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Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby Erucolindon Atarnarmo » Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:28 am

Has anybody here ever written their own music for Lord of the Rings, whether you put one of the poems to music, or simply just made up something altogether. What instruments did you use? How long did it take? (Did you post it online?) Tell me about it.
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Postby Daisymall13 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:30 am

I haven't yet, but I am currently working on a piece. I'm putting a poem from the Silmarillion to music, using a piano. I'll post it to YoTube as soon as I have it perfected :D
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Postby Erucolindon Atarnarmo » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:06 am

Ahh. Which poem, may I ask?
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Postby Gungnir » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:22 am

I once did a Kraftwerk-inspired cover version of 'The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins' which can be heard here - http://www.last.fm/music/Tim+McNulty/_/The+Ballad+of+Bilbo+Baggins+-

Does that count?
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Postby Erucolindon Atarnarmo » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:39 pm

... I heard it, but I still don't believe it.

Well, that was... deeply fascinating, I must say. I suppose that I was thinking more of a direct application of music to one of Tolkien's poems, or something like that, or maybe music inspired by the Lord of the Rings. So, technically, I guess. But really, Leanord Nimoy aught to have stayed with Star Trek, I think. The music video for his song is... how shall I say, LSD-esque? Thanks for posting though, by all means.
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Postby Gungnir » Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:58 am

Erucolindon Atarnarmo wrote:... I heard it, but I still don't believe it.


LOL!!!

I should explain - that track was made for the old 'Jimcalagon' LOTR spoof website back in about 2003 and was done entirely tongue-in-cheek.

I did compose (if that isn't too grand a word) and play (and I'm not sure that 'play' is the right word either) the whole thing (and did the vocals in my best pseudo-Kraftwerkian voice), all I took from Leonard Nimoy's song was the lyrics from the first verse and chorus.

And 'What The...?' is exactly the response I was hoping for when I did it. :D
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Postby Erucolindon Atarnarmo » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:28 am

Then, sir, I congratulate you most heartily, for you were quite successful. And congratulations on doing the whole thing. It was pretty neat, W T F factor aside.
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Re: Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby Lackluster » Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:47 pm

Not really for any poem from the LOTR, but just recently my co-author and I composed music for a piece from the Lay of Leithian. Now, the only problem is our vocalist (an opera major) is too busy to sing it all. Three stanzas is all we have for now. Our plan, once everything is sung, is to accompany her recording by guitar (all three of us are in different places).
Our idea was that each stanza should go with a different melody.
I wonder if anybody else tried to create music for that Lay?
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Re: Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby Lackluster » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:25 pm

Ok, the piece from Lay of Leithian - we call it LoL - is finally done and released. Just a few words about it. The music is not Celtic or folk style and is not very repetitive. We combined two different rhythmic styles. The melody for the opening stanza is (rather loosely) based on the Aragorn's song about Beren and Luthien from the movie, and for the last stanza on the interlude from the original Tolkien-written Namarie from 'The Road goes ever on'. (The interlude itself is by Swann though). I may as well mention that there are certain imperfections owing to the long-distance manner of collaboration - the guitarist and the singer have never met. Yet we consider ourselves a group, and my collaborator even chose a name Valacirca for it, ambitious as he is.

The topic starter asks how long it took. Composing took a few days, writing down the score maybe two evenings, singing also two evenings, but arranging the whole thing took almost infinity... About a month after the vocal part was recorded...

Here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9RXKlnnX0g
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Re: Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby Ihearthee » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:22 pm

LackLuster this is incredible! So beautiful, excellent work
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Re: Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby Lackluster » Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:35 pm

Thank you, Ihearthee - glad you liked it. Meanwhile we noticed typos and posted a corrected version, the old link no longer works but the new one is this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__akR3yn4_Y
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Re: Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby Gorthaur the Cruel » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:14 am

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Re: Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby Morwenna » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:57 am

I'm going to wait till I'm at home to listen to all your efforts; I don't want to do anything out loud on the computer at work. :)

But long ago I had the idea to set the poems in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil to music. The only one I succeeded with was "Fastitocalon," and it's a cappella; voice is my main instrument.
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Re: Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby Ihearthee » Mon May 05, 2014 11:13 am

I have tried
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Re: Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby Lackluster » Mon May 05, 2014 11:16 pm

Pretty nice and quaint song, Ihearthee. What race of Middle-earth did you have in mind for it? Is that an Elf-song or maybe a Hobbit-song?
And an interesting video too...lol
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Re: Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby Ihearthee » Tue May 06, 2014 1:00 am

Thank you Lackluster, and that is a good question, I was asking myself the same thing, I have not decided yet lol
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Re: Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby Lackluster » Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:54 pm

Here is a piece that my friend and collaborator recently composed (with a bit of my involvement; I appear under a different name though). It is an instrumental piece reflecting his vision of Rohan.

http://youtu.be/qzqREIjkPBw
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Re: Have you composed your own LOTR music?

Postby AlexDeadly » Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:28 am

Hi!

I made this track.
Words by JRR Tolkien. I composed this music a long time ago, but I have recorded and mixed it only for now.

Epigraph to The Lord of the Rings.

Maybe you will like it. Thanks a lot. :)
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