Film scoring/The sound of fear
Keep it simple
Sounds dull, doesn't it?
Many people think this will be boring. Not at all. A single note can be shaped in many different ways and can be pitch shifted over time. Yet it is still just a single keystroke on a MIDI keyboard.
Listen to the sound of fear created by Tiego Louis Zontag in Brazil using Protools and Miroslav plugin. Since with Miroslav, the trills violins not exceed 3 or 4 seconds, Zon used trem violins.
Ten minute rule
Ten points for just one note
The goal of this lesson
No music, please!!!
Your Demo Reel
Creating a demo reel
There is limited space and time in a motion picture. You need to be economical with your music, not just for the normal reasons.
Half the time when you have a film cue, something else is happening in the movie. Either there is action on the screen or someone is talking, etc.
The human brain has a limit to what it can process. The more notes you have, the less processing time for watching the movie.
When you write a song, you want to keep the audience completely engaged in your music. You want lots of notes and lots of instruments.
But this is NOT true in a motion picture. Most of the time, you want to create a mood without the audience having to think about it.
When you win an Oscar for best film score, you don't want the audience to say, "Hey, that was great music!!!". Instead, you want the audience to say, "Music? I didn't know there was any music in that movie."
If your music requires that the audience spend all its time concentrating on your music, the director and the producer of the motion picture are going to get mad. Their solution is to TURN DOWN THE VOLUME of your music.
So, to make everyone happy, PLEASE use as few a notes a possible.
You can create a mood with one note on one instrument or one note with octaves (say two octaves) or even multiple octaves with multiple instruments. Or you can go wild and try a chord.
Just remember that the more you make your music thicker and richer, the more it might distract from the motion pictures. So be careful.
If you are wondering what style to use, here is the rule.
If you have talent, limit yourself to a symphonic style. If you have extreme talent, do anything you want.
Simple musical sounds which create the mood of fear
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