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Film Critiques

Started this discussion. Last reply by Art Lowell Sep 23, 2014. 15 Replies

Film music is a genre worth writing for, even if the pay is sometimes nonexistent, the creative license of the composer is often compromised and the sound effects consistently drown out your freshly…Continue

Guess the Film (score)

Started this discussion. Last reply by SoftDesigns Mar 31, 2013. 10 Replies

An exceptional 20th century film score by one of Hollywood's most prolific composers, may he rest in peace. Included are the film's main title cue and a ferocious action track.Continue


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About Myself

I’m an aspiring composer based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When I was four or five, my parents encouraged me to play an instrument; I chose the violin. I played in youth orchestras and studied under multiple teachers, including Brian Reagan, the North Carolina Symphony Concertmaster. In elementary school I expanded my instrumental pallet to include piano, which has become my primary instrument, and in middle school I played trumpet.

I’ve had music performed as early as middle school, when the school band played a march I wrote for them. Since then I’ve had a number of my pieces read and performed. I was accepted into the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for the summer ’12 semester, where I wrote an art song for voice and piano, a wind quintet and a brass quintet, among other pieces. Although I’ve written a fair share of contemporary concert hall music, my real passion is in writing film-esque compositions, which I’m prone to do after getting inspired by a really great film or score.

            My love of music and my passion for film has driven me to explore a career in the natural combination of the two: the film music profession.

For me, it’s not all about the music. To appreciate a film score, context is key. Movie music is programmatic—it is a companion to the rest of a film production. When I listen to a score, I don’t just hear music; I envision the scenes the score accompanies. When I hear the shriek of strings from Psycho I am also listening to Janet Leigh scream and the sounds of water, and I’m seeing the knife, the curtain and the blood from the 77 camera angles Hitchcock used. Every score has some degree of filler cues that have little artistic value but effectively set the mood (suspense cues with nothing more than sustained strings, etc.). I still enjoy these moments, because apart from appreciating the music for music’s sake, I listen to a score to study it, learn how composers before me scored scenes and pick up tricks and techniques they used to great effect.

A film score composer needs to remember that a score, by its nature, merely complements the director’s vision of how a movie should look and feel. It is perhaps the director’s most effective tool for manipulating an audience’s emotions, but it is the director’s tool and the composer must be prepared to compromise with his bosses (which, apart from the director, may include producers, editors or other important members of the production) when writing a score.

These are things I keep in mind as I continue to explore my interest in film music.

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Harmonia left a comment for noahbalamucki
"Happy Birthday, Noah!   Hope the quality of your day today matches the superb quality of your latest compositions!   Best today and all days ..."
Oct 10, 2015
noahbalamucki and Kevin Kopczynski are now friends
Oct 19, 2014
Harmonia left a comment for noahbalamucki
"Happy Birthday to a great composer who is also a walking encyclopedia of information about anything to do with films!  Hope college is treating you well!"
Oct 10, 2014
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"Happy Birthday from Asia :)"
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noahbalamucki commented on Harmonia's blog post * Scary 2014!
"I'm in."
Sep 24, 2014
Art Lowell replied to noahbalamucki's discussion Film Critiques
"I would give my right arm to have a film to write music for. I don't think I'd care if the action overshadowed my music.  In this case, I think I might have made some different instrument choices, and I actually think that the music…"
Sep 23, 2014
Art Lowell replied to noahbalamucki's discussion Film Critiques
"I also liked the piece very much. The instrumentation is outstanding. I'll have to listen a few times to get a sense of what shape the chord structure has (where it's going, how it gets there, etc.) very pretty."
Sep 23, 2014
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"Sounds good!"
Sep 20, 2014

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At 10:55am on October 10, 2015, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday, Noah!   Hope the quality of your day today matches the superb quality of your latest compositions!   Best today and all days ...

At 7:24pm on April 30, 2015, SoftDesigns said…

Greetings, Noah, and welcome to!  You are all set up and ready to play. Today is the last day for the April game, so we hope you'll have a look at the April questions this evening.  Tomorrow we start Game 5, for May!

Be sure and sign in on the MusicWiz Updates page, so you will be notified whenever there is news or an update to the games.


At 7:37am on October 10, 2014, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday to a great composer who is also a walking encyclopedia of information about anything to do with films!  Hope college is treating you well!

At 7:19am on October 10, 2014, ChinaBlues said…

Happy Birthday from Asia :)

At 10:05am on September 20, 2014, Akiko Yamazaki said…

Andy, our clarinetist, will have to leave to perform for North Carolina Symphony right after the concert. So, if we could chat at the reception, that would probably be the best time. See you there!

At 4:52am on September 20, 2014, Akiko Yamazaki said…

Hi Noah,

That's exciting you'll be writing a review for us! We would be more than happy to answer your questions in person or by phone/email. Please let us know if you need anything.


At 4:20pm on October 15, 2013, Harmonia said…

Congratulations to Noah for receiving Honorable Mention in the MTNA Composition Competition Senior Level for the state of North Carolina.  We look forward to hearing his wonderful miniature, "Jagged Gestures", played by a superb pianist - perhaps Noah himself!!  Great work, Noah.

At 3:23pm on October 10, 2013, ChinaBlues said…

hi Noah : Happy Birthday from Hong Kong!  :)

At 7:43am on October 10, 2013, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday, Noah!   Anyone whose birthday is 10/10 is bound to have a wonderful life.  Have a grand day and may this year continue to be spectacular!!

At 8:26am on May 4, 2013, Harmonia said…

Huge Kudos to Noah, who completed an 8:10 score for a Harry Potter film clip for an international film scoring contest.  All contestants had over 2 months to score this film, but we found out about it late, and Noah only had one month.  Against all odds, including a deluge of schoolwork, Noah finished an incredible score and submitted it one day before the deadline!   Harmonia will be showing this clip at our June 1st concert.  Congratulations, Noah - that was an amazing feat!

Noahbalamucki's Blog

* An Anxious Symphony

Posted on September 21, 2013 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

This week in AP literature our class analyzed "The Age of Anxiety," a poem written by W.H. Auden in 1947. The Pulitzer Prize winning poem explores man's search for meaning in an increasingly industrialized world.

In class it was mentioned that Leonard Bernstein's second symphony, written between 1948 and 1949, was based on this poem. I like Bernstein, so I immediately searched for his symphony.

I like it. It's very modern, but with many unexpected stylistic twists and turns. I…


* "The Writer" Responds

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

"The Writer" himself, Edson Oda, was kind enough to produce a short video recognizing my new score for his award-winning western short film. Thanks, Edson! It was a blast putting your work to music.

* Roots of Spring

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 11:30pm 3 Comments

This year, musicians around the world celebrate the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, The Rite of Spring, which premiered in Paris on May 29th, 1913. The premiere was the beginning of a new era of 20th century music. Composers influenced by The Rite of Spring adopted elements of Stravinsky’s revolutionary language for the remainder of the century. However, The Rite of Spring marked the end of a more personal musical era:…


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