
Thanks, a little drama fully intended.
The piece was intended to match the title, and be suitable for a chase scene or something of that kind in a movie. Thanks for letting me know that it works!
Check out my latest song called Prelude To Battle (Improved version)
PeterB7858 said 1827 days ago (October 13th, 2014)
Running For The Border (Full version)
Great to hear this piece in all its glory, FA. A desperate chase over the highlands, much is at stake... Fantastic. The first movement of a larger composition, perhaps? It can hear this fronting a slower, tension filled second section. Thanks, Peter
Check out my latest song called The Parting Of The Ways
Fire_Angel said 1827 days ago (October 13th, 2014)
Thank you.
I'm glad you like it! It isn't going to be developed further, but rest assured I will be writing much bigger pieces including (eventually) at least one full symphony. This is a bit of dramatic music that is intended as a study piece to develop some of my composing skills, and also as music it's intended to be suitable for a range of soundtrack uses. I love the idea of writing music for the movies eventually, so getting the chance to write the earlier version of this was great.
Check out my latest song called Prelude To Battle (Improved version)
LisaHawbaker said 1826 days ago (October 15th, 2014)
How do
you do this? wow!! I so wish I could make music. It is so special to me but I can't play an instrument. That is why I sing. I can get my passion out that way. this piece is very good!!! So, you write the music then how do you get all the instruments in? Is it all you??
Check out my latest song called Hold on to the Moments
Fire_Angel said 1824 days ago (October 16th, 2014)
It's easier than you might think to teach yourself...
...because it often looks impossible before you start.

GarageBand with one add-on, and if you can't afford that add-on, eBay can get you a cheaper alternative if you're persistent. There's even a free sample set that I used to use. I also have Logic but I use it less than I thought I would.

1. Composing: I use the GarageBand piano roll editor or a midi keyboard and playing in simple stuff at one eighth speed. Yes, one eighth, my keyboard skills are that poor. If it's a complicated piece I just use the piano roll editor to enter and edit notes with a mouse. This one was all piano roll editor.

2. Orchestra sounds. Try a free download, the Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra, to get you started (Google will find it). If you download the free SSO, you will need a plug-in for GarageBand to read it, as it comes in the form of sound fonts. Alchemy Player from Camel Audio is free and works brilliantly. I bought the Apple Jam Pack Symphony Orchestra from eBay as well, but then spent money on the Miroslav Philharmonik software from IK Multimedia. This provides a lot of virtual instruments for GarageBand and Logic, of much higher quality than the SSO and Apple Jam Pack orchestras.

3. Music theory. Lots of good books out there, I was given a list by a music teacher. The first one is "Music Theory for Computer Musicians" by Michael Hewitt. Amazon is your friend. Amazing. If you work hard that one book will take you about a year or two to work your way through, and combined with comments here and on other sites where I post it has taught me all I have so far learned. If you want more info message me.

4. Determination. Not much advice there, you either have that or you don't. If you can stand it you could go through all my stuff in order of posting, you can see progress as I learned and I hope that will continue. You have to have determination to learn this stuff, it's not easy. Get used to the idea that you will write lots of junk before you start writing the good stuff. Some of it will be so bad you won't want to post it. Don't let that stop you trying again.

With your talent you have the most essential ingredient, and remember, I can't actually play any of the pieces I have written on any instrument, so...

Finally, a big thanks for the visit and the comment!
Check out my latest song called Prelude To Battle (Improved version)
Sigmund said 1824 days ago (October 16th, 2014)
Running For The Border
This is an ambitious piece of music. You did a great job arranging the instruments, and nice use of percussion - including the gong - you just don't hear it very often these days. This pieces ebbs and flows well, creating a pace that keeps the listener engaged - OR, it could be following a cinematic sequence.

You've come a long way. Considering how you create these pieces, you should be beaming with pride over this one. Enjoyed!
Check out my latest song called Running with the Wind by Peter B, feat rok41
Fire_Angel said 1822 days ago (October 19th, 2014)
Things are getting bigger.
Thanks for those comments on the percussion, I have thought of that as a weak point in some of my orchestral compositions, so it's good to know it's being addressed successfully. Even without the comments of others I can tell my work is getting better, still the comments are an important element of learning and encouragement. Thanks for joining in!
Check out my latest song called Prelude To Battle (Improved version)
davisamerica said 1823 days ago (October 17th, 2014)
A dangerous
and passionate trek .... Much respect.
Check out my latest song called ok char2(Vic and Flatrock mix)
Fire_Angel said 1822 days ago (October 19th, 2014)
A bit of drama fully intended.
It's meant to provide the soundtrack with an element of drama, as many cinematic soundtracks do. Thanks for the comment, it really helps to know when my work is having the desired effect.
Check out my latest song called Prelude To Battle (Improved version)
LisaHawbaker said 1820 days ago (October 20th, 2014)
Thanks for giving me time by writing all that out:) Sounds like I have a lot to learn....little by little. Very cool!
Check out my latest song called Hold on to the Moments
Fire_Angel said 1816 days ago (October 24th, 2014)
Most welcome.
I've had plenty of help at MacJams, so a chance to give a little back is a pleasant bonus.
Check out my latest song called Prelude To Battle (Improved version)
iDocta said 1805 days ago (November 4th, 2014)
Great Job
Great work here bro! I think with some better samples your composition will skyrocket in to the stratosphere. Check out some of the string samples from these companies. East West Coast, Project SAM, Native Instruments.
Other than that.. SOLID!
Check out my latest song called Marvels ANT-MAN Theatrical Score Fan Made
Fire_Angel said 1802 days ago (November 7th, 2014)
Better samples are a long way off, I haven't money to spend on them at the moment. I will continue to develop my skills with those I have, so keep an eye out for more. Thanks for listening and the comment.
Check out my latest song called Prelude To Battle (Improved version)
Charday said 1803 days ago (November 6th, 2014)
Wow, unbelievable what you do with what you use, amazing job! Obviously a tremendous amount of time, thought and energy went into this, a whole new level for you! Awesome! Jd.
Check out my latest song called Payin' The Piper w/Awigze
Fire_Angel said 1802 days ago (November 7th, 2014)
Having fun!
This was a result of lots of efforts yes, and also a little advice from Paul F Page on a previous tune really helped me develop this. The short version is OK too, but the addition of the key changes really boosted things. I will try to keep improving as fast as I can. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Check out my latest song called Prelude To Battle (Improved version)
Hydrogen3 said 1751 days ago (December 28th, 2014)
Very Nice Rendition
of the Classical era. Reminds me of something Beethoven and Mozart would compose. Enjoyed this!
Check out my latest song called Blindsided
say said 1514 days ago (August 23rd, 2015)
( :
I like this long version even more sounds like an adventure ! & alot of fun making music this way!

Artist Info
artist photo
Name: Fire Angel
Location: London England United Kingdom
send a note
Living in London, England, and I love the place. I have masses of energy and tons of interests, far too many to list here, even if I restricted myself to my musical tastes. Grew up in a small town, knew nothing much till I left and came to Lond... [see more]

Check out some of my other songs:

Genre Info

More songs in Cinematic Soundtrack:

Who's Online
Invisible Members: 2
Visitors: 75