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Levente Dudas
sonic collage tribute to Carl Sagan

...no one has ever explained space, in all its bewildering glory, as well as Carl Sagan did. he’s been gone now for nearly two decades, but people old enough to remember him will easily be able to summon his voice, his fondness for the word “billions” and his boyish enthusiasm for understanding the...

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contact (sonic collage) by N/O/E/W/A
contact (sonic collage) by N/O/E/W/A
no one has ever explained space, in all its bewildering glory, as well as Carl Sagan did. he's been gone now for nearly two decades, but people old enough to remember him will easily be able to summon…
Karen "Kay" Ross

Well said! And I hope that Carl Sagan remains in the public consciousness for decades more to come.

Amanda Toney
Let's Celebrate Composer Ennio Morricone - What a Legend

Saddened to wake up to read the news in Deadline that Ennio Morricone passed away. He is a legend and one who truly influenced cinema. Let's celebrate him here. Has his work influenced you in any way? My favorite work of his was Cinema Paradiso.

Julia Petrisor

super loss for music in film - this guy was a true legend indeed!

Allen Lynch

A true legend. He will be missed, his music and legacy will never be forgotten.

Tony Germann

From the classic Spaghetti Westerns to The Battle of Algiers, The Untouchables and Cinema Paradiso, his compositions helped make these films true classics. I'll be raising a glass this evening.

Vladislav Savvateev

We love you, Ennio! and so many songs that we love. Ok, this one takes me back to my childhood days: "Le Professionel" https://youtu.be/gWm_xFuM5ZE

Karen "Kay" Ross
Generating Ideas for Composing GOALS

Hey, Stage-32-ers!

As you may know, next month is typically known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but here on Stage 32, we do a "November Write Club" where YOU set a goal for the month and then check in each week with your progress. Keep your eyes out for Jason's blog post launching th...

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Joel Irwin

Let me chime in with my personal approach. Having a 'deadline' has for me always been a reasonable motivator for writing original material. I have accomplished it for the last 17 years by attending cl...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
COMPOSERS: Are You Attending AFM 2020?

Also, consider how this could help you with your November Write Club Challenge! It's super simple to participate...

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Sabina Petra
Mercury The Musical

Hello fellow composers! I am posting by request of Kay Ross.

I wrote a one-act musical about a female aviator in the 50s and what was going on in her brain, called Mercury. Now that the stages are closed, I would like to get her story out there into the ether in a different way. Does anyone have exp...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Sabina Petra! Thanks for reaching out! I feel like the easiest way would be to do your choir of virtual presences, like so many other virtual choirs. If there is a narrator, you could fill in the...

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Joel Irwin
Artistic Content Short versus Feature

If you have scored for both shorts and features, answer this:

Aside for the amount of music you have to score, is there a difference in your 'content'?

Let me separate out two things for the response:

1. The actual content - so for example for a chase scene or a fight scene - will you 'compose' the mus...

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Jonathan Price

The main consideration, for me, between scoring a feature and a short is thematic content. In a feature, I can have many themes (or motives, or coloristic associations). In a short, there are only so...

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Joel Irwin

jonathan - great info. I want to follow up here on one thing that others, especially newbees might be interested in learning more about - what you call a 'theme'. For me a theme is an arranged melodic...

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Jonathan Price

Aye, that's why I included motive and coloristic association, parenthetically. Not all films need a full-blown musical theme. I'm referring to a recurring association between something musical and som...

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Bear Kosik
QC, the gay rodeo musical

Howdy! I have written a musical for both screen and stage that takes place during a weekend featuring a gay rodeo. The plot is similar to Love, Actually or A Midsummer Night's Dream. The script has received very favorable coverage but still needs some work. I am looking for a composer to write music...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Bear Kosik! OMG, I love the comparison to Love, Actually! Wait - are there rodeos that are just for the LGBTQ+ community?

And you have the lyrics already, is that right? So, you're just looking fo...

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Allen Constantine

Hello! I would be happy to help!

Best,

Allen C.

Sabina Petra

Hi Bear! I would love to try and write your songs!

Bear Kosik

Sabina Petra and Allen Constantine, please connect with me so I can send you messages about the gig.

Allen Constantine

Hi Bear, DM sent!

