Composing

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Kyle O'Connor
Composers Wanted: Audio Storytelling Collective

Hello composers! I have an idea that I want to run past everyone in order to (a) see if it’s feasible and (b) inquire whether people would be interested.

Long story short, I’m a sound designer who recently just got involved in a fictional audio drama. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m eager to do more....

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Karl Brunig

I'm sure you will get many offers from composers. Your idea is intriguing. I tend to be more eclectic and edgy as you will hear in this example of a 4 minute short. I replaced the minimalist solo violin score .to pull out more emotion from the images. https://youtu.be/KXpkGOAFAfo

Socks Whitmore

I do lots of things in the podcast realm but for this project if you need voice actors or lyricists I'd love to chip in :)

Chris Cox

Listening in

Hector Murrieta

Sounds interesting. If you want to, I’ll send you samples of my compositions. Cheers!

Kerry Kennard

I’m interested- always adding new pieces fro the mix. Hope to hear from you soon. www.KerryKennard.com

Joel Irwin
442 Hz

Here is a great question I saw this morning on a professional film composer FB group. It is from someone else - not me. Since I have not yet had the honor of working with a live orchestra for any of my films, the issue has not yet come up for me. This question had about 25 responses last time I look...

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Jonathan Price

Me, I'd re-tune. It's easy enough for me to do, and then I have live players who are playing in their comfort zone. I've only worked with live orchestras from LA and London with pre-records at 440, but if I were working with a group used to playing at 442, of course I'd re-tune.

Srdjan Todorovic
Thematic short movies without sound?

Hello Stage 32 as music composer been thinking: ok we are composing music and it might be used for some kind of picture motion (read movie). Q: Is there any thematic short movies without sound so we can use it for fulfill with sound. Just in opposite way. No music for movie, but movie for music...

Joel Irwin

To be honest, your question is somewhat confusing for me. Those creating short films, are often on a very small or no budget at all. If they use music at all, they go for 'creative commons' or some lo...

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Srdjan Todorovic

Joel, thank you for advice.

Direct Licensing Music Delivery Opportunity

We are actively seeking ambient music suppliers interested in Direct Licensing with MUSICDELIVERY, a sister company of our music partner in Brazil, Azul Music Multimídia Ltda. MUSICDELIVERY is an innovative sound design service providing background/foreground music across physical and digital enviro...

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Mike Ososki
Music from Before the 80s

Hi Creative Army (I just made that up ;) ... Who else is here with a strong love and focus to create music for film/TV that is reminiscent of pop and rock circa 1955-1980? We like interesting chord progressions, innovative melodies, and diverse beats, especially when skilled to blend these classic elements with modern production techniques.

Kerry Kennard

Andy Norell has a Pan version of Over the Rainbow - heard EKU percussion ensemble do it one year. Interested in writing - have Dorico now - it’s quite a nice music notation program to use. Have a great weekend. K. Kennard

Rachel Walker

It's great to see that songs from time pas is still relevant. This is the staying power of music. We songwriters are creating new original music today too! www. rachelwalkertrio.com

Rachel Walker

pardon... past are...

Nathaniel Baker

Brilliant! Loved it!❤️

Karen "Kay" Ross
Remixes: Love 'em or Leave 'em?

I found this awesome compilation of remixed themes from Avatar: The Last Airbender. I absolutely fell in love with the first one.

https://www.youtube.com/wa...

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Jonathan Price

More of a visual remix than musical if that counts, but several people have taken my song "The Hubba Hubba Hula" from AMERICAN DRAGON: JAKE LONG and edited Zuko from AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER to make...

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Grace Yee

OMG this is sooo cool!! Soothing to listen to like a soundtrack!

Karen "Kay" Ross

Grace Yee Right?! It's hard for me to not get misty with that African thumb piano as Aang's theme. So touching, no matter what beat you put it to.

OMG Jonathan Price That Hubba Hubba one is hilarious!...

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Luís Mercês

Hey! I find it flattering when someone creates their own version of a piece that I composed, it hasn’t happened much for me and I guess it will also depend on the composer.

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?

Matt Milne

same boat here Thomas, there's a shortage of great new projects at the moment, industry is a little thin on the content creation.

Karen LaMantia

Joel Irwin- Thanks for sharing and it was a real journey listening to day at the beach...Thanks for the tips. I will be in touch for sound editing and future work.

Yon Max-Aaron

Can't thank you enough Joel.

Kerry Kennard

Hi Thomas, what software do you use to compose with ??

