Humanity and Imperfection

If you are a film composer I’m sure you use sample libraries in your daily work.

There is a tendency in contemporary sampling techniques which I love and that is the fact that sample developers started a while ago not only to leave in the samples noises, imperfections, small tuning issues but even to add them in the recordings to infuse more realism and intimacy.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Years ago I read a wonderful interview with the great Elmer Bernstein.

When asked about his writing process, he said that when he was given a film to score, he would spend a lot of time just watching the film with no prejudice. He tried not to think about the music at all. No thoughts about themes, harmonies or orchestration.

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Become a Sonic Explorer

Finally, Salome Voegelin starts the first chapter of her book “Listening to Noise and Silence:  towards a philosophy of sound art” defining ”listening” not “as a physiological fact but as an act of engaging with the world”. The very moment I read that, I started thinking about the soundscape we’re immersed in every day in a different light.

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3 Cornerstones of Film Music

The first and third cornerstones are the easy ones: you can work on them and get better at your craft with experience.

Knowing what you want to say though, that's a whole different story and it’s a double-edged sword in the world of music for media.

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