Music of Koji Kondo: A Symphony of Pixels

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Cover Photo by Vincent Diamante “Kondo’s work is a masterclass in creating music that perfectly complements the gameplay and world-building of a video game.” This post was brought to you in collaboration with our partner site Behind the Score. Discover the Harmony Secrets of Modern Film and Video Games. Complete Collection Study Pack is currently … Read more

Modern Soundtracks: Scores that Push Boundaries – Pt. 1

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Cover Photo by Steve Busch This post was brought to you in collaboration with our partner site Behind the Score. Discover the Harmony Secrets of Modern Film and Video Games. Drive (2011) – Cliff Martinez Synthwave music found a new audience thanks to the neo-noir thriller Drive. Cliff Martinez‘s pulsating electronic score perfectly captures the … Read more

Music of Nobuo Uematsu – A Maestro of Gaming Music

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Cover Photo by Umofomia The Enchanting Sounds of Nobuo Uematsu: A Composer’s Legacy Nobuo Uematsu is a name synonymous with epic fantasy music. As the legendary composer behind some of the most iconic soundtracks in video game history, his work has transported players to fantastical worlds and stirred their emotions for decades. Uematsu’s influence transcends … Read more

Composing in Hirajoshi Scale

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Cover Photo by 五玄土 ORIENTO This post was brought to you in collaboration with our partner site Behind the Score. What is a Hirajoshi scale? – Scale structure:  1 2 ♭3 5 ♭6 (Fig. A) – Japanese Pentatonic Scale The Hirajoshi scale is an example of a pentatonic (five-tone) scale. Owing in part to the fact … Read more

Cubase Key Commands to Boost Your MIDI Editing Workflow

CUBASE KEY COMMANDS to Boost Your MIDI Editing Workflow Why Cubase? Since my first encounter with MIDI back in the late 90s using Cakewalk, I’ve journeyed through various DAWs like Propellerhead’s Reason, Apple’s Logic Pro, GarageBand, Ableton Live, and many more. However, my professional path as a media music composer naturally led me to embrace … Read more

The Use of Leitmotifs in Film Scores

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Cover Photo by Rithika Gopal This post was brought to you in collaboration with our partner site Behind the Score. Discover the Harmony Secrets of Modern Film and Video Games. The silver screen flickers, drawing us into a world woven from light and shadow. Images dance, words paint narratives, but there’s another thread, often subtle, weaving its way through … Read more

5 Cubase Logical Editor Ideas for a Better Workflow

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Cover photo by Caught In Joy This post was brought to you in collaboration with our partner site Behind the Score. Discover the Harmony Secrets of Modern Film and Video Games. “Logical Editor is crafted to handle tasks that are challenging for humans but where computers excel.” Cubase, as one of the most cherished DAWs for film composers, is … Read more

Tuning System – Equal Temperament vs Arabic Tuning

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Cover Photo by Alexis Baydoun This post was brought to you in collaboration with our partner site Behind the Score. Discover the Harmony Secrets of Modern Film and Video Games. The tuning systems for traditional Middle Eastern and traditional Indian music are based on principles of “just intonation” (also known as “pure intonation”), which predates the equal-temperament tuning system … Read more

Harmony, Rhythm, Orchestration: Books for Film Composers, Pt.2

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Cover Photo by Anna Zakharova Recently, we published an article titled ‘Recommended Books for Film Composers.” In that article, our primary focus was on introducing books that are very specific to film music. The books we featured provided analyses of film scores, explained essential film scoring terminologies, or explored into orchestration for film music. This … Read more