I think it was a year and a half ago or so that Anthony Greene first approached me about doing a soundtrack for his film The Henchman’s War. He wanted me to find inspiration in Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. I had heard Moonlight Sonata, but never really delved into it musically. I can’t say I understand it nor fully appreciate it, but it is a beautiful and complex song. I cranked out a “score” for the trailer in that sort of soundtrack-y genre I had yet to dabble. Ambient music I can do. But a score? I came up with a waltz with swelling strings that was half influenced by Beethoven and half influenced by Hans Zimmer’s Inception score. It sounded a bit stilted, but it worked out okay I guess.
In late December, Anthony approached me about doing music for the film. After some issues in getting me a workable video file, I was able to sit down with the film and see what I could do. Here’s the result. It’s by no means perfect, but it’s my first dive into writing a score. I think it worked out okay. Except for the ambient pieces, which are all manipulated samples of the track Graves of Children from Peculiar Ghost, everything was composed completely in Ableton 8.