Album News

'Killers Within' Soundtrack Album Now Available by Jerome Leroy

Milan Records released my score to Killers Within last week, and it is now available on all major digital stores and streaming services.

 
 

From Randall D. Larson’s liner notes:

Killers Within dabs into a variety of genres: fantasy, horror, thriller, action… so it was key for Bushe and O’Neill to have a score that could evolve over the story’s course while blending all those genres into a cohesive whole. “We discussed creating some straight-up horror music, how far into electronic and percussive elements we might want to go for the action scenes, as well as the part of the film which borrows from heist movie tropes,” Leroy said. “But the main point of conversation, really, was what kind of musical atmosphere we wanted to create for the moments in the mansion—which is where a majority of the film takes place—and how we were going to sustain tension during those scenes.”

Leroy’s first tactic was developing a theme for the central character of Amanda, with whom the audience will likely sympathize the most. “My initial challenge was not just figuring out how to go seamlessly from an action/thriller film into a monster/fantasy film mid-way into the story, but also how to create a sense of overall identity for the film. Having a theme for Amanda and very subtly bringing it back at key moments in the score was key. At the end of the day, this is a story about a mother trying to save her son, and we really wanted that point to come across among (or in spite of) all the other elements in the film.”

To accommodate the extremely varied palette necessary to follow the film’s shifting genres, Leroy utilized a phalanx of electronic and digital tools. “The score ended up calling for a huge amount of analog and digital synthesizers for ambiences and textures, processed strings and reversed percussions, old school keyboards like Rhodes and Hammond organ, electronic pianos, layered acoustic and electronic bass to add rhythm and tension, EQ’ed digital pulses, and a wide array of risers, hits, and percussive sweeps,” he explained. “All of this backed, when necessary, with more traditional orchestral groups like string pads, brass effects, and processed woodwinds.”

You can read more about the score here; to listen to the album now head on to iTunes,  Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, or YouTube.

Now Available: 'The Long Farewell' Soundtrack Single by Jerome Leroy

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Finally available on all download and streaming platform: my score to Aqsa Altaf’s beautifully reflective film The Long Farewell.

With no dialog and minimal sound effects, the film relies on music to create a profoundly poetic atmosphere. Written primarily for synthesizers with piano solos, the score sometimes blends with the director’s bigger-than-life shots of the luxurious surrounding landscape (thick forests, tall trees, wide rivers, big gray skies…). At other times, it reaches for the ethereal by opening up the emotional range to depict what is not directly seen on screen—the deep, everlasting bond between the two main characters.

The music was written freely, without a constant tempo or a bar structure to box the music in. Harmonies start softly and grow slowly, and eventually disappear back in the ether. Various textures and instruments are layered in over time to lead the story to its climatic point, and ultimately pull back to leave the audience reflecting about childhood, friendship, and the loss of innocence.

You can read more about the score here, and listen to the album on iTunes MusicSpotifyGoogle PlayAmazon MusicSoundCloud, or YouTube.

'Dear Alice' Soundtrack Single Now Available To Download & Stream by Jerome Leroy

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My score to Matt Cerini’s animated short ‘Dear Alice’ is now available on all download and streaming platforms.

Directed by Matt Cerini at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Dear Alice is an animated short film that tells the story of Anthony, an unconfident artist, who must inspire a wide-eyed young girl, Alice, to see the beauty in her sketch before the bus they’re in reaches his stop.

The film, which was completed in 10 months time and included a team of 15 artists in production, deals with artistic growth through self-doubt and reassurance, thanks to a chance meeting with someone dealing with the same issue as yours. The director’s ultimate goal was to pull at the heartstrings of anyone watching, to make them shed a tear when the little girl felt completely abandoned, or crack a smile when she lit up as Anthony nodded for her to give it another try.

The score, written as a duet between solo violin (performed by Patti Rudisill) and solo cello (performed by Michelle Packman), plays on this newfound relationship where each character inspires the other. Both instruments are featured first by themselves, then start answering and supporting each other, to finally join together in a warm and uplifting ending. Harp (performed by Lara Somogyi), piano and strings provide the emotional backing.

You can read more about the score here, and listen to the album on iTunes MusicSpotifyGoogle PlayAmazon MusicSoundCloud, or YouTube.

Yuanfen Now Available On All Major Online Platforms by Jerome Leroy

My score to Amanda Sparso’s animated short ‘Yuanfen’ is now available on all download and streaming platforms.

Yuanfen, produced at the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a heartwarming tale of adoption as seen through a child’s eyes. Inspired by Amanda’s personal story, Yuanfen takes us through the beautiful and emotional journey of a young infant who will travel thousands of miles from her birthplace in China to her adoptive parents in the United States.

The film metaphorically depicts the caregiver who accompanies the baby girl along her journey as a comforting panda bear, musically represented by a solo cello performed by Michelle Packman. The baby girl’s journey is at first underscored by a dizi (traditional Chinese flute), which, as she eventually makes her way to the United States, turns into a concert flute; both instruments were performed by Gina Luciani. To provide additional warmth and musical support, the score also features harp solos performed by Lara Somogyi, along with piano solos and other various synthetic elements.

You can read more about the score here, and listen to the album on iTunes MusicSpotifyGoogle PlayAmazon MusicSoundCloud, or YouTube.

The Housemaid Now Available As Physical Release by Jerome Leroy

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My score to The Housemaid is now available as a CD release courtesy of Spanish label Rosetta Soundtrack! As a long-time soundtrack aficionado and CD collector, I’m always happy to see film music released on physical format, especially in this challenging market. And it’s even more exciting when it's your own!

Head over to Rosetta’s product page to read more about the score and order your copy.

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.

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!