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Ashley Renee Smith
How 'Black Panther' Producers and Composers Found a Balance Between Tradition and Afrofuturism

Check out this great video where composer Ludwig Göransson, producer Sounwave, and Senegalese musicians Baaba Maal and Massamba Diop map out the creation of the 'Black Panther's score and official soundtrack!

What are your thoughts about the process that they shared?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs...

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Liked by Eon C. Rambally and 3 others

Navid Lancaster
AFTT Trailer 2024

Happy to again be the Composer of the theme of Africa Film Trinidad and Tobago. This is their 10th year anniversary. For this theme I combined African Rhythms and sounds with the National Instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the Steelpan. My logo as one of the Partners is at the end of the video as well. Edited by Shea Best.

Sam Sokolow

Awesome work, Navid Lancaster! Love when steel drums are used in conjunction with larger orchestration. Very cool!!

Maurice Vaughan

Wow, Navid Lancaster! Incredible theme! I've never heard that combination before. It's catchy! And fantastic trailer!

Ashley Renee Smith

Navid Lancaster, can you talk a bit more about what inspired you to lean into the African Rhythms and sounds for this project? I'd love to know more about your prep and idea phase!...

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Arhynn Descy
Ask Me Anything (AMA) Wednesday 5/29 to Thursday 5/30- Composer Workflows: Why They're Important & What To Consider

Hi all, I am a film composer who started out life as a pianist and piano teacher. Basically, I came to this industry later in life. My first love is scoring feature films, but I enjoy writing music for other media too. The two most recent films I have scored are 'Blank', for which I was nominated fo...

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Arhynn Descy

Navid Lancaster gosh, that's a big question! I am personally in the camp of 'AI is being used for the wrong things', but this is not the place to discuss that side of it. Going forward I see AI being...

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Arhynn Descy

Thanks Leonardo Ramirez! That's a really good question because for the real gold to come through (in my opinion), we need to be undistracted. The best is to to avoid them - lol. What I do to avoid the...

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Arhynn Descy

Hi Sam Sokolow! Thank you for your question. The ideal is to know what piece of existing music or song is going to be used in advance so that the composer can create music, taking that music into cons...

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Arhynn Descy

Thank you Maria Baltazzi! I'm not sure I'd call silence an instrument because that would imply it can be blended with other instruments, which clarly it can't. However, my opinion is that using silenc...

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Leonardo Ramirez

"It's a really good idea to plan it in advance" - there's some gold right there Arhynn Descy. I've never heard of the Pomodoro Technique but I can see where I'd be watching the clock a bit too much. I...

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Brian Gunter
What’s on your playlists today?

Hey Composers!

What everyone got on their playlists for today?

I’m thinking maybe a Benjamin Wallfisch marathon for myself. Or maybe make it a contemporary horror score day and get some Fernando Velázquez, and Ben Lovett too.

Kerry Kennard

I’m working on writing and more career focus - so no heavy playlist .. though there is one. ;-)

Donte Burks

if 6 was 9

Linwood Bell

Donte Burks Excellent choice! Bought when it came out and still have it. :)

Maurice Vaughan

I'm working on an Action short script today, Brian Gunter, so I'll probably listen to fast-paced movie scores and instrumentals.

Christopher Martinez

My go-to for productivity is The Social Network score! It’s so rhythmic and deep and subtle that it doesn’t interfere with my focus but also helps it. Great suggestions from everyone here!

Geoff Hall
The Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie

When I think of my favourite American bands, at the top of my list is usually Death Cab for Cutie. I got into them because of my son, I think when he was moving out of our home and heading to Southampton for his degree in Film Studies.

When driving from Bristol to Southampton we would have Transatla...

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Ben Gibbard on his love-hate relationship with L.A. and life after the Postal Service
Ben Gibbard on his love-hate relationship with L.A. and life after the Postal Service
Ahead of dual performances at Saturday's Just Like Heaven festival, Ben Gibbard talks about his overlapping careers with the Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie.
Geoff Hall

Ashley Renee Smith I was a little late coming around to them, but the journey since has been a great one.

Geoff Hall

Brian Gunter thank you for being so open, with your answer. The novel was a good read!! There’s so much to understand about other people, their work environment and personal needs. I certainly wouldn’...

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Jed Power

Are they like the Beatles? I know them!

Geoff Hall

Jed Power hahaha! Oh Jed, you are so old school! ;-)

Kerry Kennard

Hi Geoff,

nope, not really a fan to be honest. It was Toto, and Kansas for me.

