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

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!

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

Roger Hewett
Ivory II Piano sample library

Hi fellow composers,

For several years now, I have used, and loved, Synthogy's Ivory II piano samples. Being a classically trained pianist, I love the way they feel and respond, the long decay, along with the control over dynamics, etc. Having tried other piano libraries, as part of Kontakt bundles e...

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Joel Irwin

My keyboard on some of my other samples have come for years from https://www.sampletekk.com. I started using their Yamaha C7 Jr. sample back in the Gigastudio days and then moved to the full Kontakt 7...

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Roger Hewett

Joel Irwin...I just checked out the Kontakt 7CG MKII samples. They sound really good. And very affordable. I'll keep this in mind if my Ivory II continues to play up. Yamaha is always my keyboard of c...

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Roger Hewett

Woohoo! I located a setting in Ivory II that seems to have solved my problem! If anybody checks this post and would like to know, just post here. Cheers!

Jonathan Price
Creative Cribs

Kay Ross had wanted me to re-post a "Creative Cribs" Spitfire video from a previous post so more people could see an interview with film composer Dario Marianelli in his studio. Here's a link to all of Spitfire's Creative Cribs interviews. Enjoy!  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLliSrCAhG04c_...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Seriously - so good! Thank you for sharing, Jonathan Price!

Roger Hewett

It is a great article. Dario Marianelli is an amazing composer. I enjoy Cristian's approach too. When I watched this a few days ago I ended up on another video of his, leading to my ordering an (inexpensive) string library.

Joel Irwin
Breathe

I just wrote a chart / lead sheet for a jazz ensemble tonight.  Before I hand things out, I often eyeball the parts to make sure the notes are not too high or low, I try not to have B# or Fb or double sharps or flats, and I keep the chart on one page with four bars to a line.

What I often forget to d...

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Roger Hewett

Hey Joel,

I am rather perplexed by this. To me, all looks great. The melody is really cute...don't remove notes, as it will completely change it. It swings along nicely, and at 150bpm, there are no rea...

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Joel Irwin

So did the prof last night in class. A professional trumpet player should have no problem with the breathing. It depends on your target audience I guess.... Remember, in a jazz improvisation class suc...

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Roger Hewett

I find your phrasing naturally dictates where the breaths go. Anyway, nice work!

Karen "Kay" Ross

Aww, see! I love seeing y'all talk shop! Thanks for posting this question, Joel Irwin and thank you for the thoughtful answer Roger Hewett! You guys rock!...

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Roger Hewett

Karen "Kay" Ross ...Neither of us have a clue what we are saying to each other, but it looks really good in print.

Janelle Barker
Author

Hello it’s jell here from Australia.

I’m fairly new so I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. I’m an author of seven books at all are published yet but I am working on getting them published I am self published author I like to write poetry, non-fiction, fiction and biographies for people. I sent o...

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Roger Hewett

Hi Janelle Barker! Good advice from Joel regarding paying in advance. I also use MusicSupervisor though I wasn't aware it was connected to Taxi. Funny...I have been considering the latter recently...t...

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Janelle Barker

There is another music supervisor.com I have joined up and waiting for approval to join hopefully that will come through today and that’s the one Joel was talking about I think.

Joel Irwin

musicsupervisor.com is NOT connected to taxi.

Roger Hewett

Joel Irwin...I'm actually happy to hear that. Nice to know it is not all Johnson and Johnson ;)

Janelle Barker

AWSOME, thanks..

Vicente Lerro
Say hi to the music community.

I am new here. I am into Latin music mixed with some electronic elements. Hope everything gets better soon for all.

Joel Irwin

So this is a networking lounge for us who artistically create music. Tell us more about how you do the creation. Do you mix live and electronic together? Do all live tracks? Tell more about the challe...

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Vicente Lerro

Hi, Yeah you are right. I do mix Electronic sounds created with the music software and then I add my live touch on guitar Bass and Latin percussion.

Vicente Lerro

Each Latin music style has its own patterns. On top of this basic pattern, we can add some extra feelings on each individual instrument.

Vicente Lerro

So, the first thing we should do to play the Bongo on Bolero style, for example, is to learn the Bolero pattern and some variations, then, we can add some improvizations on top.

Vicente Lerro

Hope it helps.

Nick Assunto - Stage 32 Script Services Coordinator
Best score but okayest movie?

I think you know what I mean, but just to elaborate, what do you think is the best score for an otherwise okay film. Like, it's no masterpiece, but man is the music phenomenal. I always think of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves or Tron: Legacy. I guess any movie with a :

Karen "Kay" Ross

BOTH OF THOSE! and Robin Hood (with Russell Crowe).

Karen "Kay" Ross
Musical Artists Relief Fund?

Just like there is an Actor's Relief Fund, apparently there is a Musical Artists Relief Fund! Did y'all know about this?

What other programs for composers and musicians are there?

https://agmarelief.org/

Joel Irwin

The recording academy (the Grammy people) has MusicCares. My PRO, ASCAP also participates / supports it:

https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/musicares-coronavirus-relief...

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Tasha Lewis

Thank you for the resource.

Luís Mercês
What are the most important skills of a film composer?

Has a composer I know that knowing various styles of composition and being able to communicate feelings and sensations through music in a well thought out form is very important. As is a good knowledge of orchestrating, digital instrument programming, mixing and mastering. But I was wondering if the...

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Luís Mercês

Hey! Those are awesome advices! Thank you

Joanna Karselis

*his or her toolbelt

What Joel said. A couple of extra thoughts; firstly, view the process as a collaboration between yourself and the director, and secondly, try and do something new in every score.

Karen "Kay" Ross

LOVE this advice, Joel Irwin. Those first two are just fantastic for filmmakers across the board. Joanna Karselis absolutely, the collaboration and challenge really do drive innovation. Is there a par...

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Joanna Karselis

Karen "Kay" Ross definitely that kind of thing! It can be anything really. For example, I love the score for Moonlight where Britell used hip-hop techniques and layered pianos alongside classical stru...

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Karl Brunig

The ability to hear the directors vision as music in your head.

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