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James Dower
Sounds of Space Engineers Competition

Hey everyone,

I wanted to share this competition with you. As a lover and creator of film and video game music I entered this amazing competition. A diverse selection of 15 entries won and I wanted to share both my entry and the wining entries with you all. Please see the links below:

https://soundclo...

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Conquering A Hostile Environment
Conquering A Hostile Environment
published on I'm so happy to finally share this with you all. A couple of months ago a good friend of mine shared with me the "Sounds of Space Engineers Competition". I had great fun creating this piece.
Karen "Kay" Ross

Ooo, "The Sounds of Space" - what a great topic! How did you approach the design for it? What kind of things did you research?

James Dower

Great question Kay. I have a very lengthy answer so apologies in advance. XD

So the first thing I did was research the game itself because I still haven't played Space Engineers (sorry guys XD). I did...

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Joel Irwin
Music Royalties For The Lower Volume Films

Karen "Kay" Ross has asked me to repost one of my questions from "ASCAP-BMI" as an independent post:

Has anyone lurking here been paid royalties for music in a film that has had say under 1,000 showings on ANY cable channel, satellite channel, Amazon, Apple TV or Netflix?

Joel Irwin

ASCAP informed me that they don't have a contract with the cable channel 'shorts.tv' and using another collection entity which 'samples' film showings, there were no showings of the film I scored. My...

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Nick Assunto - Stage 32 Script Services Coordinator
Sample Tracks to Post?

Hey composers! Do you all have any samples you don't mind sharing or want to post in this thread?

Joel Irwin

While I wait for more films to score (two are either pre- or post-production), I am continuing to take jazz improvisation classes at Houston Community College. Classes are still in zoom so performance...

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Amy Balcomb

Hi there! This is my SoundCloud reel: https://soundcloud.com/amybalcombcomposer Let me know if there’s anything I might be able to help you with.

Mike Hall

Your work is Beautiful Amy!

Amy Balcomb

Thank you Mike!

James Dower

Hey. I just joined this site and I'm getting to grips with some of the new features. I'm always looking for new places to share my work so I shall take a leaf out of Amy's book and too share my soundc...

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Giovanni Bonura
Pat Savage

This is awesome!

Jim Pfeifer

This is a great video. Thanks for sharing this. I love to see how the various themes are weaved into the film in different variations through the film. It illustrates how important the score is in helping to support the story line.

Arjan Bos

Heard the music before seeing the film. It immediately felt right. Love the music. Great analysis! Thanks for sharing.

Scotty Vercoe

Nice job!!! This video perfectly explains and demonstrates leitmotifs. I'll be showing this in my Intro to Film Music class!

Ace Vaptsarov

What a great video! Loved the images of the text and solo instruments :)

Karen "Kay" Ross
Soundstage by LA Phil

I just caught this video from the LA Philharmonic and there is so much to unpack here!

What did y'all learn? Anything about recording on stage during COVID? Anything about composers? SHARE BELOW!

https://youtu.be/sw6SgiR0IvI

David Biagini

I wonder what challenges, if any, were presented when mixing the sound given that some of the musicians were isolated behind plexiglass while others were out in the open. Also, that was a very inspiring interview with Jose Andres. Thanks for sharing.

Karen "Kay" Ross

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, David Biagini! I would agree - I really enjoyed the reflection on when Copeland was doing X, this guy was doing Y in Columbia. And I had the same thought about the plexigla...

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Joel Irwin
Ascap - bmi

I started back in the music biz in 2003 - 10 years before my first film score. Since 2013, I have scored 31 films but only two of them have made it online - one spent two years on Amazon and one made it about a year or so back to shorts.tv - a channel carried by directtv and perhaps other providers....

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Joanna Karselis

That is an awful attitude from Shorts.TV, sorry you've encountered that. I've had the same difficulties here in the UK with PRS, submitting cue sheets for multiple films on Amazon Prime and still not...

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Joel Irwin

Got a call from ASCAP today. First about my Amazon film (spent three years on Amazon Prime), they said they don't pay royalties on any film with less than 100,000 showings. And about my film on the sh...

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Joanna Karselis

Oh I'm sorry Joel, that's so frustrating. I'm becoming increasingly convinced that PROs aren't bothered about supporting the incomes of smaller composers.

Joel Irwin

Has anyone lurking here been paid royalties for music in a film that has had say under 1,000 showings on ANY cable channel, satellite channel, Amazon, Apple TV or Netflix?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Joel - Your last question is a FANTASTIC question, but I don't want it to get buried in this thread. Would you start a new post with this question?

Andrew Barnabas
Going MediEvil, a little film about our on-going music on Sony's MediEvil franchise, a series we've scored since 1998.

Hi everyone,

I posted an intro on the 'introduce weekend' recently and Karen Ross suggested I share what I posted here in the composing lounge. So I thought I'd introduce myself properly.

I've been a composer for 30 yrs, first 20 in games and last 10 in film, tv too. Games were all encompassing, pro...

