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Development, Arrangement and Orchestration of a Melody

In this post I´ll try to explain a task that its usual to do and consists in developing an original idea from the customer.
If one person has a musical idea and like to carry it to a determinate style with a property instrumentation and  doesn´t have the tools and/or the knowledge to do that, maybe is interested in this service.
In this case I´ll talk about Soundtrack, although it´s possible to apply to any other kind of music.

In the first talks director-composer the goal is to transmit the soundscape that is wished to get. There are many ways to do that.
It´s very normal that the director use concrete references to explain the music they want in his sequence. For example: "I like the violins in the scene in the shower in "Psycho" (Hitchcock 1960, Original Soundtrack, Bernard Herrmann)
Or: "Something like the piano in the ritual sequence of "Eyes wide shut" (Kubrik 1999) . György Ligeti ~" Musica Ricercata, II "Mesto, Rigido E Cerimoniale".

     (Yes, indeed the references use to be of the first level,  but one makes whatever I can .... Who is afraid?)

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(0) 27/01/2017 19:21h

Composing Film Score for fantastic films

Cinema is, by definition, fiction and fantasy. Indeed, the most realistic film is plenty of tricks that falsify the reality.
Strategies for amplifying, simplifying or directly manipulate the reality.
First of all the extradiegetic music.
Is it normal listening a full symphonic Orchestra with a full male- female chorus of 30 people sounding in a middle of a battle in the field?
Or, by the way, An emotional sequence of misery in the suburbs of a great city is accompanied by the sound of a perfect tune and exquisitely played piano Stenway?
It doesn´t seem logic. And, however, we use to assimilate in that way the story. And we accept it with quite naturally.
Yes, We do those concessions in the musicalization of scenes of the real world without be perturbed.
And it is admitted that "it´s all right".
The music applied doesn´t need to recall the period or place or whatever the characteristics of the story.
It´s true that, in many cases, is doing this service and justifies its existence by that.
But I refer now to the other music. The purely emotive.
The one which has been put there just to move emotionally the spectator in some way.


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(0) 04/09/2016 20:09h

Film Score. Notes

"Music is the Art of coordinate the sound according of  the creative egoism of the artist and his completely indifferent to any law strange to his own sensibility."
                                Alfredo Casella

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(0) 09/09/2014 20:09h

Continuous Musical Study

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back"
Edward Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
British Composer 

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(0) 21/01/2014 10:07h

Work in progress

Work in progress

At this moment I´m absorbed  with the composition of the soundtrack for a short film  which will be filmed soon. It is in the post production stage.
In my department, sound, I´ve got already the script and all the information about art that provide me the "color" of the work.
There will be necessary so many checks  and talks  with the director, Amara Mosteiro, to bring  the music to her original idea of the movie.


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(0) 17/12/2013 12:08h

In this blog. I´ll go writing posts about the Composition of Soundtracks for film.  As it would be news about this subject,  as of works from me or others,  I´ll try to bring up to date it.

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