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 chaos comes order”
Having this principle in mind we are going to have an opposite approach to it. It means that only with order we can created chaos, in music.
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 beautiful resource usually brings to the theme a certain felling of freedom and variation that goes beyond the boundaries of the long exposure to the same tonal center.
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 harmonic sequence is particularly evident among film composers. Due to the very limited amount of time they have to write a huge amount of music, composers in film music often use harmonic cliches as a tool.
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 many principles previously discussed in the article Creation of Texture.
After a careful study of each chapter, practicing creating textures and making adjustments to them, now it is time to put our knowledge to test....
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 happening of the scenes.
In order to be more visual oriented, this time we are going to apply the Creation of Texture to a scene. This means, what we will create has to make sense with what’s happening in the scene.
HOW TO BECOME FLUENT IN CREATING GOOD MUSICAL TEXTURE?
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. I hope you find it useful for the improvement of your compositional abilities. Enjoy!
Creation of Texture
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