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Books in Murphy Library
On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring by
Call Number: OVERSIZE MT737 .K37 1990
Publication Date: 1990
On the Track offers a comprehensive guide to scoring for film and television. Covering all styles and genres, the authors, both noted film composers, cover everything from the nuts-and-bolts of timing, cuing, and recording through balancing the composer's aesthetic vision with the needs of the film itself. Unlike other books that are aimed at the person dreaming of a career, this is truly a guide that can be used by everyone from students to technically sophisticated professionals. It contains over 100 interviews with noted composers, illustrating the many technical points made through the text.
Scoring for Films: A Complete Text by
Call Number: OVERSIZE MT737 .H2
Publication Date: 1971
The mechanics and vocabulary of film composition -- The psychology of creating music for films -- The responsibilities of the composer.
You can also use Search@UW to find more throughout the UW System using the subject "Motion Picture Music -- Instruction and Study." Try it.
The following resources provide instruction, tips, or general information about composing music for film & tv.
Composing for TV & Film
BAFTA winning composer, Paul Leonard Morgan, talks about writing soundtracks for television and film
Composing for Film and Video
An interview with Jeanine Cowen, composer, entrepreneur and owner of the film and video scoring firm, JMC Music, Inc.
Daily Film Scoring Bits
A daily blog with small hints, tricks and advices concerning the creation of music especially for film. These hints cover the fields of composition, orchestration and film scoring but also things concerning the workflow in this field, like the working relationship between composer and director etc.
How do film-makers manipulate our emotions with music?
Composer Neil Brand explores how the soundtrack affects our emotions in films like Psycho, The Godfather and Paranormal Activity.
Film Composing with Randy Newman (video)
In this clip, Randy discusses the changes in the composing process for film today due to technology and the many new resources we have in today's production world.
A collection of articles, multimedia presentations, tutorials, links, and other resources
Movie-Making Manual: Music
From the WikiBooks site: Movie Making Manual
Film Score Monthly
Article by Matthew V. Skelton
The Process of Score Composition
A four-part series on composing music for film and television
So You Want to Be a Film Composer (PDF)
Some tips and advice taken from Film Score Monthly
Schools & Programs
Here are some places you can enroll to study composing for film and television:
Amsterdam School of the Arts - Master Composing for Film
A high-level master's degree program designed to accommodate the aspirations of composers wishing to specialize in music scoring for film and other audio-visual representations.
Berklee College of Music - Music Composition for Film and TV
The course features scores from the biggest composers in Hollywood—scores that are typically not available publicly. The musical examples include composers such as John Williams, Aaron Zigman, Alan Sylvestri, Marco Beltrami, James Newton Howard, Pinar Toprak, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, and Alf Clausen who composed a piece specifically for this course! The goal of the course is to give you a thorough understanding of the compositional styles used in Hollywood projects, in addition to arming you with a 10-piece portfolio of film and TV music that you can use as demos.
NYU Steinhardt - Scoring for Film and Multimedia
The curriculum in Film Scoring includes intensive professional training integrally linked to the Music Composition and Music Technology programs, thus offering a vast range of artistic and academic training and unmatched possibilities for individual exploration and development. The composition faculty, having contributed to well over 100 feature films and garnering numerous Guggenheim Fellowships, includes Ira Newborn, Michael Patterson, David Spear, Marc Consoli and Julia Wolfe. Industry guests routinely present seminars and have included Leonard Rosenmann (Rebel Without a Cause), Buddy Baker (The Fox and the Hound), David Shire (Taking of Pelham 1-2-3), and Marco Beltrami (Terminator 3).
Sundance Institute - Composers Lab
Each summer, Sundance Institute holds two Labs for composers, one focusing on feature film, the other on documentaries. Both Labs provide a group of talented composers with valuable first-hand experience composing for film.
UK National Film & Television School
A two-year program that trains composers in both live and electro-acoustic music for the moving image in a production context closely modelled on Industry working practices.
Univ. of North Carolina School of the Arts - MFA in Film Music Composition
The MFA program in Film Music Composition at the School of Filmmaking offers a unique opportunity for the nascent film composer to fully collaborate in a working production and postproduction environment with student filmmakers. Student composers will have the opportunity to score numerous student productions over the course of the two-year program, while honing their musical and compositional skills. Film Music Composition students will take courses specifically designed to equip the composer with a variety of skills, including digital and analog recording, orchestrating, conducting, the film music business, scoring for feature film, television and new media, and collaborating with directors, producers, editors and musicians.
University of Bristol (England) - MA in Composition for Film and Television
Bristol is famous as a film-making city, and the University Music Department's fine reputation for Composition has been strengthened since 1994 by the international standing of this course.
The program provides professional training in the practice and ideas of composing for screen media. Core teaching covers the technological bases, along with academic and critical perspectives, taught by in-house experts; and units in television and film scoring taught by guest composers active in the professional world.
USC - Screen Scoring
The USC Thornton Screen Scoring program is widely recognized as one of the world’s finest for musical composition in visual media; in fact, The Hollywood Reporter recently ranked the program #1. With a faculty comprised of working professionals in the film, television and video-game industries, and with a legacy that includes such luminaries as Pete Anthony, Buddy Baker, Elmer Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, Jerry Goldsmith, Morten Lauridsen, David Raksin, and Jack Smalley, the Screen Scoring program offers its participants unrivaled practical experience and industry connections.