Of the many ways to add color and variety to a composition, harmony can be one of the more elusive. With a seemingly infinite palette of chords available to you at every turn, knowing which one to choose can seem like a combination of instinct and good fortune.
The flood of file formats in today’s audio industry can be a headache for those who haven’t kept up with the developments. If you’re looking for a one-stop reference for what the major formats are, what all the terms mean, and when you should use each, then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get started by clarifying some terminology.
No modern action score is complete without a rousing percussion section hammering away beneath the rest of the instruments. Yet despite being one of the most important elements in the score, many media composers take the easy way out with their percussion, resorting to some tired loops.
If you’re sick of sounding like everyone else and have run out of ways to layer your loops over each other to sound “fresh”, then keep reading as I give you a quick look at what it takes to program your own percussion, …
For many young film composers, including myself, John Williams is the guy when it comes to orchestral film music. His scores are lush, complex and exciting. Although we all strive to have a unique voice in our music, there is plenty to be learned by taking a close look at the techniques Williams uses to achieve his orchestral sound.
Working in today’s film and game audio environment nearly guarantees you many opportunities to produce interesting and evocative soundscapes, but while working from pre-made synth patches is great for folks in a hurry, it pays to sit down and craft something by hand whenever possible.