Dalton Attig

Dalton Attig

Audio Production , 2016
The Illinois Institute of Art — Schaumburg

Dalton Attig

I am very interested in the contrast that is created between the traditional sound of the orchestra and the non-traditional sound of the modern instruments. Dalton Attig Bachelor of Science in Audio Production, 2016 , The Illinois Institute of Art — Schaumburg

What was the inspiration for your work?

My inspiration for this piece, and most of my other music for that matter, is the massive sounding orchestral music featured in many Hollywood films and video games. A common aspect of this kind of music is to incorporate non-orchestral elements, such as synthesizers or ethnic instruments, into the score. I am very interested in the contrast that is created between the traditional sound of the orchestra and the non-traditional sound of the modern instruments. In particular, I tried to create my own unique texture for this work by blending the orchestra with the sound of mallet percussion (xylophone, vibraphone, etc.) and Bulgarian choir. While I am still learning the nuances of writing in this style, I am proud of this piece because I believe it is a good representation of a style that is unique to me.

What we are seeing in your work and how did you create it?

This track was created entirely through MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) inside of Pro Tools. MIDI is capable of a lot of things, but it is most commonly used to create music digitally because it allows the composer to write music without the need of live musicians. I want to take a moment to mention that, although it is amazing that music can be created today entirely in the digital realm, that does not mean that I think live musicians are no longer necessary. MIDI is a great tool that makes the writing process of music much easier, but it is not a replacement for real musicians. When writing the piece, I first started off by coming up with several melodies and chord progressions that I thought would work well. I also thought about what kind of textures I wanted to create through the use of non-traditional instruments. Once I had some ideas that I thought would transpire into something worth pursuing, I began notating the music in MIDI and assigning instruments to the particular parts I had written. As I progressed, I added more parts for other instruments to play in moments of the piece that I thought were lacking and the final product gradually came together.

How can people find out more about you and your work?

Visit my website at http://daltonattig.wixsite.com/mysite or send me an email at daltonattig@gmail.com.