Soundtrack to Qi - The Documentary now available! by Jerome Leroy

I’m very excited to report that my soundtrack to Qi - The Documentary is now available on all major digital stores and streaming services!

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From the liner notes:

“Dennis Ho’s 2018 documentary Qi demystifies the Chinese concept of energy known as qi (chi) by identifying its various properties and their empowering effects on human physiology. … As he was developing this film, Ho reconnected with composer Jerome Leroy, who had previously composed the music for the director’s debut, the award-winning fantasy/drama, A Better Place. “I think composers and I bond very well, maybe more so compared to other filmmakers because I have a degree in music composition and theory; so communicating musical ideas is certainly less challenging,” Ho explained. “On Qi, as with all collaborations, we had a number of back-and-forth discussions and, in the end, Jerome’s brilliance pulled together the perfect blend of eastern and western modalities to appeal to a global audience.”

To accommodate this musical balance, it was decided that the score should feature an instrumentation that was reminiscent of Asian cultures, yet could stand on its own as an accompaniment to a universal spiritual journey. … To that effect, Leroy chose to substitute traditional Chinese instruments with Western ones: instead of an erhu, he used a solo cello (performed by Tina Guo), and instead of bamboo and wood flutes, he used a set of concert flutes (bass, alto, and regular flutes, all performed by Gina Luciani). The mixture of Chinese musical flavors speaking through orchestral instruments familiar to western audiences supports Ho’s concept of portraying qi’s Chinese origins through a universal lens.

“An important element in the philosophy surrounding the concept of qi is the idea of a constant energy loop,” said Leroy. “I decided to represent this with various orchestral motors on three acoustic and processed pianos (which I performed myself), on harp (performed by Lara Somogyi), and other various percussive instruments.” Another element the composer wanted to underscore was qi’s raw potential for power, strength, and depth — when it is properly harnessed. For that, he used thunderous world percussions such as frame drums, dolhs, toms, taikos, and various bass drums. “Obviously,” Leroy explained, “the goal was for all these separate concepts (energy, power, healing, strength, etc.) to blend so they would sound and feel musically balanced and interconnected.”

Both Ho and Leroy wanted the score to offer a kind of spiritual journey in tune with the film’s portrayal of qi’s life-changing potential. “To musically connote this impression,” said Leroy, “the score ranges in style from simple, repetitive, quasi-minimalistic pieces to epic moments featuring solos, percussion, and synth beds, and various metallic percussive touches.” In so doing, the score tracks the varied benefits and real-life implications of learning to harness qi."

You can listen to the album now on iTunes,  Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, and YouTube.

New Complog Article: "My Creative Process: Writing a Library Track" by Jerome Leroy

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I recently posted on my Medium Complog an in-depth look at my process when writing Library tracks and how the album “Impressions” was created.

This is the first article in a series called “My Creative Process” in which, through real-world examples from past projects, I will try to illustrate how my music comes to life. By focusing on the various types of requirements I get from my clients, I hope I can give a holistic overview of my composition and production process, thereby answering questions I often get from students, filmmakers, and other composers alike.

You can read the article here. I hope you find it interesting and I’m looking forward to your comments.

"Qi" and "Impressions" nominated at the Jerry Goldsmith Awards! by Jerome Leroy

I’m very proud to announce that my score to Qi - The Documentary and my album Impressions (commissioned by Audio Network) each received a nomination for the 2018 Jerry Goldsmith Awards.

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“Impressions” was one of 131 submissions in the “Free Form Creation” category while “Qi” was one of 51 scores to be submitted in the “Best Music for a Documentary” category.

The winners will be in announced in early November at a ceremony in Spain.

Soundtrack Release: "Qi - The Documentary" Available on 9/14 by Jerome Leroy

My score to Qi - The Documentary will be released on September 14th, 2018 on all digital stores and streaming services. 

As a window into an intriguing world, and through in-depth interviews with well-known Qi masters such as Dr. Kam Yuen, Dr. Tatsuo Hirano, and Master Jonathan Tani, the film identifies the various properties of Qi and its effects on human physiology. Most importantly, “Qi” reveals the untapped power within our life force. 

Featuring solos by world-class musicians Tina Guo (cello) and Gina Luciani (flute), the score relies on orchestral motors based on three acoustic and processed pianos, harp (performed by Lara Somogyi), and various percussive instruments. Power and depth are underscored by the use of thunderous world percussions such as frame drums, dolhs, toms, taikos, and other bass drums. Listen to the album now exclusively on my website.

The first few excerpts from the score are now available on my YouTube channel. I will be posting many more in the next few weeks—remember to subscribe to the channel to be reminded when the new excerpts are up!

Gina Luciani performs Dizi (Chinese Flute) on "Yuanfen" by Jerome Leroy

Watch below Gina Luciani perform my score to the short animated film Yuanfen on Dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) and concert flute.

"Yuafen" is a student short directed by Amanda Sparso from the School of Visual Arts. I composed and recorded the score earlier this year, and I'm hoping to release it as a single sometime this Fall. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Gina's beautiful performance.

Complog Update: Two new articles published by Jerome Leroy

I recently published two tech-related articles on my Medium complog:

  1. "A Composer’s Mobile Rig," describing my mobile rig and giving tips & tricks on how to build your own.
  2. "My Writing Gear," a non-exhaustive list of the hardware and software I use to write music, along with specific patch layouts and pictures.

I hope you enjoy reading these! Remember to let me know your thoughts and reactions in the complog's comments.

Introducing my Medium "Complog" by Jerome Leroy

I very recently started a blog on Medium. My goal is to use it to post in-depth articles about my work and processes—basically, how I write music for media. Some articles will be focused strictly on the musical side of things, others will be focused strictly on the technical side of things, and many articles will fall somewhere in between.

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