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Phillip Menzies

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After a long break I have finally got back in the saddle, picking up on a theme I fleshed out some time ago in the Harad Suite, Ulmo Lord of Waters. I aim to complete all the Valar themes in the near future before I move on to the complicated music for Luthien for season 6.
I have tried to get across the full range of Ulmo’s influence from the morning dew to the deep oceans. The music echoes the horns of Ulmo the Ulumúri created by the maiar Salmar and revolves around four notes that are held for a long sustain and moves from the small and delicate to the raging sea stirred up by Ossë. I have included the season 1 story of Ossë and Uinen with long glissando harp to represent her long hair which flows throughout the seas and loud percussion for Ossë’s chaos. It finished with the majestic sound of Ulmo’s theme bringing in all the instruments at the end for a powerful finish. I have used some sound effects and instruments such as the waterphone, musical saw, musical glasses and the glass harmonica to evoke the idea of sun reflecting and refracting through the water.

 

Arnorion

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This was surprising and wonderful. I’m not sure what I was expecting initially but the discord at the beginning caught me off guard, then the instrumentation that followed kept me unsure. The strings in particular seemed delightfully Wagnerian. Then when the horns came in I knew we had arrived. I think you captured the variety of the different forms of waters under Ulmo’s government quite well, especially the storm and his personal horns. Beautifully done.
 

Phillip Menzies

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That discord you heard at the beginning was from a waterphone. I added some interesting instruments that are related to water and reflections. There is also a glass harmonica and musical saw.
 

Arnorion

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I suspected there was more going on instrumentation-wise than I could pick out by ear. I'm impressed that you were able to employ so many water-related instruments and still have it come together so well. To be clear, my comment about "discord" was intended as a description, not criticism. The seas are observably chaotic and the text hints at Morgoth's failed attempts to dominate that force of nature (sea/ocean) which is ultimately un-governable. I think you nailed it quite well!
 
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