Thursday, June 30, 2011


Here is my second Arabian piece. It's based off the scene in The Horse and His Boy where Shasta and company have to travel through the city of Tashbaan, but they get separated, Shasta being "captured" by the Narnians. In the book, while they are walking towards the city, it says...

"At the moment a low, throbbing noise began which gradually swelled louder and louder till the whole valley seemed to be swaying with it. It was a musical noise, but so strong and solemn as to be a little frightening.
"'That's the horns blowing for the city gates to be open,' said Bree."

So, that's how I started the song. I always imagined that, if it were a movie, it would show scenes of them traveling, and it would have a lot of amazing desert scenery. That's the music between the 0:22-0:57 mark. At 1:04, they are in the center of the city. It's really crowded, busy, and just hectic. At 1:14, they start getting separated. Then, at 1:32ish, the Narnians try to get Shasta. Then at 1:52, Shasta is taken by King Edmund. Aravis sees the whole thing happen. And then, at 2:11ish, it's King Edmund trying to talk to Shasta, while taking him away. If you never read The Horse and His Boy, then this probably means nothing to you. But, if you have, this might help you see what I was thinking when I was composing...

So, here it is. Let me know what you think.

Tashbaan by Jon M.

Have a great 4th of July!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Beyond Death

Hey everyone.
So, I've been having computer problems. Blah. Which is another way of saying that I took a short break from composing. I had to get my hard drive reconfigured, which is never a good thing. I had all my music (like, my music) on a separate hard drive, so it was fine. But everything else (like my pics, iTunes files, etc.) was deleted. Whoops.
That was last week. Within the week, I've slowly gotten everything almost back to normal. (Right now, I'm still downloading sound libraries... no fun).
Before all of that happened, I bought new software using the money that I was given from the Lynn Freeman Olson contest. It's called Hollywood Strings (by East West). It's a really intense string software that sounds awesome. I spent the last couple of days playing with it, and came up with this song... and you guessed it, it's trailer music. Let me know what you think!

Beyond Death by Jon M.

NOTE: I didn't compose all of this using Hollywood Strings only. I used Hollywood Strings on top of what I normally use.
I'm still trying to get a hang of the software. I feel like I could've done this song differently... like mixing, etc. (And should I have added in that drum set? And should I have done the ending differently??? Hmm...) But whatever. Hope you like it!
I'm almost done with the next Arabian piece... hopefully I'll post it soon.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

P.S. I have decided that I want to compose a complete trailer music album and put it onto iTunes, hopefully by the end of summer. What do you think?