“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.



Playlist: Introduction to Narrative Film Music
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 that tells a story. The full playlist features Vasco giving an introduction to his talk, plus highlights from the live talk itself.


Dr Vasco Hexel - Introduction to Narrative Film Music

Videos in the playlist:

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


Playlist: Film Music - the Industry
How does a composer start writing music for a film? How does the relationship between director and composer work?  What is a temp track? Find out what happens in the industry from film composer Alex Harwood, and see the LPO behind the scenes recording the soundtrack to The Hobbit, with insights from composer Howard Shore.


Film Music - the Industry

Videos in the playlist:

• Alex Harwood - composing for film
• The Hobbit - Making Of Music

Playlist: Most Influential Film Scores
In a genre that’s only just over 100 years old, composers continue to innovate alongside the development of narrative film and technology.  Which film scores have been the most influential to date? Our film music experts give their opinions in the playlist below.

Most Influential Film Scores

Videos in the playlist:

• Dr Vasco Hexel - Top 3 influential film scores
• Alex Harwood - Top 5 film scores