Watch any movie, and consciously, or subconsciously, you are absorbing more than the imagery that appears on the screen. You are also being affected by the music that underlies these images.
Ever since the early days of cinema, these images have been accompanied by a score that served to heighten the mood or the emotion of the film, creating an aural mood for each scene, along with sound effects and dialogue.
This music is called the film score. The score normally comprises a number of orchestral, instrumental, or choral pieces called cues, which are timed to begin and end at specific points during the film in order to enhance the dramatic narrative and the emotional impact of the scene in question.
In the early days of the movies, during the “silent movie era,” this music was created by a theater pianist or organist. These pianists and organists would either play from sheet music or improvisation. Although at the time the technology to synchronize sound with the film did not exist, this music was seen as an essential part of the viewing experience.
Today the accompanying music or scores for big-budget Hollywood movies are frequently written by one or more composers, under the guidance of, or in collaboration with, the film’s director or producer and recorded by a sound engineer.
Smaller, independently produced movies are normally not budgeted for big orchestrally composed and accompanied scores. The independent producer can normally work to obtain permission to use copyrighted music to accompany their films, which can be expensive, depending on the musical piece. Or they may use public domain music, if appropriate to a scene, or their film. Although these songs are not normally part of a movie’s score, they may be considered part of a film’s soundtrack.
Another alternative to an orchestrally scored soundtrack to accompany a film, or securing the rights for existing music, is to secure the services of a musician, who, rather than playing on a traditional piano, or organ, or another instrument, all good avenues to pursue, will create the music on a computer.
Today, many modern films are able to rely on digital samples to imitate the sound of live instruments, and many scores are created by using music composition software, synthesizers, samplers, and MIDI controllers, performed by the composers themselves.
One trained musician who has lent his talents to creating music for Michigan’s independent film industry is Pierre Vaucher. You may recognize his name. He has worked with Dylan Sides, Lance Kawas, Renika McQueen, Kyle Couch, Ryan Sean Davy, Joshia Swanson, Tyler Hickman, and others.
From Lausanne, Switzerland, Pierre has studied at both the Conservatoire of Music in Lausanne and the Contemporary Music School in Lausanne. Although his main instrument is the guitar–he has studied guitar since he was eight years old– his second is the piano. He also plays drums, bass guitar, mandolin, percussion, flute, dulcimer and he sings. He composes for all instruments and produces for all music style or classical orchestra,
Within his years as a musician, he has studied the techniques of sound and music production in different studios in Europe, and has opened his own music recording and production studio. He does composition, production and he provides film directors with a completely finished product.
Pierre agreed to this interview recently. Get to know Pierre Vaucher, and consider him when you are thinking of having someone score your next soundtrack. He is carrying on a one hundred year tradition of composing music for the movies, and he wants to work with you.
Where did you study music?
I started classical guitar at the age of 8 in my hometown in Switzerland. Then I continued my guitar and music studies at the Conservatoire of Music in Lausanne (professional section). Then the piano at the Jazz and Contemporary Music School in Lausanne.
How long did you study?
In music, we never finish learning. But my studies at the Conservatoire and at the Jazz school lasted 5 years. Then I worked as a composer and guitarist/singer in different bands playing concerts and learning other styles of music by myself. I learned the techniques of sound and music production in different studios in Europe. And I opened my own music recording and production studio. So, I do composition, production and provide film directors with a completely finished product.
What instruments do you play?
My main instrument is the guitar and my second is the piano. But I compose for all instruments and produce for all music style or classical orchestra. I also play drums, Bass guitar, mandolin, percussion, flute, dulcimer and I sing.
From what country did you come?
I was born in Montreux in Switzerland and I am of Swiss nationality
When did you arrive in the United States?
Actually, I don’t live in the United States. I work with film producers based in the US, but I am based in Geneva, Switzerland where I have my recording studio.
Did you come to compose scores for independent films?
I took a few trips to LA and Detroit. Then I had the pleasure of going on the set of “Rise of Odin’s 9” in Detroit MI when I met Dylan Sides, Lance Kawas, and the rest of the A-team. I then scored the film in my studio in Switzerland.
Was Lance, the first film director you worked with?
At first, I worked on records productions and then on corporate films and commercials. Then I started to compose for TV series here in Switzerland and in France. The first Director I worked with on a TV series called “l’instit” (The teacher) was Jérôme Porte JLA productions Paris)
Who have you worked with since?
Then in the United States, I have worked with Dylan Sides, Lance Kawas, Renika McQueen, Kyle Couch, Ryan Sean Davy, Joshia Swanson, Tyler Hickman, and others. And in Switzerland and France, I worked with directors such as Virginia Bach, Stéphane Chopard, Gilbert Merme, Alexandre Bilardo, and others.
What would you like to accomplish as a musician?
I see myself more as a composer and music producer nowadays than a live musician. I would be thrilled to score blockbusters but, in any case, I would like to stay in the composition and production of music. I’m always excited to take on new projects.
If someone were interested in having you score a film, how would they reach you?
You can contact me by email email@example.com or by FB Messenger. Or WhatsApp +4179 291 08 33. I’m also on IMDb. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1789695/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0