Music: “A Visiting Cat” – an animated short film by Azra Sadr


This short film was thought up and animated by my immensely talented friend from college, Azra Sadr, whose work you can see more of here. The film tells the story of a lonely boy who befriends a cat that crosses his path. While the its company ends his loneliness for a while, the cat eventually leaves him. While initially disheartened, the boy comes to realize that life has more happiness to offer him.

My role in this project was simply associated with the original music, which I composed and arranged on FL Studio, using the VST Edirol. I tried, within the short running time, to create leitmotifs associated with characters and events, and avoided using sound effects by having the music do the job for me, much like the classical Disney shorts.

7 thoughts on “Music: “A Visiting Cat” – an animated short film by Azra Sadr”

  1. I wonder if you had any training in composition, music theory in general, or practiced an instrument. Or if you simply came to this via a “trial and error” approach “fitting” music to visuals. Is this your first composition?

    This might also serve as a suggestion to put together some sort of biographical sketch. Not that I am curious – though I am, to be honest – but sooner or later somebody will be interested, anyway. And your about-section reveals rather motivations, which is probably the most important part, anyway, save such shallow beings like me. You know, we are the Internet, we want to know everything!

    1. Haha. :)

      I have absolutely no training in anything related to music. I play no real instruments. All that said, I believe I have a good sense of what kind of music would work well for a film, and I have a good understanding of film scores based on reading, and a continuous exposure to and exploration of them. So I kinda know what I want, but not really how to get it.

      So far, I’ve picked existing music for my films, but I’m now trying to develop original music. While everything I’ve learned concerning music (or film-making, for that matter) is mainly “trial and error,” I was a little more in control of what I was doing here than I normally am while messing around with music software.

      1. In a sense that makes you a bit like Haydn? Though, on the other hand, I cannot but think of you as an air guitar player after your hint that you play “no real instruments”. That would put you closer to Mozart, I guess. But then, you’ll probably do just right as yourself.

        Oh, and don’t think I didn’t notice that you totally ignored my nosy request for biographical info I have absolutely no right to demand…

        1. Haha. I didn’t ignore it. I simply assumed you wanted biographical information relating to my music-making, and I told you all there is to know, which isn’t very much.

          If you’re really curious, as you seem to be, feel free to ask any questions that are a little more specific, and I’d love to answer them. :)

          1. Well, I have been thinking about it, and concluded that I hadn’t thought it through. Questions arising are of a general-ish (“What languages do you speak?”) or specific kind (“What do you think about Hirschman’s Essay “Rival Interpretations of Market Society: Civilizing, Destructive, or Feeble?” – No, really, somehow I’d be interested in your point of view on this). Invariably, they’d be about what, for some reason or other, is of importance to me. It may well be that you have answers and opinions on all that, but only by chance would it be of importance to your life. And that is the important thing about biographical facts, or so I believe: a biography is not a random agglomerate of “things that happened”, but facts and developments that actually shaped one’s life and character.

            This does not mean that future will spare you petty questions from my side. However, at least, it should not be random pestering with questions that, at the end, reveal more about me than about you, but questions that emerge from your work as you are sharing it here with us, the Borg.

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