In our first Q&A episode, we open up Twitter, Facebook, and a hangout on Google+ to hear what’s on your mind about writing, producing, “politiking”, and navigating the business.Read More →
Advanced technology has merely enabled us to be efficient, but composing music for media is much more than efficiency.Read More →
Deane Ogden and Brian Ralston co-host an edition that is so crammed with new goodies you’ll forget all about the fact that we’ve been in hiding for 10 months!Read More →
I don’t know John, and he doesn’t know me. Which is good… I don’t want him to.Read More →
There are 12 tones, and only so much you can do. Right, James Horner?Read More →
“Motivation” is a strange thing. Be careful how you answer this one: We are certainly aware of the risk involved in even putting this question out there—we are inviting a deluge of the token “writing music is who I am” comments. Honestly, though, if you lost everyone and everything in your life tomorrow, we’d bet money that the least important “treasure” would be all of the shows you’ve worked on.
With that in perspective…. What is your greatest motivator?Read More →
Part 2 of Deane’s provoking series on “lazy writing”.Read More →
Things film composers are doing wrong lately, and how to avoid developing the same habits.Read More →
This one single piece of advice will change your life, I promise.Read More →
To a do-it-yourself composer working on student films, non-paying gigs, super-low-paying gigs, and other micro-projects (although don’t call them that!), delivery may not seem like that big of a deal.
Sometimes it isn’t; sometimes “delivery” amounts to emailing an attachment to the dude you’re working for and saying, “Here you go.” If your uncle is working on a home video and wants you to throw something together in exchange for him washing your car, go for it—do it that way.
But what happens when your career jumps up from micro-projects to mini-projects; or from mini-projects to legit projects? Wouldn’t you want to already have the professional delivery processes and habits, and lessons-learned in place from the start? Micro-projects are a great learning ground. So go learn—make your mistakes while the stakes aren’t high. All of us, regardless of how small the project is, should at least try to deliver professionally. If you don’t, you won’t make any mistakes at it until it counts, and then it’ll hurt.Read More →
From my observation, it appears to me that many composers are introverts- at least a larger proportion than the rest of the world. Many of us prefer to hole up in our studio, thinking of it as our cave, sanctuary, dojo- pick a metaphor- and write our music in peace. For people like us, “competition” [...]Read More →