Neumation Music started from a deep love for film music. It may be more appropriate to say "media music," because not all of our publications will be motion picture music, though most of it will originate from some form of media such as Television, radio, or record. There is a wide variety of genres, styles, composers we will be exploring in the coming years.
"Neumation" is built upon the word Neume, 15th century notation that proceeded five-line staff notation.
The suffix -ation denotes the result or product of action.
The combination of these implies the progression of music from the past to the present to the future.
Neumation Music is based out of Northern California. Our collaborators come from around the globe.
All of our books are produced and printed in the USA.
How we work
For our publications, we follow a three phase process: identification, procural, and production.
For the identification phase, Neumation spends quite a bit of time determining if a particular score has the musical breadth to make it suitable for a study score book. Some great scores just don’t have enough going in terms of orchestration, structure, or cultural impact to make a book viable. We place emphasis on music that is culturally significant and/or historically important.
For the procural phase, we first do some preliminary research to determine if the written manuscript and/or parts exist. Some scores are lost (see: MGM “holocaust”) and some require a considerable amount of bureaucracy to access. Film scores have a long (and sad) history of either rotting on a shelf, being discarded, being kept under lock and key, or disappearing. Music that wasn't written for a film is often just as nebulous to locate and license.
After we have inspected the materials, we apply for the publication license. At this point, we then move onto the production phase. We use Sibelius for the engraving and Adobe InDesign for layout. The presentation of the overall package is very important and we spend a lot of time making sure things like typefaces, layout, and formatting are aesthetically pleasing. Presentation is an important part of properly preserving the music and the composer’s legacy.
Archival Services aka "Music Archaeology"
Neumation Music offers a variety of archival support services to ensure that your music materials are preserved for the future. Music Archaeology is the term we coined to represent the variety of activities involved in preserving music assets. These activities may range from recovery of archival materials, to research of copyright records, to digging in dusty boxes.
As Indiana Jones said, "It belongs in a museum."
Please view the Archive Services page or contact us for more information.