Using Garageband for Movie and Multimedia Music Creation
Jeff Ingraham

Amazing Book on using Garageband for film Scoring from

Art of Accompanying a Film:
Since the music was understood to be subservient to the action on the screen, a
considerable amount of improvisation was required of the accompanist who had to segue
gracefully from one fragment of a composition to another without a loss of mood.
Another consideration was the leit-motive principle: a certain theme might be attached to
a character of place but, depending on the circumstances as the film progressed, the
theme might be transformed by changing tempo or volume, utilizing parallel keys,
transposing, or changing time signitures to depict a change of mood, as from ecstacy to
Cue Sheets:
Cue sheets were first developed by the Edison Company in 1909 to aid the
accompanist in quickly pulling together a score for a particular film. For each scene, the
cue sheet provided an indication of the action which was to take place, the length of time
it would take, and a suggestion of an appropriate composition, very often from the
classical repertoire, to accompany the action.
Complete Scores:
A complete score for one particular film was a logical progression from the cue
sheet. The complete score contained all of the music required for the film and relieved
the accompanist of the task of compiling and arranging his own score from the
complicated mass of material which had become available as this form of entertainment
grew in popularity. The scores were compiled and arranged from existing music or they
were entirely original. Many scores featured a few originally composed pieces and drew
from existing material as well.
Large collections of characteristic music (called folios or libraries) were compiled
expressly for the theater musician. From these, he/she selected appropriate pieces to
complement the action on the screen. Essentially these collections were made up of
“mood music”, describing the emotion or action on the screen.
Mood and Atmosphere Music:
Essentially “mood music” described the character, location, emotion, or action
being seen on the screen. These pieces had such titles as “sound from the cloister” (for
scenes of a religious character), “furioso” (for great confusion, riot scenes, struggles,
etc.), “agitated hurry” (for scenes of hurry to escape danger or to rescue), “crafty spy” or
“mysterioso” (for depicting stealth, gruesome scenes, etc.), and the like.

Choosing Music to Score a Movie
The music score is an integral element in a movie, slideshow, podcast or TV show and must be chosen with care because it has a significant impact on how the end product is received by the audience.
A movie's music score can set the mood, frame a scene, evoke emotion or give voice to a scene in lieu of dialog for added affect.
It is important that a documentary's soundtrack be relevant, engaging and effective for every scene in which music is present and if you are not experienced at choosing a score, it can be as overwhelming and daunting as every other major piece of production and post-production for your project.
Luckily Garageband comes with a wide range of tools to help you achieve your goals!

According to the wikipedia...
A film score is essentially the background music of a film (which is generally categorically separated from songs used within a film). The term soundtrack is often confused with film score, but a soundtrack also includes anything else audible in the film such as sound effects and dialogue. Soundtrack albums may also include songs featured in the film as well as previously released music by other artists. A score is written specifically to accompany a film, by the original film's composer(s).[1]
Each individual piece of music, within a film's score, is called a cue and is typically a composition for instruments (e.g. orchestra) and/or non-individually featured voices. Since the 1950s, a growing number of scores are electronic or a hybrid of orchestral and electronic instruments.[2] Since the invention of digital technology and audio sampling, many low budget films have been able to rely on digital samples to imitate the sound of real live instruments.

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The Hand That Feeds Warning (70 meg download!!!)

Hello all-
For quite some time I've been interested in the idea of allowing you the ability to tinker around with my tracks - to create remixes, experiment, embellish or destroy what's there. I tried a few years ago to do this in shockwave with very limited results.

After spending some quality time sitting in hotel rooms on a press tour, it dawned on me that the technology now exists and is already in the hands of some of you. I got to work experimenting and came up with something I think you'll enjoy.

What I'm giving you in this file is the actual multi-track audio session for "the hand that feeds" in GarageBand format. This is the entire thing bounced over from the actual Pro Tools session we recorded it into. I imported and converted the tracks into AppleLoop format so the size would be reasonable and the tempo flexible. So...

You need a Macintosh and you need GarageBand 2.0. If you have a newer Mac, you already have the software. The more RAM you have the better. I did this on a PowerBook 1.67 w/ 2G RAM but it has been running on far less powerful systems.

Drag the file over to your hard disk and double click it. Hit the space bar. Listen. Change the tempo. Add new loops. Chop up the vocals. Turn me into a woman. Replay the guitar. Anything you'd like. I gave this to my crew and band to test out and all work effectively stopped for a while - it's fun to mess around with. I've now heard a country version of the track as well as an abstract Latin interpretation (thanks, Leo). There are some copyright issues involved, so read the notice that pops up. Giving this away is an experiment. I'm interested to see what comes of it, what issues are raised and what the results are. Have fun-

Trent Reznor April 15, 2005

interesting general Music tech site


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