Dramatic Links Beyond Leitmotifs

Dramatic Links beyond Leitmotifs There are many more possibilities when scoring a film (or rather when writing music at all) to create dramatic connections. Every single musical element can serve the purpose of connecting cues. Obviously, a melodic idea is the...

Relying on Only a Few Clients

Relying on only a Few Clients Always take care to have a wide range of customers. When you are in a comfortable position of getting a steady flow of projects and therefore income from a few customers, you might not see the urgent pressure to aquire new customers but...

“Real Orchestra” Problems

“Real Orchestra” Problems Coming from a sampling background, many young composers are surprised about what main problems usually arise in “real orchestra” recordings that are practically non-existent in the sample world. When recording a real ensemble, the...

Mock-Up Weaknesses

Mock-Up Weaknesses If you can not mock-up an instrument convincingly in a piece (that eventually will end up without recording of real instruments in a score) due to the lack of decent libraries or just out of the fact that this instrument can not be simulated...

Diminished Chord Function

Diminished Chord Function Diminished chords usually serve the function of a dominant seventh chord, usually targeting to a chord a with a root a semitone higher. For instance the chord C#dim (C#-E-G) wants to resolve to a D or Dm. The reason for that is that the...

Musical Humor

Musical Humor There is a very thin line between funny scoring and silly scoring. Inexperienced composers tend to overwrite funny scenes by composing silly music. Not every character who has a clumsy side needs to have a score that points its finger at that. Usually,...