Mary Pappert School of Music
Composition, Film, Media
The four works presented as the large thesis composition for the recital of Barak Shpiez represent the challenges of scoring music to picture in contemporary practice. The four selections characterize the diversity of styles a composer must be able to effectively emulate in order to convincingly accentuate the mood and emotion of the visual element. The process involves interpreting the filmmaker's intentions, composing music to compliment this, and realizing the composition by various methods of audio recording and musical performance.
The process is a unique blend of the visual and auditory, art and commerce, abstract thinking and logistical planning. A composer working with visual media must wear many different hats in the course of creating music. He or she must of course be the composer, but also producer, audio engineer, and performer. The pieces discussed below were made possible by the education and experience gained in each of these areas.
Shpiez, B. (2008). Analysis of Scoring Music to Visual Media (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1192