Thoughts On Lady Gaga Love Game
“Let’s have some fun, this beat is sick”
When I first started this idea some said (and still say) that I’m not staying true to the orchestra. The Orchestra is about creating, composing, expressing, and collaborating. Music is about trying new things that interest you, and seeking them out – and I always wanted to hear an orchestra play songs I like. So I say let’s have some fun. And yes, this arrangement is sick. You asked for it, and I’m thrilled how it turned out. You can check it out directly below!
I orchestrated Lady Gaga ‘Poker Face’ a few weeks ago. This time though I wanted to do Love Game because I love this song, and I can always tell that her music is awesome for orchestra. The original song starts off with only her voice and the bass line, so I wanted to replicate that feel by using the solo flute. Then enters the full orchestra, which creates a powerful effect. The song continues and uses an array of instruments, everything from Vibraphone, Harp, Xylophone, flute trills, chimes, triangle, and even Ritardando effects.
I live in NYC, so its always fun to arrange another local musician, much like I did with MGMT. The harp player punctuates these lyrics in the last chorus, and creates a crashing crescendo and tension throughout the piece. I always like how something so beautiful can create an effect so powerful. Perhaps that’s why it’s powerful – because you don’t expect it. Then I have the flute play a single note by itself to conclude the composition.
I plan on doing either Britney Spears ’3′ or Miley Cyrus ‘Party in the USA’ next. I can already hear the arrangement in my head, and I like what I’m hearing.
Thoughts On Lady Gaga ‘Poker Face’ For Orchestra
“A little gambling is fun when you’re with me, I love it”
Lady Gaga’s music has all the elements of a perfect Orchestral arrangement. The strong dance ‘four on the floor’ beat, memorable melody, synth lines, and more made it a blast a successful arrangement. Making a video promoting this was VERY time consuming… for several reasons. Everything was new to me, plus my computer is optimized for audio, but video is different. Poor software and knowledge made it painstaking. Anyway, enjoy this piece! I hope to do more pieces by her soon. Its’ just too fun to arrange her songs for orchestra – I’d like to do ‘Just Dance’ or ‘Love Game’ soon. I have quite a few tricks up my sleeves these next few weeks [lips sealed]. Life’s a gamble, and I love it.
We’re making the Orchestra cool again.