Finding Your Own Voice as a Composer

Finding Your Own Voice as a Composer As a composer, you’re very often confronted with conversations about “finding your own voice” and “your piece sounds like composer xyz” and some young composers feel very under pressure to develop an unique style. While of course a...

Expanding Your Comfort Zone

Expanding Your Comfort Zone Deliberately move out of your comfort zone from time to time. Even if you feel highly uncomfortable writing music in a different style or for a different line up than what you’re used to, it is a great exercise and will sharpen your skills....

Major 7th Chords in Film Scoring

Major 7th Chords in Film Scoring Major7 chords (e.g. Cmaj7) are a bit tricky to handle and should be written with care. They are usually used as tonic chords, however function very nicely on the subdominant position as well. The actually very dissonant major7 in this...

Stylistic Diversity in One Film

Stylistic Diversity in One Film Even though the genre of film music allows a pretty wide variety of stylistics close to each other without feeling weird there are definitely limits to how far you can stretch the musical diversity in one film. This also includes to not...

Stylistic understanding

Stylistic understanding Understanding and being aware of a style of composition is just as important as finding the right tone for a scene. While certain things are musically perfectly plausible they might not neccessarily be what is stylistically appropriate. Film...