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We Have a Story to Tell

My contribution to Paul Vermeesch's Symphony of Construction Round 2.


Behind the Composition


Dan's wonderful build inspired me in many ways; it made me think of adventure, mystery, and discovery; it also offered me the possibility to experiment with a variety of instruments and as a composer, I couldn't have asked for more.


As the title suggests, I wanted my composition to tell a story. With that in mind, I divided it into three acts:


In the first act, I tried to describe the peaceful landscape and introduce the two characters with a setup of sordino violins ensemble playing a calm and emotional passage. Some additional cluster string effects were added to enrich the texture of the composition and give it a distinct atmosphere.


In the second act the music continues by introducing the water well. I chose to represent the element of water with a subtle and whimsical whispering choir and with the crescendo cymbals and various metals. The bass drum hit represents the stone which the well is made of. Then comes the flute passage which gives the listener the anticipation of discovery.


Lastly, in the third act, I represented the hero's descent into the secret chamber and the discovery of the mysterious orb. For that, I interpreted the scene using various instruments like harp, piano, vibes doubled by a celesta, a selection of metals and bass pizzicato. A boys choir was also used to give the orb a theme and echo the chamber.


Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoyed it!


Check out all the amazing SOC round 2 entries bellow and what my music inspired; the brilliant "Woods" build by Dave Kaleta & Devon Wilkop.


1. The Wasteland by Paul Vermeesch

2. Beyond Shadow by Max Pointner

3. Water's Berth by Dan Church

4. We Have a Story to Tell

5. Woods by Dave Kaleta & Devon Wilkop

6. Land of Leaping Shadows by Lee Muzzy & Ian Spacek

7. The Temple of the Twin Jaguars by Mark Erickson


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Taken on May 1, 2014