Let’s rewind to 1994. Â It was a cool autumn night, or maybe it was summer, who really knows? Â As a 16 year old, I was obsessed with orchestration, arrangements, and composition… Â you know… Â like most other 16 year olds. Â Â I would often sit with a piece of music, and try to hear each instrument and learn each part. Â Sure, I could have just gotten the sheet music, but this was more fun. It was a way to train my ear, and see how close I can get to the composer’s original vision. Â It taught me a lot about composing, orchestration, as well as song-writing.
Obsessed with The Simpsons, it was only a matter of time, I did the same thing with the hit TV-show’s infectious theme music by Danny Elfman.
Well, missionÂ accomplished! Â I listened to that song till my ears bled, and figured out as many of those whole-step runs as I possibly could, and saved the results to a MIDI file, to be played with pride on my then brand new Korg X3, which had decent enough orchestra sounds, for 1994. Â And MIDI being the resilient format that it is, is still very much relevant 20 years later in 2014, when I found this file and decided to give it some new life.
It was like entering a collaboration with my 16 year old self, negotiating, learning from, and adding to. Â And the result is what we have here, same MIDI file, a couple of additions, piped through MachFive+VSLÂ to give it some new life, uploaded to SoundCloud ever immortalized by the inter-webs.
Special thanks to my good buddy Peter Mansour, for taking time this Saturday and laying down Lisa’s breaking-out-of-the-school-walls with her heart wrenching solos, (but this time on the alto sax)
This goes out to all the Simpsons fans, musicians, and time travelers.