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On the Application of Microtonal Composition to Film Sound Design

 
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The purpose of this web site is to illustrate the applicability of microtonal composition to film scoring and sound design, as well as provide a short primer on microtuning.

Although a number of composers use microtonal composition techniques in their work, knowledge of scales and tunings other than equal temperament is currently not widespread.  Neither is the application of microtonal composition to film scoring and sound design currently discussed in literature. 

This web site provides examples of real-life application of microtonal composition to film scoring and sound design, integrating audio and video examples with a primer on microtuning, thus not only providing the basic framework of understanding of the subject, but also illustrating its applicability.

The focus of this site is a short film, showcasing microtonal composition techniques, as applied to film music and sound design.  This film can be viewed on the Short Film page.

The Video Examples page illustrates microtuning, as applied to scoring a two short video clips.

The Microtonal Primer section of the site consists of four pages that explain basic terminology of microtuning, and provide audio examples of various scales, as well as tuning tables. 

If you're not familiar with microtuning, you might want to begin with the primer.  Use the navigation menu on the left, or simply click here to go to the first page, Basics.