If the music in How a Spear Phishing Attack Works sounds familiar, it was inspired by Hans Zimmer’s You’re So Cool from the film True Romance, 1993 https://youtu.be/R8p0lUGhUrs
The first time I saw the film I loved the way the music was in complete contrast to the story, yet it seemed to fit so well. I later found out that Hans Zimmer had based it on Carl Orff’s Gassenhauer. Which in turn was based on apiece by Hans Neusiedler in 1536.
The music for How a Phishing Attacks Work came about in a completely different way – by experimenting with new software players. One is called chords and scales and allows you to create all sorts of interesting chords from one note. Although this may sound like cheating, it gives you a great deal of flexibility which is useful when you want the sequence to be a few seconds shorter or longer.
The drums also used a new sequencer which allows you to open up a virtual drum kit, create some drum patterns, then dial in variations by adding a probability setting on whether the sound gets triggered or not.
It may sound like cheating but you’re not really composing music in the usual way of things. A backing track should be a ‘bed’ for the video to sit on, complement the video and not work against it. To achieve this we needed structures which didn’t require eight bar phrases and could ‘turn on a sixpence’.
I’m sure I read somewhere, along time ago, that when people were surveyed about music in training videos, the replies were usually about the same. 25% liked it, 50% were neutral, and 25% didn’t like it. I think that’s about right.
Whatever you do, it’s not going to please everyone. But again, we have the option of turning the music off. The important thing here is that the video ‘stands on its own’ without the music.
It’s an exciting new direction for us. There’s a lot of experimentation but the one thing that’s sticking out at the moment is that the music in training videos must match the action on the ‘stage’, and off the shelf soundtracks just can’t do that with the same flexibility.