This is a musical collage, so to speak, an homage to dark and powerful film scores. It is a single piece of music with an emphasis on the more powerful or dark moments produced by great musical minds throughout the soundtrack genre. I have not composed any of this music, but I have been editing, expanding, and eliminating sections for several years.
This project began over a decade ago when I mixed a few of my favorite songs from movie soundtracks into a twenty-minute compilation. That was version 1. Over the years, I have added songs, removed them, edited them, tweaked them, and worked on the overall sound. It eventually took on a life of its own, and I have been working on it ever since.
Like so many other people, I grew up watching movies and playing video games. I spent countless hours listening to everything from classical music to heavy metal and was a performing musician for several years. Consequently, Symphoniacal is much more than a compilation of my favorite songs. I have tried to use my love for certain forms of entertainment, along with my understanding of musical composition, to combine dozens of songs, sound effects, and audio clips into a single piece of music. It is a musical collage that is intended to be an experience just like watching a movie.
It is important to note that I did not write any of these songs. My only tools were my music collection, computers, headphones, and editing software. I did not have the symphonies, keyboards, or vocal talents at my disposal to create this music. Regardless of those limitations, it has become my goal to create a completely novel and unique album using the music of others as my medium and your mind as my canvas.
What Symphoniacal is:
- symphonic music
- instrumental soundtracks
- dozens of songs blended in a very specific way
- sound effects from various sources
- audio clips from historical figures and films
What Symphoniacal is not:
- for sale
- a remix album
- a compilation album
Composers, writers, musicians, and speakers…this project was only possible because of the people who have created these powerful and dark sounds. This is not a complete list, but I try to keep it as accurate as possible. If you hear something that is missing or have a better suggestion for a name, link, or anything…PLEASE let me know.
David Arnold, Klaus Badelt, Tyler Bates, Christophe Beck, Bill Brown, Paul Buckmaster, Charlie Clouser, Don Davis, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Clytus Gottwald, Harry Gregson-Williams, Ronan Hardiman, Gustav Holst, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Steve Jablonsky, Michael Kamen, Jesper Kyd, Dario Marianelli, Gerard Marino, Bear McCreary, John Powell, Howard Shore, Alan Silvestri, Jeremy Soule, Michael Stearns, Cris Velasco, John Williams, Hans Zimmer
The Dust Brothers, E.S. Posthumus, Lisa Gerrard, Juno Reactor, Vanessa Mae
Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Franklin D. Roosevelt
Richard Burton, John Travolta