A New Club on Campus: Ithaca Movie Music

By Jackson Eagan, Junior

On Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00pm, the first meeting for “Ithaca Movie Music” was held. This brand-new club has been several years in the making, thanks to the vision of club manager Eric Brown, who is a Sound Recording Technology student from the Whalen School of Music. I was fortunate enough to meet Eric in the beginning of this year, and so through him I became an officer of the club. It is meant to connect the Park School of Communications and the Whalen School of Music, providing an opportunity for collaboration between film students, composers, musicians, sound engineers, and enthusiasts for music in film.

But the week before the meeting, I was skeptical; I know how these kinds of meetings can go. Sometimes, even with the best planning and the best intentions, nobody shows up. When the question arose of how many pizzas to order, I figured that we should get maybe two or three. Eric had faith, however, and decided on buying eight, which would feed upwards of thirty or forty people. On top of that, he purchased chips, cookies, drinks and other snacks. Clearly, I thought, we would have a lot of leftovers.

Turns out, I was wrong. By the time seven o’clock rolled around, we had run out of chairs in the studio in which we held the meeting, and there were still students arriving. Many were my friends, but many were newcomers. Best of all, the pizza estimate was spot on.

Eric started off the meeting, explaining the two sides of the club: the pre-professional branch, and the education branch. The pre-professional branch endeavors to support the process of creating fully developed musical scores for films, from writing the music, finding musicians, recording the music, and mixing the final score. The educational branch will organize seminars, screenings, and speakers to further our collective knowledge about the topic.

After Eric spoke, we showed some clips from short films that were scored by IMM composers, such as The 7:10 Express and

Nothing But a Number. Then, it was time for pitches. Each filmmaker in attendance came up to the front and explained his or her project, and invited composers to collaborate. In the future, we will have a forum online that will be available for “Parkies” and Whalen students alike to share their ideas, just as we did in the meeting. Everyone seemed genuinely excited about the organization, and in the week following, many have stayed in contact via our Facebook page.

I am very excited about the future of this club. This connection between the communications and music schools is a unique opportunity for anyone (and I mean anyone) interested in music for film to learn, participate, and be creative. If you are interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to email for updates on upcoming meetings and events!



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