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Learn the fundamentals of how to Analyse, Compose, Arrange and Record Music for any kind of visual - be it Film, Television Serial or Television Commercials through the experience of veteran rocker and music composer Zubin Balaporia! This course is designed for you, whether you’re a beginner, enthusiast or a full fledged producer, with assignments based on your abilities and knowledge that is universally applicable.
Start Date: 11 July | Sat, 4-5:30 PM (GMT+5.5)
For Ages: 15+
Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate 10 Weeks / 4hours of work per week
8 Live Classes 10 Video Lessons
8 Assignments 2 Quizzes
3 Peer Assessments
Basic understanding of a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
Session 1: The Advent Of Sound In Film
Learn about the role and origin of music in films.. Be introduced to stock music compositions in films. Learn the role of themes and how to grab the listener's attention to a scene. Also understand the importance of a theme in film music. By the end of this session you will understand the importance of good and correct music to aid the visual
Session 2: Sequence A Full Orchestra/Band With A DAW From Home
Learn the basics of a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Understand the importance of Tempo, the Click Track, and Markers. Templates are very important - you will learn how to create and why you should create one. And a little bit about VSTs and how they work. At the end of this session start composing and recording your own music in a DAW
Session 3: Basic Scales , Chord Work & Temp Scores
In this Session you will get an understanding on how scales and chords work. Why are they important. How do chords affect moods and styles and impact listeners. How do Indian Scales work as opposed to Western scales. What is the concept of Harmony in Western and Indian Music. How does it differ. At the end of this session you will be able to differentiate between chords and understand the reasons for using harmony in Film Music
Session 4: Back To Themes - Title Themes For Serials
In this Session you will be able to understand what a theme can do for a character, situation, title or Episode. You will understand when to bring in what theme and why. At the end of this session you will be able to identify themes and also start composing a little bit of your own themes for commercial work.
Session 5: The Art Of Mixing & Mastering
In this Session you will understand how Equalisation and Fx processing works. You will be able to understand how to edit a track or a phrase and the importance of automation in mixing. You will understand how articulations work in Orchestral Scoring. You will understand the difference between mp3, wav and other audio formats. At the end of this session you will be able to mix and master your own track.
Session 6: Genres - Classical, Jazz, EDM...
In this Session you will understand different genres and how you should approach them in terms of composition and production. You will be able to understand how different instruments can be used and placed in a composition or in a mix, depending on the environment and genre that you are working in. You will also understand the role of vocal music and vocals again depending on what genre you are dealing with.
Session 7: Soundscaping & Sound Design
In this Session you will learn how to incorporate an important skill set which is absolutely necessary to understand, when it comes to film audio. The art of shaping sound and designing it specifically for a scene. When to use music - and when to use sound effects. You will see through live examples, how great “sound design” can bring a scene to life.
Session 8: Using Rhythms, Midi & Loops
In this Session you will understand the application of rhythm, whether it be using preset loops or programming your own midi rhythm patterns. You will see through practical examples, how and when percussion is used/programmed. This session will also explore the usage of Indian rhythms, beats and structures. A little bit of EDM and contemporary rhythms will also be discussed, explored and programmed in a live hands-on demonstration.
Session 9: Workflow & Templates
See the importance of a proper workflow and the absolute necessity and advantages of using specially created templates. One of the most important things a composer must keep in mind is how to keep his work clean and safely stored. Multiple versions should be properly named and numbered. A good number of templates of different styles will set you up and running quickly. A systematic way of saving all your projects and versions is something that will greatly be appreciated by your client.
Session 10: A Day In The Life Of A Working Composer
Go through an actual day in my life as a working Composer. See how I start my session, interact with the client, begin composing and recording, brief my sound engineer about the project and what I expect from him or her, interact with musicians that I may need for the project and most importantly - learn the extremely vital art of presentation of the final track to the client.
What You Need
A desire and passion to learn how to compose and design music for films
A computer with a Digital Audio Workstation (optional)
Good quality Headphones or Monitors (optional)
Midi Controller or a Guitar to record basic ideas (recommended)