Frank Romano
At what point in the process does a composer prefer to come on board?

Maybe it's just anecdotal, but it seems to me that most Hollywood productions have an ever-tightening window for scoring, or that the score is simply an afterthought. We hear constantly of composers coming in at the last second, with the production giving them maybe 3-5 weeks to write and record an...

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Joanna Karselis

Totally agree with you. I was thinking about this yesterday actually with the Tenet trailer. It's obviously not out yet so there's no way to definitely know, but from the way it's had such a consisten...

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Frank Romano

Joanna Karselis I agree 100%. It's good to know a composer like yourself feels the same way. I would imagine that starting on the score before cameras roll can inform the creative team on set in some...

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Joanna Karselis

Frank Romano Oh it can definitely inform the creative team on set, and it's been a joy when it's happened to me! And it works in Hollywood too; Hildur Guðnadóttir wrote music before filming began on J...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

If you haven't heard it yet, definitely check out today's Member Spotlight where director Sandeep Sharma talks about (in part) his first experience working with a composer and how enlightening it was:...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
What Film Would You Make Into a Musical?

I just saw this announcement about Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding into a stage musical and thought, "Well, YEAH!" LOL! What film have you seen and thought, "someone needs to put that on stage and make it into a musical" ?

https://variety.com/2020/film/news/mira-nair-monsoon-wedding-musical-123......

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Mira Nair's 'Monsoon Wedding' Musical to Open in India, Singapore in 2021
Mira Nair's 'Monsoon Wedding' Musical to Open in India, Singapore in 2021
The new version of Mira Nair's " Monsoon Wedding " stage musical will now open in India, followed by Singapore, in 2021, the director has revealed. The stage adaptation of Nair's 2001 Venice Golden Li…
Navid Lancaster
Hello from Trinidad and Tobago

Hello everyone. I am Navid Lancaster from Trinidad and Tobago (in the Caribbean). I am a Film Composer and Sound Designer for award-winning films, video games, mobile applications and animation. I've recently had a blog on Composing published on Stage32 and there will be two more parts of the series...

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Robert D. Carver

Navid, have you any experience or interest in composing for Musical Theater? If yes, I've more than a dozen copyrighted speculative projects for which I wrote libretti and lyrics. If interested, please contact me for details. Stay well.

Navid Lancaster

Hi Robert D. Carver how are you? I have experience in writing music for choir and creating the Sound Design for theatre. Unfortunately I do not have experience (as yet) in composing music for Musical...

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Roger Hewett

Hi Navid Lancaster. Your blog made for a great read...looking forward to the upcoming parts.

Joel Irwin

Navid - thanks for the link but this lounge is a community and I was asking you think about something that was in your blog that you might want to have a discussion about here. Blogs are static - lounges are interactive :)

Robert D. Carver

If anyone is interested in collaborating, please email me directly for details: carver.robertd@gmail.com

Ruud Hermans
Working with a foreign director

Hello you all, I am wondering if you guys work with directors from other countries then your own and who live abroad as well. I have been lucky to have one of the shorts I did screened in London at Raindance filmfestival. I am living in Holland myself but I went there and met quite a few directors a...

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Navid Lancaster

Hi Ruud Hermans I'm from Trinidad and Tobago. I recently had a film that I composed for screened at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival a couple of weeks ago and will be screened internationally ver...

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Ruud Hermans

Nice to hear that you are working with directors abroud too! Thanks for sharing.

Roger Hewett
Greetings everybody! And a question...

Hi everybody,

I'm fairly new here, but I think this is a moderate place to start! I'm re-entering the orbit of the film/t.v. composing world after touring internationally with Cirque du Soleil (until March of this year).

Prior to that, I worked as composer/orchestrator in Montreal, where I lived for...

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Roger Hewett

Cheers Ruud Hermans! Nice meeting you here too.

Linwood Bell

Hi Roger! I'm a DP guy. :)

Roger Hewett

Linwood Bell ...Yay! I knew I wasn't alone! Pleasure!

Linwood Bell

I've been there since 2.7 I think. Too old to switch, but I did a couple mixes in Luna last week and I enjoyed mixing in it. I'd still do midi in DP though. The tape and Neve summing is pretty sweet in Luna.

Ruud Hermans

A Logic X man here

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