The Music ComposerAudio Collaboration or Mud and Destruction

Publication year: 2012
Source: Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 2012, Pages 465-480

David Lewis, Yewdall

 Summary: Music is the most powerful and manipulative art form. It does not require translation for foreign sales; it does not require subtitles to explain itself or establishing shots to orient the listener. With a single note, music can reach into the heart and soul of the audience to set the mood, telegraph danger, or evoke romantic passions. Music whips up our emotions; reveals the guilty; sweeps us into the complex whirlpools of love, pain, anger, fear, patriotism, and joy, often at the same time. An important lesson a music composer learns is that writing music for the screen is very…