Why not combine banjo, turntables, winds, voices, vibes and a percussion section for an animation project?

Notes by the composer

In 2005, I was approached by some colleagues in the Animation department at Full Sail to contribute comedic music for an animation that was being produced for our monthly Behind the Scenes open houses. The production title of the piece was called “Still Frames”. I composed the 1 min 40 sec piece in Finale and the piece was approved by the team.
I composed the work with a deliberate nod to popular music eclecticism, mixing lots of instruments rarely teamed up in the same ensemble.
The rhythm section drums and bass provided a fast 1920s 2/4 swing over which a horn trio of trumpet, alto sax and clarinet would spin a mixture of ragtime jazz, cluster harmonies and bits of minimalist repetition. A banjo added to the rhythm section playing lots of tritone variations. Rounding it all off was a turntablist, “A” Manuwade, scratching accompanying rhythms.
In June of 2005 six friends came into studio A for a wacky 4 hour session, tracked by Keith Andrews.
Once the piece was recorded in the studio and mixed I realized it needed more to stand alone as a piece of music. I added virtual vibes and asked my wife, Joy, and our friend Beverly Stagg to multitrack some doo-wah’s in big chords over the ensemble tracks. I was going for a quirky Esquivel style blend.
@ Full Sail Studio A
Trumpet – Don Rogozinski
Clarinet – Brian Smithers
Alto Sax – Keith Lay
Banjo – Rick Scoles
Turntables – “A” Manuwade
Bass – Kevin Stever
Drums – Rick Horne
@ home studio
Vibes – Keith Lay
Sopranos – Bev Stagg
Altos – Joy Lay
Tenors – Keith Lay
Binkie Goes to Follywood score

  • Reply

    Fernando Medina

    02 06 2014

    Yes, good choice to include this in your online-publicized works. First time I’ve heard instruments as disparate as banjo and turntables juxtaposed. That session must’ve been tricky.

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