The Modern Film Composer: Many Disciplines

Back in the day there was a system when it came to making music for film. The film companies owned the studios and ran a tight ship. Those days the soundtrack consisted of mostly orchestral arrangements and sometimes included some ‘modern’ instrumentation. In the 60’s, the studios started breaking away from the mold to include…

The First Composers Union

On November 16 there was a historical meeting with The Association of Media Composers and Lyricists Organizing Committee and Teamsters Local 399 Organizers. The issue was to organize a union for composers and lyricists. They remain virtually the only non-unionized work force in the entertainment industry. Over 400 musicians, composers and industry folks showed up…

The Rise of the Rockstar Composer

Film music has come a long way. Traditionally film scores were a closed door affair. It was all done within the studio system. There were a handful of composers working for the studios. It was a well oiled machine. While film music was of the highest quality, it didn’t have the critical acclaim or seriousness…

The Composing Process

I’m pretty sure there are as many ways as creating a musical score as there are composers. Every composer has their preferred way of composing. There is the iconic picture most of us have in our minds of a composer working feverishly at the piano, banging away, looking for the perfect chord or melody. This…

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…

One for Mr. Jarre

Cover via Amazon On March 29 famed musician and composer Maurice Jarre passed away at the age of 84. He won three Oscars for Doctor Zhivago, A Passage to India and the film that brought his talent to my attention, Lawrence of Arabia. Of course by the time I saw Lawrence it was on network…