Music of Nobuo Uematsu – A Maestro of Gaming Music

Nobuo Uematsu

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

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

What is a Phrygian Mode?

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Cover Photo by Manny Becerra This article is an excerpt from the course “Applinyg Modal Color to Your Music“ – Third Mode of Major scale – Mode Structure: 1 ♭2 ♭3 4 5 ♭6 ♭7 (Fig. G-1 & G-2) – Character Note: ♭2nd Degree Phrygian is the third mode of the major scale and the … Read more

Our Favorite Hollywood Soundtracks – Part 1

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Cover Photo by Jake Blucker 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. A powerful score can elevate a film from good to great, leaving a lasting impression long after the credits roll. We figured we’d share a … 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

Composing in Phrygian Dominant Scale

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Cover Photo by Amy Gatenby This article is an excerpt from the course “Scales in Action“ Introduction – Scale structure: 1 ♭2 3 4 5 ♭6 ♭7 (See Fig. A) – Characteristic Note: ♭2 – Analogous to the fifth Mode of Harmonic Minor Scale (See Fig. A) The Phrygian Dominant scale is common in the … 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

Composing in Double Harmonic Minor Scale (Hungarian Minor)

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Cover Photo by Raymond Cozkes Introduction – Mode structure: 1 2 ♭3 ♯4 5 ♭6 7 (Fig. J)– Characteristic Note: ♯4– Analogous to the fourth Mode of Double Harmonic Major Scale The Double Harmonic Minor scale features two sets of augmented second intervals, similar to the Double Harmonic Major scale (or Byzantine scale) in 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

Plugins for Adding Rhythmic Creativity

Cover Photo by Matthijs Smit This post was brought to you in collaboration with our partner site Behind the Score. Boost Your Rhythmic Creativity: Plugins That Add Spark to Your Music Crafting a compelling melody is one thing, but laying down a bed of rhythm that complements and elevates it can be equally challenging, if not … Read more