I am thinking of doing a "Scripture to music" CD. Just an audio CD with a music bed underneath and spoken Bible verses over the top.
I am lacking ideas. What music bed would be good to have? Any examples online I could hear that would inspire me?
I don't want music that's too distracting that it interferes with the Bible verses. Just something thats anointed, good quality and enhances the spoken word.
I am adding a lot of reverb to the Bible verses so they stand out.
TV and Radio Producers rely heavily on music libraries; they find what they want and buy the rights to use it. You could browse them for ideas, if not purchase some yourself.
However, I assume you are talking about creating your own music and not using other people's music. A few concepts I would stick to if I were doing a project like that, would be:
1. Let the music be in a style that is not noticeably from another era. I am not saying it has to be what teens like now, but it has to be a style that is somewhat timeless or not adhering to a particular fad of a certain time, including what's popular now. While others may disagree, it becomes distracting when people think to themselves, "What, was this made in the 80's?" or "This is just a gimmick to make it more popular to younger folks." I don't know if I have a clear picture in my mind of what timeless music would be, but think of pieces of music that sound like they could be written any time between the 60's and now if you take out the sound technique factor. I'm just thinking on a whim here, but I think the more acoustic you go, the less people will be able to pin it to an era...unless it is classical of course.
2. When I play music beneath a pastor's prayer, the one thing I try to adhere to is to not play any existing song, hymn, or melody. The reason is people's train of thought go to focusing on what song that was, and not the prayer or whatever is being said, especially during communion when people are in personal prayer. There may be others who hold to the opposite view, but it's my personal opinion.
3. Just a personal pet peeve - If you happen to be using a keyboard, please stay away from general MIDI tracks and other awfully cheesy sounds. Workstations these days like the Korg Triton (May it RIP) can provide some good sounds, and some cheesy sounds. I don't know what you would use if you are using a keyboard at all, but PLEASE use your best judgement as a musician.
4. I don't know if this is a good idea, but don't shy away from up-beat music. it seems like so many instrumental CD's are trying to put you to sleep. But I'm not exactly an expert on instrumental recordings, so I may be a little bit ignorant on that topic.
I'm with Carl on this point: When I play music beneath a pastor's prayer, the one thing I try to adhere to is to not play any existing song, hymn, or melody. The reason is people's train of thought go to focusing on what song that was, and not the prayer or whatever is being said, especially during communion when people are in personal prayer. There may be others who hold to the opposite view, but it's my personal opinion.
For me, I'll also:
1) Strum a guitar - I feel the thinner sound helps to have the words stand out more.
2) Keep to a repetitive chord progression - after a while people will not pay attention to it, it just kinda fades into the background of their consciousness
3) Keep to a slower pace - 60 beats per minute is my prefered speed.
If you are going to try this on keyboards, you may want to experiment with a Rhodes electric piano sound. There was once I sequenced a simple keyboard backing track to 60 bpm and to a Rhodes sound, and the combination brought me to such a high that I still remember it after 3-4 years...
Let me know what you decide to do and how it goes? :)
Thanks All.... I've been wanting to do this for ages and been procrastinating.
I may upload a sample for you all to critique.