Mad Max's - Assignments in Film Scoring
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The sound of fear!
Part 1: Create a musical sound effect for "Fear".
Fear is one of the most basic musical themes in horror movies. If you plan to write film score (or if you are budding film director or film producer) for your first motion picture (which often is a horror film), you need to learn how to create the emotion of fear. Also, fear is the easiest mood to create with music.
Your First Assignment
Your first assignment is to have fun. Create 3 to 10 seconds of a musical sound effect for fear. You can do whatever you wish… or you can follow the instructions below.
Step 1. Create a musical sound effect
Step 2. Export your music
Step 3. Upload your music
Note: Wikiversity can only accept OGG files which is a new, free format for music sound similar to MP3 but free from royalties. If you do not have this capability, just send your audio file to me and I will convert it and upload it. To email me, you simply Click Here.
Part 2 - Create other moods
Once you have finished creating the sound of fear, you should also try creating the sound of:
The Sound Of Danger
The Sound Of Joy
More advanced Techniques
In the exercise above, you used on only one track. Now try creating the sound of fear with multiple tracks.
Option 1 · Rich and thick sound
One way to enhance music is to add a second voice which enhances your first voice. That is, you can try adding a second track and create a sound which enhances the sound on the first track. As an example, try adding a second trill note which follows the first trill note but pick a second note which sounds really awful. That is, pick to pitches which have conflicting harmonies.
Option 2 · Add a new sound
Another way to enhance music is add a second melody, on if the sound is short, add a totally different sound which conflicts and interacts with your original sound. That is you can add a second multiple tracks which have additional sounds. A good example is to listen to the sound effects of the Orchestra Kit and add one at the beginning or the end of your musical cue for "Fear".
Option 3 · Add a melodic rhythm
Another way to enhance music is to add rhythm created with musical notes (rather than with drums).
Option 4 · Add drums
Drums should never be used anywhere near dialog. Drums and dialog have the same frequencies and so can be very confusing to an audience. When possible, never use drums. However in some cases where no one is talking and only screaming in terror, drums will not distract the audience who is also screaming in terror.
Option 5 · Add a sound effect
Programs like GarageBand allow you to mix music with ordinary sound files. Pick a fearful sound effect and combine it with your violin trill. Perhaps the sound of fingernails on a chalk board will make your violin more disgusting.
Please submit your "Sound of Fear"
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