Composing Music for Film [Jack Smalley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Film composer Smalley offers discussion and examples for the. You better know basic music theory and composing before taking on this book– i am on my second read through it. Dense with techniques and Jack Smalley’s. Title, Composing Music for Film. Author, Jack Smalley. Edition, 3, illustrated. Publisher, Independent Publisher, ISBN,

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Yes, my password is: AshermusicJan 1, It also may show a different angle of techniques you are already familiar with. The book comes from a different place in that it suggests 3 basic themes as examples through the whole book and proceeds to show you how to exploit them.

Smalley’s “Composing for Film”-Short Review

For the advanced composer it is a concise place to have ideas organized. While books like “On the Track” are far more thorough on things like budget considerations and dealing with directors etc, “Composing for film” is more about the mechanics and tools of scoring to picture.

He explains also how he goes about choosing emotional material being a love theme or a villian theme etc. He encourges you to take the techniques further on your own.

Mike, that would be Lydian – the fourth of the seven Greek modes, i. Thanks for this review. Mike GreeneDec 29, ThonexJan 1, Craig SharmatDec 29, I have now had Jack Smalley’s book for a bit under 2 weeks and have been through the book. Scott RogersJan 1, Thank you Jay – I certainly appreciate your voice of experience. Jack Smalley’s Composing for Film from my perspective.


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First, where is Batz to edit my writing when I need him! Smalle BatzdorfDec 31, Already have an account? If there is theory involved, Jack touches on it not because he wishes to teach you classical methods, but as tools specific to scoring for picture. Does this book cover basics like that?

For the relative beginner it will introduce many techniques in a non threatening way. Kaan Guner likes this. You must log in or sign up to reply here.

Composing Music for Film

musiic Thus you get like a “greatest hits” versions of each technique, not a comprehensive treatment with assignments. I just bought Smalley’s book based on Craig’s recommendation.

That is really where the book shines, concise, simple explanations and yet comprehensive smal,ey covering it’s subject matter. Thanks Craig and rJames for the reviews. The impression I get is that this book is cheap at twice the price.

JaapDec 30, Well, I can confirm that he’s right. Ifor one, can’t put a price on this kind of invaluable information.

There are no real scores to speak of either. Extrapolate some “things that work”, not for paint-by-numbers, smally as a crystal-starting seed, especially when deadlines loom and inspiration is on its coffee break.

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Having the vocabulary to recreate and expand upon approaches is a key help so I’m looking forward to checking out Jack Smalley’s new book as a further leg up to help out when mired in crunch time. And none of this is intended to argue with Jay: Indeed Jack Smalley’s book discusses several ‘geometric shapes’ to craft melody lines appropriate to given smally. I could use to go over a few sections a bit more to get stronger footing but I fi,m I have a fairly good grasp of jjack the text.

I’m also leaning upon Principles of Orchestration comopsing end up listening to countless scores to get ideas as to why things work they way they work. Ignore Threads by Nobita. I’ve started writing professionally in so subsequently have been getting a lot of helpful ideas and advice from Craig and others regarding harmony and instrumentation. Jay, if I may gratuitiously add to your list Oh, Craig already splaned.

AshermusicDec 31, Not to be content with a “bag o’ tricks”, but to have in one’s musical arsenal some useful generalizations about musical form.

Log in or Sign up. The scale you refer to is a mjor scale with a raised 4th or lydian mode btw.