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When a music professional working in the digital media industry receives a new project brief from a studio, what are the processes that they go through to begin figuring out what music needs to be composed? Of course, the answer varies from composer to composer, but frequently the composer will talk with the studio to establish what emotions and feelings are trying to be conveyed in a particular scene.
Select the one that you would like to work with. Please note, they will be provided without any audio or music.
How does the clip you selected make you feel? Can you describe the moods, emotions, and feelings that come to you when you watch the clip? Using the Getting Started Worksheet, you can circle or highlight words that you may feel, or you can add additional words.
These feelings and reactions are what the composer needs to convey to the audience through their music. As you continue through this project, you will need to make use of the musical tools you are learning about in music class to help guide the audience to the feelings you have described. You will see how changing the music can change the audience’s reaction to a given scene, helping them to understand what is happening or to feel a particular way. Music can be as important as the visuals in creating the desired feeling and emotions in the viewer.
Can you find examples of movies or video games where the music used was NOT what you would have expected it to be? Why? How has the composer used music to change the reaction of the audience to the clip?
If you like, listen to the following people working in the industry describe their process.
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