Time for another competition! This time it’s sponsored by Sonokinetics, a Dutch sound sample library that has carved a niche with their orchestral phrase libraries. I’ve always been a big fan of repeated riffs and was on the Sonokinetic bandwagon when they released their first phrase library in 2012. I composed the score for The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari using their Vivace during a three week timespan.
There were a large number of purists in the composing realm that poo-poo’d Sonokinetics at first, calling them the lazy person’s composing tool, but this seems to have changed in the past few years to the point where they are offering a competition for composers using their products. The source material provided appears to be a preview for a movie called Brothers of Honor. I used their libraries Capriccio and Tutti in my composition.
I thought it would be appropriately cheesy to use a snare drum rat-a-tat to emulate the typewriter keys from much of the footage, for those who prefer a literal approach to all things artistic. I was quite surprised at the winning entry, which is a smooth vocal rock-based tune. The second prize winner utilized the cliché wartime trumpet, so there must have been someone with expectations of how the soundtrack should sound.
Despite my failure to win every product in the Sonokinetics sampling library, I did receive a 100 Euro discount coupon, which translates to 113.73 US dollars today. Certainly a nice gesture by the company, and not such a bad return on something that didn’t feel like a huge effort on my part.
Here is my entry for the Sonokinetics 2016 soundtrack competition: