Composing for the Orchestra: Putting It All Together

There are numerous books and articles about composition and composing for the orchestra. While most are well written, it is such a huge and complex subject that it’s hard to know where to begin and how to put it all together. Here we’ll go over the basics of how to put it all together without…

Writing Music for Film: MIDI Mockups

One thing that modern film composers have to master is the MIDI mockup. This is where the composer will create a mockup of the orchestral arrangement before going into the studio. In some cases, this is all the film will use depending on the budget. These have become more and more important because some directors…

Writing Music for Film: The Sonic Palette

It’s pretty obvious that music has incredible power to invoke many different moods. It’s for this reason that it’s such a big part of film. Part of the composer’s job is to create the music that helps impart the mood that the director is trying to convey. It usually comes down to the composer’s ability…

Scoring Your First Film

People often ask me about scoring music for film. It seems like a complete mystery to most people; even other musicians. If you’re a musician and you want to get into film scoring, the first thing you should do is score a film. But I Just Told You… Ya I know, you’re a complete beginner and…

Writing Music for Film: Strings

Let’s face it, you can’t go very far into film soundtracks without hearing strings. Strings are one of the most effective tools in a composers arsenal. They’re great for everything from lyrical, emotional lines, to huge Hollywood blockbuster action sequences. Writing for strings is an art in itself and there are many things to consider.

Writing Music for Film: Getting An Education

The question often arises ‘do I need a musical education to become a film composer’. Most composers would say that getting an education in writing for film is essential to your success yet there are others that say you don’t need one at all. Looking at the top composers doesn’t seem to give us a…

Great Educational Sites for Composers

There are tons of sites out there that help aspiring composers learn some of the tricks of the trade. Most offer bite sized nuggets of info but there are some stand out site that really go all out. Here is a list of some free sites all about learning the craft of music. General –…