Composer Tools: History, Concepts and Speed Writing a Horror/Suspense Theme
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Composer Tools History, Concepts and Speed Writing a Horror/Suspense Cue Show Notes
What makes a score scary?
The ever-evolving fashion in scoring seems to be getting better and better at manipulating our emotions. In this episode of Composer Tools we talk a little about the science of suspenseful music, recap a history of some of the defining moments in horror and suspense music and pull concepts and music troupes from those scores.
Then I dive into the DAW and share a speed writing session focusing in on the childish sounds troupe with just a few sample libraries.
Instruments used in this video
Scores mentioned in this video
‘A desire, a hunt, a treasure’ – Manolo Blahnik Bag Collection Commerical (2015)
Music by Don Bodin
The Shining – Full OST / Soundtrack (1980)
Music by Wendy Carlos Rachel Elkind
The Exorcist (1973) Soundtracks
Includes music by Krzysztof Penderecki, Hans Werner Henze, Mike Oldfield and more
Jaws Original Soundtrack (1975)
Music by John Williams
The Omen Original Soundtrack (1976)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
O Fortuna / Carmina Burana by Carl Orff (1936)
Friday the 13th Soundtrack 1980
Music by Harry Manfredini
Halloween Soundtrack (1978)
Music by John Carpenter
Psycho Soundtrack (1960)
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima
Composed by Krzysztof Penderecki