Princeton University Portfolio
Please use the scores and video link below to access the scores and music for my 2024 PhD application to Princeton University.
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Thank you in advance for your consideration!
Jacob Randall Holmes
Portfolio Piece 1
Things that go bump in the night...
As a pivotal component of my Master's Thesis project at the University of Miami, titled 'Scoring the UnScored - The Contemporary Media Specialist,' this composition combines a live recorded string session with a hybrid dystopian underscore. The intent is to deliver a thought-provoking score to a renowned unscored scene from 'No Country for Old Men.'
To enhance the dystopian ambiance within the guide track, certain cello and string motifs were recorded independently. This strategic approach was employed to ensure meticulous control over the final mix and mastering process, thereby elevating the overall quality of the piece.
Portfolio Piece 2
Orcinus (Oceanic Dolphin/Orca)
Pre Concert talk (by Jacob Randall Holmes) and program notes included in the video submission.
Since the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, the topic of Orcas, or killer whales, in captivity has become a very controversial discussion in the media and scientific community. Orca whales are complex and beautiful animals, not just in terms of their physique and unique exterior. Through extensive research, experts have found that Orcas have a limbic system that extends significantly further forward than that of humans, meaning they experience and process emotions such as love, joy, friendship, sadness, rage, grief, and depression on a higher scale than humans are able to. This is the primary reason why pods of Orcas have been known to participate in mass strandings/beachings to escape the pain of loss. My intention when composing this piece was to effectively musicalize the physical aspects, abilities, and forms of sensory communication (whale calls/vocalizations) of an Orca in tandem with attempting to delve into their psyche to empathize with this awesome creature of the sea.
Portfolio Piece 3
Order 74 - Execute the Assets
This excerpt also originates from my Master's Thesis project, entitled "Scoring the UnScored: The Contemporary Media Specialist," conducted at the University of Miami. In this composition, a synthesis of a hybrid orchestra and custom patches devised through a Moog Grandmother synthesizer are employed. The resultant film score aims to evoke a chilling ambiance, strategically utilizing the hybrid orchestra to reimagine the ominous atmosphere depicted in the selected scene from the 5th Wave.
The utilization of "Dies Irae" in this composition serves to evoke a timeless and profound sense of horror within the listener.