Sunday, June 17, 2018

Enstudentia

We require you to write a piece of music that starts as suspense for the first 30 seconds before turning into an action cue for a further 30 seconds. The action section should build to a climax by the end.

For all programmes we welcome mature students who may not have formal qualifications. Responsibility for the assessment and accreditation of non-certified prior learning, including experiential learning, lies with the Programme Director and Course Manager.

Students must include a short covering letter that includes;
  • Applicant’s name and email address
  • Applicant’s technical resources; DAW and main sound libraries so ThinkSpace Education can take this into account.
  • Any other information the applicant feels may be relevant.
This covering letter should be as a text file or Microsoft Word document.
Applicants should follow the instructions online to upload their portfolio and covering letter.

APEL

If applicants are applying through a non-standard route and wish other professional experience to be taken into consideration, they must contact the Course Manager who will outline what additional material may be required. An interview, on the telephone or via Skype may be required in addition to the portfolio.

What we will require will be:
  • First degree graduation certificate
  • Scan of your passport photo page (or equivalent photographic ID with your address)
  • Two recent official documents or invoices confirming your current address
  • Certificates, including IELTS, confirming any other qualifications you are relying on to support your application
  • Two references, at least one of which should be an academic reference where appropriate
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Audio Files: When submitting audio files, please convert them to MP3 at 128 or 250Kbs. Unless specifically required to do so, do not send in WAVs AIFFs or other uncompressed audio formats.


Text: You can send in your reflective journals, assignment commentary or any other written work as a PDF, word or Text file.


Video: Where video files are required, output your movie as QuickTime movie or .MP4 file at the same frame rate as the source material. We do not accept windows media files. You should aim for around 10-15 mbs a minute. A tutorial on how to format and compress your video files is available on the website.



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Indicative Reading

Required

Cooke M (2008) A history of film music (1st edition). New York: Cambridge University Press
Hill J and Gibson P (1998) The Oxford guide to film studies (1st edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Karlin, F. and Wright, R. (1990). On the track. 1st ed. New York: Schirmer Books.
Rona, J. (2000). The reel world. 1st ed. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books.
Recommended
Adler, S. (2002). The study of orchestration. 1st ed. New York: W.W. Norton.
Jones C and Jolliffe G (2000) The guerilla film makers handbook (1st edition). New York: Continuum
Monaco J (2009) How to read a film (1st edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Jacob, G. (1940). Orchestral technique. 1st ed. London: Oxford University Press, G. Cumberlege.
Mancini, H. (1977). Sounds and scores. 1st ed. Greenwich: Northridge Music Inc.
Piston, W. and Piston, W. (1955). Orchestration. 1st ed. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Read, G. (1979). Music notation. 1st ed. New York: Taplinger Pub. Co.
Rimsky-Korsakov, N., Shteinberg, M. and Agate, E. (1912). Principles of orchestration. 1st ed. Berlin: Edition Russe de Musique.

