Film Scoring/Melody/Creating the sound of drama

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Wikiversity School of Music:
Mad Max's Course in Film Scoring for Motion Pictures
Lesson Summary - Using melody
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Pages of this Lesson:
Lesson Summary - Using melody
1a. Creating the sound of drama - GarageBand
1b. Creating the sound of drama - GarageBand with symphony sounds
1c. Creating the sound of drama - Protégé
Page 2: Stealing melodies
Page 3: Ripping Midi

Learn how to create a humming score.

Simplify, simpify, simplify!

For this lesson, you use midi files to create a film score.

1. Locate great sounding midi files from classical music (before 1900).

2. Isolate a single phrase, usually one to three seconds long.

3. Isolate a single instrument (or two) from the entire. You want the main melody without much else.

4. Built the music sound effect from these few notes (or cords) by assigning the elements to different instruments of the symphony orchestra which create the emotion you are looking for. This will always be different from the original musical instruments.

The goal is to get a professional sound which is simple and pure.

Pictures to follow shortly...

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Below are Mad Max's Music Lessons. To the right are general filmmaking lessons.

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