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MUSI3150 Film Music Composition

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Develop composition techniques and approaches appropriate for a film score • Teach principles of construction, melody and bass and accompaniment • Teach techniques and principles of using MIDI in LOGIC • Enable you to start work on your own showreel of film score clips

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Film music in industry: the process
  • Compositional technique and methodology
  • Using MIDI in LOGIC
  • Chord sequences and voicings
  • Accompaniment roles (chord/bass/ countermelody/ non melodic line) composition
  • Principle of orchestrating from MIDI
  • Some mixing techniques
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understanding and working within a professional brief
  • Analyse narrative
  • Computer skills (mac)
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Arrange Use MIDI to compose film music
  • Writing a short score by hand
  • Synchronisation and planning synch points
  • Orchestrating from MIDI
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Compose and arrange a film clip (Melody / Accompaniment / bass / Instrumentation)
  • Analyse film score (aesthetics / techniques)

Syllabus

A series of topics will be presented over the semester with each topic exploring compositional and lyric writing approaches. Examples of topics that may be explored include: • Theme writing • Using the Studio: MIDI, LOGIC, loading samples, synch points, tempo lines • Synchronisation • Temp tracks • Handling Dialogue / handling provenance and period • Compositional technique: handling changing roles through form • Narrative structure in film Examples of specific scores (among many others) which may be explored include: • John Williams: Star Wars Saga / Indiana Jones Saga/ Harry Potter Saga • Hans Zimmer: Inception / Dark Knight Trilogy • Bernard Herrman: Psycho / North By Northewest/ Vertigo • Alan Menken: Beauty and the Beast • Nino Rota: The Godfather • Anton Karas: The Third Man • Johnny Greenwood: There Will be Blood • Thomas Newman: American Beauty • Danny Elfman: Edward Scissorhands • Jerry Goldsmith: Planet of the Apes • John Barry: James Bond Saga • George Fenton: Planet Earth

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures • Individual tutorials • Workshops Learning activities include: • Individual study • On-line based research • Watching and studying films

TypeHours
Teaching26
Independent Study124
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Sibelius 8. This module will use Sibelius 8 software in its teaching and assessment. This is available in the computer cluster in Building 2, so purchase is not necessary

LOGIC software. This module will use LOGIC software in its teaching and assessment. This is available in the computer cluster in Building 2, so purchase is not necessary

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3 minutes) 50%
Assignment  (3 minutes) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (4 minutes) 50%
Assignment  (4 minutes) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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