Here is the demo I wrote for AFP. Jesse Negron is working on the second season of American Fighter Pilot, a reality show about a Navy fighter pilot training school. His original demo used Nine Inch Nails, the first season sounded like Hans Zimmer/Media Ventures, and now he’s leaning towards Evanescence for a music score. I tried to cover all of these styles in this demo.
One of the highlights was arranging a choral piece for Anna to sing. We recorded it in our living room one part at a time. She told me that the part I wrote is nearly unsingable. I’m used to writing for synthesizers, which never have to breathe. She wrote the lyrics by borrowing latin phrases from Bach masses (thank you Google). I also recorded myself playing guitar for the first time — I think the guitar parts add a lot of energy to the piece. Try to picture banking fighter jets and planes launching off of aircraft carriers during the guitar sections.
For the studio geeks out there, 90% of the orchestral and drum sounds are coming from GigaStudio 3, using libraries from Sonic Implants, Larry Seyer, Project SAM and Westgate Studios. The synth parts are mostly Alesis Andromeda, except for Super Jupiter on bass and Spectrasonics Atmosphere on voice pads. Loops are mostly Spectrasonics Stylus, and guitar was recorded direct using Nomad Factory’s Rock Amp Legends plug-in.
Oh yeah, I think I got the gig. 🙂 Wait, did I just commit to writing 10+ hours of music?