A quiet but threatening scene where our lead, Dave, is introduced to the seedy underground by his contolling Uncle Jimmy. The setting of the scene is quite lush, lots of soft furnishings, slow movements, low lighting. The pace is measured and everything is tightly controlled. Brass punctuation seemed to add the right amount of power, hard-edged sophistication and understatement. Double bass underpins the scene - the omnipresent weight of Uncle Jimmy - which is used throughout the film, but here it's more nuanced. Quiet dialogue here means the music had to fit around it, adding a sense of grandeur without being too energetic or distracting. As the scene progresses, the trombones go from setting the scene to representing Dave's smugness, a growing arrogance emerges as he is celebrated by the Firm, culminating in a defiant look into the camera. He's not really amongst friends though and he comes down to earth with a bump.
A sparring match between Dave and Uncle Jimmy gets out of control. The tautness of a cello and a double bass are used to create the conversation here. Both instruments are scraped and bowed near the bridge to reflect the potentially explosive energy that could be unleashed at any time. Different strokes on the bow allude to the movement and aspect of the camera and actors. The idea was to communicate the visceral entanglement both through tone, performance and processing.
A wounded and terrified Dave is blackmailed to kill Micky. Tension and anticipation build here, the brass adds the classic steeliness of the Firm's influence and the magnitude of what is about to happen, but I used meandering pitch and discordant tones at the beginning to illustrate Dave's evident shakiness and swimming head. The timing of the main bass motif has changed to more of a 'limping' version. As his resolve steps up, the track coalesces in a big crescendo until the end twist. A shimmering synth references the jittery state of mind he is in at the end unsure of what to do next.