Electronic Music and How it is affecting the Film industry

Music in film is being influenced more than ever thorough electronic music. Song writers began to play around with writing songs using electronic sounds in the 60s, but this trend didn’t really take off until the 1980s with television shows like Miami Vice, Emergency, SWAT, Knight Rider and others.
Here are some examples of themes from some of these shows:
In more recent years, electronic music is essential to the composition of film music. Composers must know how to use various music-notation software and DAW (digital audio workstation) like Garageband and Audacity. They also need to know about various recording applications and how they work.
Here are a few examples of film music completely produced electronically:
This is a good example of both live and electronic instruments being used in a score.
Oftentimes, composers record their scores with a real orchestra and/or choir later and use the electronic MIDI instruments as a tool to show the director and other people working on the film mock-ups of what they will soon record. This helps save money if they need to make changes before printing the final product for the orchestra to play.
Therefore, composers must not only know their craft in music, but also in electronics as well.
A good resource that offers this information and more is the Film Music Magazine at http://www.filmmusicmag.com/
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4 thoughts on “Electronic Music and How it is affecting the Film industry

  1. Adam Tasma says:

    I have mixed feelings for the effect it has. for one, as a composer myself, I think that electronic music is making things much easier for our generation, flooding the job world with to many musicians. But at the same time, it means that tv shows spend less money on music and more on explosions!

  2. CJ says:

    I think film scores can be incredible compositions. If it gives talented composers a way to show they’re talent, I’m all for having lots of music in movies and t.v. shows. Plus, Hans Zimmer is amazing. 🙂

  3. wumbologist says:

    Wow. Those are some really cool examples from many years ago. I did not realize how much electronic music was being utilized even before the very late 20th and 21st century. It’s amazing how far electronic sound has come, even to make electronic instrument simulations sound real.

  4. misslaw24601 says:

    I am so glad that you had Knight Rider as one of your examples. Aside from the music, it’s one of my favorite old tv shows. 🙂 And Prince Caspian has an amazing soundtrack!

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