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Willem Lodewijk Elzenga
Free VST's

Anybody any tips on free VST's that are worth downloading?

Alessandro Mastroianni
Blackkkklansman

I finally managed to watch Blackkkklansman yesterday, looking forward to today's masterclass with Terence Blanchard. Anyone else attending? What did you guys think of the music in the latest Spike Lee joint?

Jimmie Williams

Bill, I’m in complete agreement with you. Terence is an amazing composer and orchestrator!

Alessandro Mastroianni

I enjoyed the masterclass a lot. And while I agree with you on the Blackkklansman OST, listening what he had to say about working with Spike Lee explained a lot!

Bill Costantini

Jimmie: you said it. He has all the musical sensibilities and tonal chops of all the greats who came before him, and his hybrid style of jazz, funk, R&B, blues, classical and avant-garde truly makes h...

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Jimmie Williams

Awww Alessandro, that says a lot...I can just imagine. Does stage32 have the masterclass archived or available? I’m dying to check it out...

Jimmie Williams

Bill, that’s the great thing about Terence...his masterful blend of those styles to create unique voicings, harmonies, orchestrations is brilliant. Really glad that there are others who appreciate his compositional style.

Dain F. Turner
With over 13,000 connections on Stage32...I wonder

I wonder how many will read this. This is the first time I am asking my connections on Stage32 for something. I have entered a new song I composed and perform. Would you so kind as to go to this site and listen? If you like it you can leave a "Like" and even a comment if you if you want.

It is kind o...

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Kevin Carothers

Man, I hope I don't offend you - I listened to it twice. Please don't hate me.

I'm mixing both good and bad together, stream-of consciousness.

1. Maybe the tempo can be picked up a bit.

2. I like how it...

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Alessandro Mastroianni
Composers and Branding

I really hope I'm not being annoying sharing my blog here, if so, please let me know!

I thought this was an interesting topic, I'd love to get your comments:

Composers and "Branding"

http://sonoracinematic.com/musicasuono/composers-and-branding...

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Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

Read your blog (thank god its not to long ;-), and I perceive that many creatives in the field of filmmaking seem to be better marketeers than artists. So many films have got the business right but no...

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Alessandro Mastroianni

You have a great point.

Joel Irwin

"Branding" is an interesting 'topic' and I consider that totally different than 'defining my sound' or 'my evolving sound'. So for example Zimmer has a brand but does he have a 'sound'? You may think...

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Alessandro Mastroianni

Thanks Joel, I'm glad you replied, this was exactly the kind of conversation I was trying to create on my blog (but let's do it here on Stage32, it's probably better).

I agree with you on some points a...

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Joel Irwin

My main contention composing is more of a business in socal / LA than outside and here in Texas for example, people get hired based on relationships/work interactions and their previous projects. Mayb...

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Amanda Toney
Masters of Craft Webinar with Film Composer Terence Blanchard (Dir. Spike Lee, Dir. George Lucas) October 9th!

I've been hearing our composers tell me how much you'd love a Masters of Craft webinar. I am so excited to announce that we hit gold. I'm bringing in Terence Blanchard, who has composed Spike Lee's films, as well as for George Lucas. He's Golden Globe and Grammy nominated and he is all around an ama...

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Joel Irwin

I fully support webinars like this from extremely qualified and honored composers like this one.

Here is why I believe there is a 'gap' between the composers like this who often do webinars and those o...

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Linwood Bell

This is going to be great! I'm such a fan of his musicianship and I look forward to it. Thanks Amanda!!

Amanda Toney

Looking forward to having you Linwood Bell! Terence is superb...bring your questions...he's ready for them :)

Alessandro Mastroianni

Looking forward to this, I hope I'll be able to make it. I love both the Blanchard jazz musician and the Blanchard film composer.

Michael Mason

Really looking forward to this!

Chad Stroman
Best Scores of the last 5 years or so?

I've been an avid connoisseur of film scores for 30+ years.

However in the last 4 to 5 years or so, especially the last couple of years, I've run into a dearth of good movie scores to listen to (while writing or on the ride home, etc.)

