Contemporary Film Music Investigating Cinema Narratives and Composition
Soft / Music Magazines 9-06-2017
Contemporary Film Music Investigating Cinema Narratives and Composition
The purpose of this book, through its very creation, is to strengthen the dialogue between practitioner and theorist. To that end, a film academic, a composer, and a composer/musicologist have collaborated as editors on this book, which is in turn comprised of interviews with composers alongside complementary chapters that focus on a particular feature of the composer’s approach or style, written by a musicologist or film academic who specializes in that particular element of the composer’s output. In the interview portions of this book, eight major film composers discuss their work from the early 1980s to the present day. The focus is on the practical considerations of film composition, the relationship each composer has with the moving image, technical considerations, personal motivations in composing, the relationships composers have with their directors, and their own creative processes. Contemporary Film Music also explores the contemporary influence of electronic music, issues surrounding the mixing of soundtracks, music theory, and the evolution of composers’ musical voices.


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Creating Sounds from Scratch: A Practical Guide to Music Synthesis for Producers and Composers Creating Sounds from Scratch: A Practical Guide to Music Synthesis for Producers and Composers
Soft / Music Magazines 7-01-2017
Creating Sounds from Scratch is a practical, in-depth resource on the most common forms of music synthesis. It includes historical context, an overview of concepts in sound and hearing, and practical training examples to help sound designers and electronic music producers to effectively manipulate presets and create new sounds from scratch.

The book covers the all of the main main synthesis techniques including analog subtractive, FM, additive, physical modeling, wavetable, sample-based, and granular. While the book is grounded in theory, it relies on practical examples and contemporary production techniques to illustrate how the reader can utilize electronic sound design to maximize and improve his/her work. 

Creating Sounds from Scratch is ideal for all who work in sound creation, composition, editing, and contemporary commercial production.

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The Synergy of Film and Music: Sight and Sound in Five Hollywood Films The Synergy of Film and Music: Sight and Sound in Five Hollywood Films
Soft / Music Magazines 8-01-2017
Although writers on film music frequently allude to specific parts of scores, comprehensive examinations of entire scores are rare. In addition, most analyses of scores composed for the screen are discussed outside their cinematic context. To best understand the role music plays in the production of a motion picture, however, it benefits the viewer to consider all of the elements that comprise the film experience.

In The Synergy of Film and Music: Sight and Sound in Five Hollywood Films, Peter Rothbart considers the aural and visual aspects of five representative films: West Side Story, Psycho, Empire of the Sun, Altered States, and American Beauty. For each film, the author demonstrates how a variety of elements work together to create a singular experience.

After reviewing the various roles that music can serve in a film, as well as providing an overview of the film scoring process, Rothbart looks at each film, examining them one musical cue at a time, so the reader can watch the film while reading about each cue.

In these analyses, timecode markings from commercial DVDs are provided in the margins alongside the text, which allow the reader to correlate the on-screen drama to the second. Rothbart explains how music is used in a specific cue and why the decision was made to use that particular musical idea at that moment.

Consequently, film music aficionados—as well as students and composers of film music—can gain real-world perspective of how music is used in conjunction with other elements. In this way, the author raises awareness of music’s relationship to virtually every other aspect of cinema—dialogue, sound effects, costuming, set design, and cinematography—to deepen the viewer’s experience.

Written in a deliberately nontechnical way, this book is intended for anyone interested in film to easily follow along. At the same time, the information can benefit professional filmmakers or composers because they can see with great detail how each cue unfolds along with all of the visual elements of the film. 

This unique analysis makes The Synergy of Film and Music a fascinating and instructive volume that both casual viewers and students of cinema will appreciate.
Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works by Phil G. Goulding Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works by Phil G. Goulding
Soft / Music Magazines 1-01-2017
MAKE A SOUND INVESTMENT IN CLASSICAL MUSIC.
Who are the ten most important classical composers? Who in the world was Palestrina? Why did Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" cause a riot? Which five of each important composer's works should you buy? What is a concerto and how does it differ from a sonata?
Maybe you don't know the answers to these questions; author Phil Goulding certainly didn't. When Goulding first tried to learn about classical music, he found himself buried in an avalanche of technical terms and complicated jargon--so he decided to write the book he couldn't find.

