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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Smalley’s “Composing for Film”-Short Review

It is all about approach, having a tool chest and getting organized which this treatment certainly is. The musical examples are basically simple to get the point across, and most people will not be intimidated by them.

I will not make a comment on the price page ratio issue. Note- Yes it is a composing book but it also deals with other areas of the creative process of film composing. The impression I get is that this book is cheap at twice the price. Mike, that would be Lydian – the fourth of the seven Greek modes, i. Does this book cover basics like that? Which I think was the point of Mike’s list.

He shows some ways to get there. For the relative beginner it will introduce many techniques in a non threatening way.

No, create an account now. One note to all, though he is known to be a great orchestrator this book contains very little about the subject. Frederick RussDec musc, Craig SharmatDec 29, I’m also leaning upon Principles of Orchestration and end up listening to countless scores to get ideas as to why things work they way they work. He encourges you to take the techniques further on your own. Like many books which come from teachers with smalleh, this book is a collection of lessons. Kaan Guner likes this.


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That is really where the book shines, concise, simple explanations and yet comprehensive in covering it’s subject matter.

Much if not all that is in here has been in other books, but maybe with not with such brevity and clarity, and probably focus toward film.

You must log in or sign up to reply here. Jay, if I may gratuitiously add to your list Was just about to consider buying this book and this helps a lot! There are really no planned assignments though. Extrapolate some “things that work”, not for paint-by-numbers, but as a crystal-starting seed, especially when deadlines loom and inspiration is on its coffee break.

Mike GreeneDec 29, I think continual study dmalley the craft of writing ocmposing essential which is why I’m eventually going to be dusting off the books again and restarting my EIS lessons next year as well when time permits. AshermusicJan 1, JaapDec 30, Thank you Jay – I certainly appreciate your voice of experience. The book is really a tool chest of how clmposing deal with the music in scoring. I have now had Jack Smalley’s book for a bit under 2 weeks and have been through the book.

It also means that what sometimes seems like a complicated subject, such as polytonality, serialism etc, are actually eased down so a novice can grasp most of the concepts. Already have an account? Nick BatzdorfDec 31, It also may show a different angle of techniques you are already familiar with. Indeed Jack Smalley’s book discusses several ‘geometric shapes’ to craft melody lines appropriate to given moods.

Not to be content with a “bag o’ tricks”, but to have in one’s musical arsenal some useful generalizations about musical form. The organizing of “writing a cue” section makes it look quick and easy and is laid out in an almost follow the dots fashion. Ignore Threads by Nobita. Log in or Sign up.

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ThonexJan 1, The scale you refer to is a mjor scale with a raised 4th or lydian mode btw. Thus you get like a “greatest hits” versions of each technique, not a comprehensive treatment with assignments.

For the intermediate it will fill in compoxing blanks and show a different way of approaching problems you may already have solutions for. Thanks Craig and rJames for the reviews. For the advanced composer it is a concise place to have ideas organized. Well, I can confirm that he’s right. 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.

ComposerDudeJan 1, commposing I am judging the book on it’s own merit, price excluded. Personally I see nothing wrong with attaching emotional labels to techniques – as long as they’re seen as what they are: First, where is Batz to edit my writing when I need him! Hey Mike, While not a a dictionary of ideas it covers this topic fairly well.

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.