I've uploaded a new piece to SoundCloud. I think it is a good example of what I can do with just my laptop and a story.
The track is inspired by the events at the beginning of Tolkiens' "The Silmarillion" that essentially set things into motion:
The fallen deity Melkor stole the Silmarils from The Noldor, an early faction of Elves. So the Noldor approached their kin the Teleri to use their fine boats so that they may chase Melkor across the ocean to Middle-earth. The Noldor had already been touched by Melkors' corruption at this point, so I tried to represent all of that in the very first phrase; vulnerability with a touch of pride.
The Teleri were not keen to lend their boats to the Noldor for this task since the Valar themselves (essentially the creation gods of Arda; Tolkiens world) forbade the Noldor from leaving Valinor for Middle-earth. At first they argued, but the argument escalated to a massacre at the docks, and the first Kinslaying of the Elves. The Noldor slaughtered the Teleri for their boats, which I represent with the sudden drop of the french horns. The huge build and phrase that follow is meant to represent The Prophecy Of The North, which was delivered to the Noldor by Mandos, the Valar of Justice. "...To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass." Mandos decries, but they continue anyways. The harp and lone flute that follow Mandos' prophecy take the Noldor through deadly storms on sea and land, to the build that is the discovery of Middle-earth. I again tried my hand here at being dualistic, portraying triumph stained with vengeful blood. This build also fades immediately into the final phrase of harp and vocals, which is meant to symbolize the first fulfilment of Mandos' prophecy; Immediately after the Noldor land in Middle-earth they are halted by treacherous terrain, where they instantly turn on each other in the face of despair. This also foreshadows that for the rest of the book much more doom is to befall the Noldor, so I really tried to pack a lot of complicated stuff into that final phrase, which is also in Tolkiens' Elvish.
Well, that's quite a lot, but I thought it would make sense to go through what I was thinking as I worked on the piece since I'd like to use it as a sample for music supervisors.
Enjoy! I think my mixes are getting better and better.