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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New Book: Composing for Film by Jack Smalley


By Jack Smalley (176 pages)

Top USC film scoring professor Jack Smalley has combined his over forty years of experience arranging, composing and orchestrating for film and teaching into one crystal clear book ? Composing Music for Film.

With his years of experience and his modern, up to date teaching methods he?s consolidated the information he?s given to thousands of students into a one stop shop for getting a head start with the reality of film composition ? in fact, all composition.

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Reading this book is like taking private lessons for a year with Jack Smalley. With over 125 examples, the chapters cover:

  • Section 1: The Elements
  • Section 2: Composing a Theme
  • Section 3: Writing a Cue
  • Section 4: Consonance and Dissonance
  • Section 5: The 20th Century

"Composing Music for Film contains precious information from structure through the mechanics of writing a cue and out the other side where the murky business of dissonance and bi-tonality reside."- Harry Gregson-Williams

"Jack Smalley's book is a dense survey of the techniques of film scoring - enjoyable and informative."- Carter Burwell

Reader Comments:
" is really universal and will help any composer at any level..."
"'s great to finally have a practical book on composition out there..."
"...I'm adapting your ideas on "functional exchanges" for my master's thesis..."
"...I used one of your techniques and was delighted with the result. The piece was a finalist sponsored by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin and was performed in Moscow, then at Carnegie Hall..."


Jack Smalley studied composition at the Conservatoire de Musique in Paris France with Edmond Marc and Darius Milhaud. Studied Serial Composition with George Tremblay in Los Angeles. He is currently Professor of Film Composition at University of Southern California and member of permanent faculty at the Aspen Summer Music Festival. Jack also headed the Composition Program at the Henry Mancini Institute.

Jack Smalley has served as orchestrator on films including The Assassination of Richard Nixon, The Mothman Prophecies, Last of the Mohicans, Curley Sue, The Gladiator, The Peacemaker, Red Dawn, Conan the Barbarian, Steel Magnolias, The Pickup Artist, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Popeye, and Oh God.

His work composing and orchestrating for episodic television includes Charlie's Angels, Murder She Wrote, The Love Boat, Law and Harry McGraw, Streets of San Francisco, Knight Rider, Twilight Zone, and the animated series Captain Planet, Tom and Jerry Kids, Where in the World is Carmen Santiago, and The Wizard of Oz.

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Source: Film Music News

Monday, November 19, 2007

New Book: From the Classroom to the Scoring Stage

The College Student's Guide to Landing a Job in the Film Scoring Business

($19.95 - 77 pages, Downloadable)

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Author Sean McMahon has created a unique and valuable resource for anyone looking to gain experience working with a film composer. The book has a singular goal: to get the reader working for a composer as soon as possible.
McMahon spent the last three years deep in the trenches of the film music scene as a composer?s assistant developing hands-on experience finding work with different film composers and maintaining that work. He recently began his own career as a composer and orchestrator and wants to share the knowledge he acquired along the often bumpy and turbulent road as a composer?s assistant in hopes that it can provide a much more direct path for aspiring film composers on the cusp of beginning their careers.
In his years of working as a composer assistant he worked with four different composers, spending the majority of his time working for composer Christopher Young on films including "The Grudge," "Beauty Shop," "The Exorcism Of Emily Rose," "Lucky You," "Ghost Rider," "The Grudge 2," and most recently, "Spider-Man 3."
This insightful book discusses an insider's perspective about what composers are looking for in assistants and is invaluable to those looking to begin or expand their careers by working with composers.
Here's what some assistants to top film composers say about this book:
"To the best of my knowledge there is not a book out there that focuses on the multi-tasked life of a film composer?s assistant. You will soon discover that Sean worked for me for three years, and as a consequence I have been blessed to become close to him. He did a fantastic job for me as my assistant, and has done a fantastic job once again in putting together this, his first book."- Christopher Young

"Sean McMahon is well qualified to provide advice on such an elusive subject as how to get work as a composer's assistant. This book provides useful insight and relevant anecdotes on how to be successful when you do get your shot. Recommended reading for anybody wanting to work in the film music world."- Christian Bacon Assistant to James Newton Howard

"Utilizing his education and professional experience, Sean McMahon gives the aspiring film composer an insightful go-to guide. From must-have technical skills, to interviewing techniques, to developing relationships with others and much much more, Sean explains in a clearly written manual what it takes to break-in to the film scoring world. I highly recommend this book to emerging film composers and also those already working in the industry who may want to expand their knowledge. I wish this book was available when I moved to Los Angeles!"- Chandra Cogburn Assistant to Steve Jablonsky and Harry Gregson-Williams

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Source: Film Music News