Few things give a filmmaker as much pause as the term 'Mickey Mousing' and for good reason. For the uninitiated, the term Mickey Mousing refers to the music of old Disney, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, etc. cartoons. It was very commonplace for the music to accentuate what was happening on screen often taking the place of sound fx. A classic and personal favorite of mine is the violin-glissando-peeking-around-a-corner sound and if I could find an example I'd link it. In the modern film scoring world Mickey Mousing refers to the music following the action in a very obvious way (nearly to the point of breaking the fourth wall). Often this term is used in a sort of derogatory way, for good reason as it was very abused in the film world.
It can be done exceedingly well and effective if done with care.
Lately, it seems to me at least, woodwinds have become a mystery instrument in the sense that -- it seems like lots of composers are scared to write for them. I'm hoping we can demystify what are -- I think -- the most important coloring instrument in the orchestra.
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