Pro­ducer’s Guide

Work­ing To Pic­ture

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This isn’t a Pro­ducer’s Guide to the cre­ative side of writ­ing mu­sic to pic­ture. You’ll find few ref­er­ences to melody, to har­mony, ar­range­ment or en­sem­ble groups. If you have an in­ter­est in writ­ing sound­tracks, hope­fully you’re de­vel­op­ing a unique voice in this field and dis­cov­er­ing sounds and tex­tures to pro­vide an emo­tional un­der­score to the pic­ture you’re work­ing to. In­stead, this ar­ti­cle is about the tech­ni­cal con­sid­er­a­tions which sur­round the job of writ­ing mu­sic to pic­ture. How can MIDI con­trollers dra­mat­i­cally aid the mu­si­cal­ity of your scores? What are un­der­scores and what makes an ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive mix? What are tem­plates, how should you build one and why do they help? How do you go about con­vert­ing your MIDI parts into ef­fec­tive scores? These are just some of the ques­tions in­volved and we’ll ad­dress them all. As we’ll see, cre­ative de­ci­sions are only part of the equa­tion; be­ing or­gan­ised, know­ing what to ex­pect from the begin­ning and pre­par­ing your ses­sions, so that they’re ready for the fi­nal mix, will make the scor­ing process smoother. Leav­ing you more time for writ­ing…

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