Mastering the art of orchestration takes a lifetime of study, research and application. But, we all have to start somewhere, right?Read More →
It’s SCOREcast’s 2nd Annual Cue Contest—and we are teaming up with Spitfire Audio to give away a copy of SOLO STRINGS! Enter to win today!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 →
From a technical point of view, preparing music files for delivery according to your client’s requirements should be a pretty straightforward thing. Although every project is a little bit different, there are some standard procedures, and we’ll go over them, with some definitions, a few precautions, and one or two minefields.Read More →
I’ve already outlined a few technical thoughts on delivery and “finaling” (whatever that is) in my Weekend Provocations this month… and I’ll continue to do so in the weeks to come.
As I began to write today’s article, though, I realized that our April focus itself is built on some assumptions. Those assumptions, and their ramifications, after the jump.Read More →
Marc Shaiman will tell you that one of his best-known scores, for City Slickers, came into this world with more than its fair share of agony. One of the toughest parts to write was the famous cattle-rustling scene—Shaiman says he was scared out of his mind by the temp track. He felt like “the ghost of Copland [...]Read More →
Seems like there are a lot of ways to spend your money these days, often more money than may be coming in. What are the right choices to move your career forward? Here are a couple of contrasting ideas, both worth considering in their own context. More bits To start with, here I am wearing [...]Read More →
We have been reading great articles this month on how to stay competitive as a composer, but can technology or the latest sample library or monitors help you be competitive? It could, but it could also bear no relevance whatsoever.
For me being a recording engineer and having to appeal to a wide variety of people means that I need to stay competitive in my gear selection, my rates, my marketing, and my best practices. I can no longer afford just try to compete on my talent or skill alone.Read More →
I’m sure you’ve had this experience: you go to a party, a meeting or seminar, or maybe just an informal gathering of people — friends, work colleagues, folks out in the world. Inevitably there is one person there who stands out, the center of attention, clearly the most confident, smartest, most successful. How did this [...]Read More →