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Your thoughts on Homage/Pastiche?

Postby MarkOne » Mon May 17, 2021 4:28 pm

The song I'm currently working on as part of my one song a month project for 2021 took a sudden left turn as I started to flesh out the production. It started to get the vibe of a Bond theme song, so I sort of embraced that and went for the John Barry strings, the staccato horns, briefly quoted that 5,6,7,6 chromatic motif and looked to David Arnolds blend of orchestra, synth elements, arpeggios hits and risers. It even has that Am maj 7/9 guitar chord at the end. (Well transposed down to G in my case)

I'm super happy with it, but I'd be interested in peoples thoughts. I certainly haven't borrowed any of the key melodic elements, but it is definitely and unashamedly a homage.
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Re: Your thoughts on Homage/Pastiche?

Postby Wonks » Mon May 17, 2021 4:36 pm

That's how plenty of library music composers make a jolly good living!
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Re: Your thoughts on Homage/Pastiche?

Postby blinddrew » Mon May 17, 2021 8:28 pm

Nothing wrong with a good homage. :)
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Re: Your thoughts on Homage/Pastiche?

Postby RichardT » Mon May 17, 2021 10:47 pm

I Agree with Drew and Wonks - the only downside I have found is it’s hard to find a place for an homage in an album, but that’s just my own experience.
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Re: Your thoughts on Homage/Pastiche?

Postby chanceoperation » Mon May 17, 2021 11:35 pm

Try and throw in something completely out of character. Something you like, maybe in another circumstance. Imitation is (the sincerest form of) flattery. For a true homage, make it your own. Surprise us.
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Re: Your thoughts on Homage/Pastiche?

Postby Martin Walker » Mon May 17, 2021 11:51 pm

chanceoperation wrote:Try and throw in something completely out of character. Something you like, maybe in another circumstance. Imitation is (the sincerest form of) flattery. For a true homage, make it your own. Surprise us.

I love this idea!

Its also what I listen out for when commercial musicians release a cover version of a well-known track - that unexpected twist that makes it sound fresh and new.


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Re: Your thoughts on Homage/Pastiche?

Postby chanceoperation » Tue May 18, 2021 12:04 am

Thanks Martin. (Been reading you for 30 years: always enjoy.)

I would go further, to say it's more than an idea. It's a principle.

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Re: Your thoughts on Homage/Pastiche?

Postby Arpangel » Mon May 24, 2021 8:26 am

Homage? I don’t use that word, but I do imitate, or "cartoon" things, in an ironic way, or taking the piss at times, without realising it, even I don’t know sometimes, if I’m having a laugh or not, but that’s good, it’s when you know what you’re doing it all becomes a bit predictable.
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That would be an ecumenical matter.