La mirada sonora

La mirada sonora is a workshop focused on the importance of soundtracks within the documentary genre that is co-organised by DocsValència Espai de No Ficció and Acorde, the music supervision division of Music Library & SFX.

Music is one of the most powerful and efficient instruments in creating an emotional connection with the audience. And, a soundtrack’s melodies and textures fulfil a complex narrative function. But what is this function, and how are these audio tools used in the non-fiction genre?

These and other practical questions, as well as the secrets and peculiarities of musical creation, will be addressed in this entertaining and hands-on workshop with Jorge Magaz’s own music.

In the universe of the documentary genre, it is typical to consider music as a mere support to the image, something to link together sequences, or a simple background to reinforce some emotion.

However, be it in fiction or non-fiction, music and the handling of sound are «weapons of mass construction», complex tools that construct and shape meaning. They are structural, dynamic components that are, above all, ambivalent in the way they direct and organise discourse.

In documentary film especially, this ambivalence must be treated with delicate hands, because music’s marriage with any medium is never neutral. These and many other ideas are part of the workshop’s story development.




I. Telling a story with music

Starting with the definition and contextualisation of the meaning of music as a soundtrack, the peculiarities and historical development of the music-image relationship in an audio-visual context will be studied, at all times focusing on the documentary film genre. Also, we will seek an explanation in order to reach a creative goal by viewing clips from documentaries and analysing their audio-visual texts.

II. Resources and processes for soundtrack creation

Specifically addressing the audio-visual story of non-fiction, we will use rhythmic resources to develop and study the overall criteria for «setting to music», its relationship with dialogue, and the importance of sound in soundtrack production. Also, some practical themes and available resources will be presented, along with relevant figures and processes from a professional and formal perspective, with the aim of achieving a successful soundtrack.




Friday, May 4th | Sala Luis G. Berlanga*

10:00-12:00 | Block I. Telling a story with music. Jorge Magaz.
12:00-12:20 | Break.
12:20-13:50 | Block II. Resources and processes for soundtrack creation.
Jorge Magaz.
13:50-14:20 | Round table with the audience.
Isabel Latorre, Vicente Chust.

* Edificio Rialto, Plaza del Ayuntamiento 17, 46002, València.


Registration method:

Registration dates: Thursday, March 29th to Friday, April 27th**.

** Free registration while space is available.
** There will be translation in English.



Jorge Magaz |Madrid, 1973

Audiovisual communication graduate and teacher. Award-winning composer, experienced arranger and expert in composition, orchestration, modern harmony and jazz. His notable soundtracks include Extraterrestre (2011) and Open Windows (2014) by Nacho Vigalondo, as well as the documentary La mirada de Ouka Leele (2009) by Rafael Gordon. He was a member of composer Alberto Iglesias’s team on El Argentino (2008) and Guerrilla (2008) by Steven Soderbergh, and also The Kite Runner (2007) by Marc Forster.

Isabel Latorre |València, 1984

Isabel graduated in composition at the CSMV, and in audiovisual communication at the UPV. She has a master’s specialising in writing for audiovisual media from the University of Sussex, and has developed a contemporary language in concert music, writing pieces in numerous audiovisual formats. She was nominated for the Jerry Goldsmith Awards and for the 2015 Goya Awards for the documentary El último abrazo (2014) and won the best soundtrack award for this film at the Terrorífic Film Fest.

Vicente Chust |València, 1958

A multifaceted, expert musician who trained at the Meliana and Valencia conservatories, specialising in classical guitar. He has taken courses in instrumental specialisation with the concert performers Francisco Oltra and Carlos Bonell. A member of the Albatros, Vídeo and Malayuna groups, he has worked with producers and performers at an international level. Arranger and musical editor at Planeta Música, he has enjoyed great success composing soundtracks for television, film and advertising.

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