How Electronic Movie Music is Made

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How is electronic movie music made? How do the creators get the sounds they want? We explore the process and techniques used in this fascinating industry.

The Different Types of Electronic Movie Music

There are many different types of electronic movie music. Some of the most popular genres include techno, trance, and dubstep. You can also find a lot of Chillstep and Downtempo. Electronic movie music can also be divided into two categories: experimental and traditional.


Synthesizers can generate a wide range of sounds, from the softest and most natural-sounding to the harshest, most artificial noises. They are capable of producing practically any sound that can be created by acoustic instruments, as well as sounds that acoustic instruments cannot generate. For example, a theremin can create eerie, otherworldly sounds that could never be produced by any acoustic instrument.

The first commercial electronic musical instrument, the Theremin, was invented in 1920 by Russian physicist Léon Theremin. The Theremin was originally intended to be used as an electromechanical device for generating sound waves of various frequencies (akin to a radio transmitter). However, when Theremin demonstrated his invention to audiences, they were so captivated by the strange, ethereal sounds it produced that he soon began marketing it as a musical instrument.

The Theremin was the first of many electronic instruments that would be invented in the 20th century. In the 1930s, American engineer and musician Harry Olson developed the first Synthesizer (or “synthetic generator”), which was capable of generating artificial sounds using electronic circuits. The Synthesizer was not intended to imitate existing acoustic instruments; rather, it was designed to create new and unique sounds.

Olson’s Synthesizer was followed by a number of other early electronic musical instruments, including the Ondes Martenot (invented in 1928), the Trautonium (invented in 1930), and the Mellotron (invented in 1963). These early electronic instruments were all very cumbersome and difficult to use; for example, the Ondes Martenot required the performer to wear gloves in order to control its sound.

In 1964, American engineer Robert Moog (pronounced “mogue”) introduced the Moog Synthesizer, which made early electronic musical instruments more user-friendly and popular with musicians. The Moog Synthesizer featured a keyboard controller and several modules that could generate various sounds; performers could mix and match these modules to create their own custom timbres. The Moog Synthesizer quickly became popular with avant-garde composers and performers such as Wendy Carlos (whose 1968 album Switched-On Bach featured classical pieces performed on the Moog), as well as with more mainstream pop and rock musicians such as The Beatles (who used it on several tracks on their 1969 album Abbey Road) and Stevie Wonder (who used it extensively on his 1973 album Innervisions).

Drum Machines

Drum machines are used to create beats and rhythms for electronic movie music. They are usually played by a DJ or producer, but they can also be played by a live drummer. Drum machines can have a variety of different sounds, including drums, cymbals, and other percussion instruments. They can also be programmed to play specific patterns or sequences of notes.


A sampler is an electronic musical instrument similar in some respects to a synthesizer, but instead of generating new sounds with voltage-controlled oscillators, it uses sound recordings (or “samples”) of real instruments or noises. These recordings are then played back by means of a keyboard, sequencer or other triggering device to perform or compose music. Because these samples are usually stored in digital memory, the information can be quickly accessed. A single sample may often be pitch-shifted to different pitches to produce musical scales and chords. Most samplers have polyphonic capabilities – they are able to more than one note at the same time. Many are also multitimbral – they can play back different sounds simultaneously.

The Process of Making Electronic Movie Music

The process of making electronic movie music can be quite complex. There are a lot of different elements that go into it. In this article, we will be taking a look at the process of making electronic movie music. We will be looking at everything from the composition of the music to the sound design.

Step 1: Choose the Right Equipment

Creating music for film and television requires a different skill set than making music for the club or the radio. In order to create effective music for visual media, you need to be able to understand how to use both music and sound effects to support the action onscreen and engage the viewer’s emotions. You also need to have access to the right equipment.

While it is possible to create film and TV music using only a computer, it is often more effective to use a combination of electronic and acoustic instruments. This will give you more flexibility in terms of both sound and timing. For example, if you want to create a sense of urgency, you might use a faster tempo; if you want to create a sense of suspense, you might use a slower tempo.

When choosing your equipment, it is important to consider both the cost and the quality of the products. It is possible to find high-quality equipment at an affordable price, but it is also important to make sure that the equipment you choose will be compatible with your computer system.

Step 2: Set Up the Equipment

In order to create electronic movie music, you will need a computer with music software, an audio interface, and a MIDI controller.

The audio interface is a device that allows you to connect musical instruments and other audio sources to your computer. This is how you will record the sounds of your instruments into the computer.

The MIDI controller is used to create and edit the MIDI data that will be used to create the music. MIDI data consists of instructions that tell the computer which notes to play, when to play them, and how long to hold each note.

You can use any type of keyboard or piano as your MIDI controller, but there are also specialized controllers designed specifically for creating electronic music. These controllers often have pads that you can strike with your fingers instead of keys, as well as knobs and buttons that can be programmed to control various aspects of the sound.

Step 3: Record the Music

The music for an electronic film is recorded in a studio with the film itself being projection on a screen in the studio. This way, the composers, music editor, and sound designer can see how the music interacts with the images and make changes if necessary.

During recording, the composer or music editor will cue up sections of the film so that the musicians can watch and get a feel for what they need to do. In some cases, musicians may be asked to sight-read their parts while watching the film.

Step 4: Edit the Music

Now that the composer has a good idea of what the scenes in the movie will look and feel like, it’s time to start fleshing out the music. The composer will go through the film scene by scene and start piecing together a musical score. This score will be recorded by musicians and then played back during the film editing process.

The music will be edited to fit the scenes perfectly, and any necessary changes will be made at this stage. For example, if a particular scene is too long or too short, the music may need to be trimmed or extended to match. Once the music is edited, it will be mixed with any sound effects and dialog that are being used in the scene. This step is important in making sure that all of the different elements of the movie work well together.

The Benefits of Electronic Movie Music

Electronic movie music has a number of benefits over traditional movie music. It can be more affordable, and it can be more easily customized to fit the mood of the film. Electronic movie music can also be more easily reused in other projects.

It’s Affordable

When you’re working on a tight budget, electronic movie music can be a lifesaver. With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to create high-quality music without breaking the bank.

In the past, scoring a film could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. But with modern tools like Reason and Logic, you can get professional-sounding results for a fraction of the price.

And if you’re really on a tight budget, there are even free options like GarageBand and Audacity that can get the job done.

##Heading:It’s Flexible
Another great advantage of electronic movie music is its flexibility. With digital audio, you can easily change the tempo, pitch, and other aspects of the music to fit your needs.

This is especially helpful if you’re working with a limited amount of time or need to make last-minute changes to the score.

Additionally, electronic music can be easily customized to match the mood and tone of your film. By adjusting the instruments and effects used, you can create virtually any kind of soundscape you need.

It’s Flexible

Electronic movie music has come a long way since the early days of sound design. In the beginning, composers would create effects by splicing together different recordings of real-world sounds. Nowadays, composers have access to a nearly limitless palette of sounds that they can create and manipulate using electronic music software.

This flexibility is one of the biggest advantages of electronic movie music. Composers can easily create any sound they can imagine, and they can quickly make changes to their compositions if they need to. This gives them a lot of freedom to experiment and try new things, which can lead to more innovative and expressive scores.

It’s Accessible

Electric movie music is becoming increasingly popular because it is accessible to more people. With the advent of digital technology, people can now create movie music using only a computer and some basic software. This means that people who might not have had the opportunity to study music formally can still create movie scores.

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