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Sergi Casanelles

Program Manager for Screen Scoring, Faculty

Music and Performing Arts Professions


Sergi Casanelles' research focuses on the intersection between technology, screen music aesthetics, and film language. He is especially interested in how technology expands the timbral possibilities of music and how a spectral approach to musical analysis serves as a tool for deciphering the nuanced meanings that music provides in audiovisual narratives. He defined the Hyperorchestra as a virtual ensemble that takes advantage of technological innovations to provide customized sounds that serve to generate unique meanings for audiovisual narratives.

As a composer, he has written music for piano, chamber ensembles, orchestra, electronics, and music for the screen. He has also worked as an orchestrator. He won the COM Radio Tutto Award for his solo piano piece Postlude to Chopin’s F minor Fantasy and the III Orchestral Composition Competition Evaristo Fernández Blanco for his work From Hell: 4 scenes of Dante’s Divine Comedy. This premiere of this piece was awarded by the Spanish PRO SGAE as one of the top premieres of the year. 

He holds a Ph.D. and an MM in Film Music Composition from NYU, a BS in Computer Science (UPC, Barcelona),  a BM in Composition (ESMuC, Barcelona), and a BM in Piano Performance (Liceu, Barcelona).

Currently teaching:

MPATC-UE 1049 / MPATC-GE 2049 - Contemporary Scoring 

MPATC-UE 1500 - Film music: Historical and Aesthetic Perspectives

MPATC-UE 1248 - Composing for film and multimedia

MPATC-UE 1247 - Scoring Foundations: Harmony and Narrative

Courses Taught at NYU:

MPATC-GE 2550 Screen Music: History, Analysis, and Aesthetics
MPATC-UE 1021/ 2321 Private music composition lessons

MPATC-UE 1192 Music Composition Undergraduate Capstone

MPATC-GE 2024 Seminar in Composition: Advanced Scoring Toolkit

Selected Publications

[Forthcoming] The Hyperorchestra: Screen Music and Virtual Musical Ensembles. Palgrave MacMillan.

[Forthcoming] "Atmospheres, Synths, and Spectral Transformations in Scores for TV".  In The Oxford Handbook of Music and Television (OHMTV), edited by James Deaville, Jessica Getman, and Ron Rodman. Oxford University Press.

Mixing as a Hyperorchestration tool (2016). Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media: Integrated Soundtracks (eds) Liz Greene & Danijela Kulezic-Wilson, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Ph.D. Thesis: The Hyperorchestra: A Study of a Virtual Ensemble in Film Music that Transcends Reality (2015)


Conference presentations

The horror within: using the diegetic voice as the Seed for the Score for Men (2022). Music and the Moving Image Conference (MaMI), May 2023.

Spectral transformations and Synthesizers: Examining Mac Quayle’s music for Mr. Robot (2015-19). Scoring Peak TV Conference, July 2022.

When the Dialog is just a transaction: The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) and the integrated Soundtrack . Music and the Moving Image Conference (MaMI) June 2022.

Scoring Determinism: the score for Garland’s Devs (2020). Music and the Moving Image Conference (MaMI) June 2021.

Spectral transformation in drones as a harmonic device in Mr. Robot’s score. Music and the Moving Image Conference (MaMI) June 2020.

Unfolding complex movie worlds: the score for Annihilation (2018). Music and the Moving Image Conference (MaMI) June 2019.

Deciphering Timbre: a framework for analyzing contemporary screen music. Music and the Moving Image Conference (MaMI) June 2017. 

The Organ in Interstellar's Soundtrack: a case study for Analyzing the Role of Timbre in Contemporary screen music. Music and the Moving Image Conference 2016

Music in the Post-Narrative Film. Music and the Moving Image Conference 2015

Hyperorchestra, Hyperreality, and Inception. CUNY GS Conference 2014, Music and the Moving Image Conference 2014.

Beyond the Diegesis. Music and the Moving Image Conference 2013


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