Composing

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Thomas Smith
Where Can I find Something...

Where can I find a film to score? I've honestly been down and out of it lately finding projects to do, and nothing seems to be working. I've been sitting back and listening to some film scores and honestly, I think I'm ready to score my first film. Who's interested?

Joanna Karselis

Agree with all of the above, plus check out https://www.mandy.com/jobs/opportunities.

Andrew Kopacz

I've had no luck with mandy.com the employers look at your application and that's it. Out of about 50 or so applications, I had only 1 that actually considered me. They don't even respond to you.

Joanna Karselis

Sorry to hear that Andrew. I found that initially with Mandy too, but as my work has grown I've actually made some really good connections and worked on some great films through Mandy.

Karen LaMantia

Help us out. What do you need to get started on a score? Do you do samples of themes and sounds, based on the title , period of the piece, script? Do you need to see the entire film to begin to score it? Help us learn what you need and you may get some new projects to start working on.

Joel Irwin

Gonna make things short. :) Scoring for me is both an artistic and business endeavor. I have scored something like 27 imdb films and they have run the gamut. Sometimes I get the whole film and the fil...

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Joanna Karselis
Composer agent reccommendations?

Hello everyone!

Hope your days are going well. I'm in need of a little advice from the collective mind. I was speaking to a producer last week (he's working on the Channel 4 show Ackley Bridge here in the UK, so he's fairly high up the production food chain), and he was saying that once you've got a...

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Marcos Hernandez Bolanos

Unfortunately I´m not based in the UK but I wish all the best in your endeavour. I´d love to hear about your experience finding an agent. It could be helpful for other people here in the forum.

Joanna Karselis

Sure, if people would find it useful I'll post an update when there's some news!

Elizabeth Melillo
Joel Irwin

possible. pm me and we can talk.

Thomas Smith

PM -- Think I can come up with something. Let me know! :)

Bill Costantini
Tony Visconti on Producing Bowie's "Heroes"

I always love watching this video as Tony Visconti shows and tells how David Bowie's "Heroes" was produced.  I especially love the Eno-Fripp contributions, and all of the producer's knowledge shares.  In case you haven't seen it, enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ClNGJXUWvk...

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Michael Mason

this is awesome. thanks for the link

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.

Dara Taylor

Same here, I compose in cubase (though I don't use cubase's video engine as it's been pretty problematic for me in the past). As I write I sync by cubase sessions with video in Video Slave. Then when...

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Michael Mason

Pro Tools here. It's where I learned everything so I've just stuck with it. I sometimes use Reaper or ableton live as well

Kerry Kennard

Steinberg Dorico 2.0 now supports video. some interesting video handling is nice; can’t wait to put on computer. Able to use 3rd party sounds for anyone interested.

https://www.dorico.com/new-in-2/...

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Bill Lonero

I’ve been using Cubase for the last few years. Prior to that I was using Nuendo. Not a fan of ProTools. I know it’s the industry standard but to me it’s like Yamaha NS-10s. People use it because the c...

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Pete Matthews

I am using Logic these days. I am on a deadline most of the time and don't have time to learn new software.

Alistair Melville
How can I improve my composing skills ??

Hi everyone my name is Al Melville and I am based in the UK. Just wondering if any of you can point me in the right direction on how to improve my composing skills, especially strings which I love. I have some lovely string libraries but am not really getting the best out of them due to my weak composing skills.

Alistair Melville

Hi Joel and Linwood what great feedback ...some great points there for me to work on and have some fun with that's for sure. Over the next week or so I will try all your points and just see what comes...

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Linwood Bell

It's endless what you can do with even 3 notes. You can take them or they can take you anywhere. This is just a little 4meg ensemble patch and playing the three notes in just 3 different ways. www.lin...

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Joel Irwin

Alistair/Linwood listen to Antonio Carlos Jobim's works - I know of no other composer in any genre that can do so much with so few melodic notes. Here is a great starting example:

https://www.youtube.c...

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Alistair Melville

Linwood and Joel thanks again for your great input. Yes less is more in my book. Jobim was a master song writer and made it sound so good with so few notes. Thank you for the little demo Linwood when I hear it then I can see it if you know what I mean :-)

Linwood Bell

Speaking of Jobim. Check out what is Jorge does @:10 with the melody B D C# A. Really nice and clever in it's construction. Get it under your fingers and analyze it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od...

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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.

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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David John Bartlett
Sample libraries

Curious, which sample libraries are best in your opinion and why?

Mark Gosney

I used Garritan back in the day, I thinks it’s gotten a little better over the years, but not compatible to East / West, Cinesamples, Spitfire, etc.

Linwood Bell

The stuff I use most...Spitfire, Spectrasonics, Toontrack...

Joel Irwin

My primary is Cinesamples. I also use Miroslav (though not the one with its own sampler which I own - I also own the original Gigastudio version which I converted to Kontakt). I have over a dozen pian...

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Jonathan Price

It's always evolving, but my current basic orchestral template is this:

WW-AudioModeling SWAM, using a Yamaha WX5 wind controller and MIR Pro with Teldex Studio, with CAGE, UIST, and THRILL for fx

BR-s...

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Alistair Melville

I started with East West but as my ears become more acute I am moving towards Spitfire Audio. Just listen to the Chamber Strings Library and the Symphonic Strings Libraries ...warm and very detailed....

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Elizabeth Melillo
Lyrics with no melody

I am working on a Manuscript. I have two songs which i wrote the lyrics but I have no melody. I’m not a musician. Any ideas

Joel Irwin

I have have been looking for a new lyricist for some years now. If interested, pm me here or on FB.

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

you can also look into ambient and soundscapes to go along with your lyrics, then you wouldn't need a melody, you could just read them as a poem. artsy! https://youtu.be/vNwYtllyt3Q

Mark Mcgary

Hi from Washington State. Mark McGary. I have a box with about 12 miles of quarter inch reel to reel filled with live stuff. Do you have a reel to reel capacity? I took classical violin from Allen Bod...

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Alistair Melville

Happy to read your lyrics and see if it inspires me to write music to your lyric.

Bill Costantini
Nina Simone - Sinner Man

I always love listening to this song, and especially on a Saturday morning. Nina Simone was such a great liver of life, and composer. I wish I could write songs this pure. If you've never seen this video, enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2cV4bw5yZY&index=6&list=RDyzLT6_TQmq8...

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Brandi Thomas
Charging for Music

Hey everyone! Here's a cool article I found on how much you should charge for composing music. I know this has been a bit of a debate around here so would love to hear your thoughts! :) http://filmandgamecomposers.com/guides/how-much-should-i-charge-to-compo......

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How Much to Charge For Composing Music?
How Much to Charge For Composing Music?
How much should you charge someone to write music for them and how to you figure out the price?
Brandi Thomas

Completely agree, Gary.

Laura Cook

Charge something! :-P great share Brandi

Matt Milne

I currently pitch at around $1200/minute, a steal at half the price, given that it helps films win festivals, sees tv shows broadcast around the planet, and games control entire niches of the market. I should be charging a lot more.

Susan Lockwood

Brandi, thanks for posting. It's a great read and helps answer the perpetual question. :-P

Laurent Detaille

Thanks for posting this article :)

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