Recently, I was commissioned to arrange once again for the Videri String Quartet. I thought it might be interesting to share my process for creating the arrangement “Ori + Naru” from start to finish.
Learn the story
As I don’t own an Xbox or Windows PC, I watched a play through of the game (watch here) which illustrates the story points from the game, and gives me context for how the beautiful soundtrack tells the story of Ori’s journey.
Identifying themes and motifs
Once I was able to find the story points that I wanted to cover in the narrative of the arrangement—the relationship between Ori and the parental figure Naru—I listened through the soundtrack and settled on a small selection of melodies and motifs that conveyed their story. In the arrangement, “Ori, Lost in the Storm” represents Ori, while the motif used in “The Sacrifice” represents Naru. There’s also the inclusion of bits of “Kuru’s Tale II - Her Pain” that show the conflict presented during the game. I really liked the idea of returning to some of the “Lost in the Storm” motifs as well, keeping this in mind while developing the form of the piece.
Create an outline