Renee Baker: a passionate composer

By: Stephany Valdez

Renee Baker, a composer with a growing number of silent films she has scored.

Renee Baker, a composer. Picture from https://everythingismusic.vcfa.edu/2017/12/19/renee-baker-took-flight-new-directions-vcfa/

Today, our FAA 110 class had the opportunity to meet Renee Baker, as our guest speaker! She is a composer and the director of Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. What I enjoyed about her presentation was learning more about her inspirations and approach to creating music. She presented us a silent film she is working on named “Borderline.” The section of this film she showed us was interesting to look at and listen to because she did not utilize sounds that are associated with certain things; instead, she focuses on abstract sounds so the audience could interpret her piece in a new, refreshing way. Additionally, learning about her graphic scores, which are unlike music scores, was fascinating because it could be read in various ways!

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