Composing music for the screen

Radio One star Dev talks to composer Michael Price about writing the music for Sherlock.

Dev from Radio 1 meets BAFTA nominated composer Michael Price to talk about his approach to writing music for the screen. Michael takes Dev through how he composed the music for a scene from Sherlock, explaining how he used various sounds to reflect the emotions expressed in the narrative.

Teacher Notes

Ask students to select a short clip showing drama or tension, and analyse the musical content. They can then evaluate the impact that the music has on the scene. This could lead to them creating their own versions of the underscore, either with live instruments or music software.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Music and appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, KS3, KS4 and GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland, and 3rd and 4th level, as well as SQA National 4, 5 and Higher in Scotland.