This is a piece of music that I composed for Ender’s final exam, in the novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I made it in anticipation of the forthcoming movie adaption of Ender’s Game. As this piece accompanies the end of the book, please find the description of the composition below the spoiler headings. Enjoy!


The start of the piece signifies the Formics and their attack on the humans. I used pizzicato strings to get across that insect sound. The track then transitions into what I would imagine, is Ender and his team carrying out their “exams” (or battles with the Formics). The piano is Ender thinking in terms of military and trying to beat his enemy, while the strings are his heart thinking about why they are fighting the Formics, trying to understand them and feeling morally conflicted. The next part is Ender learning to love the Formics and realise what a terrible mistake he has made when he discovers he was fighting for real and has destroyed the Formic homeworld. The final part when the pizzicato strings return, are the Formics speaking to Ender and you can tell how the image of them has changed, from the beginning of the piece to the end.

***End Spoilers***


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  • Kamil Wójcicki
    Posted July 3, 2020 8:19 am

    Good job. This song has the perfect atmosphere. I listen to it every time I read this book.

  • y2xwoody
    Posted July 3, 2020 8:19 am

    @pixarpianofreak glad you liked it! I recorded each part on my keyboard, then recorded that up onto my computer using a line-in and Audacity.

  • Kyle J Hartman
    Posted July 3, 2020 8:19 am

    what software did you use? great job, by the way. i listened to this while reading the book. it's really powerful.

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