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Dark, often dissonant, gothic classical orchestral works, intended to give you that disquieting feeling.

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The Dark One

Total Time: 01:16

Keywords: gothic, horror, dark, orchestral.

The melody of this gothic horror theme grows in the bass register. Then the orchestra builds to a crescendo. A solo oboe adds a melancholic detail over a dark pizzicato bass before the orchestra swells again into the inevitable deep, dark resolution.



The October Waltz

Total Time: 01:45

Keywords: waltz, melancholy, dark, gothic, halloween, orchestra.

The bell-like celesta begins the child-like waltz theme that grows through the orchestra to a swift crecendo. A second melody begins with the bass clarinet but that first child-like them keeps returning, becoming darker with each repetition.



Inside the Old House

Total Time: 01:09

Keywords: suspense, dark, sadness, ghost, piano, strings.

The piano, accompanied by the string section, tells a tale of some unspoken sadness. Something very wrong has happened here and it might still happen again someday. You can never be certain about these things.



The Slow Reveal

Total Time: 0:53

Keywords: suspense, dark, sadness, dissonance, piano, strings.

The piano, accompanied by the string section, is just plain wrong.



Abstract Study No.1

Total Time: 02:23

Keywords: suspense, action, violence, dark, dissonance, contrabass, horns.

Deep pedal tones create a growing suspense which tells you that something isn't quite right. Metallic tones ring, only to bend sharply as the waterphone makes you feel slightly seasick. Suddenly you run, the staccato of your footfalls plays in the bass register of a piano. Without warning, the horns blare beside you and the trumpets stab as trombones growl at your heels. Just as it seems you've escaped, you get the queasiest feeling....

Also listed under Orchestral Score



Your Worst Fears Realised

Total Time: 0:49

Keywords: horror, shock, fear, creepy, violence, dark, dissonance, contrabass, horns.

Skin-crawling dissonance and mettalic percussion create a feeling of panic and realization that it is all much worse than you ever imagined.



The Other Reality

Total Time: 0:46

Keywords: suspense, surreal, dream, nightmare, unreal, dark, dissonance.

Electronic tones, backward gongs and metallic percussion create a completely surreal, unreal atmosphere which tells you that none of this should be happening.



Perlie's Last Breath

Total Time: 01:04

Keywords: violent, dismaying, attack, glissando, strings, woodwinds.

This cue from the suspenseful short film "Fish Story," is just murder.



Sulfur et Mercurius I

Total Time: 01:59

Keywords: suspense, dissonance, dark, creepy, serialism, strings, woodwinds.

The violins quietly play the angular serialistic melody as the low pedal tones grow into startling little surprises, creating an atmosphere of suspense.

Also listed under Orchestral Score



The Premonition Part 1

Total Time: 00:40

Keywords: anxiety, forboding, dread, strings, trombones.

The string section plays a short insistent falling figure, that repeats it's message of dread. The trombones answer seems to confirm what you already know.

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The Premonition Part 2

Total Time: 01:05

Keywords: anxiety, menace, dread, strings, horns.

Cellos and contrabasses play a forboding bassline while above, the violas anxiously move at angles. Low, growling horns reinforce the menacing bass. A moment later the violins climb sharply upward until the french horns reveal that things are much worse than you had imagined.

Also listed under Orchestral Score



The Premonition Part 3

Total Time: 00:51

Keywords: trance, dreamlike, nightmare, impressionistic harp, vibraphone, strings.

A lilting, dreamlike duet between the harp and vibraphone begins. A flute slowly and hazily sings a brief melody, then the violins gracefully fall a little way from their high note as the woodwinds leap upward into a disconcerting dissonance.

Also listed under Orchestral Score



The Premonition Part 4

Total Time: 01:29

Keywords: anxiety, menace, dread, dissonance, brass, piano.

Trombones agressively bellow the menacing, falling figure. Immediately, the violas begin their anxious angular fretting. The piano begins to pound, then the trumpets stab wildly. The french horns blare out harsh, dissonant tones as the the orchestra builds to a great crescendo.

