Composing

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Chris Joye
Stage 32 at Seattle Film Summit

Always good to hear RB and Amanda from Stage 32 at the Seattle Film Summit, talking about how to work in social media (not just passive use). Make it a job!

Chris Joye
Composer's and RAIDs

Do any composers use RAID systems to run your sample libraries? Changing things up and saw some RAIDs on Black Friday with SSDs.. Expensive, but I already have a few SSDs, so if I can get an empty RAID bay, it could be beneficial.

What do you run it in? RAID 0 or RAID 1? I feel like the back/redundan...

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Joel Irwin

Many years ago I used to run RAID. But the odds of losing 'static' data such as samples is extremely low and I don't create many files a day which the software backs up on a regular basis. So the bott...

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Jonathan Price

I don't use a RAID system myself. Between my use of...

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Chris Joye
Justin Hurwitz/Spitfire Audio interview

Spitfire Audio has started a cool neat Composer "magazine" on their site. Check it out, with their first interview being Justin Hurwitz. As always, the quality is top notch from Spitfire!

https://composer.spitfireaudio.com/en/articles/oscar-winning-scores-with......

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Oscar-Winning Scores with Justin Hurwitz
Oscar-Winning Scores with Justin Hurwitz
Known for his longtime collaboration with First Man director, Damien Chazelle, multi award-winning composer Justin Hurwitz has catapulted to the top with his Oscar-winning score for La La Land, his ja…
Vladislav Savvateev

Hi Chris, great! Thanks for sharing!

Joel Irwin
Composing Location

Been quiet here so I'll bring up a topic not discussed here as far as I can tell AND there is no right answer.  It's about where do you do your scoring specifically.  Most of us have a 'business' where we operate out of somewhere.

My mentor has a storefront in a strip center.  He pays rent, for examp...

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Joanna Karselis

... I was going to post about acoustics and mixing, but Jonathan has beaten me to it and been far more informative than I could ever aspire to be! Exactly what he said, the acoustics are a problem for...

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Joel Irwin

Thanks Jonathan for the very informative information. But perhaps you would be interested in commenting on the original topic of using a home studio versus paying for a location somewhere else? Do you...

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Shawn Speake

My bases or places I stay are always home offices/studios. I prep the room to do whatever I want, wherever I’m staying. I would never ask permission or pay for another building. Acoustics are extremel...

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Jonathan Price

As for the Abbey Road plug-in, I only recently tried it out. I had just moved and was in the middle of scoring a zombie feature. My new space wasn't treated yet and I was faced with sending preliminar...

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Shawn Speake

Good stuff, Jonathan Price!

Balikoowa Joshua
I need a song!

Hello guys! I am living in Uganda but working as a director for Hollywood prayer network, the Uganda chapter. I am an author and screenwriter. I have written a short film " The sojourner" and finished producing it just yesterday. We are now starting to edit it but I am looking for anybody who can co...

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John Zachary

Would love to talk About what you need Jzac1961@gmail.com

Just posted...Have a great week everyone!
Sly Stone Sells US Publishing Catalog to Michael Jackson Estate
Sly Stone Sells US Publishing Catalog to Michael Jackson Estate
MIJAC Music was created by Jackson in 1980. Its first acquisition was for the publishing rights to Sly and the Family Stone's catalog in 1983. The company also includes all of the songs written by Jac…
Andrea Celis
Scoring for film

Hello, everyone!

I am currently working on my first short film and since it's gonna be part of a portfolio I have to present to apply to this film school, I have to do everything myself.

Including, of course, the music. Now, I have absolutely no experience in film scoring so, if anyone has any tips t...

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Andrea Celis

I get what you're saying, Joel but I am familiarized with composition, I already have some pieces of my own! That's why I feel confident that I can write my own score for my films.

Joel Irwin

Writing music, even orchestra music, and scoring cues that fit and support the action of the film could be different. If you feel confident then go for it. When the film is completed, get feedback on everything from someone outside the film biz.

Allen Lynch

Joel made some valid points. One suggestion - Determine the scenes in your film that you feel need music. Choose existing music from your music collection (or anywhere else) and place them under your...

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Andrea Celis

Thank you so much, Allen!

Jeremy Leung

Hi , if you have a budget i can score something for you , feel free to reach out and talk more , Best

Jimmy Francis
Song Parodies

Can anyone tell me if song parodies count as original or cover songs? They’re kind of a blend of both so it’s confusing when submitting a parody song and I’m only given the option of clicking on original or cover.

Jimmy Francis

Thank you. That’s what I thought but I had a parody called a cover and I corrected the person that called it a cover but thought I’d better make sure.

Tony Clark
Relationships

I have a sense that building long lasting relationships with film makers is the avenue to placing my music into film and media. I look at the number of well known directors and producers who tend to use the same composers for their films.

Joel Irwin

There is a good and bad associated with that. Composing/scoring is much the same as any other profession - if you are a service/product provider and your customer likes the service/product, they will...

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Guillaume Longhi

I mean, my guess is you don't change a team that wins. Just like in team sports. If I were a film director and I have my go-to music composer, the latter will be more of a priority than others. For the rest, I believe Joel pretty much summed up the whole thing.

Tony Clark

I like your thoughts on creating working relationships with many of the creators within the film industry.

Sarah Nadine Sadik
Music Supervising

Hey all! I have been wondering what types of software are necessary to learn for working at a production company. I currently work with Pro-Tools & Garageband but I am learning more about Logic. I am applying to jobs in LA and wasn't sure if knowing Logic was necessary- I just don't want to waste co...

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Joel Irwin

This is my input 'from the outside looking in' as I neither work for a production company or live in LA.

1. As I spent 23 years at Exxon, my initial take is you learn and use the tools used at the comp...

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Joanna Karselis

Hi Sarah. I hear Logic is big in LA, and Cubase in London, though London seems to be becoming more Logic too now. Pro Tools is more generally used for mixing, mastering and the final mix than composin...

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Joel Irwin

Cubase could be big in the U.K. because it is a product of Steinberg which is a U.K. company. Steinberg also now sells one of the top three notation tools, Dorico which competes against Sibelius (part of Avid which also sells Protools) and Finale.

Helmut Calabrese
Perspectives of a Film Composer

Greetings to the community involved in filmmaking and film scoring!

I am composer who composes for film and concert music. Stage32 is giving its members the opportunity to create a post as an introductory vehicle. I have chosen to elaborate on the business of scoring for a film. First of all, I hav...

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Joel Irwin

I believe I heard some years back from one of my profs that Irving Berlin could not read or write sheet music - he had to hire someone to do it for him. Was he a composer?

Composer is just a term and i...

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Joel Irwin
Breathe & Don't Be Married To Your Notes

We get a lot of business and not artistic oriented posts here so I like to occasionally make / pass along some artistic suggestions.  I know many people here score soley electronically with sample sets.  And so technically you can do anything you want with instruments.  Nonetheless, you may still wa...

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Russ Whitelock

Well said Joel - I still feel a gravitational pull to "add more" and then guess what? I think even a bit more would be even better to the point where I've created this cycle that goes something like t...

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Rachel Walker

Yes.....the pause....

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