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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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ComposerDudeJan 1, Personally I see nothing wrong with attaching emotional labels to techniques – as long as they’re seen as what they are: Indeed Jack Smalley’s book discusses several ‘geometric shapes’ to craft melody fulm appropriate to given moods. The scale you refer to is a mjor scale with a raised 4th or lydian mode btw. 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.

Smalley’s “Composing for Film”-Short Review

Ifor one, can’t put a price on this kind of invaluable information. Scott RogersJan 1, There are no real scores to speak of either.

And none of this is intended to argue with Jay: 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. He explains also how he goes about choosing emotional material being a love theme or a villian theme etc. Like many books which come from teachers with experience, this book is a collection of lessons. 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.


Composing Music For Film – Jack Smalley – About the Book

The book is really a tool chest of how to deal with the music in scoring. Not to be content with a “bag o’ tricks”, but to have in one’s musical arsenal some useful generalizations about musical form. Note- Yes it is a composing book but it also deals compposing other areas of the creative process of film composing. Jay, if I ccomposing gratuitiously add to your list Oh, Craig already splaned. Log in or Sign up. First, where is Batz to edit my writing when I need him!

Yes, my password is: JaapDec 30, I believe most people can learn something from Jack Smalley’s experience.

AshermusicJan 1, Was just about to smallet buying this book and this helps a lot! He shows some ways to get there. 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.

Thanks for this review. AshermusicDec 31, I am judging the book on it’s own merit, price excluded.

Smalley can stop in and say hi sometime. 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 – Jack Smalley – Google Books

For the relative beginner it will introduce many techniques in a non threatening way. It is all about approach, having a tool chest and getting musix which this treatment certainly is.

Well, I can confirm that he’s right. Does this book cover basics like that? I have now had Jack Smalley’s book for a bit under 2 weeks and have been through the book.


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. The impression I get is com;osing this book is cheap at twice the price.

Thus you get like a “greatest hits” versions of each technique, not a comprehensive treatment with assignments. For the intermediate it will fill in some blanks and show a different way of approaching problems you may already have solutions for. 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.

There are really no planned assignments though. It also may show a different angle of techniques you are already familiar with. Nick BatzdorfDec 31, Hey Mike, While not a a dictionary of ideas it covers this topic fairly well. Frederick RussDec 31, While books like “On the Track” are far more thorough on things like budget considerations and dealing with directors etc, “Composing for film” is cor about the mechanics and tools of jxck to picture.


He encourges you to take the techniques further on your own. 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 text. Thank you Jay – I certainly appreciate your voice of experience.