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DocumentaryJust try to pretend we're not here, OK?


The term documentary was first used in 1926 by filmmaker John Grierson as a term to describe films that document reality. Distinct from Factual Entertainment, pure documentary is both unscripted and seeks to record 'stories' as they happen with minimal editorial bias and interference. Well, thats the theory anyway.


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1 Restoration Man [1:36] - David Gosnell Restoration Man [1:36] David Gosnell String Orchestra
In a quiet country church and aged craftsman sets to work restoring the stained glass windows, reflecting on the centuries of English history which surround him. An emotional yet subtle pride In England, it's history and achievements. For string orchestra offering a versatile dramatic underscore.
2 Beyond This Vale [2:21] - David Gosnell Beyond This Vale [2:21] David Gosnell String Quintet and String Orchestra
Written for string quintet and string orchestra this track begins with a soft breathing pulse of quiet sorrow and gradually grows to a climax of heart-rending anguish before melting away into a resolution of acceptance. Ideal for a high emotion climax of the loss of one who was much loved.
3 Unusual Fruit [2:26] - David Gosnell Unusual Fruit [2:26] David Gosnell Piano, Zither, Vibraphone, Violin, Woodwind, Strings & Sound Design
There comes a time in the life of every maker of documentaries when you encounter a true eccentric. This character has a unique world view, which although perfectly rational to them seems to us a little 'off'. This is their soundtrack.
4 Fatal Distraction [2:36] - David Gosnell Fatal Distraction [2:36] David Gosnell Eclectic Ensemble!
Continuous 3:2 pulsing rhythm underneath cellos and low woodwind with an added marimba & vibes, punctuated by bandoneon interruptions. Eerie and mysterious mood speaks of a normality which is about to turn darker as the drama unfolds. For a thriller, psychological drama, paranormal, Hitchcock drama
5 Nostalgia - David Gosnell Nostalgia David Gosnell Classical Orchestra
Remembering a happy past love. Distant string quartet, woodwind solos & an emotional climax, melting away into the mists of time. Mysterious, tender, nostalgic & sentimental. Romantic drama, sad farewell or hopeful reunion. Lovers dancing under moonlight, eternal love devotion compassion. Uplifting.
6 Refugee - David Gosnell Refugee David Gosnell Orchestra with Duduk
Refugees caught up in someone else's war, wildlife caught in an oil slick, homeowners scattered by a tropical storm. This music speaks of the collateral damage inflicted by life changing events in history, a plaintive duduk melody underscored by muted and tremolando strings and a French horn section
7 No Survivors [2:14] - David Gosnell No Survivors [2:14] David Gosnell Piano, Cello, Sound Design
Sometimes a picture is so compelling the music only needs to provide a frame to view it in. Scenes of devastation, the countless victims of a natural disaster, wildlife on the verge of extinction, desert where there once was forest or the devastation of a single individual. This simple track underscores the emptiness when all is lost.
8 Cloudy Skies - David Gosnell Cloudy Skies David Gosnell Piano & Strings
Haunting track for piano and strings. Speaks of loss, uncertainty, waiting for dreaded news and deep contemplation. Perfect both for drama, documentary or charity appeals with plenty of space for voice-over if required. Spatial, dreamy & atmospheric, with piano as solo and with strings.
9 Before Appomattox - David Gosnell Before Appomattox David Gosnell Classical Orchestra
Happier times in the rural American South, the opening credits to a story of how that was all going to change. Simple folk living their lives on the land, and whose nobility was to change from battling the elements to fighting each other. Scored for full orchestra with soulful 'Southern' violin solo
10 Personal Space [2:26] - David Gosnell Personal Space [2:26] David Gosnell Piano Solo & String Orchestra
Introspective piano / strings track underscoring an individual lost in their own thoughts - slow build and ebb. Speaks of the regrets of things past.

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