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July 30, 2017

One of the most required musical expressions in action film music is chaos. Though less and less used nowadays, chaotic textures provide incomparable richness to the scenes and cannot be taken for granted.

“Out of ch...

March 25, 2017

Even though John Williams is mostly known for his big epic orchestral writings, he has also proven to be a fine writer of choral music.

In several of his scores he uses vowels and vocal effects to support the orchest...

February 25, 2017

The six first articles of The John Williams Compositional Techniques have been a great success.

We wish to thank everyone that got involved with them, hoping that they added value to your knowledge.

From now on we are...

February 18, 2017

Becoming a virtuoso composer requires the same amount of practice as becoming a virtuoso instrument player.

Composing such music seems to be second nature for John. He has been composing virtuoso music for many movie...

February 11, 2017

Williams has composed many memorable themes for movies but the interesting thing is that he possesses one characteristic that is not very common among “tonal” composers - He tends to modulate on the themes.

This beau...

February 4, 2017

One of the main aspects that defines the personal style of a composer is his harmonic language. In history, many composers have used certain kinds of harmonies and, in many cases, even sequences of chords.

Repeated h...

January 27, 2017

I believe Jurassic Park to be one of the finest writings John has ever made.

The action cues of this movie are one of the most intriguing in film writing I have ever seen and they can be understood by studying the ma...

January 20, 2017

In the first two examples of Creation of Texture, we put into test what we have learned from the previous chapters. These first exercises were meant for pure musical creation and had no connection with the actual ha...

January 10, 2017


Creation of Texture is the last chapter of my project which I call The John Williams Compositional Techniques book. Part of it has been quoted here in this blog...

August 30, 2016


The journey to a good symphonic writing is long and requires criteria to study the right source of sounds that you are looking for. This blog is dedicated to those who want to understand the musical techniques...

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