Asked • 03/14/19

Film Scoring non-diatonic chord changes. Any good books?

so I've been reading about film scoring and how the composers typically use non-diatonic chord progressions (M3, m3 and tritone), for example C major to E-major and C major to E-flat major; to evoke certain emotions pretty consistently. I really want to know how/why this works, and more importantly, if there is some system or framework that tells me how to compose with this in the context of an entire song because the song may have a lot of diatonic parts too. Basically, how does it all interact and fit together as a whole? I am betting there's some classic books on this subject. I haven't read Schoenberg yet because I think that goes to one end of the extreme and presents 12-tone system, which is not what I'm looking for (I think).

Joseph H.

Typucally called "God" chords because of their use in about every scientific documentary or movie about the universe. Invoked to be shockingly out of place. If you Google God Chords you will get plenty of video and resources on the topic.


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Henry A. answered • 05/12/20

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