Composer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Composers write the music for television series, including the theme song and scoring.

Highlights
Mike Post on the process of scoring a television episode
Gerald Fried on conducting his scores for film and television
Mark Snow on how he learned to score for television and mistakes he made when he was first starting out
W.G. Snuffy Walden on his approach to writing music
Vic Mizzy on how he figures out when to put music into a scene
Alf Clausen on his favorite types of music and composers and his own style
Who talked about this profession

Lee Adams

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Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on their collaborative process
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on what makes for the best Broadway musical and how they work together
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on advice to aspiring musical collaborators

Buddy Baker

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Buddy Baker on his harmony system of arranging music
Buddy Baker on the process of composing for film and television
Buddy Baker on the Disney sound
Buddy Baker on writing music for television and film and budgets for each

Alf Clausen

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Alf Clausen on the challenges of underscoring a scene with dialogue 
Alf Clausen on doing research for a music composition 
Alf Clausen on where he composes and his process for composing
Alf Clausen on the role of music in a television production and the most important thing to remember when composing a theme song for a television show
Alf Clausen on the business aspect of composing for television 
Alf Clausen on his favorite types of music and composers and his own style
Alf Clausen on advice to an aspiring television composer

Bill Conti

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Bill Conti on wanting to write dramatic music
Bill Conti on differences between composing for film and television
Bill Conti on how composing for second and third installments of miniseries, (or for sequels) differs from composing for the first
Bill Conti on the best advice he ever received about composing
Bill Conti on advice to aspiring composers

Ken Corday

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Ken Corday on composing music for Days of Our Lives since 1979

Alexander Courage

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Alexander Courage on the differences between composing, arranging, and orchestrating music
Alexander Courage on the process of orchestrating for television 
Alexander Courage on how orchestrating for television is different from scoring for film
Alexander Courage on the cavalier attitude toward scoring for television in the 1960s
Alexander Courage on advice to aspiring film and TV composers

John Debney

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John Debney on conducting his music
John Debney on composing for different genres
John Debney on what music does for a television show or movie
John Debney on using an orchestrator, and on visiting sets
John Debney on rituals he has when composing
John Debney on the differences between composing for animation, for television, and for features
John Debney on using choirs in his work
John Debney on the business aspect of composing for films
John Debney on advice to an aspiring film and television composer

Charles Fox

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Charles Fox on composing theme songs
Composer Charles Fox what a composer does in terms of creating the style of a show; on composing the theme for The Love Boat

Gerald Fried

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Gerald Fried on his musical influences when he was growing up
Gerald Fried on what he learned attending Juilliard
Gerald Fried on conducting his scores for film and television

Herschel Burke Gilbert

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Herschel Burke Gilbert on composing for features produced by Levy-Gardner-Laven, and on them going into television with The Rifleman

Jerry Goldsmith

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Jerry Goldsmith on the craft of composing music for live television broadcasts and on the process of composing for television
Jerry Goldsmith on composing for Dr. Kildare and other shows and his process of composing for television
Jerry Goldsmith on the difference between composing for features and composing for television
Jerry Goldsmith on advice to aspiring composers

Earle Hagen

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Earle Hagen on the difference between composing for film and television
Earle Hagen on writing the theme to The Andy Griffith Show
Earle Hagen on composing music for Don Knotts' character on The Andy Griffith Show

Jay Livingston

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Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on how they work together and how song "To Each His Own" jumpstarted their career
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on their music partnership
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on how they work together and how song "To Each His Own" jumpstarted their career
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on their music partnership

Vic Mizzy

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Vic Mizzy on wanting to be a composer when he was a kid
Vic Mizzy on how he figures out when to put music into a scene
Vic Mizzy on the role of music in a TV show
Vic Mizzy on how the business of film scoring has changed over the years
Vic Mizzy on how technology has affected scoring
Vic Mizzy on advice to an aspiring composer
Vic Mizzy on his style
Vic Mizzy on his musical style
Vic Mizzy on his conducting style

Mike Post

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Mike Post on his process of writing musical themes
Mike Post on how he got hired (by Stephen J. Cannell) and his work ethic
Mike Post on coming up with the theme music for The Rockford Files, using a synthesizer, being a "behind-the-scenes" guy
Mike Post on the process of scoring a television episode
Mike Post on what he's proudest of in his music career
Mike Post on how the business of television scoring has changed since the '70s
Mike Post on advice to aspiring television or film composers and how he'd like to be remembered

Mark Snow

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Mark Snow on how he learned to score for television and mistakes he made when he was first starting out
Mark Snow on the process of composing for TV movies versus episodic television
Mark Snow on how synthesizers affected his writing process and the business of music composition
Mark Snow on the rhythm of The X-Files theme
Mark Snow on who owns the rights to The X-Files theme song
Mark Snow on underscoring dialogue on TV shows
Mark Snow on using music to build mood on TV shows, particularly The X-Files
Mark Snow on composing for The X-Files spin-offs Millennium and The Lone Gunmen
Mark Snow on the "Mark Snow style" of music
Mark Snow on advice to aspiring television composers

Fred Steiner

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Fred Steiner on how scoring has changed over the years

Charles Strouse

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Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on their collaborative process
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on what makes for the best Broadway musical and how they work together
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on advice to aspiring musical collaborators

W.G. Snuffy Walden

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W.G. Snuffy Walden on feeling like he could have a career as a composer
W.G. Snuffy Walden on starting to write his own music
W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing the theme for thirtysomething
W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing for thirtysomething
W.G. Snuffy Walden on his approach to writing music
W.G. Snuffy Walden on writing music for episodic television; on the challenges of scoring to dialogue
W.G. Snuffy Walden on building a library of music cues for a show, researching music, and his studio space
W.G. Snuffy Walden on how he decides when and where to add music to a show
W.G. Snuffy Walden on the most important thing a composer can bring to a television show
W.G. Snuffy Walden on what he strives to achieve with his work
W.G. Snuffy Walden on his style
W.G. Snuffy Walden on advice to aspiring composers