In the latest episode of his video series, Studio Time, Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg) discusses his approach to scoring for strings.
Holkenborg has scored over a dozen films, including blockbusters like Batman v Superman, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Amazing Spider Man 2 and Divergent.
“In this episode, I discuss how I wrote a key theme for the film Brimstone,” notes Holkenborg. “I’ll explore the melody, how I transcribed it for strings, some notes on harmony, and finally show you the final result with the recorded orchestra. I’ll also discuss the various plug-ins I use.”
Holkenborg discusses his approach to creating a theme for a score, translating a piano outline into a score for virtual string parts and then recording the soundtrack with an orchestra.
In Part 2, below, Holkenborg builds on his string writing concepts, with a focus on harmonic progression using cues from the film Brimstone: