Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Birds – A New Soundtrack to a Scene from a Film by Alfred Hitchcock

I recently completed another film scoring etude by composing new music to a scene from the 1963 film “Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock. Creating psychotic chaos from musical material takes a great deal of planning. The scene has multiple emotional layers and the tensions between them should be reflected in the orchestration. I scored the scene for strings, vibraphone, and harp. The harmonic language derives its colors from the style of the early 20th century European writing, and the modern string techniques, such as glissando and col legno battuto, add to the drama of the horror.

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