Composing music can be incredibly fulfilling. In this show we explore techniques, tools, ideas, and the art of composing. We'll consider both traditional and more modern styles of composing, from the concert hall to film and TV. Each episode will focus on an idea, technique, principle, or a great piece of music which we can learn from. The aim is for every episode to give you practical, actionable advice which you can use in your own music, and which will help you to grow as a composer.
The Secret Sauce of Film Music - Music Editing with Sebastian Zuleta
In this episode we talk about one of the most important processes in the music side of filmmaking: Music Editing. In an interview with one of Hollywood's top Music Editors, Sebastian Zuleta, we talk about:
- How he works with the director to find the tone of the film. - How he chooses temp music (temporary music to help the cut, before the composer has written any music) - How he helps composers to navigate temp music - How he manages his huge library of music - How he works alongside composers in spotting sessions, and afterwards - How some composers can actually *help* the music editor, well before the post-production process starts - How his experience as a composer integrates with his skill as a music editor - How the music editor works on TV Series, using music from earlier episodes to help score later episodes (this saves everyone a LOT of time) - Advice for people looking to get into Music Editing as a career To find out more about Sebastian, you can visit his website here: https://www.sebastianzuleta.com/
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How Fast Do You Need to Write Music?
Here we look at how quickly you need to be able to write music as a professional in film and TV - we also look at some tricks pro composers use to keep on top of tight deadlines.
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Your Worst Addiction - Why You Have No Time to Write
In this episode I go into detail with a problem that plagues me and millions of other people around the planet, both young and old. I realised that it's the single biggest time sucker in my life, and ridding myself of it would buy back huge amounts of creative time, and decompression time.
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How to Analyse a Score - Don Davis' The Matrix
In this episode, I explain my process for analysing a score so I can learn from it as a compose. We actually look through a cue in depth - Cue 6m3, 'The Cure', from Don Davis' score to The Matrix. As we listen, I talk through my process of analysis, and how I dissect the score in order to learn from it.
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What Instruments Should I Write For, As A Beginner?
This episode answers two questions: What instruments should I learn, and what instruments should I write for, as a beginner in composing? This is a common question with people looking for a place to start, and I hope this episode will give you some guidance and direction for the path forwards. Have fun!
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Is It Ever OK to Copy Other People's Music?
Here we look at the ethics of using, copying, or 'stealing' someone else's work - it's more complicated than you'd think! Modelling someone else's music can be extremely instructive, and I want to talk about the thin line between modelling, and flat-out stealing someone's music.
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