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Dreamkeepers Official Score Volumes 1-4

by Nikolas Albrecht

Genre: Classical: Film Music
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1. Animated Trailer
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2. Main Theme
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3. Sacrifice/Void Returns
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4. Bumping into Lilith
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5. Lilith's Theme
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6. Sandman
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7. Tinsel Attacks/Namah's Power Awakens
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8. Remembering Paige
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9. Nightmare Theme/Troika
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10. Mokoi/Starfall
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11. Kojiki Standoff
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12. Tongue Monster Part I
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13. Nightmare Coat Invasion
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14. Tongue Monster Part II/Lilith's Power
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15. Bralgu and a Blemish
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16. Full Moon
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17. An Accord
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18. Job Opportunities
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19. Guillotine/Ambushed
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20. Finding Kalei
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21. The Neon Knives
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22. Ravat
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23. Legend of the Archives
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24. Tendril/Literary Criticism
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25. Cal Objects
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26. Archives Theme
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27. Dealing with Security/Enter Kalei
2:10 $0.50
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28. Tendril Returns
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29. Flashback/Bast's Theme
0:43 $0.50
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30. Battle in the Archives
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31. Bast's Power
0:46 $0.50
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32. Spiritual Advice/Extraction
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33. Nainso's Research
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34. The Real Mokoi
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I first discovered Dreamkeepers in 2013, and was immediately impressed by the amount of care David and Liz had taken in creating their story. Every panel was so lush and immaculately drawn, and the story (at that point) promised to continue and develop a wonderful adventure.

I fell in love with the Graphic Novels, and decided to write a couple of short tracks. I sent them over to David, and the rest is history! The thematic material developed over the course of a few years, and I finally decided to sit down and hammer out an entire score for the first four books. The writing process took me about a week and a half, but programming, mixing, and mastering the tracks took almost a month. I'm very happy to present the score in conjunction with Vivid's Patreon, and hope you enjoy Dreamkeepers as much as I do!








THE THEMATIC MATERIAL

The Main Theme, or Mace’s Theme, is the big one. When something giant, emotional, or epic happens, it gets played – which is actually fairly rarely, for now. It has some nice utility, and can go from mournful to heroic to intense very quickly. Heard in 02, 08, 16, 22, and 32.

Lilith’s Theme is my favorite. I love it. It doubles as a character and a possible love theme (with whomever). It’s often heard on a solo flute, which I associate with Lilith. Heard in 02, 04, 05, 07, 14, 16, 23, 24, 28, and 31.

Bast’s Theme is almost criminally underused. I wanted to go for something very emotional and heroic – it doesn’t appear until Volume 4, which is where Bast’s character (at least to me) really starts to shine and generate sympathy. Heard in 29 and 31.

The Nightmare Theme is actually a two part theme: the first is more static, with close intervals usually played in the low instruments – this half represents the lurking threat. The second part is a repeating series of ascending notes, representing the return of the Nightmares. It can be used to represent Dark Dreamkeepers as well, though not as often. Heard in 01, 03, 06, 07, 09, 12, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 30, 33, and 34.

The Archives Theme is meant to represent the mystery and danger of the archives. Heard in 24, 26, 28, and 30.

The Power Motif is probably the second theme I wrote for Dreamkeepers, and up there with Lilith’s Theme for my favorite. It plays whenever a power is discovered, or activated in a big scene. It’s meant to be mysterious and unearthly, and can fit into any other theme or motif. Heard in 01, 02, 07, 14, 28, 31, and 32.

The Troika Theme was a result of having way too many awesome characters to write themes for. Eventually I just decided on a catch-all for any of the Troika: Vi, Bobby, Igrath, Scinter, whoever. It’s a little militaristic and optimistic, but can become mysterious or badass when needed. Heard in 09, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27, 30, 32, and 33.

The Anduruna Motif dates back to 2013, and was the first official piece of Dreamkeepers music that I ever wrote! It pops up a lot when the lore or history of Anduruna is being discussed, and I experimented with it as a motif for the spirits, but I have to be careful with it because it starts with the same interval as Bast’s Theme. It’s meant to feel ancient and ethereal. Heard in 09, 23, 28, 30, 32, and 33.

The Sandman Motif is a short little 8 note phrase full of danger and suspense. Naturally, it accompanies the Sandmen almost any time they’re seen. Heard in 06 and 22.

The Tendril Motif was originally written with the goal of being intimidating while staying under dialogue (because Tendril has A LOT of lines), so it turned into this quasi-classical descending line that can be either menacing or light. The motif gets some decent mileage with Tendril’s reappearance in Volume 4. Heard in 24, 28, 30, and 32.

Personally, I find what didn’t make it into this album just as interesting as what did. There are a few themes that just never made it in, with two of the big ones being themes for Namah and a motif for Wisp.

For Wisp, the music had to be something flighty, fast, and schizophrenic, which presented a major problem due to the way that samples work. While that type of music soars brilliantly with good live players, it sounds absolutely terrible played by a computer. In the interest of having everything sound presentable, I decided to cut Wisp’s motif. If you’re really curious, it was meant to be played on the upper range of an E-flat clarinet, and sounds delightfully insane.

Writing a theme for Namah was extremely difficult. She’s a complex character, with some really interesting moments – but I found her easiest to write for incidentally, or in relation to other characters. For instance, Namah is acknowledged by the Power Motif in one of the earlier tracks. The more I wrote, the more I realized that it would be extremely difficult for four separate themes to occupy “screen time” together with their respective characters. Between Lilith, Mace, and Bast (as of Volume 4 in the album), there’s an extremely deep well of material to draw from. The end result is that for now, Namah doesn’t get a theme. But that could always change - Darth Vader didn't get a theme until his second movie appearance.

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