04/2023 Mixing Inherit the Witch Score

By | April 2, 2023

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
Ondes Martenot mic’d up for Cradeaux
Alexander’s film

Alto Flute Contrabassoon
Alto flute (x2)
Timpani Hammond organ
Wurlitzer Sideman ARP ProSoloist
from Wurlitzer Sideman
Pro Soloist
Moog Polymoog Yamaha DX7 IID
Moog Polymoog Yamaha DX7 IID

String Orchestra
Photo Credit: Kael Bloom

Additional live percussion was performed by Christophe Evans…

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… Shocked Smiley

2 thoughts on “04/2023 Mixing Inherit the Witch Score

  1. AvatarRohan Quine

    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”.


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