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Music is often the most important element of your “visual” medium.

Jurassic Park Sans Score

A director and composer (and perhaps Producer and Music editor) work together in a “spotting session” where the interplay of music and picture is discussed. The spotting notes developed here will become “cues” that dictate where musical elements will enter.

Alain Rand (Ender’s Game, Elysium) on spotting sessions:

Simple chord structures can create compelling songs. (The following clip contains profanity at the beginning).

Watch Rick Beato build a cue part by part using only 3 chords but with lots of internal variation:

Key: F minor

Chords: F minor, Eb Major, Db Major

Cliché Hollywood Chords

The role of a music editor:

Responsible for all music, not just the score. Will work with editor on temp music.

Paid Music Sources

Custom Composition is (often) a great resource for hiring a freelance composer on the cheap.

• You have access to SonicFire Pro

Existing Music

Free Music

Note: You get what you pay for with most of it.

“Royalty Free” doesn’t mean you can use the music for free. It simply means you pay for the license once and then don’t have to pay it again for every time someone uses that song. Public domain is work that is not protected by copyright so it is essentially “free music”. “Creative Commons” is a copyright license that enables free distribution of copyrighted work, but different creative commons licenses have different requirements, e.g. “attribution” which means you need to credit where the music came from.

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