As you know, I spent this weekend working on the 48 hour film thing.
My part turned out to be small, which is fine.
I waited around Friday evening, there wasn't much contact, and had my first meeting on Saturday morning.
It soon became apparent that there were very fixed ideas in place and what was needed musically was a few background 'string' textures to go over beats. Thanks to Robert for leading me to that Musescore2 program.
Yes, it appeared to all be about 'donk donk boom boom donk, donk donk boom boom donk'.
So I spent about 8 hours on Saturday writing 'textures' to go over beats. I like to keep my promises and I had said I'd present him with 5 textures on Sunday.
Sunday morning I met with the him again. He seemed to quite like some of my textures. He certainly wasn't excited about them. He transferred them into a program he had on his computer and turned my string sounds (which he'd asked for) into things like squeeks and swarks. He seemed happy as he messed around on his computer. Someone else had given him some 'beats' that he thought he might use too. My car was loaded with acoustic instruments which I now knew would not be needed. I told the guy that he could turn my textures into bagpipes, or whatever, and cut and paste them if he wanted. I pointed out that he didn't really need me anymore. He looked up briefly from his computer screen and agreed. He seemed to be having fun with his new program and said there wouldn't really be enough time to record acoustic instruments. I asked him if he knew how heavy and awkward a double bass was to move around. He agreed that it might be a bit awkward. He thanked me and I left.
I'm recording some stuff for another young guy next Saturday. He wants four violin parts and four double bass parts, all with simple repetitive lines, overlaid. Shouldn't be fun.
Projects like these are not really why I became a musician / composer (amateur). It'll be good to get back to practising the Testore Trio parts. As my dad used to say, "That's music you can whistle while painting the roof."