I came across an ad in Film Music Weekly for courses at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension in Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts. Going to the Web site, I found this course listing.
Now they're teaching expensive college courses based around the sort of thing we forum members do. Interesting, no?
Synthestration: Producing Orchestral Music with Samplers
X 449.91 Music 3 units $495
This course trains orchestral film composers to bring electronic realizations of their demos and scores to more vivid life. Through take-home assignments, students learn to produce sample-based "cues" that sound more musical and realistic. Student work is presented and critiqued each week in class. Early assignments involve programming selections from the classical literature, beginning with small chamber pieces and progressing to large symphonic works. Later in the quarter, students orchestrate and then program short piano works and reductions. The class culminates in a final assignment of an original orchestral cue set to picture. In addition to the aesthetics of synthestration, this course also covers project studio requirements and considerations, such as computer choices, sequencing software, sample libraries, "electronic" orchestration techniques, and mixing techniques, all with the primary objective of producing "musical" facsimiles of acoustic instrument performances. Prerequisite: X 483.43 Orchestration I: Introduction to Instrumentation and Orchestral Usage and/or prior experience in instrumentation and orchestral composing. Access to and proficiency in using a home studio with sequencing software and samples is required for completion of assignments. The course does not include instruction in any specific software. Participants must already have adequate knowlege and resources to MIDI program short orchestral works and deliver these weekly on CD-R. Enrollment limited; early enrollment advised. Fulfills Music Technology requirement in Certificate Program in Film Scoring.
Course Filled Reg# S9833U
No Textbook Required
Westwood: B05 1010 Westwood Center
Sunday , 10am-1pm
April 15 - June 17 , 9 mtgs.
(no mtg. 5/27)
No refund after April 13.
Richard Marvin, composer whose credits include the television series The O.C., Six Feet Under, Wanted, Thief, and Clubhouse; the ABC miniseries Empire and TV movie Naughty or Nice; and the feature films Breakdown and U-571, among many others. Mr. Marvin began his film music career over 20 years ago as a studio musician working with such composers as Thomas Newman, David Newman, Maurice Jarre, and Mike Post.