Here's a noble-sounding string symphony inspired by the songs of George Fenton, composer for BBC's various nature documentaries. Also reminiscent of Star Trek: A Next Generation, this piece has a gentle sense of flight with a good dose of adventure. Standard symphonic instruments here include strings, french horn, timpani, percussion, flute, and other breathy effects. This would sound great for a project related to flight or soundtrack that needs an avian vibe.
The quirky quartet that could! This eccentric little number features chamber solo strings and percussion in a slow but steady refrain. An almost comical determination characterizes this one with its wonky cluster harmonies and uncertain goals. Still, it somehow delivers a heroic charm to be reckoned with. I can imagine Frodo Baggins humming this one whilst saving the world!
Here's a sparse, noble-sounding piece in a vein similar to The Journey Ahead. I was going for an atmosphere and pace along the lines of a lush Disney ceremony or perhaps a monarchal wedding, but whether or not I achieved that "royal" sound is up to the beholder! [For a more lighthearted take on this one, check out my bell & pizzicato revision.]
Here's a flowing, whimsical woodwind symphony with twists and turns aplenty. The stacked harmony was inspired by Nobuo Uematsu's Garnet's Theme from Final Fantasy IX. Reminiscent of a cheery, quirky Spielberg number as well, this piece aims for a whispy, windy sound.
Here's a sparky little quartet for ya... this one was inspired by the Hyrule Symphony and the Scent of a Woman soundtrack (of all things). It's a fairly basic repeating string pattern, but I find it charming, lively, and optimistic. Features a legato cello solo, staccato violin duet, and lots of clinky percussion -- just the way I like it!
Here's a rather exciting orchestral adventure piece. As the title suggests, this one features lots of trills, but you'll also find lively brass, woodwind, percussion, and a nice sense of movement and urgency. Short but explosive!
This airy, dream-like piece floats high in the clouds with its angelic harps, plucked pizzicato, and glassy percussion. Determined at times, yet delicate in its overall mood, this one shoots for the stars but settles for the heavens. [This is the orchestral original of Silky Synth.]
Here's one that's a little bit eerie, a little bit playful, and a lotta bit mischievous. Sort of an Alice in Wonderland thing, this piece features harp, celeste, flute, and strings in a strange, flowing melody. A subdued intro evolves into an orchestral crest and ambiguous ending.
This sad orchestral lament is a half-decade old as I write this, but something about its dark timbre made me want to dust it off and post it this morning. A mournful cello calls out to some low strings and horns before a doleful harp takes the movement to a more optimistic closer. Cheer up!
Here's a charismatic one I was inspired to write after watching the very charming Scent of a Woman film (soundtrack by Thomas Newman). A gentle marimba and harp melody is quickly interrupted by an excited symphony with places to be. Go on, seize the day!
Here's a nice theme to celebrate bravery and heroism with a touch of sentimentality. One of my early attempts to squeeze the most out of Apple's Symphony Orchestra samples, this one has an epic and noble little heart.
Caution starboard! This dramatic, tormented symphony snippet was inspired by Harry Potter and, curiously, a Jameson Whiskey ad. A decrepit oaken barge carrying a horde of condemned prisoners is ripped apart at sea in this violent storm theme. But is death really the end...?
Here's an icy track I’m personally fond of. This distant, antarctic string dirge was inspired by George Fenton's chilly polar bear theme for BBC's Planet Earth series. Things begin happily enough on a bright, snowy iceberg morning, but it's quickly apparent something is terribly awry...
Here's another one of my personal favorites... this bouncy, bright symphony calls to mind optimistic Spielberg films and John Williams soundtracks with its driving, percussive momentum and curious, stringy cheerfulness. This was made entirely on Apple's aging Symphony Orchestra sample pack, but it still sounds pretty lively!