Defarious - Original Soundtrack Excerpts

  • Jonathan X Martinez
  • Jonathan X Martinez
    Name of Band or Artist
  • Project Type:
    Film Score
  • Genres:
    Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Slasher, Defarious
  • Length:
    7 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Artist Biography

Jonathan X Martinez is a american composer and audio producer. He received classical training in a range of musical fields early in his life, including: Voice, Piano, and Music Theory/Composition, and contemporary training in Music Technology. Martinez spent the majority of his early music career focusing on operatic performance and classical composition which eventually evolved into a full fledged focus on film scoring. Martinez is notable for his animated composition style and emotionally dynamic arrangements in all film genres. Additionally he prefers to utilize a traditional orchestral set-up, minimizing the use of electronic sounds and synthesizers. He was named and awarded Best Independent Composer in the United States by the corporation G-Technology in 2012.

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Artist Statement

Excerpts from the original film score for the multi-award winning film, Defarious (directed by Chase Michael Pallante). "This award-winning independent short horror film is about this young woman named Amy and her horrific nightmares that are beginning to manifest again so strongly she is disillusioned between her world of imagination and what is truly reality...An inspiration from childhood fears, this 80's tone film brings back the old feel and new sound of what scares you the most!" (RANDFEntertainment, 2016) I always intended to embody in the score, what I would imagine being stalked and subsequently terrorized would sound like if it could be expressed as music. Admittedly I've always enjoyed doing nods to the old 80s/90s genres of horror films, which often did the anxiety inducing idea of being stalked justice. For this film I really wanted to dig deep into my roots. I grew up around horror films, monster stories and boogeymen tales and I wanted to revive all of that and the fears that come with it. When composing the score for this film, I grew a sudden fascination with the sound of old analog synths of the monster-horror films of the 80's and 70's, but I didn't want to include that type of instrument in my score. So what I did was I had the brass play their phrases in a broken manner that would mimic the colour and approximate the "other-worldly" character of old analog synths, that for some of us is very familiar. The main point was to have the entire orchestra for this particular half, almost sound like one instrument, an analog synth specifically. Some of my inspiration also came from an old hispanic folklore about a human eating ghost-monster and represents the opposite of a guardian angel. Most kids who were told stories about him would agree, he is terrifying. It was important that the character of the score be one that felt like raw adrenaline and fear. The kind that makes you turn into a child again in the face of terror. There's a specific scene where you have this young lady, Amy, who is brutally tormented and attacked by her oppressor and it's a very adrenaline propelled scene. I wanted to capture that in the orchestra. There needed to be this beating sense of escalating panic and calculated chaos. But at the same time, I wanted to preserve the spirit of the orchestra, giving each section a chance to horrifically shine as they try to outdo each other's phrasings and grand gestures. I have points in the score where the various sections trade off playing each other's phrases but adding their own complex spin to it, as if to say "anything you can do, I can do better." I felt it was very important that the battle be just as much present and brutal within the orchestra as it was in what the audience was watching. I think the way it all came together was very effective and I couldn't have had more fun recording this score.