Scoring Intensity

Scoring Intensity It might be very tricky sometimes to find the right level of “musical intensity” on a cue. With inexperienced composers you sometimes get the feeling that the music is too distracting and active (e.g. on dialogue sequences) or too weak on more active...

Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules Breaking musical rules can be great to create musical structures that sound fresh and interesting and basically every rule in music can be broken. The essential part is to be confident and consequent when you break them. For instance if you use a...

Connecting Close Cues

Connecting Close Cues If during the planning of your score you notice that two ore more cues will be pretty close together (meaning less than 30 seconds in between), unless that moment of silence is essential (point of a joke, strong emotional moment etc.), you should...

Film Music and Emotional Extremes

Film Music and Emotional Extremes Scenes and situations that are emotionally hardly bearable (major characters dieing, catastrophic plot twists, portrayal of gruesome psychic or physical violence, fatal decisions etc.) need special attention from the musical side. The...