More HtTYD Recordings

Still missing HtTYD after all these years? Here are some cool performances of my arrangements that I recently came upon – apparently a lot happened during the two years I was offline. My highest regards to all you talented musicians for sharing your love for HtTYD with everyone!

Test Drive for piano four-hands by Ryan Baldridge and Malynn Gates – never thought I’d ever be able to hear this played, let alone with a viking fur vest. This recording deserves a lot more views.

See You Tomorrow by Abiah Bull – The way she tackles all those flying notes, just – wow. At last a recording for this demanding piece!

HtTYD 2 Medley by akkeyroom – Combining all three arrangements apparently ramps up the tear-inducing factor thousandfold (trust me, I’ve been there). Hats off to akkeyroom for playing right up to the last passage. The emotions couldn’t have been expressed better. If you want an even heavier dose, Terry Hankins also made a recording, matched with clips from the film (link contains SPOILERS).

 

Complete HtTYD on Piano Playlist

Ever wondered what the whole 72-minute HtTYD sountrack sounds like on piano? Find out here:

Three years ago, I would never have dreamed to put this up with less than a month before the sequel comes out. That’s how long this project lasted!

Due to school and various commitments, I only managed to record ten of the 25 tracks (plus Zorsy’s amazing interpretation of Test Drive). The rest is completed with enhanced MIDI, in addition to preview snippets. That being said, if you have recorded or plan to record one of the arrangements, don’t hesitate to let me know and I can update the playlist.

Speaking of the sequel, I had a look at some of the released tracks plus the first five minutes of the film. Despite the equally epic atmosphere, it seems that John Powell paraphrased his previous score quite extensively. I only hope that, for promotional purposes, they have concealed some awesome new melodies!

Iron Man 3 Theme

A change towards the more popular end of Hollywood. There have been many covers of music from the trailers, but I believe this is one of the first to be made for the film theme itself. I mean, why not? It’s short, catchy, with simple rhythm and open chords, plus a huge load of brass.

Some food for thought: how many action film heroes would actually survive without French horns and trumpets?

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Easter Egg!

Whether or not you follow Easter, here’s a bonus present from the RotG project! Recorded this yesterday with a talented friend of mine. A million thanks to E for making the music come to life on the flute!

First time recording with a fellow musician, and it sounds so much more wonderful than just plain piano playing.

Stay tuned – another cover of “Still Dream” to come next!

The Croods, and Being Ahead of the World

Now, arranging a soundtrack within two days of official film release is a scary record in my book, but I can’t wait to show everyone Alan Silvestri’s classic-sounding score. No doubt it makes a big difference when DreamWorks gets someone who’s been big since the 80’s (Back to the Future, anyone?)

Sampled, arranged, and recorded within 12 hours – another record there. The sheet music still requires some thorough editing, so I guess I’ll wait until more people have seen the film (myself included) to decide on further uploads. After all, it hasn’t even been a week yet!

“Still Dream” & Official Publishing

Surprise! Here’s the most wanted arrangement of the whole RotG soundtrack. Many of you probably guessed at this already. I love the song just as much as all RotG fans and couldn’t stand not having it arranged. Sorry to all who e-mailed me with the request for this song – I’ve been keeping it a secret since Christmas!

The second big, BIG news: this is soon to be legally published! After months of searching, I’ve finally found a website that allows me to publish arrangements and earn profit in accordance with industry laws and policies. Right now the score is still awaiting review and approval, but it will likely be marked for sale at $1-2 USD. All the information will be provided here when everything is good to go.

If you’re already getting disappointed that this sheet music won’t be uploaded for free, I urge you to read on.

Some of you probably know that I’ve been working to get myself published for a while now. When this site first started with the HtTYD project, my only goal was to share the brilliant music with everyone. Thanks to the unfailing support from all of you over the years, I discovered that I actually have the ability to produce decent-quality arrangements.

Personally, I believe that all arrangers have the right to freely distribute sheet music. But, after dealing with various parties, I want to bring to people’s attention how difficult it is for amateur arrangers like us to find desirable legal publishing outlets. Due to discouraging practices by big sheet music companies, so many arrangers resort to uploading arrangements for free that it’s almost considered the norm. Even though this is great for music lovers like you, we all suffer to some degree by not being able to earn money for our hard work: countless hours spent at the piano and the computer just to produce a neat, smooth arrangement that you can play to your enjoyment. By publishing a score that is in relatively high-demand instead of offering it for free, I hope that more people will learn about our struggle and support us to change things for the better.

Of course, I can’t convince you to pay for my work (though a price of $1-2 USD seems a fairly good incentive). But speaking as an arranger, I ask you to please let me do this right for once.

Alex