Luc-Stamrah Composing Tips – Part 1

When composing music for creative projects, it is important to try to fulfill the expectations of the developers of these projects and for this purpose, it is important for the music composer, to suggest various ways of expression of a musical theme, so that developers can appreciate the scope of its possible variations.

An interesting peculiarity in the musical composition, is the possibility of being able to express a musical theme, in different ways, with different genres and with different instruments and orchestrations, in this way, a theme can be used and adapted to the different scenarios, characters, emotions and qualities that require such creative projects.

However, It is highly recommended, for the music composer that before making variations of a musical theme, it be memorable and preferably singable, since this last quality, facilitates remembering it, and can attract more easily the attention of the audience.

On the other hand, but not less important, is the ability of the developers of creative projects, to know and differentiate, different musical genres, different types of instruments, different types of music ensembles, at least, in a basic way, so that from this capacity, they can request more precisely, musical compositions, that best suit their expectations,

I have produced a video, to illustrate the aforementioned. In this video, I present first a basic musical theme, played on a flute, followed by four different arrangements of this same basic musical theme. The first arrangement is made for piano, the second is made for violin, guitar and cello, the third for a musical box and african drums, and the fourth for an ensemble of flamenco guitar, cajón and palmas. Notice how the mood of each variation is different, due to its genre, instrumentation, harmonic context, and rhythmic context:

This type of transformations of a basic theme, can give a thematic continuity to a creative project, in addition to offering the possibility of making it more memorable.

Finally, one of the most important aspects in the development of a creative project, is the way in which each part that constitutes it (music, graphics, video, story, plot, narration, etc.), is assembled in a harmonious way, so that it is perceived as a unit.

Best regards

Luc-Stamrah

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