At the end of the Spring term, 2013, I was asked to compose music for an action sports video put together by Max Hammer (for his tumblr, click here). This is something I’ve been wanting to do since I saw my first Warren Miller documentary, so I was really happy to work on this project. Seeing the nature of other action sports videos and documentaries, I realized that I didn’t want to stay close to the stylistic trends of the music that normally gets set to these films. I wanted something that, to me, communicated the grandeur of the mountains and the purity of the snow, while setting up the actions of the skier in the video. I decided to record fellow Digital Musics student, Phillip Hermans, improvising with a harmonica and an accordion (which was lent to us by Jessica Thompson). I then chopped up the recordings and structured various raw and manipulated samples into the music that you hear. Apart from this, I used a few small samples from the audio that was recorded by the cameras to accent some of the smaller parts in the film.
The video was put together by Max Hammer, an animation student at Dartmouth and great skier. It was submitted to Teton Gravity Research’s Co-Lab contest where it won the title of ‘Most Creative.’