This film came to me by way of a friend, who invited me to a BBQ where I had a chance to meet director Axel Laramée for the first time. He had just completed an edit for this short film, and he had some tracks from a couple of artists (Strand of Oaks and Ian Kelly), but he wanted more music to highlight certain feelings and aspects of the story. So he described the story to me: a cottage, a couple, a brother, a melée of emotions, the folly of youth, a lake, a dog, swimming across the lake to an island, a betrayal. I’m paraphrasing here, obviously. I was like: “sounds cool, I’d love to see it.”

One aspect of Axel’s vision was that he wanted the earthy folksy cottage elements to morph into a subtle distorted synth sound to represent the pending emotional turmoil lurking in the story. We referred to it as “the monster.”

So, I was able to pull the background elements of the first cue (synth woodwinds) forward in the mix, and by modulating an analogue bass, get them to overpower the acoustic guitar to end the scene.

So this score was really all about bridging the sonic ground between the two songs, and realizing “the monster.”