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Paul Arnold & Andrew Barnabas | 30 Years of Award Winning Musical Scores
Paul Arnold & Andrew Barnabas | 30 Years of Award Winning Musical Scores
Andrew and Paul walked, talked and guided me skillfully through the score composition on Me, Myself and Di, a comedy feature film I had the pleasure of directing.
Karen "Kay" Ross

Welcome, Barn! Thanks so much for this introduction! Most people know me as Kay, btw ;-) I include my legal name for transparency. Honestly, I'm surprised that video games wasn't the end all be all -...

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Joanna Karselis

Hi Barn! So good to meet you, love your game scores. Big fan of sci-fi over here too. Haven't had a chance to catch up with S2 of Dead Pixels yet but looking forward to it, S1 was great fun!

Mike Ososki
Music from Before the 80s

Hi Creative Army (I just made that up ;) ... Who else is here with a strong love and focus to create music for film/TV that is reminiscent of pop and rock circa 1955-1980? We like interesting chord progressions, innovative melodies, and diverse beats, especially when skilled to blend these classic elements with modern production techniques.

Kerry Kennard

Andy Norell has a Pan version of Over the Rainbow - heard EKU percussion ensemble do it one year. Interested in writing - have Dorico now - it’s quite a nice music notation program to use. Have a great weekend. K. Kennard

Rachel Walker

It's great to see that songs from time pas is still relevant. This is the staying power of music. We songwriters are creating new original music today too! www. rachelwalkertrio.com

Rachel Walker

pardon... past are...

Nathaniel Baker

Brilliant! Loved it!❤️

Joel Irwin
Compose For What You Have

In a few places here I mentioned what my current composition teacher keeps telling me - write not for the instrumentation you want to, write for the performers that are available. I know many here will not compose at no charge - well perhaps I have taken that one step further. It is nearly impossibl...

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Alessandro Ponti

"Write for the performers that are available" is a great piece of advice. Along film and game work, I have started writing jazz pieces for the sextet I am working with (I am keyboardist with them). An...

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Joel Irwin

Guys, I can only speak for myself, but as a big a 'high' I get from hearing my music on the silver screen, I get a bigger high from listening to it performed live.

Alessandro Ponti

That's an artistic experience not to ignore: live sound waves...

Robert Broad

I know what you mean Joel, although I didn't compose it, it was a great buzz hearing a song I recorded open Guardians of the Galaxy.

ilias pantoleon
'12 Showreel

Hi everybody! This is my '12 showreel with music i've done for various film related projects. Give it a look! https://vimeo.com/60169324

Dale Sumner

Hiya Ilias, you are very welcome: credit where credit is due! I have also looked at your website and bookmarked it. If you ever want or need to collaborate on a project I'd be interested....take care and keep up that writing! Dale.

Dale Sumner

Oh and I agree about your comments regards dirt cheap music libraries - although like the saying goes - 'you only get what you pay for' and I have yet to hear a dirt cheap library track that was any good for anything (watch out - I might have started a fight with that comment!)

Erick Hayden

I love your style. The first couple pieces are just priceless. So charming, adorable and inviting. Also love the Flight at the Museum. :)

ilias pantoleon

many thanks, Erick!

Meir Sabbah

Wow, just wow!

Alistair Melville
I'm finding it very difficult to find music projects to work on !!!

Hello Everyone, Just thought I would post here and let you know who I am. I'm a music composer who has worked with Studio 51 for a few years. Maybe you know the name Dave Trotter. He runs Studio 51. Well I feel I have put in some hard yards there and learned the tools of the trade by writing lots of...

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Alistair Melville

Hi Joel, Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my question. I will certainly look into all those connections. I just woke up and played your string and orchestral versions of Mosaic, so...

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Samuel Estes

Hi Alistair, My first advice would to be put some music up on your Stage32 page. In the 1-2 minutes I had to look at your profile (which is what a Director/Producer would do), I could find no useful t...

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Alistair Melville

Hey Samuel thank you for the great advice. Very much appreciated. I've started to post quite a few of my latest compositions feel free to check out my work. Best wishes

Joel Irwin

Sorry not to have responded sooner - damn 'day job' keeps getting in the way :) (I'm a wedding videographer). Alistair - I'm still on the gigastudio plaform though I anticipate moving more towards Kon...

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Chris Boardman

you know the path to getting notice is to be focused about your message and how you present it. Personal branding and online presence management is essential in today's world. I'm releasing a free ebo...

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Timothy Andrew Edwards
Songs and/or Score

Films often need songs as source music (background bar music, passing cars, etc). Is there anyone here that also writes songs in addition to scoring, or who solely writes songs and not score?

Brian Lee Robinson

I just write songs at this point.

Allen Sebastian

Yup! I'm from India and like you may already know most of the indian films does consist of a list of songs, i have done for one movie a couple of yrs back when the director requested for some songs to move some stories and montages. i have also produced some songs aswell..

Brian Lee Robinson

I write mostly Country to Pop Music. Most of my songs are available at: http://reverbnation.com/BrianLeeRobinson I have a lot of Instrumental versions of my songs, as well....

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Bartek Dzikowski

Hi, Greetings from Warsaw! I write songs and instrumentals. You can find them on my profile. Would be happy to cooperate with you. Have a great day! Bart

Leonard Wolf

I do both - songwriting is very gratifying since songs can go places scoring can't and live on beyond one scene ... My latest song from "The Odds" a multi award winning indie movie: https://soundcloud...

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