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  • Hans Zimmer - Pirates of the Caribbean - Jack Sparrow

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    Here is my performance of Hans Zimmer’s “Jack Sparrow” cue from the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean.” As I worked on this piece I began to think of it as a pirate-flavored cinematic cello concerto. 😊 The solo cello in the opening perfectly depicts the drunken swagger of Johnny Depp’s pirate captain character.

    Pirates of the Caribbean - Jack Sparrow - mp3

    Pirates of the Caribbean - Jack Sparrow - YouTube video

    Pirates of the Caribbean - Jack Sparrow - Cubase Project

    This mock-up turned out to be one of my wife's favorites. She described the experience of listening to it as a "fun rollercoaster ride." My only reply was "I guess Hans Zimmer kinda knows what he's doing!" 😁

    For the solo cello I used the cello 1 from the Solo Strings plus MIR Pro for placement. The Solo Strings may be one of the older VSL libraries but it remains one of their absolute best! I use it on almost every piece I do.

    The percussion was indeed a challenge here, but I did my best to capture the spirit. Processing drums in not one of my strengths, so I approached the sound more from an orchestrator's perspective than an audio engineer. To give certain hits more power I layered different drums together-- for example adding taiko for low end boom and snare for snap.

    I used the following VSL libraries:

    Synchron Woodwinds
    Synchron Brass
    Synchron Percussion
    Synchron Duality Strings - Regular
    Synchron Elite Strings
    VI Series Jazz Drums
    SYNCHRON-ized Vienna Choir
    Synchron Basso Profundo Choir
    SYNCHRON-ized Solo Strings

    As always, please feel free to post a comment or ask a question.

    --Jay


  • @JBacal said:

    Here is my performance of Hans Zimmer’s “Jack Sparrow” cue from the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean.” As I worked on this piece I began to think of it as a pirate-flavored cinematic cello concerto. 😊 The solo cello in the opening perfectly depicts the drunken swagger of Johnny Depp’s pirate captain character.


    Pirates of the Caribbean - Jack Sparrow - mp3


    Pirates of the Caribbean - Jack Sparrow - YouTube video


    Pirates of the Caribbean - Jack Sparrow - Cubase Project


    This mock-up turned out to be one of my wife's favorites. She described the experience of listening to it as a "fun rollercoaster ride." My only reply was "I guess Hans Zimmer kinda knows what he's doing!" 😁


    For the solo cello I used the cello 1 from the Solo Strings plus MIR Pro for placement. The Solo Strings may be one of the older VSL libraries but it remains one of their absolute best! I use it on almost every piece I do.


    The percussion was indeed a challenge here, but I did my best to capture the spirit. Processing drums in not one of my strengths, so I approached the sound more from an orchestrator's perspective than an audio engineer. To give certain hits more power I layered different drums together-- for example adding taiko for low end boom and snare for snap.


    I used the following VSL libraries:


    Synchron Woodwinds
    Synchron Brass
    Synchron Percussion
    Synchron Duality Strings - Regular
    Synchron Elite Strings
    VI Series Jazz Drums
    SYNCHRON-ized Vienna Choir
    Synchron Basso Profundo Choir
    SYNCHRON-ized Solo Strings


    As always, please feel free to post a comment or ask a question.


    --Jay


  • Hi JBacal.

    Listening to that solo cello, it seems like listening to the "bad" player of the entire orchestration, according to my conception in listening to classical music and soundtracks, the "bad" player has always been OBOE... Not having that VSL preset library , I took the Tina Guo cello plugin off the counter to replace it...

    I take this opportunity to ask you, if you will have the opportunity to publish some Howard Shore Lord of the Rings Mockups in the future? There are two chapters that, every time I listen to them, give me goosebumps..
    Stone foundations and prophecy. it's a mix of emotions between choirs and orchestra!


  • Hi Retni,

    Thank you for listening and commenting.

    I would love to do a Howard Shore Lord of the Rings piece if I can ever get my hands on an accurate score.

    As for the solo cello being a "bad" player, my conception was that the solo cello was attempting to portray a drunk pirate and not a virtuoso cellist. 😄

    Best wishes,

    Jay

    @Retni said:

    Hi JBacal.


    Listening to that solo cello, it seems like listening to the "bad" player of the entire orchestration, according to my conception in listening to classical music and soundtracks, the "bad" player has always been OBOE... Not having that VSL preset library , I took the Tina Guo cello plugin off the counter to replace it...


