On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

On the Track

A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring, 2nd Edition

By Fred Karlin, Rayburn Wright


560 pages

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Paperback: 9780415941365
pub: 2004-01-08
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pub: 2004-01-08
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On the Track offers a comprehensive guide to scoring for film and television. Covering all styles and genres, the authors, both noted film composers, cover everything from the nuts-and-bolts of timing, cuing, and recording through balancing the composer's aesthetic vision with the needs of the film itself. Unlike other books that are aimed at the person "dreaming" of a career, this is truly a guide that can be used by everyone from students to technically sophisticated professionals. It contains over 100 interviews with noted composers, illustrating the many technical points made through the text.


'A stupendous book that doesn't scant in offering details about the complex world of the music composition for movies … It is obligatory reading for the composer that wants to enter the wonderful world of filmscoring.' – Audiomidilab, Community of Music Technology

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Williams I Preliminaries II Conceptualizing III Timings IV Composing V Recording VI Electronic and Contemporary Scoring VII Songs VIII The Business

About the Authors

Fred Karlin won an Oscar for Best Song for "For All We Know." an Emmy for his score for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,and numerous other industry awards. He is the author of Listening to Movies (1994).

The late Rayburn Wright created the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Masters Program at the Eastman School of Music of the University ofRochester and erved as director and professor of the department from 1970 until his death in 1990.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Instruction & Study / Composition