Music

Music Composition 201

Advanced Music Composition for New Media

Summary Summary

This course is an extended approach to Music Composition for New Media 101 and continues to prepare the student to realize, express and create music for new media with a focus on TV, Animation/Anime and Film with an approach that teaches real world skills. The central theme of this class will be for the student to create a unique and distinctive sound to compete in the 21st century music and media landscape. Real world examples will be brought into the classroom for analysis and discussion. Students will also learn to the necessary skills needed to succeed in the 21st century world of international business.

12-weeks.

This class is 12 weeks and will attempt to have multiple timeslots to accomodate all timezones.

Video Recordings

This class is recorded so you'll be able to keep up to date even if you miss a session.

20 Credits

This class takes 20 credits to enroll.

Instructor, TA, and Peer education

This class has an instructor, a TA, and peer run assistance to help answer your questions. This class' format is feedback-based.

Small Class Size

This class' format is feedback-based. There are a limited number of students that can enroll in this class.

Dedicated Weekly Events

This class had a dedicated event specifically designed for it. This is in addition to the normal Closing Credit events.

Results

Upon completion of this module, the student should have theoretical and practical knowledge of:

  • How to compose music with a distinctive voice
  • Understand a wide variety of styles and approached
  • Core music theory needed for advanced composition
  • Real world skills for how to self-promote and conduct business in the 21st century international media market

Concepts

  • Differences between TV, Film and Video Game music
  • How each media influences the others
  • What software/Hardware do I need?
  • Working with music libraries
  • Why some libraries should be avoided and how to build your own library (examples X-Men and HoE Perc Lib)

Core Composition

  • Tonal harmony – diatonic and chromatic
  • Modal composition and modal interchange
  • The importance of rhythm in all music (arpeggio becomes melody example, Mozart/Races)
  • Building a rhythm bed
  • Bass chords melodies and texturing
  • Style crash course on genre building

Recording, Editing, Mixing

  • How to Compose, record and mix simultaneously
  • Editing MIDI and quantizing
  • Arranging in your mind
  • Building a rhythm bed
  • DSP and how it can change your track
  • The importance of mastering

Orchestration

  • Instrument families – Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Rhythm section, Electronics and everything else
  • Making epic orchestral music
  • Making lyrical emotional orchestral music
  • Making comical orchestral music

Outline

What to Expect

What is a unique sound? How can we stand apart as composers? What should I be working on to create a new sound?

  • Relationship between moving picture and Music: Film, TV, Animation/Anime, Video games
  • Stylistic considerations: Film, TV, Animation/Anime, Video games
  • Technical project management tools: The cue sheet, Asset management, Directory structures, Naming conventions
  • Managing clients: The spotting session & Schedules and dev cycles

You will learn advanced workflow considerations, like Vienna Ensemble Pro, Multichain ethernet large scale setups, and Library management.

Advanced Techniques

  • Modal composition and modal interchange
  • The importance of rhythm in all music (arpeggio becomes melody example, Mozart/Races)
  • Build your own library (examples X-Men and HoE Perc lib)
  • Style crash course on genre building
  • Making epic orchestral music
  • Making lyrical emotional orchestral music
  • Making comical orchestral music
  • Working with live players
  • Arranging in your mind
  • The importance of mastering
Music

Heavy focus on the applicable skills for success like thinking of yourself as a brand, basic design principles, self-promotion and social media, the importance of creative corporate culture, finding work, and managing clients.

Standard Member Benefits

What you'll get as a Closing Credits member

Every course comes with extra benefits just for being a member of Closing Credits

Instructor Led Courses

6 to 12 week courses with an industry professional to guide you through.

Closing Credits Community

Access to our private Discord, forums, email lists. Work through fun and interesting challenges with your future colleagues and network.

Weekly Events

New Events, Workshops, Webinars, Panels, and Exercises Weekly.

Material From All Courses

Your interests change, and Closing Credits changes with you. Read and watch all the material from all courses.