Also listed under Orchestral Score



The Premonition

Total Time: 04:05

Keywords: anxiety, forboding, menace, dread, trance, dreamlike, nightmare, dissonance, strings, brass, piano.

In the tradition of Bernard Herman. The string section plays a short insistent falling figure, that repeats it's message of dread. The trombones answer seems to confirm what you already know. Immediately, cellos and contrabasses play a forboding bassline while above, the violas anxiously move at angles. Low, growling horns reinforce the menacing bass. Suddenly the violins climb sharply upward until the french horns reveal that things are much worse than you had imagined. A lilting, dreamlike duet between the harp and vibraphone begins. The flute slowly and hazily sings a brief melody, then the violins gracefully fall a little way from their high note as the woodwinds leap upward into a disconcerting dissonance. Suddenly awake, trumpets pierce the quiet with a harsh, angular fanfare that is answered by the horns. Trombones agressively bellow the menacing, falling figure. Immediately, the violas begin their anxious angular fretting. The piano begins to pound, then the trumpets stab wildly. The french horns blare out harsh, dissonant tones as the the orchestra builds to a great crescendo.



Day of Reckoning

Total Time: 01:58

Keywords: serious, drama, tension, agitated, dark, suspense, consequence, judgement, brass, tympani, strings, cellos, french horns.

At the same time as the trombone section tolls the hour of judgement, the french horns announce it with a sense of dark fanfare. Moments later, violas nervously fret the approaching hour of decision as it arrives with the slow deliberate strides of the Tympani. Again, the trombones now toll the hour and this time, the french horns are answered by trumpets. Now a moment of quiet suspense as the verdict is delivered. With the tolling of the brass, the full weight of the decision is realized in a final great swelling of the orchestra.

Edited portions of Day of Reckoning:

Day of Reckoning Theme 7
Total Time: 0:45

Day of Reckoning Theme 1
Total Time: 0:36

Day of Reckoning Theme 2
Total Time: 0:36

Day of Reckoning Theme 3
Total Time: 0:36

Day of Reckoning Theme 4
Total Time: 0:24

Day of Reckoning Theme 5
Total Time: 0:34

Day of Reckoning Theme 8
Total Time: 0:36

Day of Reckoning Theme 9
Total Time: 0:22

Also listed under Orchestral Score



Ordeal by Fire Part 2

Total Time: 02:16

Keywords: adventure, conflict, dark, anger, menace, drama, orchestral score.

A confident cello plays an ancient melody over a low pedal tone but immediately the contrabasses introduce a dark angular line of forboding as the violas worry them from above. French horns repeat the ancient melody with heroic force, but the contrabasses return and are joined by tubas and bassoons. All the while the violas and violins have become a panicked swirl. The dark, angular melody grows, transforms and builds with pulsing rhythm, until it overwhelms everything in its path.

Also listed under Orchestral Score



The Funhouse Waltz

Total Time: 06:17

Keywords: waltz, horror, suspense, carnival, insane, madness, clown, dissonance, caucophony, organ, theremin.

Viennese serialism meets Viennese waltz. This dark little waltz, scored for organ, celeste, strings and percussion with theremin obligato, is a reminder of the glory days of the great American funhouse.



Ominous Cues

Keywords: anxiety, ominous, dread, minor, horns.

A brief, bit of brooding, ominous underscore for horns and contrabasses. The variations shows subtle changes in length and orchestration for a variety of situations.

Ominous Cue 01N
Total Time: 0:31

Ominous Cue 01V
Total Time: 0:31

Ominous Cue 02N
Total Time: 0:21

Ominous Cue 02V
Total Time: 0:21

Ominous Cue 03
Total Time: 0:25

Ominous Cue 04
Total Time: 0:14




Potboiler

Total Time: 0:55

Keywords: anxiety, tension, dread, minor, strings.

A brief, tense bit of pulsing underscore for strings, choir and sparse percussion.

Shorter, edited versions of Potboiler:

Potboiler 46
Total Time: 0:46

Potboiler 37
Total Time: 0:37

Potboiler 32
Total Time: 0:32

Potboiler 28
Total Time: 0:28

Potboiler 23
Total Time: 0:23




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