Manuel Marino

Hey Thomas, nice to meet you. There are thousands scripts, I must say good scripts, but the investors are less than in the past. Less films during the year.

Ed Hartman
Music licensing

Hello fellow composers! I am a composer based in Seattle. I score films and create tracks for licensing to music libraries, etc. I also teach music licensing and am happy to answer questions about it. My website has a lot of free resources, and I put out a free newsletter (8th year). Please let me know if I can be of assistance. Keep writing!

Ed Hartman

Joel:

Great question. I am familiar with Worldfest. "As the Earth Turns" won an award, but I wasn't able to make it. Looks like a great festival. It's funny about local events. I've found with anythin...

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Ed Hartman

Also, by being a producer, I have learned how to submit films (Filmfreeway) and all of the hurdles involved in being a filmmaker. I am now tremendously sympathetic to the plight of the filmmaker. As c...

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Joel Irwin

I had my first imdb producer credit in 2013. it won it's competition and then placed 2nd to Paris at Filmapalooza representing Houston. In the short film biz, if you pay for all (or half), you are a p...

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Ed Hartman

Great to hear. Any involvement with a film can translate into a producer credit, especially if the music budget is low! That's a great way to get on the inside. Good luck with the film!!

Ed Hartman

Joel: Elegentia a a wonderful and tragic short film. Very nice for a 48hr production. Usually I have zero time to score those! Interesting that it's a no dialogue piece too. My film http://astheeartht...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
How Has Music Saved Your Life?

Caught this article from Variety on the documentary "Music Got Me Here" about an 18-year-old snowboarder who became trapped inside himself after a major accident. I've noticed my neighbors playing instruments through the lockdown, but I wondered for those who are professional musicians and composers...

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'Music Got Me Here' Trailer - How Music Therapy Saved a Snowboarder's Life (EXCLUSIVE)
'Music Got Me Here' Trailer - How Music Therapy Saved a Snowboarder's Life (EXCLUSIVE)
" Music Got Me Here " is a new documentary from filmmaker Susan Koch and looks at the extraordinary power of music and how it helped save the life of snowboarder Forrest Allen. At the age of 18, Allen…
Karen "Kay" Ross
Make a Goal for Nov. and Let Us Encourage You!

Nov. Write Club is NOT just for screenwriters! What are you trying to accomplish before the end of 2020? I also added suggestions for those in production, but I'd love to hear what you have in mind.

Let us help you by posting your goals on the blog post (link below) and checking in with your progre...

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Joel Irwin

As I previously checked in the other post, Covid should not put a damper on our creativity. I have been using going to a jazz improvisation class on thu nights to motivate my creativity. Last Thu morn...

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Braden Pontoli
Licensing Tracks

Hi composer hive...I've been thinking of starting to compose tracks specifically for licensing...I've scored short films, video game play, and podcasts so far as I am beginning my scoring career. I'm curious to know if I am add tracks to a licensing library or even create my own site to do so......c...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Great question! Definitely scroll through the Producing Lounge as well to see if you can connect with producers or entertainment lawyers who could shed some light on this question. You can include a l...

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Joel Irwin

I am not a lawyer. You may want to consider consulting with an entertainment attorney. Here is my personal take. If you have a contract contract for cues in a film, then it is up to the contract. You...

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Joanna Karselis

Like Joel says, whether you can re-purpose rejected cues is entirely down to your contracts. I'd add that even if your contracts do allow you to re-purpose rejected cues, you're likely to meet resista...

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Braden Pontoli

Thank you everyone for your responses. This helps me out a lot!

Roger Hewett
Normalizing an audio file

HI, and greetings to all!

I'm composing some new-age solo piano music for a project. The velocities are all quite low (and need to stay that way). As the overall desired level (and my performance) is really soft and meditative, the signal level in the wav file is rather low.

In this context, Is it a...

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Joel Irwin

(I know you asked something very specific so you can ignore most of this if you want - I just thought I would talk about all my WAV files.)

I normally leave my stuff alone since when I hand off my WAV...

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Roger Hewett

Thank you for your input, Joel. Mastering is still something I'm trying to get to grips with, for sure. Another useful tool to have under one's belt!

Jonathan Price

I use FabFilter Pro-L2, with a target LUFS of -14 for streaming. https://youtu.be/RSQoMiZkuGI But for a softer track, I'm good with -20 LUFS.

Jonathan Price

Also, here's a very useful site that will show you how the different streaming platforms will alter your track's volume: https://www.loudnesspenalty.com/

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