Learn to Convey Emotion in Film & Game Music - For Beginners

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Обучение платное
2 часа курса
Курс от Udemy
Чему вы научились?
Use rhythm, harmony and melody to craft emotionally focused music for games, film and TV
Comprehend the elements of music composition that convey emotion effectively
Tell a compelling story in music
Learn from detailed analysis of "urgent", "calm" and "spooky" music examples
О курсе

Whether you are a songwriter who wants to get started with writing commercial music or a chronic learner who has always wanted to understand how and why music conveys emotion more effectively than anything else, this course offers insights that you'll find very rewarding.

Learn by watching 3 walkthroughs on emotional music cues conveying "urgent", "calm" and "spooky".  Watch and listen as the music speaks for itself AND you get step-by-step explanations about how the music examples work.  These lessons are learned from my award-winning songwriting, studio production work and academic study in music and compositional theory.

I've always believed that music is one of the most powerful ways to convey emotion and help a group of people "get on the same page."  Rhythm, harmony and melody all play a part, but a good composer can elicit specific emotions quickly - in order to do that, you'll need a strong vocabulary in basic music theory and you'll want to know what your ideas "sound" like before you even play a note.  This course combines the art and science of this process.  Plus, you'll get a full primer on music theory essentials like:

  • Building major and minor scales by hand
  • How major, minor and half-diminished chords are built from major and minor scales
  • Learn to compose with chords as numbers, using numerals (how the pros do it)
  • Write elegant, expressive and concise music that gets to the point and delivers the goods

Contents and Overview

After a brief introduction to there course details and your instructor, students will start by listening to 3 examples of music.  Next, that music will be analyzed in terms of

  • Rhythm
  • Harmony
  • Cadences
  • Melody
  • Color and Timbre

Next, you'll get oriented with a compositional approach to framing your musical ideas as "characters" and "situations".  This approach is loosely introduced in the context of theme and variation - a common compositional approach.

Section 3 thoroughly explains how chord numerals work in the context of major and minor scales.  This section explains concepts which music students may (or may not) be familiar with such as building scales, triads and 7 chords.  This section also explains the appropriate nomenclature (for example a "five chord" or "root, 3rd and 5th").  This section will be a critical value to anyone without music theory training.  However, students may skip this section if they already fully understand the rest of the course.

As we continue the course (in section 4) students learn about color and timbre - a crucial pair of elements for any composer to understand when writing emotionally focused music.  Students will learn about register, range and timbral character.

After completing your training and background, this course will direct students through a 5 step melody/theme creation process and some clarification on how to create a musical "situation" to match a video game, film or TV scenario.  Then, students will walkthrough 3 distinct and complete musical cues - each focused on either an "urgent", "calm" or "spooky" mood.

Each section of the course wraps up with a brief quiz that is designed to help students identify any areas of knowledge that they need to review.  This course doesn't bog students down with a comprehensive compositional program.  Instead, this course is designed in a workshop style - where students learn the most important take-aways and then are encouraged to try their hand and begin writing music that conveys emotion.

To getthe most out of this course, you'll want to complete a course project.Learn about me, your instructor, and some of the details for completing a course project.
3 Live Examples and Explanations
We look at the 3 main emotions that are demos in this course.Download the master Ableton project, load it up and get set to learn how emotion works in music!
Process Overview
It can be difficult to keep track of all the specifics we need to know to write emotionally focused music. This lesson will give you a birds eye view of the most importantsteps and topics that you'll want to track as you continue through the course.
Examining Rhythm and Tempo
Rhythm is the most critical element of all music (not just emotional cues). As a result, you need to understand rhythm and tempo very clearly. Sit back and let me demo some clear examples that will set you up for success.
Harmony and Context
What is harmony? This lesson demonstrates how harmony creates context - with examples you can hear.
Options for Cadences
Cadences conclude your musical ideas and they MUST align with the emotion you're looking for (for example "resolved" or not). In this lesson, I'll walk you through all the common cadences you need to know (authentic, half, plagal and deceptive).
Defining and Exploring Melody
Let's talk about what a great melody does and how its built.Learn how a great melody represents an imagined character - exactly what we want to do in film and game music!
Color/Timbre Explained
Keeping rhythm, harmony and melody the same while changing the timbre of your music will transform the emotional impact. Watch as a regal French horn cue transforms into some kind of modern digital dance music from the year 2050!
Getting Started
Review and test your comprehension of the material and topics covered in the first section of this course.
Introduction to Themes and Variations
Theme and variation is a creative exercise that will help you create a variety of musical "characters" and "situations". By exploring a variety of melodies and harmonic/timbral contexts, you can play around and find the best way to express the emotion you need to convey.
  • No specific DAW or audio editor is required - you'll need a DAW, but any one will work. Examples are provided in MIDI and audio as well as Ableton projects/sets.
  • An interest in composing music for video games, film or TV is recommended.
  • No prior music theory knowledge is necessary, but the course includes a valuable introduction to scales, numerals, chord tones, color tones and the chromatic scale.
Will Edwards
Will Edwards
Music Instructor at Udemy and Music Protest
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