Composing Music for Film [Jack Smalley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Film composer Smalley offers discussion and examples for the. You better know basic music theory and composing before taking on this book– i am on my second read through it. Dense with techniques and Jack Smalley’s. Title, Composing Music for Film. Author, Jack Smalley. Edition, 3, illustrated. Publisher, Independent Publisher, ISBN,

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I could use to go over a few sections a smalely more to get stronger footing but I feel I have a fairly good grasp of the the text.

I am judging smslley book on it’s own merit, price excluded. I believe most people can learn something from Jack Smalley’s experience. For the intermediate it will fill in some blanks and show a different way of approaching problems you may already have solutions for.

Jack Smalley’s Composing for Film smzlley my perspective. The impression I get is that this book is cheap at twice the price. Which I think was the point of Mike’s list.

Well, I can confirm that he’s right. Thanks for this review. Not to be content with a “bag o’ tricks”, but to have in one’s musical arsenal some useful generalizations about musical form. Nick BatzdorfDec 31, ComposerDudeJan 1, He shows some ways to get there. Much if not all that is in here has been in other jxck, but maybe with not with such brevity and clarity, and probably focus toward film.


Fiml Craig and rJames for the reviews.

First, where is Batz to edit my writing when I need him! Thus you get like a “greatest hits” versions of each technique, not a comprehensive treatment with assignments. He encourges you to take the techniques further on your own.

I’ve started writing professionally in so subsequently have been getting a lot of helpful ideas and advice from Craig and others regarding harmony and instrumentation. Scott RogersJan 1, You must log in or sign up to reply here.

Log in or Sign up. It is all about approach, having a tool chest and getting organized which this treatment certainly is.

Composing Music For Film – Jack Smalley – About the Book

While books like “On the Track” are far more thorough on things like budget considerations and dealing with directors etc, “Composing for film” is more about the mechanics and tools of scoring to picture.

Extrapolate some “things that work”, not for paint-by-numbers, smalley as a crystal-starting seed, especially when deadlines loom and inspiration is on its coffee break. Mike, that would be Lydian – the fourth of the seven Greek modes, i.

I will not make a comment on the price page ratio issue. Mike GreeneDec 29, Was just about to consider buying this book and this helps a lot! Smalley can stop in and say hi sometime.

If there is theory involved, Jack touches on it not because he wishes to teach you classical methods, but as tools specific to scoring for picture. Hey Mike, While not a a dictionary of ,usic it covers this topic fairly well. For the relative beginner it will introduce many techniques in a non threatening way. The scale you refer to is a mjor scale with a raised 4th or lydian mode btw.


Jack believes that smalle are basically 7 emotions to be covered in scoring. Frederick RussDec 31, He explains also how he goes about choosing emotional material being a love theme or a villian theme etc. I think continual study of the craft of writing is essential which is why I’m eventually going muisc be dusting off the books again and restarting my EIS lessons next year as well when time smallry.

Smalley’s “Composing for Film”-Short Review

Filn the vocabulary to recreate and expand upon approaches is a key help so I’m looking forward to checking out Jack Smalley’s new book as a further leg up to help out when mired in crunch time. Kaan Guner likes this. Oh, Craig already splaned. JaapDec 30, The musical examples are basically simple to get the point across, and most people will not be intimidated by them.