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how do i turn a feeling into sound?
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how do i turn a feeling into sound?

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"Right now, this scene sounds a bit too much like the doctor just said, 'You have cancer, and have about one month left to live...'" That's the type of head-scratching feedback I actually love as a film composer. How...

"Right now, this scene sounds a bit too much like the doctor just said, 'You have cancer, and have about one month left to live...'"

That's the type of head-scratching feedback I actually love as a film composer. How do I take a piece of music for a scene that's supposed to be sad, but not make it sound too sad??

I've been in love with films ever since I can remember. My father, being a writer for film and television, always prided himself on having a massive movie collection. Plus, it was very rare that a noteworthy film be out for more than a week or two before we made our way to the nearest theater.
So for me, having played the piano since the age of 4, it was only natural that I would begin to notice the music in these films, and how it made me feel. The fact that I would get excited from hearing the first few notes of the Jurassic Park theme. Or how quickly I would feel on edge when I heard the main theme from Halloween. It was apparent to me early on that the way I felt when watching a movie, had a lot to do with the music accompanying the picture.

Since then, I've fallen in love with the process of composing and trying to convey a specific emotion through sound. Whether I'm writing a score for a film, or a standalone piece of music, I try my best to hone in on a feeling and portray that with what I'm writing. Additionally, I love how once a melodic motif has an emotional tie to it, there are a million ways to manipulate and slightly vary that melody in order to hint towards it, but without playing it in its entirety.
Here are some examples of some of my heroes, who have been masters at this for years.

(By the way, the solution to that puzzle I mentioned earlier: take the melody out of the high register of the piano, and put it in a lower register of a Wurlitzer keyboard! It's wild how the same exact notes can feel completely different on another instrument)
Kris Bowers
Nov 26, 2014
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