Composing

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Diandra Anne Mamo
Best Affordable Courses for Music Production and Songwriting

This query is for a loved one who's currently self-teaching in songwriting.

To all those well-establised creatives out there in songwriting and producing, could you send my way links and/or names of schools to learn in songwriting and music production please? Here at home we're not exactly well cater...

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Joel Irwin

I can't speak for outside the U.S. and it also depends on exactly what you are looking to learn. Your request spans two very broad area - audio engineering and write songs which overlaps with general...

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John Zachary
First Job as a Composer.

Looking forward to working with Balikoowa and Joseph as Music Composer for the full feature of The Sojouner, which is in now in the planning Stages. THANKS STAGE 32 This is a great platform to connect with others who love to Create.

Sean Staples
Composers...do you write to or away from film?

Hello fellow composers. I am interested to know if you prefer to write directly to film or do you take the more Mark Isham type approach of absorbing the film and then writing away from film and then applying back what your written. Personally i've done both methods and I find that sometimes it is e...

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Rutger Oosterhoff

Interesting to know. I hope you get some response.

David Obaniyi

I write demos to get inspired by the story and then when I get the film, I try to write to the film as much as possible. But personally I would much prefer to write away from the film so that you can get out of your own way and just create the score you feel is right for the project.

Joel Irwin

I have done both. Sometimes I watch the film once (or read the script) - to get the 'lay of the land'. That helps inspire me for the 'thematic material' and the 'longer' cues. Though (so far), I do no...

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Scott Fairdosi

I would say it's highly contingent on how much time I have. If I don't have time to write a suite or demo then I don't have time. But if there is time, that is definitely the route I like to go. I've...

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Justin Scott Lujan
Heaps of music

Hello All,

I am constantly working on new material and I want to compose music for film. Everything is ready to go from my home studio.

Cheers!!

-Justin

Joel Irwin

Do you have any questions for us composers or a request for some sort of feedback or do you want to share some part of your 'journey' either business or artistic. That is what we do here.

If you are lo...

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David Churchill
David

Want to compose music for film

Fivaz Buys

Hi David, I'm looking for a composer for a 40minute short film. Let's have a chat. ;-) Cheers, Fivaz

Julian Montgomery
Video Slave 3

I'm just getting setup with Video Slave 3 (I really don't like that name). Right now I'm using the network MIDI send/receive built into my Macs to sync the video. I'm also pulling the dialogue on to a track in my DAW so no audio is coming out of Video Slave 3. Was curious if that's similar to how ot...

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Julian Montgomery

Hey John Zachary I'll hit you up sometime today.

John Zachary

Hey how are you Whats been UP lately.

John Zachary

Looking forward to working with Balikoowa and Joseph for the full feature of The Sojouner, which is in now in the planning Stages. THANKS STAGE 32 This is a great platform to connect with others who love to Create.

Kerry Kennard

Dorico Pro 2 and higher has Video now, so one can write music with the video clip.

Logic X also has (insert) Video, which works pretty good.

Think the features in Dorico's Video engine are pretty nice....

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John Zachary

Hi julian what's up.

Alessandro Machi
Being Dumbed Down by Smart Phones?

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The difference between writing or posting from an actual, real keyboard, versus a Smart Phone... When on a real keyboard one can review one's work and fix mistakes. My theory is Smart Phone texting promotes brevity to the point where one accepts less in terms of thinking and writing. Gently hammeri...

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Amanda Toney

Really interesting way to look at things Alessandro Machi and I laughed out loud when you said you could go on and on BECAUSE you are on a keyboard, but I feel the same way about the written word vs....

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Joel Irwin

Same can be said for synthesizer VSTs or instrument samples - don't they dumb down live musicians?

Mackenzie Kristjon

Pretty funny. You are right. I actually have brought a great deal of brevity to my verbal interchanges because I know you eventually get to the point of the ellipsis and "expand comment" as above. The...

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Alessandro Machi

Joel Irwin, your question is definitely out of my pay grade.

Kerry Kennard

There's definitely more screen space on a computer, freeing your eyes to do better music / thinking, in my opinion. an Ipad might be better, though still the ideas with a keyboard and music notation,...

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Mara Cracaleanu
Short film soundtrack

Hi guys, anyone here who can help me with some music? I’m currently writing a script for a short film, a drama about 2 close friends, about death, grief and that feeling when you lose someone. I get very inspired by all sorts of songs when I’m writing something, it helps me a lot. Can you help me please? Thank you so much! :)

Mara Cracaleanu

Hey Rachel Walker! :)

Edwin Abraham

Hi Mara, what about some Indian Music in it ?

Ali Alyousuf

Hello Mara, did you find a composer to help you? If not, or your looking for a composer for another project, kindly visit my Youtube channel, you might like my music :) screenshot added.

Michael Williams

Contact Allan Phillips - does some great stuff.

Kenneth M Sutton

Hi Mara, I have a song I think you'd love. It's titled "Now It's Goodbye", contact me if you like.

Christopher Birk
Music Composing for Exposure

One of the biggest problems I often face with my productions is music. I always end up searching for non-copyrighted existing music everywhere and sometimes I find what I need and sometimes it's sub-par to say the least. But that's unfortunately one of the things that's often difficult, or impossibl...

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Andre Fratto

I think it probably, or hopefully, gets to the point for most composers where it's just no longer possible to work for free. When you're starting out, it's probably important to say yes to almost anyt...

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Joel Irwin

It really has a lot to do with the 'community and the life situation that the crew member is in. As one looks outside the major communities such as LA and NY or even the smaller communities such as At...

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Andrew M Edwards

An equitable professional barter is always acceptable. I've scored projects in exchange for a director cutting my reel together, or setting up my website, or directing a music video for me. As long as...

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Chris Joye

I have a rate. Like many professions and people existing, I have bills to pay. However, I understand the low budget film predicament. I have worked on a number of projects for free. Some I've never wa...

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Kenneth M Sutton

I do music, because, that's what God gave me to do, along with a whole host of other blessings. upfront, backend or free it all works out the same for me. I have over 400+ songs written and am getting...

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Chris Joye
Stage 32 at Seattle Film Summit

Always good to hear RB and Amanda from Stage 32 at the Seattle Film Summit, talking about how to work in social media (not just passive use). Make it a job!

Chris Joye
Composer's and RAIDs

Do any composers use RAID systems to run your sample libraries? Changing things up and saw some RAIDs on Black Friday with SSDs.. Expensive, but I already have a few SSDs, so if I can get an empty RAID bay, it could be beneficial.

What do you run it in? RAID 0 or RAID 1? I feel like the back/redundan...

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Joel Irwin

Many years ago I used to run RAID. But the odds of losing 'static' data such as samples is extremely low and I don't create many files a day which the software backs up on a regular basis. So the bott...

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Jonathan Price

I don't use a RAID system myself. Between my use of...

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Chris Joye
Justin Hurwitz/Spitfire Audio interview

Spitfire Audio has started a cool neat Composer "magazine" on their site. Check it out, with their first interview being Justin Hurwitz. As always, the quality is top notch from Spitfire!

https://composer.spitfireaudio.com/en/articles/oscar-winning-scores-with......

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Vladislav Savvateev

Hi Chris, great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

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