Composing

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Joel Irwin
Learn Through Transcribing

One of the things that has helped me compose my own material over the years, has been to listen to commercial recordings of other people's material and then try to come up with the melody, the 'voice leadings and harmonies' and the chord progressions for the song.  Then I give it to a professional j...

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Daniel J. A. Opolot
First DAW mockup

Hello all, I have been composing for 5 or so years now, and just starting to work with DAWs properly. This is one of my favourite pieces, the whole composition is 4 minutes long but I've only managed to do the first minute so far. Looking for some advice/help with arranging, mixing and mastering! Ha...

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Joel Irwin

I listened. I see you are a student so presumably you are taking classes that are music related. I'll try to be as brief as possible with some general suggestions:

1. If you have not yet taken the two...

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Daniel J. A. Opolot

https://soundcloud.com/daniel-jim-a-opolot/pathways re-uploaded with a new master on soundcloud, but forgot I had linked it here :s Here is the new master, although both are available on my vdeo/audio...

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Daniel J. A. Opolot

Thank you so much for your feedback Joel Irwin ! Yes, making a realistic sound with DAWs is the tricky part. I made this with the limited BBC Orchestra version which they released for free, it was bet...

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Joel Irwin

It is always 'good' to have what I call a benchmark piece. The one you can occasionally listen to see how far you have come in composing, arranging, and the 'implementation'. Remember having a great a...

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Jonathan Price

Very nice, Daniel! Can't wait to see what you do with it once you've got the BBC core. The legato patches should help a little. But you can also do a lot with what you have. I'd say the biggest things...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Favorite "Quirky but Heartwarming" Band/Musician?

Doing a little work, playing my Ratatat Pandora radio station, and that delightful song from Little Miss Sunshine (2006) pops up. I just love Devotchka's instrumentals, but the vocals tend to be too morose for me. Regardless, the song makes me smile but get a little teary - isn't heart-warming alway...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Clint Eastwood's Jazz Composer

Another great composer gone. What's your favorite Clint Eastwood-directed film? Any jazz composers here?

https://variety.com/2020/music/news/lennie-niehaus-dead-dies-film-composer-clint-eastwood-jazz-1234622585/

Lennie Niehaus, Jazz Player and Composer for Clint Eastwood Films, Dies at 90
Lennie Niehaus, Jazz Player and Composer for Clint Eastwood Films, Dies at 90
Lennie Niehaus, who went from Stan Kenton sideman to Clint Eastwood 's movie composer during a nearly 60-year career in music, died Thursday at his daughter's home in Redlands, Calif. He was 90. Nieha…
Robert Moskowitz
Who would be interested?

My wife recently passed away, leaving a bunch of songs in rough or demo form. The songs are part of a musical she had planned called "Thee University", in which life on Earth is merely a learning experience for us beings who normally dwell on "the other side" to learn and grow in a human body. I can...

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RobertMoskowitz.com
RobertMoskowitz.com
Robert is a business consultant and author based in Santa Monica, California, who writes frequently about many subjects, including business management, productivity, professionalism, parenting both ch…
Stefano Pavone

I'm so sorry for your loss, Robert.

Mike Ososki

Robert, our condolences to you. The musical sounds quite intriguing and I would be happy to explore advancing it more. Please do send a song or two to Mike@AsWeDream.com and let's please chat on the phone, too.

Nick Choo
Hi everyone! Composer from Malaysia here.

Hi everyone, hope you're all keeping well. I'm a composer, lyricist and playwright from Malaysia, primarily in musical theatre but also in other genres/media.

Recently I embarked on a virtual choir project with some performing arts friends from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and the U.S., and I'd lo...

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Linwood Bell

Very nice, Nick! Thanks for sharing it.

David Obaniyi
Composer's Discussion on COVID19

Hello, fellow composers. I know these are really uncertain times for everyone, and I'm wondering how's everyone is fairing through their careers, whether if it's through a number of projects being cancelled or going through personal reasons? Wishing everyone a wonderful, fantastic new year nonetheless.

Jennifer Rose

Hello there. I have been a band director for the past 14 years and finally resigned in order to focus on composing. I've finally reached a point where I have several upcoming commissions and I can foc...

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Joel Irwin

Jennifer welcome to the 'ranks'! I wish you continued success and creativity and pray that the tornado's like the one you had stay far away this season. :)

p.s. - a concert type of person you will find...

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Jennifer Rose

Thanks Joel, I certainly will.

Simon Driscoll

Hi David...I've found that the music library work is where I've been hit the most, well that and live gigs. I'm keeping myself busy recording, writing, giving online lessons, and such. How are you getting on with all the confusing scary times?

Bill Lonero

For me it’s been two-fold. On one hand it’s been good. I’ve been writing a lot of music and working on my screenplays. On the other hand it’s sucked because my band had two sold-out shows at The Whisk...

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Messai Kallon
Opinion on my music!

Just dropped my song “SLS” and would love your opinion on my song!

Joel Irwin

and how would you expect us to listen to it? :)

Joel Irwin
Age

This post is NOT about privacy but rather, what should you or should not share for potential collaborators and whether it will impact your ability to get work.  It probably is the same issue for anyone behind the camera including all of us post production types - not just composers.  But it happened...

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Simon Driscoll

Age seems like a strange thing to focus on from a composer point of view...I've seen issues in the music industry for Bands/Singer Songwriters, but I've never come across it within composing. Did you end up following the (odd) advice in the end?

Shawn Speake

Great question! This middle-aged actor/writer/rapper does think about these things:) I'm with Simon Driscoll that it does seem odd in this case, but I will share this... I'm never about hiding who I a...

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Joel Irwin

I have decided for a while to change my pic to my two dogs (as I did a year ago for my FB profile pic). I don't have an IMDB pic because unlike actors I don't pay for IMDB.

Joel Irwin
Music And Dialog

I've talked about this some number of times over the years.  This is an 'opinion' post based on my own experience over the years.  When I first started out, I knew scoring the music was about supporting the action of the film, but my 'ego' was still 'active' (more than today I hope :) ) and so from...

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Cheri Freund
Independent Music PR & Management

Any music supervisors working on new streaming projects (i.e. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Hallmark Productions...)? If so, I'd welcome the chance to introduce you to some outstanding music talent I represent. Please send me a DM. Thanks! -C.F.

Diandra Anne Mamo
Best Affordable Courses for Music Production and Songwriting

This query is for a loved one who's currently self-teaching in songwriting.

To all those well-establised creatives out there in songwriting and producing, could you send my way links and/or names of schools to learn in songwriting and music production please? Here at home we're not exactly well cater...

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Joel Irwin

I can't speak for outside the U.S. and it also depends on exactly what you are looking to learn. Your request spans two very broad area - audio engineering and write songs which overlaps with general...

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Diandra Anne Mamo

Joel Irwin Thanks for your reply.

I suppose in most of our crafts, experience gains us more muscle than how many pages given to our resume or what schools we've gone to. It certainly helped me persona...

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