In the contemporary world, the role of the commercial composer has grown to include a wide range of new responsibilities. Modern composers not only write music, but also often need to perform, record, and market their own works. The Craft of Contemporary Commercial Music prepares today's music students for their careers by teaching them to compose their own music, produce it professionally, and sell it successfully.
The textbook integrates three areas of concentration-music theory and composition, audio engineering, and music business-allowing students to understand and practice how to successfully navigate each stage of a score's life cycle from concept to contract. Students will learn how to:
Translate musical ideas into scores utilizing music theory and composition techniques
Transform scores into professional audio through the production stages of tracking, sequencing, editing, mixing, mastering, and bouncing
Market works to prospective clients
The textbook assumes no prior knowledge of music theory or audio topics, and its modular organization allows instructors to use the book flexibly. Exercises at the end of each chapter provide practice with key skills, and a companion website supports the book with video walkthroughs, streaming audio, a glossary, and printable exercise pages.
Combining a grounding in music notation and theory concepts with a foundation in essential technologies, The Craft of Contemporary Commercial Music offers an innovative approach that addresses the needs of students preparing for music careers.
Greg McCandless is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Appalachian State University. Daniel McIntyre is Department Chair of Music Composition at Full Sail University.
Acknowledgments Introduction: The Contemporary Commercial Composer and the Digital Audio Workstation I. Fundamentals of Music and Audio Ia: Fundamentals of Music Chapter 1: Introduction to Pitch Chapter 2: Introduction to Rhythm Chapter 3: Introduction to Harmony Chapter 4: Melody and Counterpoint Ib: Fundamentals of Audio Engineering and Sequencing Chapter 5: Introduction to Audio and MIDI Chapter 6: Manipulating Rhythm in the DAW Environment Chapter 7: Introduction to Acoustics Chapter 8: Melodic Sequencing II. Music Production Essentials IIa. Composition Essentials Chapter 9: Functional Diatonic Harmony Chapter 10: Expanding Your Harmonic Vocabulary Chapter 11: Form and Development Chapter 12: Basic Orchestration IIb. Audio Engineering Essentials Chapter 13: Introduction to Mixing Chapter 14: Recording and Editing Live Instruments Chapter 15: Mixing and Processing Chapter 16: Final Mix Considerations III. Producing Music for Media Chapter 17: The Client/Composer Relationship Chapter 18: Scoring for Short-Form Media Chapter 19: Scoring for Longer-Form Media IV. The Business of Music Composition Chapter 20: The Business of Music Composition Appendix A: List of CC Messages and Their Associated Functions Appendix B: Glossary Permission Acknowledgments Index