Have a great weekend,

K. Kennard

Linwood Bell
The Silent Takeover

Interesting interview with Ted Gioia on AI and music and trends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibMd_Jx9daw

Alexander Benra

I love Rick Beatos Videos - you really feel how music connects to him and makes him happy

Kerry Kennard

I'll have to watch a little later. Yes, thanks for posting ! KK

Pat Alexander

Leave AI to the DJs. Artists must create art!

Brian Gunter

It’s great interview! I subscribe to both of Rick’s channels.

I’m trying so hard to avoid the streamers. There has to be a way to make a grass roots type of campaign without giving in to the juggernaut.

Geoff Hall
On Creative Resilience and Persistence

Here’s an essay from our friend, Maria Popova, aka The Marginalian about that creative maestro, Ludwig van Beethoven and his “Ode to Joy” from his Ninth Symphony.

Popova tells us a tale of Beethoven’s resilience and persistence:

“Day by day I am approaching the goal which I apprehend but cannot descri...

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Maurice Vaughan

Definitely, Geoff Hall. Especially when I work on the logline, which I do right after coming up with an idea.

Kerry Kennard

I studied a lot of Classical composers, esp. Beethoven. His form was clear - like others within the Classical period. Yes, a lot of Chaos to beauty, esp. in recapitulation section. In my Webinar with...

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Geoff Hall

Maurice Vaughan ah, I can’t do that at the idea stage, Maurice. I have to work on the story and characters a little more and then I’ll get a feel for the possibilities. Forever tweaking it though, as...

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Geoff Hall

Kerry Kennard that’s an intriguing take on the process when I think of writing a screenplay. Dissonance and resolution. Excellent.

Could you please outline the different sections in a symphony please,...

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Pat Alexander

I personally think Beethoven should be included in every soundtrack!

Ashley Renee Smith
Mark Ronson Says Greta Gerwig Wanted the ‘Most Maximalist Thing’ on ‘I’m Just Ken’

I just watched this great video breaking down how 'Barbie the Album' producer, Mark Ronson, composed Ryan Gosling's iconic "I'm Just Ken" song. I love getting this inside look at how it came together. This song lives rent-free in my head on a regular basis now. Lol!

What do you think about Mark's pro...

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Pat Alexander

I always loved Mark Ronson's producer tag back in the day where at the start of his songs he would drop "...Back by popular demand, Mr. Mark Ronson!"

Ashley Renee Smith
This Week's In-Person Stage 32 Meetups in Austin & Phoenix!

Hey, Composers!

There are 2 FREE Stage 32 in-person networking meetups coming up this Thursday, May 16th! I'm including links to the meetup pages for you all below. If you live in any of these cities or are nearby, be sure to RSVP and seize this opportunity to meet with other creatives in person and...

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Suzanne Bronson
Phoenix Composers!

May In Person Meetup

https://www.stage32.com/meetups/1976

Alexander Benra
A lonely ride - cooperation with another stage32 member

A lot of firsts: First song I have published on spotify. First song in collobaration with a stage32 member (text Lenny Levy - Like everyone who wants his music to be notified I would love to see in the statistic that it is actually heard and put on some playlists. More should come, during the next w...

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A lonely ride
A lonely ride
Streame A lonely ride auf Spotify. Mark Benra · Single · 2.024 · 1 Song.
Ashley Renee Smith

Congratulations, Alexander Benra!

Kerry Kennard

Nice ! The vocals sounds a little in the background - w/ effects. Is this the way you wanted it to for the release ? Was it for a certain film, etc. ? Did you use CD Baby or DistroKid for the Distribution ??

Alexander Benra

Thank you for the feedback. I wanted it sound a bit in the backbround. I tried to redo some kind of life atmoshere of an bar (therefore the talking people at the beginning). But I agree in some parts...

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Kerry Kennard

I listened again … maybe bring the guitar back in mix also - when you’re finished with the video / movie. Don’t bring back too much - maybe like 20-25 % w / reverb - as to Blend with scenes, etc

Sydney Summers

May the fourth be with you...

Sam Sokolow

I watched a New Hope again on Saturday and it was awesome to revisit.

Ashley Renee Smith

LOVE, @Linwood Bell! Star Wars Day is my birthday and I watch at least one of the films every year. Some years I do bigger marathons, it just depends on what birthday plans are on the schedule. This y...

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Linwood Bell

Ashley Renee Smith Shucks, I'm late to the party, but .......!!!

Ashley Renee Smith

Linwood Bell Thank youuuuu, my friend! =)

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