Revenge

Friday, March 5, 2010
This is an unusual entry for Uncomposed. As with other Uncomposed songs, this one is completely improvised, one take, no editing. This one had an audience of 80 people, most of which weren't paying any attention to the music at all!

I'm a member of the team that produce Impro Mafia's production Prognosis: Death!. We start each show with a good idea of the characters, their backstory and motivation, and from a musical perspective the characters start with their own leitmotifs. After that, though, the story is improvised, completely driven by audience suggestions. Night after night, the brilliant cast construct amazing stories, creating self-contained adventures while continuing to develop the characters. I provide an improvised soundtrack to the show.

The Uncomposed piece is a snippet from the soundtrack of St Love and the 1001 Books You Need To Read Before You Die. In the story, the intern Dr Melody Carmichael (Amy Currie) accidentally spills a magic solution on her childhood book collection, inadvertently opening a portal for fictional characters to come through to her world, including a bloodthirsty Captain Hook (Luke Allan). After spotting her love Dr Ludwig Lestrange (Dan Beeston) kissing her best friend Nurse Lotte Buble (Natalie Bochenski), Melody turns to Captain Hook for friendship - and revenge.

The snippet covers several scenes from the show - first, some of the doctors discover the portal; later, Melody schemes with Hook to take revenge on Buble, but switches sides when she discovers Hook's evil nature.

A few of the character leitmotifs sneak through, including a sad take on Nurse Buble's theme, the theme for the amazing Dr Burton Mangold (David Massingham), and a triumphant version of Melody's theme. Weaving their character themes in to an otherwise unrelated soundtrack is one of the really fun challenges of a show like this.

I get a kick out of listening to the soundtrack. There are individual movements in the soundtrack, and a few little pieces that I really like. It's a bit like hearing one side of a conversation - there are things happening on-stage (all improvised) that push and pull the music, so there's an impression that something else is interacting here, but you just can't hear it.

Listen to Revenge, or download it.

1 Responses to Revenge

  1. Hugo Clubs Says:

    Hi. I just found this blog randomly out of nowhere and want to say that I loved what I listned to, and ask you to not quit on this :)

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