Review: Musicforincome: An Introduction to Writing Music For Television

Soundtracking for TV and film is an in-demand occupation, and this new book can help you build your career.

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Price £15 Paperback, £7 Kindle
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This book from composer Michael Kruk provides insider tips on TV composition techniques. Its 112 pages are littered with quotes from Emmy-winning composers Michael Price (Sherlock), Mac Quayle (Mr Robot) and Walter Murphy (Family Guy, American Dad). Topics include creating palettes, chords, harmonies, modes, melodies, intros and outros, production and orchestration toolkits, and more.

The information therein is well explained, with a good balance of detail and simplicity, and many real-world cases. The 91 audio examples are especially useful, as they demonstrate techniques in a short space of time. The book references various music theory and production techniques, so some prior knowledge of theory will help you get the most out of it. It’s an affordable introduction to practical TV composition techniques.

Key features

  • Paperback, PDF & Kindle book on TV composition
  • 112 pages, 9 chapters
  • 91 downloadable audio files, plus notated examples
  • Quotes from Emmy-winning composers
  • Composition and production techniques

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