My first blog post! I had to score the One Short Sleep Past in my brief week-long break between my final two terms at VFS. As a result I composed ten minutes of music in six sleepless days. Yes I write music slowly. Neo gave me complete freedom, and as I would send him rough versions he would gently steer me in the direction of the tone he wanted to achieve. I enjoyed the collaboration, and Neo's feedback and guidance allowed me to write some of the best music of my life, finishing the climactic scene's music as the sun rose on the 7th day; just in time to make it to class
Recording the music was another challenge. Scouring the Internet for a week, I finally arrived at a student performer list at the University of British Columbia's School of Music. I hired a harpist and string quartet, performing the piano and double bass parts myself using sample libraries. I traveled to UBC to record the harpist in her practice studio; despite the audible rehearsing around us, the resulting recordings were miraculously clean. I recruited my classmate, Miguel, to serve as recording engineer for the string session the next day so I could focus on the music; several other classmates offered to help and sat in on the session (one shot the video below). We set up for an hour and a half, probably setting a record for most equipment checked out at once, and the two-hour session went amazingly smoothly, thanks to weeks of preparation.
Once the music was mixed and the film complete, my other classmate Nick, who had already completed a music-engineering program, did a wonderful job mastering the music. I'm proud to present the original score for One Short Sleep Past. You can download it for free from my Soundcloud for the next week! I hope you enjoy
- AM Zick