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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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Scott RogersJan 1, Well, I can confirm that he’s right. 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 shows some ways to get there. That is really where the book shines, concise, simple explanations and yet comprehensive in smaoley it’s subject matter. I could use to go over a few sections a bit more to get stronger footing but I feel I have a fairly good grasp of the the compoisng.

Not to be content with a “bag o’ tricks”, composibg to have in one’s musical arsenal some useful generalizations about musical form. Yes, my password is: Kaan Guner likes this. I think continual study of the craft of writing is 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. I’ve started writing professionally in so subsequently have been getting a lot of helpful ideas and advice from Craig and others regarding jacm and instrumentation.


The impression I get is fiml this book is cheap at twice the price. 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.

Jack Smalley’s Composing for Film from my perspective. The organizing of “writing a cue” section makes it look quick and easy and is laid out in an almost follow the dots fashion.

Composing Music for Film

Thank you Jay – I certainly appreciate your voice of experience. Oh, Craig already splaned. Smalley can stop in and say hi sometime.

Ignore Threads by Nobita. Like many books which come from teachers with experience, this book is a collection of lessons.

I have now had Jack Smalley’s book for a bit under 2 weeks and have been through the book. Thanks for this review. Note- Yes it is a composing book but it also deals with other areas of the creative process of film composing. Thanks for the review, Craig! Mike, that would be Lydian – the fourth of the seven Greek modes, i.


AshermusicJan 1, Hey Mike, While not a a dictionary of ideas it covers this topic fillm well. He explains also how he goes about choosing emotional material being a love theme or a villian theme etc.

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It also may show a different angle of techniques you are already familiar with. I just bought Smalley’s book based on Craig’s recommendation.

ThonexCimposing 1, Already have an account? Personally I see nothing wrong with attaching emotional labels to techniques – as long as they’re seen as what they are: For the relative beginner it will introduce many techniques in a non threatening way.

Smalley’s “Composing for Film”-Short Review

The book is really a tool chest of how to deal with the music in scoring. Indeed Jack Smalley’s book discusses several ‘geometric shapes’ to craft melody lines appropriate to given moods. ComposerDudeJan 1,