Spotlight on Soldado

by , Wednesday October 5, 2016
Spotlight on Soldado

Hans Zimmer, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Clint Mansell 

How I got inspired by these three great composers...

Music helps me write, create and imagine a world. It helps me craft characters, settings and a certain emotion behind my stories. Of course, I don't just listen to soundtracks but when I want to really immerse myself in one of own worlds, then they are a must. I'm not a music critic therefore I have no reason to criticize the composers that I will mention. All have composed vastly different types of music. Hans Zimmer really made his mark for me with his piece 'Why So Serious?', the simplest, most elegant piece of music ever composed for a villain in my opinion. Clint Mansell's 'Death Is The Road To Awe' and 'The Last Man' are extremely emotional pieces which seem to be riven with death and doom. Of Ryuichi Sakamoto, I have heard little but like Zimmer he uses a simple sound, almost like a rising breath in his soundtrack for 'The Revenant' to channel emptiness and a sense of coldness through his music. 

When writing 'Soldado' I focused first on the setting, which is a fantastic and wholly mythical representation of piracy, the British Empire and The Spanish Empire. This needed to have the relevant hollowness that is channelled through Sakamoto's music so before putting anything down I listened to The Main Theme of The Revenant several times before the first chapter. 

The evil and mythical talent of our villain, Captain Ramon to linger on the horizon and be seen and not seen was helped along by a disturbing listening session of 'Why So Serious' twice at full volume. This was a deeply moving and in some ways, brutal experience. 

With the second character, Kellan, there is currently nothing associated to him musically. He is a very empty character, just an outline so I'll need to think about him. 

Valeria is a character that is plucked away and made to ingratiate herself into an unfamiliar society, she also has no sound to her although I'm leaning towards one of Zimmer's pieces for 'Interstellar', which is surprising because we know it is a scifi film and nothing to do with pirates. 

That's all for now, you've peeped into my head, and now you can go away because I don't want to give too much away...


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