Kids stuff, right? Well, considering that our audience watches and listens with wide open eyes and ears, and that children are our future, I feel a certain weight of responsibility to get it right. I try to write music that is simply smart. Sophisticated, not playing down to our audience. But what an opportunity for creativity! I'll take every inch of the rope I'm given...
After conversations with the producing team, I choose a palette of sounds and instruments for the score that will give the show a unique character and musical identity all its own. And the musical themes follow in the same vein. Kids love music with lots of character and hooks – music that smart, but easily accessible at the same time.
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Scoring for drama is the ultimate rewarding challenge. Perhaps in no other genre does music have as great an opportunity to play its own particular character or integral supporting role in the film. I've never been able to read a script and tell much about how I envision the score. It's one of the great joys of the process to discover together what the score is going to sound like. For me, it often errs on the understated. Music is the setting that highlights the gems - the dialogue and the actors' performances. The most rewarding moments are those when the score plays counterpoint to the drama on screen, not just amplifying what's happening there already, but playing a subtext that isn't readily apparent.
Music for documentary require a discipline all its own. The score's role is still storytelling, of course, but without the peaks and valleys that dramatic scoring allows, and often requires. It's got to stay out of the way, yet has to be felt by the viewer – whether they know it or not. I'm often working with musical textures rather than melodic elements – I want to paint with musical pastels to subtly catch the vibe (mood) of the moment and help give it its signature. The audience shouldn't be particularly aware of the score, of course, but we all know the power of music working almost subliminally to complete and enhance the viewing experience.