Music Editing 101 – Dubbing

You were probably starting to think I’d never get around to explaining dubbing. I’ve mentioned it here and there in some of the posts leading up to this one and if you’re not familiar with film audio lingo, then you might have been asking yourself what the heck I was talking about. D’oh! There’s more to read…

Welcome New Readers!

Welcome, Everybody!The blog is now one month old and I thought I should welcome any new readers who have recently found it. Thanks to a few recent retweets by some very generous Twitter folk with large followings, quite a few more people seem to be reading the blog each day. I’m grateful to all my readers past and present.

If you are totally new to the world of film scoring with all its lingo and procedures, might I suggest two things: 1) Click on my “About” section at the top of the page to get a general overview of what’s going on here; 2) You really might want to consider reading the blog from the beginning. I know that’s a big ask and a big commitment on your part, but I’ve tried to structure the posts so that each new one builds on information and history given in a previous post. Jumping in half way may leave you feeling like you’ve missed something.

Once again, I’m so appreciative for all the feedback and positive mojo I’ve received so far. I’ll do my best to keep it interesting and worthy of your time.


Chris L.

We’re a Hit – Even Tony Bennett Thinks So!

Although THE SIMPSONS aired its first-ever episode in December, 1989, it wasn’t really considered the premier episode. It was classified as a “special”. (Remember specials? Don’t see much of them on television any more.) So our second episode, 7G02 “Bart the Genius” would be the official start of the series (the first time we would use the Main Title sequence with the chalkboard gag, Lisa playing her sax and, of course, the couch gag), debuting on Sunday, January 14, 1990. BUT when counting episodes on the road to 500, “Bart the Genius” is episode #2. D’oh! There’s more to read…

Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts

Lisa on Baritone SaxophoneWe spotted NABF17 “Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts” on Thursday, 8/25/11. This will be episode #2 for Season 23, episode #488 on our journey to 500. The show will have 30 music cues which include no source cues (unusual), 2 montage cues, 2 fun surprises in the Main Title, and a very well known classic rock song in another great movie parody. The episode is scheduled to air Sunday, October 2, 2011. A fun episode that reveals a side of Bart you may never have thought he had.

Music Editing 101 – Editing

I hope the title doesn’t sound too redundant. I’m up to step 4 of my 7 steps of music editing. To be more precise, I’m up to step 4A – the editing I have to do before the scoring session to get everything prepared. After the session, I’ll do additional editing. That will be step 4B. D’oh! There’s more to read…

Music Editing 101 – One More Thought on Scource

One of my favorite films has an excellent example of scource. THE BIRDS, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, has no score in the film, only a few source cues and this brilliant use of a children’s choir as scource. The masterful use of this music is subtle, ironic, and suspenseful. Enjoy.

1989 – Best. Year. Ever. (so far)

I had only been in the union for three years and a full music editor for fewer than two in 1989, so saying it was my best year ever in show business might not be saying much … but let me tell you about it and then you be the judge. D’oh! There’s more to read…

Music Editing 101 – Scource

In a previous post I told you there are four types of music cues in a film or TV show: score, source, montage, and musical production number. After I spotted this week’s episode I realized I forgot to include one other type: scource (pronounced skorss). The name comes from score + source = scource. D’oh! There’s more to read…

Music Editing 101 – Breakdown Notes

It’s been nearly a week since we spotted the first SIMSPONS episode of the new season. The spotting notes have been prepared and distributed and now I’m deep into step 3 out of my 7 steps of music editing: breakdown notes. D’oh! There’s more to read…