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My "Imperial March" (or, how John Williams influenced me)

Discussion in 'Original Trilogy' started by Jayson, May 24, 2018.

  1. Jayson

    Jayson Resident Lucasian

    Dec 24, 2015
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    I didn't really know where to put this since there's not a "Music of Star Wars" section, but the OT section seems right since it relates to the OT.

    Like scores of people around the world, I grew up with Star Wars. I also grew up being taught music, and gifts were sometimes, therefore, things like classical and baroque music collections.
    It wasn't long, then, until I started to notice the similarity in John William's scores and the classical and baroque music I was handed.

    Now, I was a right [beep] of a kid, a bit of a punk, so I wasn't really one to sit around and pine for the chance I could steal to listen to this classical and baroque music. I was swept away by the likes of "Who do you love", and "Axel F" (yes, that one from the Beverly Hills Cop film), as well as Metallica, Pink Floyd and eventually Nirvana - all while carrying that giant chip on my shoulder that, thankfully, I eventually left behind.

    Around the turn of the millennium I discovered DAWs through a strange way; the playstation one.
    Yep. There was a "game" called "MTV Music Generator" and it absolutely blew my mind at the time because it was the first time that I had a massive library of instruments at my beckon call and order however I deemed fit.
    I no longer had to struggle with the limits of the physical world and finding people who could play a given instrument, sound quality issues of recording, or player skill levels.
    I could write what I had in my head and immediately hear it back!

    Well this radically changed everything. I stopped being in punk rock bands and picked back up my once lost interest in learning music theory and composition, and eventually got a better DAW than the generator once one came along that I really liked.

    Ever since then, I've been enjoying writing music in a range of varieties, but the one constant is that I'm mostly experimenting with something almost always. The most constant profile in my "sound" is that it, probably not surprisingly, mixes a bit of rock, electronic, and symphonic styles together because hey...that's what I grew up having plugged into my malleable brain.

    And this is where John Williams, and specifically Star Wars, comes back to the discussion.

    One song that I did was right on the nose, and I posted it elsewhere in the forum, and it's just quite literally a dance take on the main theme from Star Wars (click to hear from my dropbox if you want), but here I'm not talking about doing covers, but instead influences.

    Probably my favorite song from all of Star Wars is the Imperial March, and I've always had a beef with the electronic attempts at covering it. It just doesn't work, so I never liked the idea of directly covering that song electronically - it just doesn't work for me.

    However, I decided to take a note out of John William's book and rather than covering anything, let a previously created piece of music influence how you write your current piece.

    So as John Williams let the Funeral March influence his creativity for the Imperial March, I let John Williams' Imperial March waft and bounce around in my head and influence me while making Red Twosday (which I've been thinking of renaming to something also called a March as a more noted tip of the hat).

    It's a mix of influences, but the backbone was always Williams' March.
    The other influences were things like Keep Hope Alive (Crystal Method), Blue Monday (New World Order), and A 5th of Beethoven (Walter Murphy).

    (If you really want some fun, play a bit of each of those before listening)

    The result of which is this, please to enjoy:
    Red Twosday

    Do you make music?
    Has Williams influenced your music?
    How so?

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  2. Ivan Ritgen

    Ivan Ritgen Clone

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    One of the most stunning pieces in the history of music... Thank you for your post!!
    Have you ever listened to this version? It's fantastic!
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