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


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Recommended Books for film composers


Please note that the selection of books provided solely focuses on the theoretical aspects of music composition. Books specifically addressing ...

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What is a low Interval Limit?


Cover Photo by B Mat Angelo The above is an example of a ‘Defeat Theme’ included in the Practical Application ...

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Jazz in Film Music – Pt.2


Cover Photo by Donald Giannatti Jazzing Up the Screen: Jazz in Film Few genres of music capture the raw energy ...

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Hollywood Chords – The most popular film music composition technique


This is an excerpt lesson from the [STUDY PACK] TWO CHORD STRUCTURE – 3RDS APART & PRACTICAL APPLICATION 2. Complete ...

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Writing in Aeolian Mode – Tragic, Ominous, Dramatic, and Determined


Cover Photo by Marius Masalar Aeolian is a major scale with lowered third, sixth, and seventh degrees. – Mode Structure: ...

Epic Action Music: Diminished Scale Mastery (pt. 1)


Epic Action Music: Diminished Scale Mastery (Pt. 1) For composers of any level, learning to use a diminished scale can ...

Pedal Point


What is a pedal point? A pedal point (or pedal tone) refers to a single note repeated or sustained (usually ...

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Survey Results – what daw do film composers use?


Cover Photo by Ivan Jermakov As some of you may already know, for the past few weeks, we’ve been diligently ...

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Unsettling Tones: Locrian Mode Unveiled


Introduction Locrian is the seventh and final mode of all 7 major modes. It is the most harmonically unstable (and ...