Mary Pappert School of Music
Composition, Film Score, Iraq, Music Technology
Land of Confusion is a feature film documenting a Pennsylvania National Guard unit's 2004 tour during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The creation of its musical score represents a major milestone in its composer's musical development. In combination with the postproduction remix, also by Joseph Miller, the original score took over four months to complete. The entire score encompasses 23 individual pieces of music. Each piece was written to macro specifications as discussed between the composer, Joseph Miller, and the film's director, Jeremy Zerechak. The compositional styles of the finished works range over many genres of music including, but not limited to: symphonic, rock, jazz, hip-hop and various other classifications of electronic music from avant-garde electrosymphonic hybrids to industrial.
The purpose of this document will be to elaborate on the concepts, processes, and technologies used by the composer to bring all of the musical works into their final state. Since no other musicians were used in the performance of these composition's parts, an emphasis will be placed on the technological applications as well as aesthetic properties of the music. This document is divided into five major sections: the film's concept, the workflow process, the work environment and technology, atheistic and musical examination of selected cues, an appendix containing images, and audio examples for reference.
Miller, J. (2008). Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Land of Confusion - a film by Jeremy Zerechak Music Composed by Joseph Miller (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/931