I absolutely love film and tv themes – I’m forever watching a series and ignoring dialogue to listen to the subtle beauty of an underscore during a scene, which often ends up with me having to rewind and re-listen. I even watch films now entirely based on the fact I’ve listened to the soundtrack and think it’s great – the film often enhances the listening experience in the end. I find it fascinating and somewhat exciting to hear what’s going to happen next [musically] in a television show or film. What is the composer going to do now? Is that a Cello or a Viola? I wonder what key that’s in? The art of film and TV composition is one that takes time, precision, skill and imagination; When done well, I’m forever in awe and listen with open ears and a wide mouth.
I was lucky enough to watch Hans Zimmer on his first ever tour of the UK a couple of years ago at the Wembley Arena and that was epic and inspiring to say the least. He had his own band, orchestra and choir and played an array of his extensive repertoire. If you haven’t heard his stuff (you probably have) then definitely check it out. As a nice introduction to Zimmer’s work, I’d suggest listening to Time from the film Interstellar. Listen on Youtube HERE
I also watched Broadchurch the BBC drama starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman – the soundtrack composed by a guy called Olafur Arnalds (definitely check him out too!). Both very different composers but both capture a deep level of musical understanding, instrumentation and simplicity.
In light of my love for film/tv music – I thought I’d create a set of registrations on the Yamaha Genos so you can compose your own award-winning pieces and, guess what? It’s all FREE! Just drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to claim your copy today! Otherwise, if you’d rather have it sent through to you in the post, simply get yourself a USB (with instructions) for only £14.99 + postage.
We’d love to hear what you come up with too – send us a clip of you playing for a chance to be featured in our next newsletter in our Hall of Fame.