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Quality vs Quantity

Hey all, I was wondering how the composers on here work on their craft. Here's my approach: So I write music everyday and the way I do it is I have a first music session where I give myself 30 minutes to come up with a new tune (sometimes with prompts like a picture or an idea but sometimes just impro ...

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Jonathan Price

I've always found deadlines to be inspiring. Historically, they're certainly an opportunity for Quality PLUS Quantity, whether it's Mozart's Little G-minor Symphony, or Goldsmith's academy-award-nominated score to Chinatown which he composed and recorded in ten days.

George Fir

For professional composers try-Walter Piston Harmony and Counter Point- also Charles Louise Hanon

Joel Irwin

Here's an idea to try since I am doing it as we speak (i'm on a 5 min break). Try scoring 4 - 11 minute short films in three weeks. I had 6 days each for the first two (the first was 12 minutes - wall...

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George Fir

For professionals who want to learn about the future of audio and film music please look here www.a3exchange.com

Linwood Bell

I struggle to get a 15 or 30 minute break. lol

Classical Music in Movies.

This may be helpful to some and I hope so! https://www.naxos.com/musicinmovies.asp

Classical Music in Movies : Classical Soundtrack and Classical Background Music.
Classical Music in Movies : Classical Soundtrack and Classical Background Music.
Classical Music in Movies and Classical Soundtrack. Choose from a wide variety of Classical Background Music, Classical movie songs and traditional musical background in mp3, dvd and cds for your own…
The art of composing.

I found this website. I hope it helps someone. Thx! https://www.artofcomposing.com/

WITH COMPOSER FREDERICK LOEWE: 'Fair Lady' Legend Gives a Private Concert, Talks Sinatra _ and Gives a Gift

Our first wedding gift was from the great composer Frederick Loewe _ his second-night seats to the stage version of "Gigi," then having a pre-Broadway run at the Los Angeles Music Center.  But that's getting ahead of the story.  It began in July 1973 when I was assigned to profile Loewe, who was in to ...

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Allen Lynch

Thanks for sharing this story Greg.

Greg Joseph

Appreciate the read!

Linwood Bell

I enjoyed that, Greg.

Jim Westlyn

I'll add my voice to the choir; that's a wonderful story.

Sometimes Simple Is All You Need

Last month I participated in the Houston segment of the international 48 Hour Film Project competition.  There is story which I won't belabor here but just to say the team I was on folded Friday night and I scrambled to get on another team on Sat and was very lucky to get involved with a bunch of re...

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Hotline (score) by JoelIrwin | iCompositions - Music
Hotline (score) by JoelIrwin | iCompositions - Music
The score to the film "Hotline" which premiered Jun 22, 2017 at the Houston 48 Hour Film Project competition. The score to this film won the "Best Musical Score" award (beating 52 other films).
Linwood Bell

Great job, Joel. Congrats to you!

Allen Lynch

Congrats Joel!

Brian Alan DeLaney

That's great Joel! I'd like to see how it works with the picture. Congratulations!

Joel Irwin

Brian - the filmmaker controls the picture and plans to create a longer version. So there are no immediate plans to put "Hotline" online. However, as we are both Houstonians, we can meet up locally and I can play it for you on my iphone7+. Shame you didn't come to the showing last night.

Brian Alan DeLaney

Joel Irwin, sorry I missed it.

Looking for an intern?

Hey! I'm a high school student looking for film scoring internships! I don't care if I get paid, I just want some experience and connections! Thank you!

Joel Irwin

You did not provide a location. You profile says you live near Raleigh, NC. Are you looking to interact with filmmakers there or are you willing to locate to say Los Angeles or New York? Aside from bei...

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Connor Julius Bonham

I am looking to work in Raleigh or within 30 minutes of it. As for participating in competition, I would love to, but can't guarantee my availability. I am open to any opportunities anyone is willing to give me!

Joel Irwin

Be open to work remotely. I just scored four films for the 168 film festival 8/26-27 at the Regal Theater in downtown LA. Two of them were produced here in Houston (and I received a nomination for "Be...

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Connor Julius Bonham

Thank you very much for your help! If you ever need an intern, I'm your man!