The result is a complete classical music education in one volume. Comprehensive, discriminating, and delightfully irreverent, Classical Music provides such essential information as:
* Rankings of the top 50 composers (Bach is #1. Borodin is #50)
* A detailed and anecdotal look at each composer's life and work
* The five primary works of each composer and specific recommended CDs for each.
* Further great works of each composer–if you really like him
* Concise explanations of musical terminology, forms, and periods
* A guide to the parts and history of the symphony orchestra

A Composer's Guide to Game Music A Composer's Guide to Game Music
Soft / Music Magazines 14-10-2016

Awarded the Global Music Award Gold Medal for an exceptional book in the field of music. Music in video games is often a sophisticated, complex composition that serves to engage the player, set the pace of play, and aid interactivity.

Composers of video game music must master an array of specialized skills not taught in the conservatory, including the creation of linear loops, music chunks for horizontal resequencing, and compositional fragments for use within a generative framework. In A Composer's Guide to Game Music, Winifred Phillips -- herself an award-winning composer of video game music -- provides a comprehensive, practical guide that leads an aspiring video game composer from acquiring the necessary creative skills to understanding the function of music in games to finding work in the field. Musicians and composers may be drawn to game music composition because the game industry is a multibillion-dollar, employment-generating economic powerhouse, but, Phillips writes, the most important qualification for a musician who wants to become a game music composer is a love of video games. Phillips offers detailed coverage of essential topics, including musicianship and composition experience; immersion; musical themes; music and game genres; workflow; working with a development team; linear music; interactive music, both rendered and generative; audio technology, from mixers and preamps to software; and running a business. A Composer's Guide to Game Music offers indispensable guidance for musicians and composers who want to deploy their creativity in a dynamic and growing industry, protect their musical identities while working in a highly technical field, and create great music within the constraints of a new medium.

Amy C.Beal Johanna Beyer (American Composers) Amy C.Beal Johanna Beyer (American Composers)
Soft / Music Magazines 19-08-2016
Composer Johanna Beyer's fascinating body of music and enigmatic life story constitute an important chapter in American music history. As a hard-working German emigre piano teacher and accompanist living in and around New York City during the New Deal era, she composed plentiful music for piano, percussion ensemble, chamber groups, choir, band, and orchestra. A one-time student of Ruth Crawford, Charles Seeger, and Henry Cowell, Beyer was an ultramodernist, and an active member of a community that included now-better-known composers and musicians. Only one of her works was published and only one recorded during her lifetime. But contemporary musicians who play Beyer's compositions are intrigued by her originality.

Amy C. Beal chronicles Beyer's life from her early participation in New York's contemporary music scene through her performances at the Federal Music Project's Composers' Forum-Laboratory concerts to her unfortunate early death in 1944. This book is a portrait of a passionate and creative woman underestimated by her music community even as she tirelessly applied her gifts with compositional rigor.

The first book-length study of the composer's life and music, Johanna Beyer reclaims a uniquely innovative artist and body of work for a new generation.
Corporate Music Method: How To Make Money With Music Corporate Music Method: How To Make Money With Music
Soft / Music Magazines 15-09-2016
This is a book for songwriters, composers and artists who write, and record their own music. The purpose of this book is to inspire and inform those who want to become a creative entrepreneur and make a great living writing music for corporate clients, tv, films, events, shows, commercials and product launches. Artists need a new business model in this digital era where Spotify and YouTube have changed the rules. Use the Corporate Music Method to become a successful creative businessman. 

Chapter 1 to 4 is about the music market and how much this market has changed in the last couple of years. These chapters explain why and how the Corporate Music Method works. Chapter 5 to 9 are about the "25 Rules to Become a Successful Corporate Music Writer", with musical tips and mixing tricks, examples and everything you need to know about royalties, rights and synching. Chapter 10 and 11 feature interviews with successful entrepreneurs, so we can learn from the people who started a creative business and succeeded. In Chapter 12 to 14 we'll dive deep into important things like mindset, creative- and concept thinking and how to really achieve success as a creative businessman. This book is filled with musical examples and links to video's and music. Erwin has 15 years of expercience writing for the biggest brands in the world and he is probably the #1 product launch composer worldwide. Besides being a highly successful songwriter and composer he teaches Songwriting and Media Composing at ArtEZ, Institute of the Arts in the Netherlands.