Instruments of the LOTR Soundtrack

 Orcs and Isengard

 

The Orcs and Isengard are all about percussion. Besides drums, various metal objects were used to create an industrial feel for the culture. All of these instruments were used in various versions of the Five Beat Pattern.

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Anvil

Bell Plate

Chains on Piano Wire

Taiko Drum


 

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Anvil

Apparently, standard metal anvils are used as musical instruments but occasionally other pieces/shapes of metal (bars, tubes, etc.) will be substituted. This image at Doug Adams' Picasa Gallery may be the 'anvil' used for the Feb. 08 Lucerne FOTR Live Concert.

USE IN SOUNDTRACK

The anvil was used to help create for the Five Beat Pattern and the pounding beat heard as Lurtz, drawing his bow, approaches Boromir.

ARTIST

No artist is listed for anvil. It was probably a percussionist from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

1. Sample from CR-FOTR, Disc 3, Track 5, Parth Galen, 8:54-8:58


 

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Bell Plate

The bell plate is a piece of metal that is generally suspended when played. The sound generated depends on the shape of the plate, the type of mallet, and whether it is suspended or held by grasping the plate. This image at Doug Adams' Picasa Gallery shows the bell plate used for April 09 FOTR Live London Concert.

USE IN SOUNDTRACK

The bell plate was used to help create for the Five Beat Pattern and the pounding beat heard as Lurtz, drawing his bow, approaches Boromir.

ARTIST

No artist is listed for anvil. It was probably a percussionist from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

1. Sample from CR-FOTR, Disc 2, Track 2, The Caverns Of Isengard, 1:27-1:32

(on beats one and four of the Five Beat Pattern)


 

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Chains on Piano Wire

In the AS-FOTR, Adams writes, "Shore’s ... requires his pianist to violently strike the wires inside the instrument with metal chains." This image, this one, and many like it reinforce the concept that the wires are inside the body of a functioning piano. But this image and this one suggest that, in some concerts, the panel holding the wire may be removed from the body of the piano.

USE IN SOUNDTRACK

Chains on piano wire were used to help create for the Five Beat Pattern and the pounding beat heard as Lurtz, drawing his bow, approaches Boromir.

ARTIST

No artist is listed for anvil. It was probably a percussionist from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

1. Sample from CR-FOTR, Disc 2, Track 2, The Caverns Of Isengard, 2:36-2:43

(all beats of the Five Beat Pattern)


Japanese Taiko drums

Taiko drums are typically wood with heads on both ends of the drum. Here's one image from Doug Adams Picasa
Gallery of a taiko sitting amongst other drums and here's another of a taiko sitting behind Howard Shore in a preconcert lecture.

USE IN SOUNDTRACK

Taiko drums were used to help create for the Five Beat Pattern and the pounding beat heard as Lurtz, drawing his bow, approaches Boromir.

ARTIST

No artist is listed for anvil. It was probably a percussionist from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

1. Sample from Dashi, Drums of Tokyo, by Oedo Sukeroku Taiko

2. Sample from CR-FOTR, Disc 2, Track 10, The Pass Of Caradhras, 2:36-2:39

(all beats of the Five Beat Pattern)