Category: Music Composition

The Art of Musical Articulations

Musical articulations denote the way a musical instrument can be played. Articulations are musical parameters that determine how a specific note sounds. Articulations are capable of determining the configuration and altering of both the beginning and the end of a specific event, including the pitch, the length and shape of attack and decay, the dynamics,…
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The Truth About Music Composition

Composing music is a complex job that requires hard work, time, and commitment. Beginners should be aware that, when composing music, it helps to know the music language, but it is not essential. When working with a team, knowing how to read and write music is helpful for communicating ideas with other musicians and composers.…
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Film Score Orchestration

The America Film Market’s (AFM) Basic Theatrical Motion Picture Agreement (AFM 2002b) and Basic Television Film Agreement (AFM 2002a) define orchestration as the practice of writing or adapting music for an orchestra or any other musical ensemble such as a concert band. Orchestration is also the process of assigning a composition that is harmonically, melodically,…
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Articulation in Music

Articulation in music refers to how specific notes or passages are played or sung. Articulation is essential within the musical universe since it determines the way a single note is played. Articulation also determines the length of a sound, as well as the shape of attack and decay. Finally, by using articulation, the musician is capable…
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Composing Music for Film

Music is everywhere and it adds a spark of joy to every environment. Music is an essential part of the film business. After the frame of a movie is created, the director and the composer have a meeting in which they watch the movie frame by frame to determine the specific type of music that…
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Sample Triggering, Cycle Random and Round Robin

Within the music universe, sampling is referred to as a reused portion of a sound recording in another recording. It’s worth mentioning that sampling dates back to 1980 and is the foundation of the hip-hop music genre. Within electronic music, universe samples are played again and again, especially when focusing on high-hats and cymbals. To…
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Hocketing and Pointillism in Electronic Music

Hocketing is a compositional technique that is used to transform a long musical idea into a more interesting sequence. This technique works by dividing a whole musical piece intro shorter phrases and distributing them among instruments with similar sounds. Within the music universe, hocketing is a rhythmic linear technique that is capable of altering notes,…
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Scales, Intervals and Diatonic Chords

Popular music is usually diatonic, which, technically speaking, means that it is composed within a major or minor key signature and does not modulate. It’s worth mentioning that a key signature determines the set of pitches that match harmonically. Typically, a key signature involves three different pitches that are produced by simple formulas. To select…
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