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

Adding unpredictability in Music – Odd Time Signatures

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cover Photo by De’Andre Bush 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. – Due to copyright issues, all audio and scores displayed on this page are alternative versions or recreations of the original content. Odd time signatures Besides the commonly used time … Read more

Commonly Used Film Scoring Terminologies

Film scoring is the art of creating original music to accompany a film. The score can be used to enhance the dramatic narrative, create atmosphere, and evoke emotions in the audience. There are many different terms used in film scoring, and it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of these terms before you … Read more

Exploring rhythm in John Williams’ music (pt.2 – Accent Displacement)

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. Exploring Rhythm in John Williams’ Music (Pt.2 – Accent Displacement) Continuing from Part 1 of the series, we will explore additional intriguing rhythmic techniques showcased in the music of John … Read more

Exploring rhythm in John Williams’ music (pt.1)

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. Exploring rhythm in John Williams’ music (pt.1 – Switching time signatures) Throughout this website, we have primarily focused on discussing harmonic concepts in music composition. While a solid understanding of … Read more

What is a low Interval Limit?

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Cover Photo by B Mat Angelo The above is an example of a ‘Defeat Theme’ included in the Practical Application of Genre & Styles course. Consider it as a brief musical bumper, something that you might hear when failing a mission in a retro-style video game. The tuba begins with a melodic figure that tumbles … Read more

Hollywood Chords – The most popular film music composition technique

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This is an excerpt lesson from the [STUDY PACK] TWO CHORD STRUCTURE – 3RDS APART & PRACTICAL APPLICATION 2. Complete editions of video lessons, music scores (PDF), score analysis (PDF), and HD music examples used in this lesson can be viewed here. HOLLYWOOD CHORDS – INTRODUCTION Here, we explore creating evocative music by moving back … Read more

Pedal Point

What is a pedal point? A pedal point (or pedal tone) refers to a single note repeated or sustained (usually in the bass) while harmony changes above it. In certain styles, the continuous use of pedal points can result in an unwanted drone-like quality. It is worth noting that the term “pedal” originated from organ … Read more

Polychords – Creating Suspense and Tension

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Photo by Marius Masalar 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. Introduction and Polychord Our next section explores a few ways to create uncertainty and suspense in music. There are many quick-and-easy orchestration tricks, including high-string sustains, tremolos, timpani rolls, designed … Read more