Film Scoring

Music communicates that which cannot be expressed in words. In film, music shapes the story’s emotional and narrative direction for the audience, sometimes dramatically, sometimes covertly. Music can establish a sense of place, a character’s thoughts or intent, and above all, connect an audience to the story playing out on screen before the opening title cards finish rolling.

Through the common experience of media, there is an unconscious understanding of music describing a narrative. Western music has established a common language worldwide for dramatic expression in film. Ensemble size, instrument choice, melodic content, musical style; all these elements say something unconsciously to an audience about the story unfolding on screen. Bearing this in mind, Tom takes a great deal of satisfaction in using his musical knowledge to help filmmakers find the musical voice for the storytelling happening in the space around the character’s spoken words.

Music Production Gear:

  • Neumann TLM 67, Neumann KM 140 stereo pair, Cascade Gomez Ribbon, Line Audio Design 8 MP Mic Preamp
  • Grace Surround Sound Bar with KM 183 omni directional mics for surround sound acoustic recording
  • Pro Tools 12 HD on 3.09 GHz Hackintosh with 32 GB RAM
  • Izotope RX 4, Nectar, Alloy, Ozone, and Neutron
  • Waves LoAir, Renaisanse Verb, TruVerb, and VEQ4
  • Vienna Ensemble Pro, EastWest Complete Composers Collection, Native Instruments Complete, Vienna Woodwinds, and many other libraries
  • Isolation booth for solo instrument recording
  • 5.1 mixing/16 track recording in Pro Tools 12 HD with Apogee Symphony I/O, Mackie 824 MKII monitor speakers, and 1 NHT S-20 sub for LFE
  • Grado PS500e reference headphones

BC opening music demo for Horizon from Tom Hauser on Vimeo.