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Non film influences

So thanks to Warren's influences thread, we know the film composers who inspire us- but I'm curious, what non-film composers have influenced you? Jazz, classical, pop, whatever!

Personally I'm a classical musician by training so influences include John Adams, Steve Reich, Shostakovich, Debussy, Rachmaninov, to name a few.

Wesley Lawrence Curry II

Hi, good question. Here, the influences of Gershwin and Rachmaninoff are still coursing through my muscle memory. It has been a long time temporary phase, in the pursuit of gaining my own land and grounding some new ideas.

Meraxes Soneu

Hi. Interesting question. Personally, I like a mix: of course the classics, Beethoven, Wagner, Paganini, Bach, Mahler, etc. I also like metal, bands like Arch Enemy, Drone, Eisbrecher, Children of Bod...

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Wesley Lawrence Curry II

I am now 57 years old, and what influences swayed me were from made in my 20's and 30's. Now, I spend nearly 100% of my time composing, having only one or two personal favorites that I listen to for p...

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Joanna Karselis

Interesting mix of influences, Meraxes! Welsey, it's interesting that you feel that way. I completely see what you mean about not wanting to copy other people, but I've come to the opposite conclusion. ...

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Meraxes Soneu

Thank you Joanna! I think I know what you guys mean. By isolating yourself you look for your truly original sound more carefully without interferences. On the other hand, influences are the base of wh...

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The Man Hiding Behind The Curtain

In the film business, especially us composers, we present our artistic products in front of a live audience in abstentia.  Its like being in my opinion 'the man behind the curtain' (aka Wizard Of Oz).  That protects us in some sense but also insulates us from participation with the audience.  It is...

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Music Software

Was wondering what editing software you all use when it comes to placing your music into a film to make sure it matches. I use old school windows movie maker but really need to get something better. In general, what software do you use to create your compositions. Any recommendations? Thanks.

Joanna Karselis

My DAW of choice is Reaper, which allows you to export the score and video as one file. Problem is it only offers limited export formats which means the files come out huge (one recent example is a 30...

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Wesley Lawrence Curry II

When I am working on a Score.....My DAW is Logic Pro X. The Director sends film edits to me in DropBox, which I download to my computer. I place the Film Clips into Final Cut Pro X. And also into Logi...

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Joel Irwin

I use Sibelius 7 (under Win 7/64). It allows me to use the same score to produce the WAV file for the film, charts if performed live and scores that I can have reviewed/feedback (since most of the peo...

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Doodles (One)

Just doodling around, I don't know if any of you composers do this...you know...just get to feeling like playing your instrument with absolutely no particular 'job' or reason for it other than the joy of playing music. https://clyp.it/5m4lzdsj

Wesley Lawrence Curry II

Here Is a picture of my piano. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if I had gotten Bagpipes instead.

Adjustments For Low Volume Mixes

I am not an audio engineer so this question is more for those of you work with or are sound editors/audio engineers. I believe that as music volume gets lower, we tend to not be able to hear the the edges of the sound spectrum as well - the lower frequencies/bass and the higher frequencies/treble - w ...

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Wesley Lawrence Curry II

This is a very interesting Topic, and one that deserves much attention. In the last film I created the score for, the music was mixed into the film Twice. The first time, by me and another sound engin...

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Dorico software

Hi, I thought I'd mention Steinberg Dorico. A new Notation program. Crossgraded earlier this year; nice program. Anyone here use it ? I'm starting w or slowly as time allows. Have a great week. Sincerely, Kerry Kennard https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/dorico/start.html...

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Joel Irwin

I looked at it when it first came out and they created a licensing structure that requires a separate license for each machine. Almost every piece of software I have allows me to install the software...

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Kerry Kennard

They have an electronic dongle / USB for the program. Able to license on one, then move it to laptop, etc. Better to check site and their FB Group. Went to a meeting in Nashville and guy (David) / Bel ...

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Joel Irwin

yup. that's a problem. what if I go on the road and forget it. Had the problem years ago with Gigastudio 4.0 when it went to a dongle. I won't look at the product until it has a two license offering a...

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Afflict The Comfortable

I walked in my first composition class of the semester today really upbeat.  Since the end of the Spring semester, I scored 7 films (one never released) and of those 6 released, one won 'best score', one was nominated for 'best score', and the documentary I scored won for 'Best Documentary'.  I deci...

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Internships for Young Film Composers

Hopefully there are others out there who can benefit from this topic. My degree program requires me to do an internship before I graduate. I've looked into programs offered by: Disney, Universal, FOX.... pretty much all of the programs offered by the big guys in the studio system, as that is my ulti...

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John Tinger

Brandi, I would love to share something , with hopeful inspirtion in it! There are many who may see this as eccentric, but how many people truly think for themselves, and create their OWN opportunitie...

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John Tinger

You will know in your heart if you are ready to be a fear conquering entrepreneur, Brandi! :)

Andrew Colyer

Hey Brandi, I just came across this thread today - Monday, September 11th, 2017. Three years later, I"m curious - how are you doing?

Brandi Thomas

Hey Andrew, I'm doing well, thanks! I moved to LA a little over a year ago and finished an internship with Remote Control Productions this past May. It's been a wild year getting acclimated to the city and everything, but I'm doing really well. Thanks for checking in! :)

Joel Irwin

Brandi - I would think the internship prepared you well for the business and collaboration end. Tell us, if you choose, has the internship provided you with any real world artistic growth in the actua...

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In the meantime

In the meantime.... I wrote a post a little while ago about targeting or developing a style. Well that's what I've been up to since, developing a style or rather starting to. Having spent years focusing on playing guitar and bass I have rediscovered a love for the first instrument I learnt to play,...

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Joel Irwin

I am not an admin but I did notice this post stuck around for a bit last week and then disappeared. I was assuming it was moved since it was predominantly considered 'self promotion'. So here is an id...

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Adam Daniel Maxfield

Funny, I thought the whole point of this site was self promotion through networking and advertising projects! But hey if you think it's in the wrong forum then who am I to argue.

Joel Irwin

not my call. im not the admin. just trying to come up with some ideas to minimize having the post/discussion moved based on what I have seen here over the last few years. Sharing the 'how' and the 'behind the scenes' is greatly valued here.

Living With The Natives

Here is something I have been talking about for years and truly believe its importance.  Its about "living with the natives" as the expression goes.  Back in 2003 I started taking music classes (the standard two years of theory and ear training).  Then I started to take classes to learn how to write...

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Jonathan Price

I was saying that I usually use the Tin Whistle in Eduardo Tarilonte's ERA II with my WX-5 wind controller. You should check out that library for its bagpipes as well. It's a good overall collection....

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Joel Irwin

Something to consider for a future project - thanks. I have some number of instruments in that set from previous purchases (such as Renaissance Flutes, etc.). I normally prefer a single sampler (Konta...

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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?

Leesa Sklover

One from the heart was a great score.. Tom Waits. I sing Take me home all the time when I perform.. broken bicycles too.

Leesa Sklover

Thomas Newman, John Williams yes.. always see him at tanglewood.. For years.. amazing.

Joshua Melvin

Hans zimmer and Junkie XL

Ambrose Freeman-Toole

Henry Jackman, Tom Holkenborg.

Wesley Lawrence Curry II

Whoever committed Oompa.

Filming About Hurricane Harvey and Subsequent Floods

If you know about any person or organization shooting anything about Hurricane Harvey, the subsequent floods especially in Houston, etc. whether it be 60 seconds, public service, short or feature, I will score it for free. (I live in Houston and was blessed that my house and property did not flood....

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Joel Irwin

Let me expand the offer - Harvey or Irma

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