Great job again, though in the film version I can hear trombone and woodwinds and low strings playing very softly, under the sustained violin tremolos in the pseudo-anthemic march at the beginning. The chords are Fm, Bbm, C7 and back to Fm.
You could be right.
I rip the 6 audio channels from DVD and listen to each track to figure out the orchestration as best as possible. I guess it must be really low.
Also, can you hear more orchestra underneath the chromatic Bond theme is the Auction cue? Because I think it may sound a bit naked.
I think yours is pretty accurate. It just needs clarinets doubling the chromatic lines, and flutes doubling the upper melody. Perhaps 2 or 3 horns outlinings the Bond harmonies. Em - C - Em6 w/5 - C.
However, at bar 12 the lower harmonies thickens considerably. Bassoons and double basses come in.
The problem is you've just got the chromatic vamp in octaves, which is too weak. It needs to be in 3rds (E-G repeated, while B-C-C#-C changes).
The solo bassoon plays G#-A-E - F# (sustain) G-F#-E. The harmony in this bar is A minor, with an low E in the bass (double basses playing E (just above the D on the third line of the stave, while celli play their lowest E, or the one an octave above). Violi, horns, harp and winds play out the notes of the Am triad. Particularly C.
After that, it modulates down a whole step to Gm. Except there is no bass drum in this cue, which is what you've added. Just a timpani playing G (lowest line of the stave) quarter notes. It then plays steady low D in the same pattern, when the harmony shifts to Dm.
It's what you call a pedal point.
The Indian cue is soooooo tempting.
It has less ethnic percussion than I thought, so I definitely will give it a shot. But what kind of drums are there underneath? Is that a close-mic bass drum?
I think it's just timpani and tambourine, but the tambourine is most prominent. You need to have samples of both hits and rolls.
But I know what you mean. Where other composers would sweat blood trying to find as many ethnic instruments as they could, Barry just subtly evokes the Indian classical feel through how he uses a standard Western symphony orchestra. Not through augmenting the ensemble.
The key thing about that cue apart from the orchestration, is the rhythmic precision. It can't be wet or too reverby, either in mixing or performance. That's one of my problems with Nic Raine/City of Prague's Bond recordings.
Check your PMs.