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Fantastic Beasts Soundtrack Remake

25. April 2017

While working on another project which is yet to be released, I needed a break from being creative. So, I started remaking the beautiful track „A Close Friend“ from the truly amazing soundtrack of „Fantastic Beasts and where to find them“ by James Newton Howard from scratch only by ear.

I had never done anything like that before, so I was glad that I found this track which is, apart from being magical, not very difficult or long. What I did was basically listening to the track over and over again, on phrase (maybe 16 Bars or so) at a time and then trying to write it down. Of course it helped immensly that I could listen to what I had already written in order to compare both tracks.

All in all, it took me a few hours, maybe 8-9 or so, spread on a few days, to finish the track. I’m pretty delighted with how it turned out, although I now really crave a better childrens choir – my old QL Symphonic Choirs really reached it’s limits here 🙂

You can listen to my remake here:

And, to contrast it to the original, here it is:

For all the nerds:

I used the following libraries:

  • QL Symphonic Choirs
  • EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Gold (Perc and Harp)
  • EWQL Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds
  • Native Instruments The Giant
  • 8dio Agitato
  • Some Aditional basic sinewave for more bass (doubeling the Bass in the Strings – it sounds more full)

If you want to recreate it for your self, you can download the .midi-file here:

https://goo.gl/sw9AFZ

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