Composers Book Club – first book

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Join the composer Book Club

Welcome to Book Club. The opportunity for you to get involved in writing music and talking about story-telling and scoring.

For each Book Club, we’ll invite you to compose a track based on a specific book. We’ll then set up a group video call to talk about the book’s narrative and listen to each other’s music and discuss our approaches to scoring.

The Book Club will be a great opportunity to get feedback on your work and meet some fellow composers to talk shop.

For our first book…

For the Book Club “pilot” session, we’ve chosen the short fantasy book Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. It’s a well-known book, easy to read and short enough to finish in just a few days. What’s more, with the feature film scheduled for release later this year, it will be interesting to compare our results with the released feature’s soundtrack.

Here’s a short summary of the book from Google books:

“Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius-and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of the bedtime stories-they’re dangerous!”

How it will work

Once you’ve had a chance to start reading the book, we’ll announce the chosen scene to score. When you’ve completed the music, you can upload it via the Film Scoring Tips website (stay tuned for an upload form).

In the next days we’ll set a date for the group video call. In the group call, we’ll talk about our approaches to scoring and look at the key dramatic elements of the book. We’ll then listen to everyone’s music and discuss how the book’s narrative has informed our approaches to composition, and how successfully that comes across in the music. 

The group call will be limited to a set number of participants, but all submitted tracks will be published on the Film Scoring Tips website (unless you request otherwise). We’ll also be recording the group call for the possibility of sharing it as a Film Scoring Tips podcast in the future. 

Let’s get started

Interested? That’s great! Now is the time to grab a copy of Artemis Fowl and start reading. Keep an eye on the Film Scoring Tips website to find out which scene from the book we’re all going to score. See you soon! 

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Robert Drane

Combining marketing and music, Robert Drane is a writer and composer based in North Yorkshire, England.

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