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Joel Irwin
Electronic Piano Scoring

These thoughts are just mine and may not be globally held by others who score electronically.  Many of us have grown up learning to play an instrument and often time, that instrument tends to be piano or guitar.  We often have a lot of playing and performing experience before and during our scoring...

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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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Joanna Karselis
Oscar Best Score 2018

What do people think of the Oscar noms? Any scores people feel missed out?

Diandra Anne Mamo
"The One for The Other" - Beautiful Song worth sharing!

I've recently viewed on French TV a live broadcast of their song selections for the Eurovision. While i'm not myself much of a fan and watch it more to spot out new good songs, it was the first time i was seeing France in this selection process. So I was blessed to hear and discover such a beautiful...

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Joel Irwin
Which way do you go?

There probably an infinite number of answers to this one :)  And it may vary by project as well.  I am sure there are pros and cons for each approach. I can say on my last project, "Turning The Hands Of Time" (www.imdb.com/title/tt3953804), I started with scoring the opening scene and then the end ti...

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Turning the Hands of Time (2017)
Turning the Hands of Time (2017)
Directed by Gary Chason. With Marc Isaacs, Mark Docherty, Mia Ruiz, Sabrina Favoriti. Desperate to save his pregnant wife from being killed by a bloodthirsty member of a Mexican drug cartel, a distrau…
Andrew Perry
In an ideal world...

There are several good groups on facebook, so I made this page for pretty much anything to do with film score (keep it relevant) in an attempt at an idealistic facebook group. Some pages are known for "over policing", that's why the only rule is to be a decent human being! Have a lovely day all! htt...

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Film Composers Feedback and Help Forum
Film Composers Feedback and Help Forum
This is a group for sharing cues and special offers on plug-ins/libraries. Please don't share simple pop tunes, they will be deleted if flagged! Please start by posting one cue to the page!!!...
Joel Irwin
The End

The end comes when your score is taken to the mixing session and the film's audio track is combined (in stereo or surround 5.1/7.1) with the dialog, adr, and foley/sound effects. This is the point where what you hear is music at a level which is much lower compared to the other audio. As composers,...

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Joel Irwin
Analysis Of A Score - How To Make Two Similar Scenes More Interesting

(note: this is long and provides detail analysis of a score.  See the end for a link to the MP3 and PDF score) I promised when I finished scoring my most recent film, I would provide some discussion/analysis to provide 'insight' on my composition method.  First, I want to digress to a 'game' I and m...

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Turning the Hands of Time (2017)
Turning the Hands of Time (2017)
Directed by Gary Chason. With Marc Isaacs, Mark Docherty, Mia Ruiz, Sabrina Favoriti. Desperate to save his pregnant wife from being killed by a bloodthirsty member of a Mexican drug cartel, a distrau…
Joel Irwin
Silence Is Golden

As a composer, one of the things I have learned to 'go by' is that I score when there is no dialog and selectively score under dialog (often based on the 'wishes' of the filmmaker/director or based on the outcome of the spotting session).  But I have rarely if ever seen a part of a scene where there...

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Marisa Torre
HIDDEN FIGURES Soundtrack

♫ Oops he did it again ♫ Pharrell Williams' RUNNIN https://youtu.be/g_G68MBda_s sounds alot like Stevie Wonder's MASTER BLASTER https://youtu.be/V4n27JuJhXc

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