I've looked at the award winners and nominees but nothing seems t...

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Joel Irwin

As people here know, I like to get technical. So I have watched the responses here and people say who they like or what film score they like. I would like to read more detail about what exactly is lik...

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Joanna Karselis

Interesting point Joel. I could write essays about Moonlight but Alessandro mentioned it first so I'll leave it in case he wants to talk about that, and instead comment on Under The Skin.

In terms of m...

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Vasco Phillip de Sousa

Loving Vincent has a score that, though simplistic, I think works with the mood of the film.

Alessandro Mastroianni

I loved Loving Vincent! Sorry for not elaborating on my answer, I'm so packed with work right now. Let's just say that I loved the simplicity of the score and how it blends chamber instruments with el...

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Matt Milne

melody writing is a dying art, I'm not convinced that current music supervisors appreciate it as much as they did. It's very sad.

Theresa Joy Lorenzetti
Film Score Contracts

I am looking for sample contract parameters for film scoring, sound engineering, soundtrack design. And rates. Engineering, studio musicians, editing, post, composition, touring .. the whole Shabang on the musical side. Thanks so much, that would be a great help.

Julian Montgomery

Hey Theresa, in my opinion it's very difficult to give a meaningful quote without getting a better understanding of the project. I personally like to talk to filmmaker and try to understand who is mak...

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Michael Mason

Hi Theresa. Thought this link might be what you're looking for.. or at least a start. http://www.musiccontracts.com/film-score-music-composer-contract/ hope that helps!...

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Theresa Joy Lorenzetti

Thanks Michael that's exactly the link i found after asking the (possibly) rhetorical question... Appreciate your taking the time. I found out there are no less than 48 Music industry contracts and it...

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Rachel Walker

Hi Theresa! Though I am new to this side of music I am a one-stop-shop with a full studio, which is convienent for film makers and am also able to meet deadlines:-) my website is www.rachelwalkertrio....

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Michael Mason
Came across this interview with Jeff Russo and I thought I'd share it

If you've got some time to kill, I came across this interview with one of my favorite current composers Jeff Russo. You can hear his work on Fargo (the tv show) Legion, and a ton of others projects. He has some interesting insight into composing, and juggle multiple projects at once. It's an hour so...

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Alessandro Mastroianni

All the "All Access" videos are fantastic, I listened to several of them. Highly recommended! I love the two episodes with John Powell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E1bIOvlGuI...

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Michael Mason

Thanks Alessandro Mastroianni I'll have to check more of them out!

Joel Irwin
Credit Your Musicians

Here is something you don't see very often.  My wife and I went to see BlacKkKlansman.  My comments here are purely musical.  I really enjoyed the mixture of orchestral sound, pop sound with drumset, and commercial music from the early 70s (when I was in college and graduate school :) ).

So when the...

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Jonathan Price

That may very well have been Lee's doing. His father is a composer and musician, and I know Lee is very appreciative of that element of filmmaking. Another possibility is that the film, which was made...

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Alessandro Mastroianni

I really want to watch that movie and I'm afraid I share Jonathan's feeling that it was done because of the contract. That said, when I score something I do try to give as much credit as I can to anyone involved, specially if the part were improvised by the musician under my supervision.

Joel Irwin
Dialog Location

This is posted here since as composers, we often provide feedback on the audio component of the film and for low to no budget films, that feedback is often given to the filmmakers/directors who also wear the hat of the 'sound editor'.

Now almost always, the music is created either in the stereo space...

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Darren A. Furniss
Jóhann Jóhannsson

Blown away by the Mary Magdalene film score composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir and the late Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival, The Theory of Everything, Sicario, Prisoners). The film world lost a real musical genius when Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away. #composer #filmscore #SoundTrackMusic

Jonathan Price

Nah Joel, he's just mourning the loss of Jóhannsson, and celebrating one of his last scores. I think we were all looking forward to hearing more of Jóhannsson for years to come. Wasn't to be.

Joel Irwin

deleted my prev comment. I didn't pay enough attention and thought he was referring to his own score. woops :)

Victor Sunstar
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