Composing

Discuss, share content, offer tips and advice on hardware, software, style, strategies, process, work-flow and the business of scoring a film, video or theater production

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!❤️

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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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/

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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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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