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...

Practicing Small Emotions

Practicing Small Emotions A good exercise to gain a big vocabulary for film scoring is to practice “small emotions”. It is quite easy to go for the full sad or the super happy scoring but trying to write something that is “a little bit melancholic” or “slightly...

Using Collective Musical Memories

Using Collective Musical Memories Certain musical tropes, colours and paths are so strongly connected in the collective memories of people with certain emotions/situations that they’re becoming a musical cliché. Imagine Glockenspiel, Celesta etc. or the lydian...

Reharmonisation Fundamentals

Reharmonisation Fundamentals Reharmonisation of a melody is a very attractive way for musical development and is constantly used in film music to shape a theme according to the mood that is needed. The possibilities are almost endless and you could reharmonize by just...

Scoring Kissing Scenes

Scoring Kissing Scenes Many inexperienced composers tend to score kiss scenes overly climactic and cheesy which almost always feels like a bad caricature of the whole scene. There are only few kiss scenes in movies nowadays that need the big orchestral sweep or that...