Composer Mark Isham talks about his process, his use of melody and how he combines acoustic and electronic elements.
- Traditional instruments communicate human emotions; electronic music is great for building fresh, unknown, magical environments. By combining the two, a composer has all the tools needed to create a unique score.
- Composing music takes time regardless of whether you’re creating something totally new or finding your voice to recreate a version of the temp music.
- Melody has emotional impact - it can be simple or complex, but is a strong way to communicate emotion.
- Music in film goes through trends - currently melody is being put aside while there's a shift to more atmospheric, ambient music in which the dialogue is “the melody”.
- You can score for concept, theme, emotion and characters in creating the sound of the film.
- A composer should decide on the couple of scenes they want to use to best define what the film is going to communicate musically.
- Scoring comedic scenes doesn’t require making “funny music” - music can be used to juxtapose against the visuals, more effectively enhancing the comedy of the scene.
- A composer can come in at different points of the process - usually it’s at the beginning of post, but ideally it’s before the film goes into the production so the composer and director can create the sound together.
- A composer should find a way to get directors to express what they want musically and find an effective way to interpret their responses during the scoring process
- The act of creating can be immediate - pick up your instrument and play or start doing anything to jump start your process.
Tags:Music & Sound Design