Luigi Allemano tips post blog

5 (quick) tips for making music for animation

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During Get Animated!, our yearly animation bonanza, composer extraordinaire Luigi Allemano gave a workshop called Making Music for Animation at the Mediathèque in Toronto.

Luigi being Luigi (read awesome), he also whipped up a series of “web tips” for us to share on our social media platforms.

Here they are. If you feel they are really concise, it’s because they are. Luigi wrote them so each could fit – snugly – in a single tweet.

Tip 1 – Metronome for Timing

Animators: Use metronome instead of stopwatch to time the moves. Tempo and number of beats can be used to compose music in sync to movement.

Tip 2 – Talking about Music

Animators: Describe your music to the composer in terms of emotion and timing. Avoid music terms, which will limit the composer’s creativity.

Tip 3 – Music or Animation First?

Music is most often composed in post-production but it can be very interesting to get the music done first and then animate in sync to it.

Tip 4 – BPM for Rhythmic Animation

Animation is often done at 24 fps. When making rhythmic moves, simplify sound sync by choosing a tempo that fits: (24/# frames) x 60 = bpm.

Tip 5 – Original Music

Why use the same music as everyone else? Collaborate with a musician and work together to make an animation that looks AND sounds unique.

Got more tips? Want more tips? Email me or leave a comment.