Vitruvius Music Scoring


Listen to an MP3 of the Chord Progression Motif

In between trying out the new Zigview video assist and doing other things I’ve started working on the musical score for the Vitruvius film. The motifs are being constructed in the key of G Sharp Minor and in the Dorian Mode. Why? Because that is the scale with 5 sharps and the mode that includes all 5 accidentals or “black” keys…and five is a structural device of the film. The themes I plan to explore will utilize the first five chords of the key. The MP3 sample is the progression from the tonic to the dominant chords of the scale.

UPDATE: I think I was wrong about the Dorian mode. Apparently G sharp minor uses all 5 accidental keys in its standard scale so the Dorian mode may be irrelevant. However, the Dorian mode in G sharp minor takes on a nice symmetrical shape of the keys which appeals to me for this films architectural theme. Plus the overall sound is more interesting than a standard minor scale so I may keep it or use various modes always based around G sharp minor.

4 responses to “Vitruvius Music Scoring”

  1. Man, you have many skills 🙂 I’ve been wanting to explore composing, I’ve fiddled a bit with FLStudio, my bro was all into DJing at one point and gave me his software, excellent program but very complicated….can’t wait to hear your score, I’m sure it’ll be beautiful like everything else that leaks outta yer brain 😉

  2. Neato. This sounds perfect for your film. Plus, maintaining a structure of five, even into the music is DEEP.

  3. Wow… I totally didn’t understand a WORD of what you wrote! But the music sounds cool!

  4. Thanks for the kind words everyone. I guess my music classes in high school and college are paying off. I haven’t heard about FLStudio but will check out their site. Currently I’m using a Roland Fantom X keyboard/sequencer to program the music.

    As you probably know, John Carpenter and Robert Rodriguez also advocate making your own music when you are working on a low budget film.

    A decent page that highlights Carpenter’s music is here:

    I like the part that describes “The heartbeat pulse is a musical device…”.