Here are two new additions to the Short Instrumentals Collection. These are short pieces suitable for use as intros, outros and credits and can be used for free in non-commercial projects as long as credit is provided (Music by longzijun). I recently learned that songs from this series are also being used as ringtones, which is something I hadn’t thought of.
Short Instrumental 12: Equinox
I finished this 31-second composition on March 20, which is the day of the Spring equinox (yay Spring!); hence the title. This song is mainly built from loops, with the piano part being played on a Korg MicroX. I’ve been watching Breaking Bad on DVD recently, so this song is inspired somewhat by the theme music for that show. I started with an acoustic guitar base, but instead of heading for the country twang of that show’s theme, I went for a jazzier feel with a hint of reggae.
The video is of commuters going though either Central or Hong Kong station after work. I changed the footage into a line drawing in Premiere Pro. The footage was shot while on the way back from doing some video shooting with a student group (Maggie, Winsome and Teresa). On the way home, we thought we would get some footage of the commuters in case the girls needed it for their video later. The video they were working on was about people’s dreams in life. On that day, we interviewed Leonard Lee (aka CM Groovy), a professional bass player, who was one of the main interviewees in the documentary. Here is Maggie, Winsome and Teresa’s final video:
My most popular song is the one I created as background music for that video (it is called Dreams). Besides this documentary, there are some shorter videos as well. You can read about the series here: Dreamers HK: What’s Your Dream in Life.
The same day we interviewed CM, we also talked to two young skateboarders about their dreams.
Short Instrumental Theme No. 6
This 20-second song is a complete reworking of an earlier intro theme. The new version combines electronic arpeggios and sweeping chords with mellow French horns. The feel is relaxed, but with a sense of elegance. All the parts except for the kick drum were played on a Korg MicroX, a budget synthesizer with a two-octave keyboard.
The photo is one I took of Chinese University of Hong Kong at dawn on a particularly blue, clear and peaceful day. You can view more photos of the campus here:
Chinese University at Dawn
What about the original version? Usually, I spend hours upon hours on each composition, but the original version of this theme was recorded in a couple of minutes by just playing some chords on the Korg MicroX. My students needed a short soundtrack and the deadline for their book trailer competition video was fast approaching, so I just created the ‘song’ in a hurry’. Later, I put the song online, because ‘why not’, but somewhat embarrassingly, my simplest and most hurriedly created song is my second most viewed on YouTube
Here is the students’ book trailer for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: