Crossing the Threshold: The Emotional Symbology of Musical Signifiers

Crossing the Threshold: The Emotional Symbology of Musical Signifiers

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Abstract

The primary purpose of this project is to represent the Culminating Experience (CE) of studying Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games (SFTV) at Berklee College of Music. After a year of personal and professional development, students are tasked with writing music for a 51-piece orchestra to be recorded at AIR Studios in London. For my project I chose to write and score a scene from an original narrative. This paper strives to reflect on the idea of ‘Crossing the Threshold,’ a part of an archetypal narrative structure. Additionally, this analysis documents the creative process of writing original music and story. I will describe my artistic development in a continued journey to express my vision of reality, time, and the transformative power of music. This project is a survey of the signs and symbols within the language of film music, and an experiment with the musical grammar and vocabulary that composers have developed for decades to translate music into emotion. Finally, this paper argues that small musical fragments can be assigned to signify specific emotional responses, and this CE is an effort to implement many of them.

Publication Date

7-1-2020

Campus

Valencia (Spain) Campus

Crossing the Threshold: The Emotional Symbology of Musical Signifiers

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