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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It also may show a different angle of techniques you are already familiar with. Mike GreeneDec 29, AshermusicJan 1, AshermusicDec 31, Personally I see nothing wrong with attaching emotional labels to techniques – as long as they’re seen as what they are: Does this book smalleu basics like that?

ComposerDudeJan 1, Was just about to consider buying composig book and this helps a lot! The impression I get is that this book is cheap at twice the price. There are really no planned assignments though.

Jack Smalley’s Composing for Film from my perspective. Jack believes that there are basically 7 emotions to be covered in scoring.

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. For the relative beginner it will introduce many techniques in a non threatening way. I have now had Jack Smalley’s book for a bit under 2 weeks and have been through the book. For the advanced composer it is a concise place to have ideas organized.

Like many books which come from teachers with experience, this book is a collection of lessons. I just bought Smalley’s book based on Craig’s recommendation. Yes, my password is: 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.


Thanks Craig and rJames for the reviews. Nick BatzdorfDec 31, It is all about approach, having a tool chest and getting organized which this treatment certainly is.

Smalley’s “Composing for Film”-Short Review

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. He explains also how he goes about choosing emotional material being a love theme or a villian theme etc. Smalley can stop in and say hi sometime. Thanks for the review, Craig! Not to be content with a flm o’ tricks”, but to have in one’s musical arsenal some useful generalizations about musical form.

I will not make a comment on the price page ratio issue. That is really where the book shines, concise, simple explanations and yet comprehensive in covering it’s subject matter. Mike, that would be Lydian – the fourth of the seven Greek modes, i.

I am judging the book on it’s own merit, price excluded. One note to all, though he is known to be a great orchestrator this book contains very little about the subject. You must log in or sign up to reply here. Ifor one, can’t put a price on this kind of invaluable information. No, create an account now.

The musical examples are basically simple to get the point across, and most people will not be intimidated by them. 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. He encourges you to take the techniques further on your own. First, where is Batz to edit my writing when I need him!


Jay, if I may gratuitiously add to your list Craig SharmatDec 29, Kaan Guner likes this. 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.

And none of this is intended to argue with Jay: Note- Yes it is a composing book but it also deals with other areas of the creative process of film composing. 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 musix concepts.

Well, I can confirm that he’s right. He shows smallwy ways to get there. Thanks for this review.

Composing Music for Film – Jack Smalley – Google Books

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

The scale you refer to is a mjor scale with a raised 4th or lydian mode btw. JaapDec 30,

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