Composing

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Florin Şumălan
Peter Hamer

I think that he has songs that are worth listening. You can find more on his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QRCOFkvSdQ&list=PLnmiA9lwcRtKCyunpByxYE......

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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.

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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Matt Milne

Composing isn't a skill, it's a talent you have to have. Orchestration is a skill, and there's a lot you can do there. Practise orchestration, and transcription, you'll get much better at it.

Karl Brunig

Rent, Buy or DL the Documentary: Score. It features Hans Zimmer and a host of other composers showing how they think and compose.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz
Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Andrew- Look forward to working with you on 'HOPE SAVES MANHATTAN'.

Michael Mason

Hi Steven! I'm a composer because I love creating music. It's the best feeling ever being able to capture an emotion and enhance what's happening on screen. I've been making music the majority of my life and nothing makes me happier then when I'm working and creating.

Michael Matasci

Because, if I can come up with an unexpected sound, unusual chord change, a new melody - there’s no better feeling

Also want to surprise myself and surprise others and not repeat myself

Other times, a melody will come to me out of the blue and I need to record it

Manuel Marino

Because I love my Muse, and I love my music dreams :-) If you want to know more, just read my article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/muse-music-inspiration-issue-manuel-marino/...

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Dj Nuclear

The mind never stops creating and it's the only work that keeps me smiling to see everyone singing or dancing to my tunes or lyrics.

Andy Crittenden
Need Score for Horror Film shot on location in Colombia

Yeah yeah, I know... another horror film... right? Wrong. For better or worse, this is my baby. Shot entirely on location in Colombia South America, with a practical Monster, inspired by the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Very low budget, but amazing cinematography. And now I need a score to suppor...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Andy. Perhaps post your needs on the Jobs board: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs. That's where members post various "want ads" or searches for creative partners, paid or not paid. ;) Best wishes...

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Andy Crittenden

thanks... yes I have posted there....

Amanda Toney

Any composers in my network looking to help out Andy Crittenden ?

Joel Irwin

have him pm me.

Andy Crittenden

Thanks Amanda, but I hired somebody from Stage 32 more than a month ago... I also completed the job post, per instructions of the site... Did that not go through? Thanks

Manuel Marino
Role Models

This is an important issue for anyone scoring films. Did you ever had a quarrel with the director for the Role Models issue? Let's talk about it! Here's my article with my two cents: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/role-models-manuel-marino/...

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Role Models
Role Models
This is a difficult topic to talk about. The reason is obvious.
Thomas Dison
Music in Cinematography

I think that a television show/ motion picture is only as good as its score, or lack there of. What are your opinions on this?

Thomas Dison

My personal favorite was Huey Lewis and the News I’m Back to the Future.

Bill Costantini

I'd rank Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly" as the best composed soundtrack by a pop musician. I'd also put Isaac Hayes' "Shaft" up there, and Neil Young's "Dead Man", Richard Thompson's "Grizzly Man"...aw...

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PeterV Daniels

As I'm new to STAGE32 don't take me too seriously but recently as I watch a movie I find that the less popular the score I tend to soul search a little more. Pete

Joel Irwin

OK - I went to see Mary Poppins Returns tonight (score was golden globe nominated). Mark Shaiman has been my favorite composer for years (Alan Silvestri is a close second). This is a composer who is o...

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Manuel Marino

Brian, as Italian I know perfectly Goblin and its amazing scores. Innovative for the period and an impressive added quality to the entire movie production from Dario Argento that probably would not have the actual number of fans without that score.

Joel Irwin
Hats Of To Unsung Composers

In my estimation, we spend a lot of time listening to and discussing the works of major Hollywood composers or discuss memorable music from feature films.  Many of us score films with music designed to help filmmakers (and possible ourselves :) ) get recognition at film festivals.   Then there are t...

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Manuel Marino

Joel, please, don't forget music for videogames :-) I'm doing my battle to have it considered at the same level as music for films. Games today are like interactive movies and developers want powerful...

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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?

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.

Christopher Poet
About music

Okay, so long story short, I am setting up five episode web series running at about 5 pages per episode. If I were to include music and hire someone to make music for the episodes, what would it cost me? Does anyone have an idea of an estimate for the possible price or a minimal price?

Linwood Bell

Because he'll negotiate you to $2.50.

Christopher Poet

Linwood Bell Honestly, I am just looking for someone who is going to be willing to write/compose music fitting to the genre and story. If it cost me a hundred, then fine. If it cost me 25, better. If...

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Linwood Bell

It's nice to build those relationships Chris and indeed we have to help each other because God knows we all need it. I agree that music is an important part of any project. I meant no disrespect to you or Andrew.

Robert Lieblein

For $20, I'll fart in a microphone for you (you must purchase the Chili for me). $25 if you want some reverb.

Nick Ryan Carrassi

Hi! In the very beginning, I guess you can have access to our library. Great music, good quality, royalty-free. As soon as you're ready with a budget, we can offer more than 30 great composers that may offer different style and price. We'll be happy to discuss a long term partnership. Nick

Andrea Balaz
Musical

I would like to try my hand at writing another musical. I got a writing price for my previous one, but the musicians that I worked with left before the music was done.

So this time I'd like to colaborate with others composers, people interested in performing it, like schools etc., from the beginnin...

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Michael Matasci

Hi Andrea

sounds interesting - do you have any specific ideas on the musical project?

I am a composer in Brooklyn, and have started on a musical myself

Cheers

Michael

Andrea Balaz

Thank you Michael,

I have a few ideas for the plot. What is your musical about?

with greetings from Vienna,

andrea

Michael Matasci

It's about a young man in California who can predict earthquakes, and his friends dealing with him

Have some songs already composed

the script is almost finished

Michael

Dr. Marilyn Monroe
Dr Marilyn Monroe cover - Led zeppeline. Baby, I’m gonna leave you - Ver 3

Hello to all. I know it a big request. I wish I could find someone to compose my lyrics for a future %. so I can sing them.

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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Stephanie Wesh

I was just listening to love me or leave me she's amazing

Bill Costantini

I was just talking about this with someone else. While this particular video is not Nina exclusively playing and singing, what really makes this special for me is watching her be herself while dancing...

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