    I take this opportunity to ask you, if you will have the opportunity to publish some Howard Shore Lord of the Rings Mockups in the future? There are two chapters that, every time I listen to them, give me goosebumps..
    Stone foundations and prophecy. it's a mix of emotions between choirs and orchestra!


  • @JBacal said:

    Hi Retni,


    Thank you for listening and commenting.


    I would love to do a Howard Shore Lord of the Rings piece if I can ever get my hands on an accurate score.


    As for the solo cello being a "bad" player, my conception was that the solo cello was attempting to portray a drunk pirate and not a virtuoso cellist. 😄


    Best wishes,


    Jay


    @Retni said:

    Hi JBacal.




    Listening to that solo cello, it seems like listening to the "bad" player of the entire orchestration, according to my conception in listening to classical music and soundtracks, the "bad" player has always been OBOE... Not having that VSL preset library , I took the Tina Guo cello plugin off the counter to replace it...




    I take this opportunity to ask you, if you will have the opportunity to publish some Howard Shore Lord of the Rings Mockups in the future? There are two chapters that, every time I listen to them, give me goosebumps..
    Stone foundations and prophecy. it's a mix of emotions between choirs and orchestra!


    Jay, here you go: all scores I have from The Lord of the Rings. Perhaps that helps.


  • @LGeist110 said:
    @JBacal said:

    Hi Retni,




    Thank you for listening and commenting.




    I would love to do a Howard Shore Lord of the Rings piece if I can ever get my hands on an accurate score.




    As for the solo cello being a "bad" player, my conception was that the solo cello was attempting to portray a drunk pirate and not a virtuoso cellist. 😄




    Best wishes,




    Jay




    @Retni said:


    Hi JBacal.






    Listening to that solo cello, it seems like listening to the "bad" player of the entire orchestration, according to my conception in listening to classical music and soundtracks, the "bad" player has always been OBOE... Not having that VSL preset library , I took the Tina Guo cello plugin off the counter to replace it...






    I take this opportunity to ask you, if you will have the opportunity to publish some Howard Shore Lord of the Rings Mockups in the future? There are two chapters that, every time I listen to them, give me goosebumps..
    Stone foundations and prophecy. it's a mix of emotions between choirs and orchestra!





    Jay, here you go: all scores I have from The Lord of the Rings. Perhaps that helps.

    Cool! Thank you very much!


  • @JBacal said:
    @LGeist110 said:

    @JBacal said:


    Hi Retni,






    Thank you for listening and commenting.






    I would love to do a Howard Shore Lord of the Rings piece if I can ever get my hands on an accurate score.






    As for the solo cello being a "bad" player, my conception was that the solo cello was attempting to portray a drunk pirate and not a virtuoso cellist. 😄






    Best wishes,






    Jay






    @Retni said:



    Hi JBacal.








    Listening to that solo cello, it seems like listening to the "bad" player of the entire orchestration, according to my conception in listening to classical music and soundtracks, the "bad" player has always been OBOE... Not having that VSL preset library , I took the Tina Guo cello plugin off the counter to replace it...








    I take this opportunity to ask you, if you will have the opportunity to publish some Howard Shore Lord of the Rings Mockups in the future? There are two chapters that, every time I listen to them, give me goosebumps..
    Stone foundations and prophecy. it's a mix of emotions between choirs and orchestra!









    Jay, here you go: all scores I have from The Lord of the Rings. Perhaps that helps.


    Cool! Thank you very much!

    You‘re welcome!


  • Perhaps the grinding mediocrity of Hans Zimmer music repels me in general, but also - this cello performance sounds very mechanical. It seems to instantly state "samples." The overall timbre is harsh and artificial and the MIDI obviously quantized. Sheet music converted to samples. With a few tweaks. And bad sheet music at that.

    In the future, Hans Zimmer will be known as the only composer of film music. This will of course be after the zombie apocalypse in which all musicians have had their brains evacuated and eaten. By the Zimmerites. The new zombies of music. But congratulations Jay ! You did a VSL Accepted/Stamped and Approved Performance of Zimmer the God, the Greatest Composer of All Film Music of All Time! Is there anything better in film music today?


  • We'd be thrilled to hear mock-up renditions of this piece from you and others in the community, @William! 🙂 Everyone is welcome to post here in our forum!


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