My new Film Music Magazine column is up about the future of notation in film music

Doug Zangar

"I am confident that the demand for trained composers who rely on traditional notation will vanish"

Is this a typo or do you really believe that? I'd think it may diminish, but not disappear....

Good article, BTW!


Yeah, I suspected that you meant to say "will not vanish". And I agree, I don't think it will ever really vanish. There is still no more effective a way of communicating instructions to performers whom you are entrusting to execute your music.

And it's true that traditional notation doesn't cover modern scenarios like trigger generated notes. But OTOH, how often is it important to have to communicate that type of info to a performer in the execution of a musical score for a film? That kind of thing is programmed by the composer. Still though, I see your point. If you did want to have elements like that as part of a performance, how do you notate it for the performer?


The need for a composer to know notation is pretty much gone. But that opens more of a need for trained orchestrators.


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As technology changes I guess many people feel that trained composers and traditional methods of making and learning music is dying out. As that may be true imagined what new levels of making music we can achieve with the upcoming technology that we have