“Music is one of the most effective ways of preparing an audience and reinforcing points that you wish to impose on it.”

Stanley Kubrick, film director

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been recording film soundtracks for almost 50 years – from Lawrence of Arabia by composer Michael Jarre, to The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit with composer Howard Shore, to Thor: The Dark World by Brian Tyler. In this part of The Studio, we talk to film music experts, find out their advice for would-be film composers, and suggest starting points for your own music.


An introduction to narrative film music playlist
In October 2016, Dr Vasco Hexel, composer and academic, gave a talk to LPO Soundworks participants about the roles music can play in narrative film – that is, any film, TV programme or video game that tells a story. The full playlist features Vasco giving an introduction to his talk, plus highlights from the talk itself.

Vasco Hexel - Introduction to Narrative Film Music: Overview 1/5

Videos in the playlist:
• Introduction to narrative film music
• Setting the scene
• Linking scenes
• Emotion and meaning
• Creating characters