Nuit Blanche is an award winning animated short film about two strangers engaging in a fantastic journey towards each other. In this rescoring, I experimented a bit with electronic sounds, created with subtractive synthesis, sampling, granular synthesis, time stretching, etc.
These sounds share a common factor: they are all made from 'real samples' I recorded myself.
For some of these quirky sounds I used acoustic guitar samples which I recorded experimenting with open tunings in order to get the utmost resonance from the instrument. For example, to keep the sample manipulation "in tune" with the chord changes, I tuned each open string to a note belonging to the chord or a particular tension (i.e. for a AbMaj7#11 chord, I tuned my guitar to Eb Ab D G C Eb and recorded some general gestures such as strumming, arpeggios, both plucked and 'slapped' harmonics at the 12th and 17th frets and so on).
I used Logic Pro X for the mixing and synth programming, especially focusing on the Alchemy synth and the Michael Norris suite of (free) plugins.
The piece is harmonically constructed on modal harmonies, especially in the second part. The general concept behind this music is the use of 'inerferences'. To explain this concept in more depth, we must consider that the video is basically constructed on the visual magnification and spectacularisation of the obstacles along their path (i.e. the glass, the car, the wind, etc.). All this 'interferes' with their passionate will of meeting each other.
I began to rethink the orchestration and instrumentation of this piece when I realised that this could be a way to render musically what we are experiencing visually.
The 'interferences' are basically sounds that disturb various musical parameters at different points in the video. Some distrub the melodic flow, some others the harmony and the rhythm. Moreover, there is an abundance of grainy sounds, disturbing sounds and sounds that contain noise (white noise mainly).
The backwards sampled guitar (when the man throws his bag and starts to cross the road) for example, disturb the rhythmical flow of the main piano melody, creating a disturbing quasi-polyrhythmical effect.
Later on, a layer of distorted guitars is juxtaposed behind a lush string melody, disturbing its romantic character.
Mixing and EQing all these sounds was a big challenge and I hope I did my best in order to keep the disturbing feel while making sure that everything is clear and listenable.