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Supelo Island Cue #1: Traffic!

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This is the first 37-second cue that I've written for a little video that I am making about Supelo Island, Georgia as a way of teaching myself how to make video. Crazy fool that I am, I decided that I wanted to write all of the musical cues from scratch.

This first cue will be played over a frenetic montage of [free stock ...] footage of traffic and traffic-jams. (The first shot is a close-up of a traffic light, and the riser hits when the light turns green, cutting to the second shot the instant the song itself starts.) The last shot of the sequence will transition precisely from a blurred headlight to the rising sun over the island beach, accompanied by much more peaceful music not yet written.

My intent for this video project is to first depict the frantic pace of city life, then to show the seaside peacefulness that can be found on a somewhat-remote barrier island (you can only get there by ferry) just a few hours away from Atlanta. Further clips will show the beaches and streams, birds and wildlife, the campground, the Reynolds (tobacco magnate) Mansion, and the Lighthouse that is on the island, as well as the pure-fun of taking a high speed boat through the intertidal waterways on the way from the mainland to the dock.

This draft is, at this point, completely un-mixed. Yeah, I really have no idea what I'm doing here ... so, this should be fun.

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MikeRobinson said 312 days ago (December 13th, 2018)
What an experience this is turning out to be!
Yeah, “crazy fool that I am, indeed” to somehow fail to realize the challenge of matching a musical cue – this one, or the next one, or the next etc. – to the actual rhythms of soundless video cues, whether they be “stock video” or from my iPhone.

However ... I did say that “I wanted to know how to do video ...”
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egobandit said 311 days ago (December 14th, 2018)
ya know
I hear someone humming in the background, very short but instantly makes you press play again
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MikeRobinson said 310 days ago (December 15th, 2018)
Curious effects in there
There are some bell-like filler effects in the middle registers, e.g. at 0:06 and 0:11, that I actually did not consciously put there, and which are most apparent in an MP3 or AAF rendering versus the Logic Pro session itself.   Still, I like them and will revisit them when I do a mix-down of the whole show.

This was the easiest one.   A similar theme will be used to cover the high-speed boat ride out to the island, but surf, intertidal streams, walking on trails, mansions and lighthouses are more complicated.   I have been watching various professional documentaries to get some specific ideas about what sort of music might best accompany these things.   I definitely have a new appreciation for “process music!”

Unsurprisingly, the musical aspect of this self-made project is far more interesting to me than the iPhone shots – but, that's a different kind of creativity also.
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grah3am said 309 days ago (December 16th, 2018)
I like this kind of challenge. It gives other meaning to music, apart from tearing one's guts out for all to see. (A lot less wearing on the gut, I find.) Good job, Mike.
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Calchas said 297 days ago (December 27th, 2018)
Very brave
I hope someday to make a video for my latest tune. I've never done one before so I'm a tad apprehensive...interesting to see and hear this project in the works. Gets my juices flowing...
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MikeRobinson said 297 days ago (December 28th, 2018)
It's a lot harder than I thought ...
“Incidental music” is really not something that you pay much attention to – until you try to do it.   It’s not just that the clip must be 38 seconds long and begin on “G,” but that it needs to complement the pacing and content of the segment that it is meant to accompany.   There are timeline points that it has to coincide with, but without overtly appearing to do so.   When you watch any documentary (that did not simply use “canned music” from a symphony or somesuch), suddenly you find yourself noticing the music for the very first time.   (I’m havin’ a blast, and learning a lot.)
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papag said 242 days ago (February 21st, 2019)
each listen
has a new part that I can pick out. Like the bass accompaniment and the guitar riff kickoff (is it guitar?). The marimba melody is now stuck in my head after playing it 4 times...
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