Will AI replace human composers?

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Cover Photo by Possessed Photo This post was written by Jay Lee, the author of Behind the Score series. “I held an unwavering conviction that the essence of “good music”—the ability to evoke emotions and resonate with human feelings—was something computers could never grasp.” As an avid amateur Go enthusiast, when news broke about AlphaGo’s … Read more

Revisiting James Horner

James Horner

Cover Photo by De’Andre Bush A Journey Through Melody and Emotion James Horner (1953-2015) was a titan of film music composition. His soaring melodies, epic orchestrations, and innovative use of electronic elements have left a permanent mark on cinema. From the sweeping romance of “Titanic” to the heart-pounding action of “Aliens,” Horner’s music had the … Read more

Music of Elmer Bernstein: A Maestro of Movie Music

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Few composers have shaped the soundscape of cinema quite like Elmer Bernstein. Across a prolific career spanning five decades, he left an indelible mark on Hollywood, crafting scores that became integral to the films they served. From the iconic Western twang of “The Magnificent Seven” to the emotional depth of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Bernstein’s … Read more