A dreamy electronic piece. Dark and moody synths, mangled drums and distorted guitars.
“Wake Up” by Rodney Warner is a composition that stays in your mind. It might figure as a dramatic backdrop to a threatening afternoon sky or serve as a strong undercurrent to propel you through an early morning. This electronic piece features persistently compelling bass riffs, moody synths and distorted guitar reverberations to convey a sense of purposeful suspense. Prominent drum rhythms add insistent momentum that moves you inexorably forward despite the repetition of the unrelenting beat.
Variations of sound and rhythm create tense anticipation that is the perfect accompaniment for a film noir or a dream sequence video. “Wake Up” is the ideal film music for an aggressive or angry interchange when tensions are running high. An otherworldly voice provides a softly insistent counterpoint with repetitive phrasing, adding an anxious yet not unpleasant verve throughout.
It is easy to imagine “Wake Up” as musical support for combative video games. It conjures visions of evil, muscle-bound cyborgs threatening the forces of the good. As the piece crescendos and the compelling tension briefly gives way to a series of less aggressive, melodic riffs, you imagine the hero of the game enjoying a brief triumph. Then, as the powerful, rhythmic refrain returns, the hateful antagonists launch a new attack on the beleaguered protagonist. The music incorporates a variety of quirky, synthesized sounds that enhance its moody vibe and provide excellent pairings for animated effects.
With an evocative sound that suggests a range of emotions from anger to sadness, “Wake Up” is a good fit for a documentary that delves into dark places. It could also provide a strong accompaniment to compelling commercials.
As the music makes a final push toward its conclusion, it reprises a few more melodic phrases that ease the dramatic tension, and then as the strong bass and drum rhythms quiet, a hint of birdsong provides a final grace note, releasing you from your anxiety and restoring a sense of calm.
“Wake Up” is a highly evocative piece that somehow manages to recede into a space just below consciousness, allowing your video game, presentation, commercial or film to command the full attention of your audience. Its moody qualities present unique possibilities for taking your project from fine to fabulous. Be sure to listen to Rodney Warner’s other compositions too.