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I just saw Nausicaa: the Valley of the Wind for the first time, a few weeks ago. It's one of those Miyazaki movies. Big budget animated feature. Awesome movie. The animation is a bit more primitive than some of his later films but still pretty amazing. I don't usually do this kind of thing lately, because it triggers my nerd-shame editor mind, but this time I composed a piece inspired by this film and freely admit to it.

The setting is all-the-way scifi fantasy. In the post apocalyptic future, much of the Earth becomes covered in forests of massive trees. The forests are full of poison spores and gargantuan insect monsters. Human beings are forced to live in the deserts, but there are a few who venture into the forest to try to learn its secrets.

Nausicaa navigates through the Forest with the aid of a small, rocket-powered, winged conveyance, fueled by scifi magic. How great is that?


Gliding through the Poison Forest

Years ago, when I first started using fruity loops, I did a bunch pieces where the composition was very step-sequenced from small individual parts. Each part was simple and repetive, but I would plot-out variations in the arrangement, making the piece complex overall.  The sound was very techno-ish.

Eventually I learned to use the piano roll where I could plot notes over whatever range of measures I wanted. Fruity loops was no longer just a sequencer, but also a full music-writing tool. I started writing real melodies and backing parts, but the arrangement contained less variations in instrument sounds, and lacked the thickness that my previous compositions had. Additionally, back when I used fruity loops as a step sequencer I threw in non-melodic synth noises that fit rhythmically and these were gone from my later compositons.

For this piece I tried to use a hybrid of both approaches, and I like the result. This is the most complex project that I've done in Fruity Loops for a very long time.

2 Responses to “Gliding Through the Poison Forest”

  1. Mike

    I own the manga and the DVD. This song definitely captures the tone of the film.

  2. Graham

    nice update to your crappy techno series. I think it fits nicely with the rest of them. Doing new scores for movies seems like a nice idea for an album.

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