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Thursday, 25 February 2021
Friday, 18 September 2020
Since April I have been working on my next instrumental album "Holy Spirit of Love". For this album I took a different approach; for each track I thought about various people's stories and used their stories to inspire me. It was interesting to focus on different aspects of love. For example for track 1 I thought about two characters, Myrcella and her mother and Myrcella leaving on a ship, the sadness of the mother and daughter but the bond of love between them. I also drew upon ancient instruments such as Tenor viola de Gamba, harps and soundscapes with subtle pianos, my usual choice of instruments but with added Celtic and ancient instruments.
Other stories I used for inspiration were Tungdil and Balyndis from the Dwarves novel I am reading, capturing their story of adventure and then not being able to be together because Tungdil was from the wrong clan. Also, Captain Lance and his daughter Laurel from the series Arrow, how he loved his daughters so much but Laurel died. In this album there are all types of love; between father and daughter, friends, friends in hardship, mother and son. It's been a really interesting journey.
The past few days I have worked on track 9 for this album and I really made it difficult for myself by using a Bodhran drum rhythm which was very complicated. I can usually write a track pretty quickly but this was rather difficult and took me longer to get everything in time with the beat. In the end I was so pleased with the result! Because of this I decided that track 10 would be much simpler so this morning I have written track 10 with simple piano, harp, cello and strings, with a bit of a Celtic soundscape for atmosphere.
Here are my current notes for working out the titles of each track. The notebook is all I had to go on for this album and I've been adding names of people's stories as I write them as a reminder of what each track is based on. Now I am taking these simple names and matching up a suitable title.
I am so pleased to have finished this album! I am currently working out the titles. I like to use titles from scripture but it's been a challenge to encapsulate the stories of each track with a simple line. I have however pulled together some relevant simple titles such as "Love Never Gives Up" to represent the first track. My next job will be to design the artwork for this next album.
The previous album in this series is "Spirit of Solitude" which was very different and possibly my favourite one, although this new one might top it. I will keep updating this blog with the progress and release of Spirit of Love. All of my albums are available on CD through Amazon or from our website www.marysdowryproductions.org. Many of them are available through Spotify, iTunes etc too. Just search for "Bernadette Bevans".
Thursday, 27 August 2020
I recently worked on the music score for Mary's Dowry Productions latest release - St. John Kemble. We had not had a film release for a while and it was great to work on something from the era of the English Martyrs again. I was able to use my lovely base of instruments from ERA and ERA II as well as some beautiful old wind instruments from CELTIC ERA. I am always so inspired by the stories of the martyrs and was particularly inspired by St. John Kemble because he was martyred at age 80.
Because I am halfway through Holy Spirit of Love album I decided to incorporate one of the tracks from this album into this film so towards the end of the film I dropped in a track which uses a lot of Tenor Viola da Gamba and the sound of this old stringed instrument was immediately atmospheric and moving. I was able to repeat this tune for St. John Kemble's time in prison.
I've said it before, it's not until I work on a music score that I really "meet" a saint and I felt that I met St. John Kemble, connected with him when working on this score. I used a lot of sound effects throughout this production which really lifted the film up, horses galloping, battles, crackling fires. I think it's one of our best productions on an English Martyr. The film is now available in all territories on DVD and instant download and I am back to trying to finish Holy Spirit of Love album.
Here is the finished DVD cover and you can watch the trailer above to hear some of the music and watch some of the film. You can purchase the film from our website https://www.marysdowryproductions.org/
Saturday, 1 August 2020
Saturday, 27 June 2020
I have to date written 6 tracks which is great, only 4 more to write, but they have been written over time. This album has no titles as yet but for it I have allowed myself to sit and think, be inspired, by particular characters from series, films and books and then write and improvise and really feel a piece of music based on this. For example track 5 focuses on the love for a particular mother and her son, track 2 the kinship and love between a group of friends in trouble, it's been a very interesting approach! I'm really pleased with it so far and a couple of tracks have been used for trailers for Mary's Dowry Productions, sparking interest in the album and its release date. It should not take me too long to write the remaining 4 tracks and it will be great to have a new album release. I am still drawing upon my new sound samples, the Nyckelharpa from Soniccouture and the Eduardo Tarilonte's Celtic Era beautiful leading instruments like Irish Flute.
We are currently at the "end credits" stage for upcoming film "St. John Kemble" so I am looking forward to writing a score about an English Martyr again, if I have not written for Holy Spirit of Love before then this will hopefully get me back in the mood. Until then, check out GOOGLE PLAY as I am making more and more albums available digitally there as well as of course Spotify, Napster, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon etc.
|Screenshot from upcoming film "St. John Kemble"|
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Saturday, 1 February 2020
|St. Alban Roe Screenshot, filmed in March 2018|
|Saint Philip Howard film, released 2008|
|Saint Alban Roe Film Screenshot|
|People gathering straw at the gallows, Screenshot|
|Celtic Era - new Sounds by Eduardo Tarilonte|