Influences

Danny Elfman, Thomas Newton Howard, Junkie XL, Rupert Gregson-Williams, John Williams are some of my favorite film scoring influences. Who are your film scoring influences?

Robert Franklin

The music to some movies just moves my soul!

Joanna Karselis

Don't forget Tom Newman and Desplat! Great choices everyone.

Valyo Gennoff

Alan Silvestri, Jerry Goldsmith, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Gustav Holst, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Rimsky Korsakov... and probably a dozen others. :)

Vikki Flawith

Vangelis, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, Danny Elfman, Thomas Newman, Michael Giacchino, Rachel Portman, John Williams. and more!

Philip Yon

Elliot Goldenthal, James Newton Howard

Need some agressive metal music for my next short

I'm looking for some heavy music, preferably within the djent subgenre, for my next film.  Is there anybody out there interested in sharing their tunes or pointing me in the right direction?  Many thanks!

Anton Zwijsen

Don't know if this is heavy enough: https://youtu.be/soWFzxswiRE ? If not, also PM me, I could help you out through some connections in the metal scene.

Nice, this should be good
EastWest Hollywood Choirs
EastWest Hollywood Choirs
"This is the third choir EastWest/Quantum Leap has sampled," says EastWest producer Doug Rogers, "we learnt a lot from the previous productions and Hollywood Choirs is the culmination of that experien…
Vikki Flawith

Yes, can't wait! Apparently the new Wordl Builder is much improved :D

Mark Gosney

Yea that's why they're touting is the new phrases and word builder being pretty revolutionary in the Choir space. I can't wait to hear it!!

Linwood Bell

Looking forward to hearing it. I believe Spitfire has one in the works, as well. What a money pit, huh? lol

Mark Gosney

Oh man, a deep one!! Lol

Linwood Bell

It is that! On the flip side of the coin, it's nice to have all these instruments at my fingertips to help better express myself and to be able to offer budget friendly music production.

What to target??!!

Hey all! I have a constant quandary. A nagging voice that doesn't ever shut up or answer the damn question!Do I write specifically for licencing opportunities and sacrifice "me" or do I develop my style and try and sell that? For years I have played/written what I like and what I listen to, but since...

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Adam Daniel Maxfield

Very good points all. The biggest dislike of mine is doing "covers"! I've done one in 25 years (which I really like perversely) and have always believed in doing what's within me rather than someone e...

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Joel Irwin

Adam, here is a twist on 'covers'. When I was first learning to orchestrate, I had no-one available for me to perform live. There might be many opportunities to write for a single instrument or even p...

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Adam Daniel Maxfield

Now that is food for thought! Mind you it's been 20+ years since I touched upon theory/written/sheet music!! Could be time to dive in again!
In the meantime, here's a little something I put together https://youtu.be/KRXfLpwnekU

Robert Franklin

I think you need to try all avenues, and hope for the best through hard work!

Wesley Dinwiddie

Good point also Robert! Do everything, keep all doors open :) Never turn down an opportunity... well, at least until you're Hans Zimmer and can be a little picky about who you work for

Music Scores and Info!

This is interesting. http://imslp.org/

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music
IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music
IMSLP stands for the International Music Score Library Project. This site strives to comply with Canadian copyright laws. If you believe this site has violated Canadian copyright law, please contact u…
Brian Alan DeLaney

I love IMSLP! I use it all the time to find music for my students. I have been meaning to put some of my non-film work up there, but I keep getting caught up with other projects.

Joel Irwin

I have been using it for about 10 years to read many of the classical full orchestra scores from the Masters such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn. Following the full score while listening to a pi...

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Robert Franklin

Awesome, guys! Keep being creative!

Suggestion and advice on licensing Film Music

Hello all, currently I'm scoring a small budget 2hrs20mins movie and it includes no of cues and soundtracks I'll be completing the works in a week and have this question in my mind how to move to the next step of copyrighting and stuffs? Do I have to get complete permission from the film producers?...

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Joel Irwin

There are lots of ways to do it. The function is normally handled by a "Music Supervisor". Wikipedia gives a great overview. You can wear that hat yourself, get someone else to do it, or get a company...

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Robert Franklin

I hope you do well!

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