Writing Music for Film: Horns

There are a couple of things we’re pretty much guaranteed when it comes to Hollywood film scores; the soaring strings through an emotional love scene, and the blasting of the horns through an epic action scene.  For some composers, the use of horns in modern scores is used so much, it’s almost overdone. Today we’ll…

The Reality of Becoming a Film Composer

There has never been a worst time to become a film composer. There has never been a better time to become a film composer. How many times have you heard these coming from the different camps? It’s right up there with the reality of surviving in today’s music industry. It’s either all bad or all…

Sound Design In Modern Scores

Ever since movies have been around, even before there was sound, there was music. In fact, the first moving pictures were meant to enhance a musical production and not the other way around. The first films started out with traditional and classical music played live, usually by a single piano player (in some elaborate productions…

Writing Music for Film: First Steps

Continuing along the lines of the last post about disciplines for film composers, today we’re going to talk about some beginning steps and considerations in writing music for film. This post is for all musicians new to composing film music. Regardless if you’re a new comer or a seasoned veteran, writing for film is a…

Scoring Session – “The Incredibles”

Here’s a video about some of the behind the scenes stuff from the scoring session of “The Incredibles” by composer Michael Giacchino. What I love about this video is how it talks to quite a few of the different people involved in the project. Not only do you hear from the musicians but the conductor…

The New TV Soundtracks

The beginning of the long tail has arrived for television soundtracks. More and more soundtracks are now being released in limited editions and online. This means that music that was appreciated but never released has finally found an outlet for all of the hardcore fans out there. Much like the gaming industry, music for the…

Soundtracks: The Rebirth of the Concept Album

Image via Wikipedia There was a time when the idea of a concept album was huge. It was the equivalent of going on a musical journey with your favorite artist. It went beyond the idea of just having ‘hits’ and ‘singles’ to the idea that music should be a journey and an experience. These days…