The Sound of Adventure

A hero pauses to take a breath, sweeping his gaze over the advancing army that overwhelmingly outnumbers his own faithful men.  Any normal mortal would have fled, but there are lives at stake.  An entire town will be overtaken if these men fall…

Turning to his faithful followers, the hero gives a rallying cry.  They had fought together before and today…well, today is a new adventure!



In a previous post, I talked about how music can be used to manipulate emotions or to make you feel certain things. Today, I wanted to share with you a brief example of what makes up the “sound of adventure.”

There are many different types of adventure that could evoke many different feelings (such as epic adventure, flying adventure, medieval adventure, modern adventure, etc.)  These are my own labels, but once I say them, you can tell the difference between the feelings you get when you hear them.

For example, in the video below, I tried to emulate the sound of adventure if you were about to go into battle or give a rallying speech.  Here’s what I did:

1.  Unison horns on the melody (which uses mostly 4ths and 5ths) gives the impression of heroism

2.  Low brass supporting the melody (and accenting the bass) gives the impression of intensity

3.  Strings using sweeping 16th notes up and down to gives the impression of motion

4.  Choir doubling the chords an octave higher gives the impression of hopelessness

There are a lot more techniques I used, but these are the basics. When you listen to the “Sound of Adventure” clip below, try to see if you can pick out each of these techniques.

Did you enjoy this post?  If please comment on this post to let me know some of the sounds or emotions you would like to hear.

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Posted on June 25, 2015, in Emotion, Film Music and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Reminds me of the ride of the Rohirrim.

  2. Well, as one who loves adventures, I’m sorry there isn’t a movie to go along with this emotional music!

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