Two approaches (procedures, techniques) to Music for Media

Antonio Genovino, Composer and music teacher

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20 Lessons (3h 25m)
    • 1. Course Trailer

      6:23
    • 2. Introduction

      3:24
    • 3. Example 1 - "Epic Choir". Stylistic characteristics, listening, structural and formal analysis

      10:14
    • 4. Composition of themes, types of scales and harmonization

      19:38
    • 5. Orchestration: from the piano sketch to the orchestral version

      14:52
    • 6. Use of the choir

      8:16
    • 7. Example 2 - "Autumn in Prague" Stylistic characteristics, listening, structural and formal analysis

      10:47
    • 8. Orchestration: from the "initial sketch" to the orchestral version

      7:11
    • 9. Solo instruments and orchestral sections mockups

      11:50
    • 10. Example 3 - "Apocalypse". Analysis, stylistic characteristics, structure and listening.

      4:41
    • 11. Description of the samples libraries: "Action Strings" and "Action Strikes"

      12:21
    • 12. Phrases, loops and articulations selection.

      9:39
    • 13. Adding instruments in a traditional way

      9:18
    • 14. Example 4 - "Crossing the desert". Analysis, stylistic characteristics, structure and listening.

      8:43
    • 15. Description of the "Ethno World 4" samples library. Loops and articulations.

      8:07
    • 16. Phrases and loops selection according to the characteristics of the composition

      17:49
    • 17. Audio mockup

      8:39
    • 18. Example 5 - "Fantasy Stories". Analysis, stylistic characteristics, structure and listening

      9:38
    • 19. Description of the ProjectSam "Lumina". Phrases, loops and articulations.

      13:02
    • 20. Audio mockup

      10:05

About This Class

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A detailed tutorial, which includes analysis, composition, orchestration and production methods of five musical examples based on different styles and genres, created starting from two types of approaches to music production:

  1. the "traditional" approach with the usual "note by note" writing procedure used both in the compositional stage and in the following orchestration stage (through full orchestral scores), when each choice derives from the author's creative freedom (and ability), starting from the theme's creation  up to the orchestral version;
  2. the "technological" approach, when a large part of the solutions used is supplied directly by the virtual instruments, in a progressive manner, with particular reference to new libraries provided with pre-recorded elements such as rhythmic loops, textures, effects, action parts, phrases, scales etc.

This class requires a good knowledge of reading music and theory. It is also recommended to have a good knowledge of harmony and midi/audio editing.

Topics covered: Composition: creation of musical form and structure, analysis of thematic, harmonic and contrapuntal parts. Orchestration: from the initial midi track (sketch) to the assignment of the musical  parts to the orchestral instruments and sections. Analysis of full orchestral scores. Midi and audio editing.

Software used in the class: Cubase 8; Makemusic Finale 2014. Orchestral samples libraries: Orchestral Tools, Spitfire Audio, EastWest, Action Strings, Action Strike, Symphobia 1-2- Lumina, Ethno World 4, 8dio Requiem.)

This class is recommended for: musicians, film, tv and media composer

Introduction

Traditional approach - Example 1 - "Epic Choir"

  • Stylistic characteristics, listening, structural and formal analysis
  • Composition of themes, types of scales and harmonization
  • Orchestration: from the piano sketch to the orchestral version
  • Use of the choir

Traditional approach - Example 2 - Composition: "Autumn in Prague"

  • Stylistic characteristics, listening, structural and formal analysis
  • Orchestration: from the "initial sketch" to the orchestral version
  • Solo instruments and orchestral sections mockups

"Hybrid" approach (traditional/technological) Composition: "Apocalypse

  • Analysis, stylistic characteristics, structure and listening.
  • Description of the samples libraries: "Action Strings" and "Action Strikes"
  • Phrases, loops and articulations selection.
  • Adding instruments in a traditional way

Technological approach. Example 1 - Composition: "Crossing the Desert"

  • Analysis, stylistic characteristics, structure and listening.
  • Description of the "Ethno World 4" samples library. Loops and articulations.
  • Phrases and loops selection according to the characteristics of the composition
  • Audio mockup

Technological approach. Example 2 - Composition: "Fantasy Stories"

  • Analysis, stylistic characteristics, structure and listening
  • Description of the ProjectSam "Lumina". Phrases, loops and articulations.
  • Audio mockup