Setting a Time Period with Music

Setting a Time Period with Music e of the many functions of film music is to set a time. This is especially helpful in period pieces and can be a big part of the concept. However, just as with geographic hints in the music, most of the time it works best with 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...

Hit Point Intensity

Hit Point Intensity The intensity of hitting an action or a certain moment in a music cue is a quite delicate matter. Inexperienced composers tend to over-accent such moments most of the time. Minor actions sound like highly dramatic moments and even while the mood of...

Vague Client Feedback

Vague Client Feedback One of the most annoying things when scoring a film is getting inconclusive and vague feedback from your client. If you are not sure why your customer doesn’t like a particular cue even after he/she has given feedback on it, keep asking...

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...