Required Viewing (for both Film Music in Practice Modules)
American Beauty. (1999). [film] USA: DreamWorks SKG: Sam Mendes.
Batman. (1989). [film] USA: Warner Bros: Tim Burton.
Casablanca. (1942). [film] USA: Warner Bros: Michael Curtiz.
From Russia With Love. (1963). [film] GB: Eon Productions: Terence Young.
Gladiator. (2000). [film] USA: DreamWorks SKG: Ridley Scott.
Gravity. (2013). [film] USA: Warner Bros: Alfonso Cuarón.
King Kong. (1933). [film] USA: RKO Radio Pictures: Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack.
King Kong. (2005). [film] USA: Universal Pictures: Peter Jackson.
Lawrence of Arabia. (1962). [film] GB: Horizon Pictures: David Lean.
North by Northwest. (1959). [film] USA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM): Alfred Hitchcock.
Psycho. (1960). [film] USA: Shamley Productions: Alfred Hitchcock.
Skyfall. (2012). [film] GB: Eon Productions: Sam Mendes.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. (1980). [film] USA: Lucasfilm: Irvin Kershner.
The Adventures of Robin Hood. (1938). [film] USA: Warner Bros: Michael Curtiz.
The City Lights. (1931). [film] USA: Charles Chaplin Productions: Charles Chaplin.
The Dark Knight. (2008). [film] USA: Warner Bros: Christopher Nolan.
The Godfather. (1972). [film] USA: Paramount Pictures: Francis Ford Coppola.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. (1966). [film] IT: Produzioni Europee Associati: Sergio Leone.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. (2001). [film] USA: New Line Cinema: Peter Jackson.
The Mission. (1986). [film] US: Warner Bros: Roland Joffé.
The Pink Panther. (1963). [film] USA: Mirisch G-E Productions: Blake Edwards.
The Social Network. (2010). [film] USA: Columbia Pictures: David Fincher.
There Will Be Blood. (2007). [DVD] USA: Paramount Vantage: Paul Thomas Anderson.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Tempest in Post

The Washington Post reviewed the production of The Tempest I composed for.


An irony is that the above teaser for the show uses music which I wrote that didn't end up in the show. Anyway, I got "Andrew Bellware’s atmospheric music complements the now-funny, now-sinister pageantry." I'm both sinister AND funny.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Sound designing on a blog



This is what they've been using for the masque.

(OMG. Blogger just sucks. I put in all these embedded YouTube videos and when I publish, it just trashes the code. It's really infuriating.)

Alan Vista has some pretty excellent VSTi plugins including marimba and xylophone and cymbals.

Klanghelm makes a free version of their variable-mu limiter. It's a bit crankier to me than the Waves emulation of the Fairchild 670, but it's pretty nice.

Montclair State has a string quartet competition due on June 3, 2018. The prize is $2500. Anna Thorvaldsdottir is on the jury.

Batacuda:

Deportee:

St. James Infirmary

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

More and Thenwise

I am especially amused by Mail-A-Letter. Because, you know, you can mail a letter. On the Internet.

Brooklyn Shoe Space offers classes in making shoes and sneakers. I'm kinda academically interesting in the notion of DIY footwear.
Oneday had a Kickstarter for their sneaker kits.
University of Fashion is a paid site with lessons on drawing for fashion. I think the 9-head height is silly though.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Girl With the Dragon Gifts On A Train.

So we have a movie where the lead is a black girl. This is a big freakin' deal. Sure, we've got a hard-ass British Army sergeant. But the army isn't made up of soldiers who are just insanely evil, like 28 Days Later. They're maybe not quite as realistic as Dog Soldiers but their incompetence is only minor.
Other than that we comfortably have a lot of women in speaking parts. And we have the lead played by a black girl.

The Girl With All The Gifts is a simply terrible name for a movie.
Would you think it is 
1. a delightful Christmas story 
2. a post-apocalyptic zombie movie 
3. a creepy Scandinavian murder mystery?

Exactly. And something more like this should have been the key art.
 We haveta haveta haveta start casting black women and Asian men as leads. And Native American and African and South Asian and... steer away from the brown-haired white boys the way we do.
Hey, sure, maybe not all at once. Let's cut 'em down to 50%. Try that for a while. Eventually we'll be at a nice 20% brown-haired white boys. That seems reasonable.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Ringu

I did this tutorial. Note that Shapeways adds a step specific to rings that isn't needed as one can change the size of the material in Fusion 360's sheet metal environment.
I'm getting this ring (ID 14.5mm) made at Shapeways. For such a simple design you might be surprised to learn it took me days to do.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Level your bed

Some Cura settings for the Monoprice IIIP.
Vector wing drawings.
Studio HDR lighting setups for Blender. Very cool actually.
This sea serpent printable model looks pretty cool.
Prop shop Themendous in Union City.
Bed leveling the Monoprice IIIP. Something I, er, have not actually done.