The course examines film music and the process of soundtrack composition. The initial class will give an overview of the steps involved in crafting a film score, from “spotting” (deciding where music begins and ends) to the film’s mix, where the relative volumes of dialogue, sound effects and music are finalized. Subsequent classes will concentrate on individual elements—spotting and timing, orchestration, and themes—by playing and discussing notable examples.

Evan Lurie has composed soundtracks and provided music for numerous films and television productions, including films directed by Stanley Tucci, Roberto Benigni, David O. Russell, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. His work as composer and music director for the Nick Jr. series The Backyardigans received multiple Emmy nominations.


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OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College
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