Currently mixing the 42 x bristling music cues for Cradeaux Alexander’s chilling new occult feature thriller: Inherit the Witch. This is a 12-note score (actually an 11-note one, with modal leanings centered on the note B-natural). The strange instrumental line-up is:
2 alto flutes, contrabassoon, brass ensemble (2-2-1-1), timpani, tambourine, marktree, crotales, glockenspiel, vibraphone, cymbals, tamtam, tomtoms, bass drum, Wurlitzer Sideman (one of the earliest drum machines), 2 ARP Pro Soloists, ondes Martenot, 2 Moog Polymoogs, Hammond M-101 organ, morphed human and animal sounds, harp, harpsichord, piano, 3 x DX7s, bass guitar, boys’ & adult choir and orchestral strings (10-8-6-6-4).
Photo credit: Joshua Hanson
Ondes Martenot mic’d up for Cradeaux
|Alto flute (x2)
from Wurlitzer Sideman
|Moog Polymoog||Yamaha DX7 IID|
Photo Credit: Kael Bloom
Additional live percussion was performed by Christophe Evans…
Percussionist Christophe Evans performing drum and cymbal parts for Inherit the Witch at La.M.P. Studio, France
It’s been ear-opening to programme and compose for this rare electro-acoustic ensemble. I’m grateful to the production team for having allowed me to be so free on this score and cannot wait for the release. Deadline looming…
François, your music for our feature film “Inherit the Witch” has been inspired; and your diligence and helpfulness throughout the process have been amazing. It’s been a joy to see and hear your 42 cues shimmer into existence. The sound of the ondes Martenot is a beautiful thing, extremely fluid and yet sleek-surfaced, like mercury on its way to vaporising – spooky and mysterious in the classiest of ways. The Hammond organ is subtly redolent of classic cinematic horror. Ranging from the very exciting (e.g. the cues “Fiona flees” and “Charnel house”) to the more quietly scary (e.g. “Eucharista oedipal” and “Very well then”) and to hints of whimsy and romance, the whole exotic team of live instruments and many kinds of electronic sounds all fit together, so responsively around the dialogue and picture, in a rich and sophisticated way for 52 minutes spread across the duration of the film. It’s all a grand enhancement of “Inherit the Witch”.
Thank you Rohan. Cradeaux’s film is highly original and great fun to work on. 🙂