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It’s Mermaid Time: DIY Short Film Scoring, Part 4: Voicing

This is the fourth part in a series following my process of composing music for a short film. I’ll take you along on the creative journey with a specific real-world example, from conception through festival premiere. At the end of the series, see the finished product and listen to the full score!

This fourth installment will focus on finding the core instrumentation for the score, what I call “voicing.”

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It’s Mermaid Time: DIY Short Film Scoring, Part 3: Attack Plan

This is the third part in a series following my process of composing music for a short film. I’ll take you along on the creative journey with a specific real-world example, from conception through festival premiere. At the end of the series, see the finished product and listen to the full score!

This third part will go through the initial script breakdown, and we’ll build an initial attack plan for the cues needed.

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It’s Mermaid Time: DIY Short Film Scoring, Part 2: Inspiration

This is the second part in a series following my process of composing music for a short film. I’ll take you along on the creative journey with a specific real-world example, from conception through festival premiere. At the end of the series, see the finished product and listen to the full score!

This second part will take you through my process for collecting and cultivating inspiration specific to this project.

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It’s Mermaid Time: DIY Short Film Scoring, Part 1: The Project

This is the first part in a series following my process of composing music for a short film. I’ll take you along on the creative journey with a specific real-world example, from conception through festival premiere. At the end of the series, see the finished product and listen to the full score!

This first part will introduce the project specifics and lay out the details I considered before deciding to tackling it.

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DIY Instruments: The Apprehension Engine Part 2: Application

Following up on part one, this article walks through how to build and play elements of “The Apprehension Engine.” The original, as made by Mark Korven and Tony Duggan-Smith, is a work of art. It’s a single instrument with various ways of creating fear-inducing sounds. I’m not trying to duplicate their design, but instead illustrate how my favorite elements work. Building your own DIY instruments will bring a unique flavor to your film music. Using this guide will hopefully spark your creativity when working on your next film score that requires bone-chilling atmosphere.

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DIY Instruments: The Apprehension Engine Part 1: Introduction

Embracing the do-it-yourself spirit, this is the first post in a series about DIY instruments. And we’re kicking things off with a really interesting, film composer-specific instrument dubbed “The Apprehension Engine.” It combines many unique elements to produce bone-chilling sounds that are perfect for a horror movie. Let’s look at what it does and how it works. Then in future posts, we’ll look at how we can replicate its elements to create unique sounds for our own horror movie scores.

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