Composing

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Scott Fairdosi
Cubase IC Pro

Is there any version out there for windows products? I have an older Asus tablet I would love to put it to use in my home studio.

Jonathan Price
Free Music Software from Spitfire

If you haven't checked out Spitfire's LABS yet, check it out: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/labs

They just released free synth pads, but there are seven other free releases on the LABS page, and more to come.

LABS - Free Virtual Instruments
LABS - Free Virtual Instruments
An infinite series of free software instruments, made by musicians and sampling experts in London, for anyone, anywhere. Presented in our own plug-in, they are easy to use, and compatible with any DAW…
Joanna Karselis

Ooh thanks this looks great!

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

Thanks for the lead! Downloaded synth pads, real easy and nice sounds.

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

Oops, I ran in some bugs already, well hey, its free.

Joanna Karselis

Already in love with the soft piano. What a beaut.

Michael Mason

Been loving these! I'm glad you posted the link. Some really killer sounds

Shabbir Siraj
List your Black Friday haul!

There were some pretty interesting deals this time around when it came to music making software for PCs and Macs and apps for mobile gadgets. I didn't splurge as much as I have in the past, but I did purchase an acoustic guitar sample library by Orange Tree Samples called 'Evolution Jumbo 12'. Havin...

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Scott Fairdosi

Finally purchased Albion One! I also bought Spitfire’s Felt Piano, Scoring Guitars from Heavyocity, and a few plugins from waves.com ✌

Shabbir Siraj

Excellent purchases Scott. Gotta love Spitfire Audio! They churn out phenomenal stuff and a lot of their orchestra libraries are still on my wish list. Cheers!

Karen LaMantia

New Version of Final Draft --- kind of on the nose but I will use it more when doing the filming scripts I hope to be writing for production of my TV shorts and maybe pilots? in 2019...Dare to dream!

Joel Irwin
End It Softly

I have ended quite a few films (i.e., the end titles) by 'going out with a bang' - i.e., I threw the whole orchestra at it - that is forte and tutti (loud and everything).

Today I was finishing up my 6th film of 2018 and with the filmmakers/director's concurrence I decided to do it different.  It was...

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Rachel Walker

I think that's brilliant. The Soft fade leaves time for the viewers emotions to surface:-)

Matt Milne

Depends entirely on the film. If you end on a high, go out big. if you end on a low, go out soft.

Shanika Freeman
21 Days of Video Game Music

Anyone participating in the challenge? 21 days of video game music based on prompts or any idea you have really. At least 4 to 8 bars every day. It's a good way to get into the habit of composing every day. Of anyone is doing it let me know. I would love to follow you all and listen to your work.

Alessandro Mastroianni

I wanted to do t so badly but I’m literally drowning in work. Maybe I’ll try to do a couple of days...

Matt Milne

Nup, but I regularly score that way. Here's an album from a 90-minute soundtrack, I wrote in 14 days. https://open.spotify.com/album/08jpPj1iWMuiTsn6O3mcrQ...

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Joel Irwin
Comic Music

I am scoring a film right now with a director/film maker that loves to micro-manage.  I am scoring a film which I would term a romantic comedy.  She has already told me she wants the music to 'sound like' the Sandra Bullock film, "The Proposal".  Just to see if we were on the same 'wavelength' since...

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Matt Milne

On my last short, the director wanted something heavy. I scored it light. the film just went to its 50th festival. Everyone these days says what they want, without really knowing exactly what they do...

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Simone Santarsiero (Uzbazur)
Inventing Musical Instruments

Hello everyone! 

My Name is Simon,I'm a composer of Ambient,Dark Ambient And Soundtracks from Tuscany -Italy since 2009.

There are almost two years that I'm trying to build new music instruments for my music,one of this instruments is the Oliviollin or Oliviolino,this one is a very strange instrument...

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Oliviolino - Long Reverb Only by Uzbazur
Oliviolino - Long Reverb Only by Uzbazur
Oliviolin or Oliviolino is a very primitive kind of instrument, made with two Olive-tree Branches and a Classical Guitar String. Here you will hear it only with a Long Reverb Applied to it. Recorded with a Contact Mic.
Rods Bobavich

That is an awesome haunting sound. I can think of about 50 uses.... However, one of the biggest problems with invented instruments is the lack of musicianship to play it. This is why so many people ge...

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Simone Santarsiero (Uzbazur)

Thank you for the answer and the beautiful suggestion!! :)

Alessandro Mastroianni

Rods Bobavich you're talking about the magnificent Stroh violin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroh_violin

Of which, by the way, there is a great FREE sample library by the guys at Impact Soundworks:...

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Willem Lodewijk Elzenga
Jazz film composers

Hi all,

I am researching Jazz in film, does anyone of you know jazz musicians that were also involved in scoring filmmusic? The only one that came to my mind was Bob James - his song Angela for the Tv-series Taxi.

I am looking for albums and or songs.

Regards,

Willem...

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Joel Irwin

Clint Eastwood is a big Jazz aficionado. Look at any of the films he directed/produced. Then there were the literally dozens of films in the 40s - 60s that were either about Jazz musicians or big band...

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Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

Thanks Joel for the in depth information and musical contribution. I didn't know that about Clint Eastwood, good to know. You yourself have been involved in quite some shortfilm projects, I listened to some of your tunes, very well done. Keep it up!

Chris Joye

Terrence Blanchard comes to mind immediately.

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

Thanks Chris, seen a couple of those movies, didn't know he was the man.

Anton Du Preez

Alex North and Quincy Jones have some great works. And of course, Henry Mancini. And even though John Williams is more widely known for his epic orchestral scores, he’s actually a jazz cat too! He sta...

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Tony Visconti on Producing Bowie's "Heroes"

I always love watching this video as Tony Visconti shows and tells how David Bowie's "Heroes" was produced.  I especially love the Eno-Fripp contributions, and all of the producer's knowledge shares.  In case you haven't seen it, enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ClNGJXUWvk...

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Michael Mason

this is awesome. thanks for the link

Joanna Karselis
Composer agent reccommendations?

Hello everyone!

Hope your days are going well. I'm in need of a little advice from the collective mind. I was speaking to a producer last week (he's working on the Channel 4 show Ackley Bridge here in the UK, so he's fairly high up the production food chain), and he was saying that once you've got a...

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Joanna Karselis

Thanks Irv, that's a real encouragement. Much appreciated.

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

I wasn't repped as composer but as a producer director in L.A. I was Lucky to have a meeting with an agent from a fairly big agency and he said the company wasn't interested in repping me yet. Than th...

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Marcos Hernandez Bolanos

Thanks Joanna for your insight. That´s very useful info and I´m quite lost in this matter. Wish you the best in your career. As Irv Johnson stated, the talent is already there.

Chris Joye

In America, I'm told that agents will approach you, at least the worthwhile ones. But I'm sure it works differently for many people, and certainly wouldn't hurt to approach them first!

Matt Milne

I had an agent once, unfortunately he had less contacts than I had, and I didn't work for a year, plus I wasn't free to pursue new projects that year, compounding that problem. Make sure you screen pr...

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Elizabeth Melillo
Joel Irwin

possible. pm me and we can talk.

Thomas Smith

PM -- Think I can come up with something. Let me know! :)

Anton Du Preez

Not sure if you’ve fulfilled your request, but happy to connect!

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