"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 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 from motion pictures. Most will originate from some form of media such as television, radio, or record.
In the coming years, it is our goal to expand our catalogue to include a wide variety of genres and styles, including important music by non-traditional and non-Western composers.
Neumation Music is based out in Northern California. Our collaborators come from around the globe.
Brandon | Creative Projects Coordinator
As co-founder and creative projects manager, Brandon supervises production activities of Neumation Music publications and archival projects.
Brandon is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where he studied music and business at San Francisco State University.
Dillon | Project Coordinator, Audio Specialist & Engraver
As co-founder of Neumation, Dillon’s work ranges from audio restoration, media preservation, and production consultation with record labels, as well as engraving and proofreading.
He is a native of Georgia. His formative years were spent playing a variety of brass instruments in concert and jazz bands. In addition to his work with Neumation Music, he also involved with music education organizations throughout the Southern US.
Brad | Supervising Editor & Engraver
bio coming soon
Zachary | Assistant Editor
Zachary is based out of St. Louis. He grew up and studied music in the eastern U.S., at Penn State University and the Eastman School of Music. He is a music theorist and composer by trade, and really enjoys staring at dots on staff lines.
Parker | Designer & Illustrator
How we work
We follow a three phase process: identify, procure, and produce.
For the identification phase, the Neumation team spends quite a bit of time determining if a particular score has enough musical breadth to make it suitable for publication. Some great scores just don’t have enough going in terms of orchestration, structure, or cultural impact to make a book financially viable. We place emphasis on music that is culturally significant and/or historically important.
For the procural phase, we conduct research with the rights holders 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 history of either being discarded, being logistically inaccessible, or disappearing.
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 engraving and Adobe InDesign for layout. The presentation of the overall package is very important and we spend a lot of time ensuring that aspects such as typeface, layout, and formatting are aesthetically pleasing and easy to read.
Archival Services aka "Music Archaeology"
Neumation Music offers a variety of archival support services to ensure that 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.