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Gabby Dennany
Soundtrack

My novel is being published this year in the summer, and I want to have a soundtrack for it. (I've already spoken to my publisher about it) I'm looking for a composer but I have no where to start! Does anyone know where I could possibly contact someone?

Brian Alan DeLaney

In general, I think you have come to the right place! I bet some one in this lounge (including myself) would be interested in doing it. Or you could post in the jobs section.

Karthi Karunanidhi

Hi..I am interested in taking the project..You can reach me carthythemusician@gmail.com+91-999-55-72464

Joel Irwin
Lbj

I got a chance to see Rob Reiner's film, LBJ (www.imdb.com/title/tt4778988) last night (Rob Reiner was there to kick it off) at the opening of the Worldfest film festival here.  The two film composers I most identify with all these years have been Marc Shaiman and Alan Silvestri.  LBJ was scored by...

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Ritesh Parihar
Film Score

Hello all..I want to make film score using daw(FL Studio) but i doesn't know anything about music...what & where should i learn to make score...??

Brian Alan DeLaney

That's a really large question. Do you have a particular style you have in mind?

Ritesh Parihar

Actually i want to make orchestral music for my short films just to give them a cinematic feel

Brian Alan DeLaney

It is going to be pretty hard to make interesting orchestral music without any experience with music. If you want to do it right, you need to learn about music theory and orchestration. Listen to a bu...

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Joel Irwin

I second that. Many people just buy synthesizers and play chords into the DAW and what ends up are scores that sound like guitar played pop songs imho using only the most basic chords usually the "1",...

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Rachel Walker
It IS a Beautiful Day! :-)

Hello! Just wanted to check in and say that I am very busy with writing and recording new music as well as instrumentals for film and movies! It is an exciting journey so far and I wish yOu all a very wonderful day! Lots of love and music :-) Rachel

Joel Irwin
Tin/Penny Whistle

The Tin Whistle (also known as a Penny Whistle) was the instrument we hear in soundtracks such as Titanic. Does anyone have a sample set that included this instrument? Either the instrument by itself or as part of a set of Ethnic Winds? If so, what vendor/product?

Jonathan Price

There's Soundiron's Irish Penny Whistle for $5. It sounds pretty much the same as if I were to play my penny whistle, which is nothing fancy (although it has pre-recorded phrases). For $20, you can ge...

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Joel Irwin

I was looking at and considering Ventus. But it is just under $100. Will I get the same functionality and sound from Embertone's? I have full Kontakt since my primary symphonic package is Cinesamples....

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Jonathan Price

Can't really say since I don't own Ventus. I like the Shire Whistle quite a lot, but it looks like Ventus may give you more control over articulations and more RR's. I actually tend to use Eduardo Tar...

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Joel Irwin

Well here is some data to help. I have an "Alexa" browser extension, so I can tell relatively speaking which web sites get more traffic than others (with the top three sites being google, youtube, and...

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Raymond Negron

Awesome! I love my ethnic winds when I go out to eat. I could go deeper but no ove the Tin Whistle of the Titanic soundtrack. I'm a comedic writer so I stopped myself. Much love

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?
Jonathan Price

Aye, I've written quite a lot of songs for movies I've scored. For New Line's CYBER WARS, there's a scene with William Sanderson in a futuristic bar called The Blue Tiger. I couldn't find a clip of it...

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Aleksandar Zavisin

Hi. I am music composer. You can check my songs.

Benjamin Connley-Walker

Yes! I started to write music as a personal thibg which quickly became my true passion. I wanted to make a career out of compositions however I knew just how competitive and how flooded the musician I...

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Andy Kotz

I have songs (with vocals/lyrics) available to license as source music here: https://www.reverbnation.com/akmusicproductions ...and here are instrumental tracks available to license as source music too ...

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Vijay Siddharth

Yes I can do it.. I have written songs and I have written scores too.. Please find my works here: https://soundcloud.com/vijay-siddharth

You cannot fight against the temp track if it´s coming from Strauss

I don´t know if many of you know this but, originally, Alex North (15 Oscar nominations) was the composer chosen by Stanley Kubrick to score one of his most iconic films: 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was discarded though (he didn´t know about until the very release of the movie), mainly because the dir...

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Jonathan Price

It's true. With some directors (Tarantino comes to mind) their sense of pacing lends itself to pre-existing music. Luckily for us film composers, that's usually not the case.

Vijay Siddharth

When directors use temp tracks of such great artists like johann strauss it takes a lot to make them accept the scene with a different score..

Anyone know how to get in touch with student film directors?

Hey guys, I'm interested in contacting some students who are currently producing low budget/student films. While I've done scoring on a professional level I'm hoping to work with some younger talents to try and help polish their projects to an industry standard. Anyone know of any forums or websites to find these guys? Thanks

Karthi Karunanidhi

Hi..We both are like minded..I too need to know where to find those kind of people.:-p

Andy Kotz

You have to hit the film school community forums and Facebook pages or try www.studentfilmmakers.com

Brian Alan DeLaney

There are a whole bunch on reddit, the problem is that there are also a lot of people offering free composing services.

Cary Patrick Martin
Music Cue sheet

Has anyone done a music cue sheet for a film before??? A friend of mine has questions. Let me know and I'll connect you.

Joel Irwin

Brandi - cue sheets serve two purposes in my mind. Ultimately, as you say, it is what is used to pay the composer. There are many different 'types' of cues which are paid at different rates. The cue s...

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Cary Patrick Martin

Yes, my friend is filling out the paperwork for an indie he's producing. As I understand from him, he now has all the info he needs. Thank you so much, this has been a huge help.

Timothy Andrew Edwards

https://www.ascap.com/news-events/articles/2016/07/rapidcue-new-template And ALWAYS file a cue sheet regardless of budget, where it's performed, etc because the film, etc may show up on cable, network...

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Ace Vaptsarov

Hi Cary! I've done a bunch of cue sheets, clearance logs and also dubbing logs on Excel spreadsheet. Let me know if you still need someone to do the work or help out! :)

Maurice Mcgee

I SCORE GOOD MOVIE AS WELL

Joel Irwin
Which way do you go?

There probably an infinite number of answers to this one :)  And it may vary by project as well.  I am sure there are pros and cons for each approach. I can say on my last project, "Turning The Hands Of Time" (www.imdb.com/title/tt3953804), I started with scoring the opening scene and then the end ti ...

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Brandi Thomas
Question About Sample Libraries

Hey guys, does anyone know where I can get some decent synth pads and maybe an organ? Thanks!

Joel Irwin

If you mean a church organ, I use the one created by Propeller Island and sold by Ilio (http://www.ilio.com/products/ilio-samplelibrary/cathedralorgan). Here is a good sample of my work using those sa...

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Jonathan Price

Hey Brandi, Omnisphere is a synth workhorse. Also check out U-he, Heavyosity, and Output, but Omnisphere is a great Swiss-army-knife to start with if you don't have it.

Karthi Karunanidhi

try zebra brandi

Brandi Thomas

Awesome. Thanks so much, guys!