Composing for theatre is the same as composing for games: The Techniques (part 2)

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There's a great deal of overlap between the techniques of scoring theatre and games. In the first post of this series, I talked about the practical similarities between these two platforms: of writing music to accompany and synchronise with events that are unlikely to happen at the same time each time they are performed, be …

Composing for theatre is the same as composing for games: The Techniques (part 1)

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There's a great deal of overlap between the techniques of scoring theatre and games. In my last post, I talked about the practical similarities between these two platforms: of writing music to accompany and synchronise with events that are unlikely to happen at the same time each time they are performed, be that onstage or …

Composing for theatre is the same as composing for games (mostly)

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There's a great deal of overlap between the techniques of scoring theatre and games (I'd argue that there's a blurring of boundaries between the two media that happens when you get into immersive and interactive theatre, but that discussion is for another day). The fluidity of durations in both theatre and games creates the same …

Music for Theatre – Composing for All Eventualities

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The music themes are all pretty much composed for The Count of Monte Cristo, a new, irreverent theatre adaptation of the book by Alexandre Dumas. Rehearsals start next week at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, where it will play from mid-April to mid-May.

These are some of the challenges which have become clear through the writing process.

Is Film Music Art or Just Low-Brow Commercial Fluff?

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Is any music that is created for a purpose, other than that of it's own existence, art? Is film music art, or theatre music, or advert music, or music that appears on a CD-Rom presentation, or accompanying a website promo film, or music on a trailer? Even if the music's primary purpose is purely commercial - to sell that product or promote another - does that preclude its intrinsic value as art?