And now for some Doctor Moreau

“What about The Time Machine!?”, I hear you exclaim. Well, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about it. This is just some much needed practice in orchestration. You see, I have a little confession to make—I’m a guitarist. I’ve played the instrument since my mid-teens and am pretty comfortable with it, however have a much to learn about using orchestration. I must admit I’m totally enchanted and fascinated with the romantic sound of a full string section of violins, violas, cello, double bass and what they can do for my music. Strings will definitely play a significant part in The Time Machine musical and I’m definitely up the challenge of getting to grips with using them effectively. I also love the sound of harpsichord, zither, hammered dulcimer, 12-string and 6-string acoustic guitars and, of course electric guitars, so there’ll be a lot of that in the mix too. Lastly, I just didn’t want the orchestrations I made for The Time Machine to be the first pieces I came up with so decided to have a little fun with H.G. Wells’s second novella, ‘The Island of Doctor Moreau’ as a displacement activity, er I mean practice. I meant practice.

The video features a short musical composition that was intended as a main theme for ‘The Island of Doctor Moreau’. I’ve used some edited film footage and a little dialogue from the 1932 film ‘Island of Lost Souls’ to create this trailer for the film. If you’ve not seen the film, it’s well worth checking out as it still more than holds it’s own against modern blockbuster horror movies almost a century on. In the story Moreau is performing terrible and horrific surgical experiments on animals to modify them so that there become more like humans. The results of his work are poor dumb creatures (Beast Folk) that aren’t properly human nor animal. His latest attempt involves a magnificent black female puma which he tortures for a day until it manages to escape from it’s bonds and breaks down the door of the laboratory and leaps to freedom. In the music I’m attempting to capture the power of the puma’s movement and sense of freedom as it races through the jungle with Moreau and his collegues in pursuit. You’ll be delighted to know that Moreau gets what coming to him when he catches up with the puma.

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