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I'm starting to put together a film score for an imaginary fantasy / medieval film. The film score is entitled 'The Shadow of the Moon.'

'Herne the hunter' is the first trak on the soundtrack.

In the reign of King Richard II (1377-1399) there worked in the King's estate of Windsor Forest a particularly competent young keeper called Herne. Human nature being what it is, the other less competent keepers resented him somewhat. One day whilst out hunting the King was thrown from his horse and was about to be gored by a stag when Herne stabbed it in the throat, getting fatally gored himself. As he lay dying a mysterious stranger appeared calling himself Philip Urswick and offered to cure him, and the king agreed. Philip also secretly agreed with the other keepers that he would see to it that Herne lost all of his skill if they would agree to his next request.

Philip then cut off the stag's antlers and skull and tied them to the dying man's head, prescribing plenty of rest. The king rewarded him with silver and gold, and mysterious Phil returned home to Bagshot Heath.

Sure enough Herne recovered his health, although the antlers became permanent, but he also lost all of his marvellous skill. So the king sacked him. Bloody typical. Poor Herne rode off demented into Home park, and was last seen by a pedlar later that same day hanging from an oak tree, but by the time he returned with the other keepers the body had mysteriously vanished. That night Herne's Oak was struck by lightning.

Now a curse seemed to fall upon the other keepers, rendering them even more incompetent than before. They consulted Urswick who told them to go to Herne's Oak at midnight, and when they did so Herne's ghost, complete with antlers, appeared to them, and ordered them to return the next night with horses and hounds, ready for the hunt.

The next night the keepers returned as ordered, but when Herne reappeared he promptly rode off through the forest, forcing the keepers to follow in pursuit. After a wild ride they suddenly stopped to find Urswick before them, and they owed him a favour. He commanded the (still living) keepers to ride with Herne's Wild Hunt forever.

And so they did, meeting every night at Herne's Oak before riding forth with the horned ghost, causing no end of trouble every night, killing deer, vandalising park benches, and generally being unpleasant. Finally the king had had enough, and went with them to confront the shade of his ex-employee. When challenged Herne said that he rode for vengeance, and promised to haunt no more during the king's reign on condition that he hung the other keepers from the very oak where he died. Needless to say, Dicky wasted little time on that executive decision, and they were all hanged the following day.
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datafunk said 4991 days ago (January 15th, 2006)
take me to the movie
nice ouverture you got there, keep on working on the soundtrack, it's a fun project alright
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AEROjet said 4991 days ago (January 15th, 2006)
It stays true to the style. I like the horn swells. Good mix of orchestra
instruments. Is that you on the harp?
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elfdaughter said 4991 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Thanks! 'fraid not - I'm nowhere near that good....it's all loops.
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Heidi_E said 4991 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
It fits in nicely with the title
I really like the Harp! and all the deep string sounds!
who's kidding I like all of it really! Sounds great.
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elfdaughter said 4991 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
It fits in nicely with the title
Thanks, Heidi!!
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eltopo said 4990 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Very nice soundtracky stuff
But where's your trademark elfish voice?

Oh well...
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elfdaughter said 4990 days ago (January 16th, 2006)
Very nice soundtracky stuff
Awwww! I promise, I'll have at least one track on this CD with my voice on it! ;)
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Amboo said 4939 days ago (March 9th, 2006)
Fantastic! This is wonderfully done. I read the above story, this is very suiting to it. The melody is well executed with the particular instruments and effects used. The only thing I can think to critique, is that I wish it were a bit longer, because I was really enjoying it. I am a huge fan of movie score's (I'm a sucker for the LOTR soundtrack and Ennio Morricone). This really reminds me of LOTR, as a matter of fact! Keep up the good work! I have been listening to some of your other songs, and am very impressed!
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elfdaughter said 4938 days ago (March 9th, 2006)
Aw, thank you very much! Yeah, I think I was heavily inspired by Shore...

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