Film Music

Film Music

This group is for film makers, composers, and anyone who is interested in films and film scoring.

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Alternate music for Xin Li's animation

Started by KenNickels. Last reply by SoftDesigns Jan 27, 2017. 15 Replies

I decided to put some music to Xin Li's Film "The Umbrella." It was my favorite from the competition because it has a delicate somber quality, which I tried to match in the music.…Continue

Music Lost in the Jungle: Modern Orchestral Works written in Standard Tonality

Started by noahbalamucki. Last reply by noahbalamucki Sep 16, 2014. 3 Replies

Deep in the forests of contemporary art music is a powerful beast, driven close to extinction by encroaching musical styles. The tonal symphony, once a titan of the concert hall, has long been on the…Continue

Tags: orchestra, tonal, symphony, score, music

Ara's Tale

Started by Grace Gollmar. Last reply by Martin Lubich Jul 22, 2013. 7 Replies

Right now I'm fortunate to be working on an alternate score for Ara's Tale, a short film by Martin Lubich. I have really enjoyed working with this wonderful film about a girl tasked with summoning…Continue

The Ghost Writer

Started by Grace Gollmar. Last reply by noahbalamucki Sep 30, 2012. 2 Replies

Since no one has added to this blog in a while, I've decided to review a soundtrack that I recently rediscovered to a film that I really liked. The movie is called The Ghost Writer, and although it…Continue

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Comment by Harmonia on July 10, 2012 at 9:42am

I recently watched "The Third Man" from 1949, with Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.   The sound track is very surprising - in shadowy, creepy, post-war Vienna, the simple chords of the zither seem incongruous at first, but actually add to the sense of mystery and darkness. 

If you haven't seen and heard this film, it's well worth the time!  The sound track is by Anton Karas.   Karas was working as a zither player when director Carol Reed heard him playing in a beer garden.   Reed wanted music that wasn't a waltz but would be appropriate to the city of Vienna, so he asked Karas if he would write and record the film's score. Karas agreed, and he wrote the theme based on a melody in a practice book. The zither had not previously been widely used in English or American music, but the theme became popular with audiences of the film soon after its premiere.

Even if you haven't heard of the movie, I would almost guarantee the theme music is very familiar to you. 

Happy explorations!


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