Last summer, I had the opportunity to work on an incredibly ambitious, dramatic sci-fi webseries, The Partitioned. Set in a dystopian future, The Partitioned is more a character study than anything else, even though it has heaping helpings of action. As such, I jumped for joy. How often do you, as a composer, get to write character themes these days?
I wrote a few themes that served the story well, but easily my favorite is Eeli’s Theme. When I first saw the episode where she was introduced, she struck me as so out of place from the grungy, oppressive tone of the show. Sure, we notice almost right away that she knows how to defend herself, but there is an innocence and untouched beauty that one did not expect. It almost felt like a fantasy for a brief moment, rather than dark, gritty science fiction. As a result, I tried to get away from the shows typical musical identity of gritty marcato strings, found percussion and Omnisphere, and instead introduced her character and theme with a solo flute. It worked better than I hoped for and I fell for the melody so hard that I later developed it into a full theme, complete with a B section:
I can’t tell you how much fun it was to work on this amazing show. We all grew together as artists. I definitely learned a lot about what to do (and not to do!) in a way that Film Scoring school, useful as it was, couldn’t prepare me for. It also helped me to find ways of being creative on a tight deadline, especially when a large body of music was needed. I am looking forward to working on season 2, because it is only getting better and better.
In the meantime, feel free to check out the show. It’s entirely free to watch on youtube!