Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer arranged a little competition to come up with original versions of Zimmer’s “Genius” theme for the National Geographic series this year.
Since the original version features lots of percussion and strings, I thought it would be fun to strip things down and arrange the theme for the woodwind section of the orchestra – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and so forth. For this arrangement I used the Spitfire Symphonic Woodwinds library, with the original section reverbs.
You can check out my submission below, and if you enjoy it, please “Like” it – thanks!
Listen to what James Horner did with woodwinds and percussion/keyboard instruments in the main theme to the movie “Sneakers”, above. Brilliant orchestration.
There are also some great strings and vocal scoring in other tracks, like this one, as well as percussion. Note how he builds tension around 3:15 with tympani and wood blocks, then brings in piano more as percussion than melody:
A truly unique and instantly recognizable soundtrack, and one of my favorites.
“Every single movie at one point or another presented an insurmountable problem and there’s a point where I go, ‘I have no idea how to do this.’” “That’s what we do: we try to tell a story as well as possible and try to figure out new ways that haven’t been done before.”
Interview with one of my very favorite film composers, Hans Zimmer.
This is a weekend project I did a few weeks ago. The concept was opening credits (usually 30 or 60 seconds) for a theoretical TV series about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his work writing Sherlock Holmes novels. It’s scored for brass, strings and percussion (no woodwinds), and was a chance to play with Native Instrument’s Symphonic Brass and Strings libraries.