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Unit 6:  Compose Title Music

Scoring a Title Sequence

Scoring a title sequence is the process of creating music that accompanies the opening credits of a film or TV show. The music should match the tone and style of the visual elements, and also introduce the main theme or motifs of the soundtrack. Scoring a title sequence can be challenging, but also rewarding, as it can capture the attention and interest of the audience.

Over time, filmmakers and other creators have found new ways to present opening credits and title cards in their title sequences. 

But even though the editing styles and design preferences are different now than they were in the 1940s (or earlier), the one thing that has remained the same is the importance of music. 

Whether you produce an original score or license music elsewhere, what ultimately matters is that the music in the title sequence is a good thematic fit for the project. 


Give a listen and watch to these iconic titles sequences:


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Some possible steps to compose music for a title sequence are:

  • Watch the video clip several times without any music track.

  • Write down key words that come to mind.  Think about the emotional content that is being implied.

  • Take a moment to find out as much of the plot as you can to help inform you of what vibe to create. 

  • Load the video into Logic and create markers for the locations that need musical 'hits.'

  • Your goal is to match the tone and style of your music with the visual design and motion graphics of your title sequence.

  • Pick an instrument that you can use to get started. Think of this sound as the principle voice of your work.  A piano as an example will convey something very different than a banjo.

  • Use loops if you are not comfortable using the keyboard to create original music, but work to integrate your unique sound into the project. 

  • Identify the genre(s) and style(s) of music that suit your project and audience.

  • Decide on the structure or form of your song as it relates to the visual cues in the film. Create contrast and interest.

  • Start laying down tracks and try not to judge your work too soon.  Keep layering sounds to capture the mood and emotion of your video.

  • Add drums and other rhythmic components that support your vocal or melody and create a groove.

  • Experiment with different instruments, sounds, effects and harmonies to enrich your arrangement.

  • Use or compose a distinctive soundtrack or theme song that captures the attention and curiosity of the audience.

  • Have others listen to your work.

  • Add any foley sound fx if that will enhance the score. 


Download the Westworld Title sequence and load it into logic.
There will be no sound.

Research the Westworld show so you understand the plot, then begin the compositional process as shown early. Try not to listen to the original if possible.

Spend the week composing to this film, then upload to OnCampus.
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