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Advice, tips, and techniques on film / TV / game / media music composition, production, and industry.

Featuring industry guests offering insights into their processes.

Brought to you by Jonny Armandary of soundtrack.academy

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Advice, tips, and techniques on film / TV / game / media music composition, production, and industry.

Featuring industry guests offering insights into their processes.

Brought to you by Jonny Armandary of soundtrack.academy

    #43 Jack Hughes: Give Yourself Time

    #43 Jack Hughes: Give Yourself Time

    Jack Hughes is the director of the newly formed Northern Film Orchestra, based in Manchester, UK. Their mission is to break down the barriers to entry for composers, making orchestral recording accessible to composers from all types of backgrounds.

    I was really excited to bring Jack onto the show to talk about what composers can expect from an orchestral recording session, and how they can get the absolute most out of the experience.

    So if you’re thinking about working with live musicians, or you’re interested in what the process looks like, this is a must-listen episode for you!

    Here’s what you’ll learn:

    1. When you should first approach orchestras and contractors, and what you should have prepared

    2. How you can use orchestras and recording sessions more creatively

    3. The biggest mistakes composers make when writing for orchestra, and what composers can learn from orchestral recording sessions

    Get more info and book your recording session with Jack and the Northern Film Orchestra, visit their Facebook, Instagram, and SoundCloud, and connect with Jack on his personal Insta.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #42 Ben Osterhouse: Creating Sample Libraries

    #42 Ben Osterhouse: Creating Sample Libraries

    If you recognise the name “Ben Osterhouse” that’s likely because you’ve used one of his sample libraries.

    For a while they were the best kept secret of the composer world, until someone let the cat out of the bag and they became a favourite for so many people.

    I had to get Ben on the show to talk about his approach to creating libraries, and I was not disappointed! We dove deep into the many considerations when it comes to developing sample libraries.

    So here’s what you’ll learn in this episode:


    How the pursuit of learning can lead you down all kinds of unknown paths
    Learning scripting by STARTING with ideas and THEN finding solutions
    How boring technical exercises can actually inspire creativity

    You’ll hear all that, and much more, including the benefits of being a solo developer and whether or not composers should create sample libraries for financial gain.

    Find out more about Ben by visiting his website, and check out his sample libraries on KontaktHub.

    • 37 min
    #41 Gunnard Doboze: Write As Much Music As Humanly Possible

    #41 Gunnard Doboze: Write As Much Music As Humanly Possible

    This week’s guest is the wonderful Gunnard Doboze.

    Gunnard has scored some of the most challenging type of documentary subject matter that you’re likely to come across as a composer.

    Projects like:

    Septem8er Tapes, about the search for Osama Bin Laden in the wake of 9/11,

    Saving Face, about a plastic surgeon helping victims of acid attacks in Pakistan, and

    State of Control, where two documentary filmmakers become targets of the Chinese regime.

    I really wanted to interview Gunnard to find out exactly how he tackles documentaries that have such dramatic and emotional storylines - and I absolutely love how he describes his approach, which you’ll hear in the episode.

    Gunnard also has some really interesting methods when it comes to his workflow, so this really is a must listen episode if you’re still trying to find your flow, and want to learn how to deeply connect with challenging subject matter.

    Three things I think you’ll really takeaway from this episode include:

    1. How to make your music become a character in the documentary

    2. Working with non-linear timelines and the challenge of last-minute edits

    3. Mixing as you go to inspire creativity in the composition process

    If you enjoy listening to the podcast, I would really appreciate it if you left a review to help more people find out about it. I’ll even give you a shoutout in the next episode!

    Follow Gunnard on Twitter, hear his music on SoundCloud, and visit his website for more.

    • 58 min
    #40 Steven Melin: Pick ONE THING And Do It Consistently For At Least 6 Months

    #40 Steven Melin: Pick ONE THING And Do It Consistently For At Least 6 Months

    If you recognise the name “Steven Melin” it could be from one of many different places!

    Steven is primarily a video game composer - and in the show you’ll hear us chat about niching down into specific topics like he’s done - but he’s also an author, online instructor, YouTuber, Podcaster…

    …you name it, he’s done it!

    One of the really wonderful things about Steven is that through all of his musical projects he’s always maintained a “Family First” focus - which is the title of his bestselling book, Family-First Composer.

    His approach to everything he does has been to support his life as a father, foster parent, and husband.

    I’ve followed Steven for a while and one of the things that I’ve been fascinated by, and the reason I wanted to get him on the show, is his approach to business and marketing as a composer.

    You might have heard me talk in the past about all the the marketing books and strategies I’ve studied to help me build soundtrack.academy - and I’m always wondering how those books can be applied to composition.

    Well, Steven has dived head first into implementing and experimenting with a lot of these strategies - many of which I’d just assumed wouldn’t really work in the composing world.

    So if you’re looking for some new strategies to market yourself as a composer, then this episode is a must-listen for you!

    Here’s three things you’ll learn:


    Exactly how Steven has built a team of music assistants, and why that’s essential for growth as a composer
    Why starting fast and changing slowly can help you build a pyramid of skills that support your main goal
    How you can increase your income by five-hundred percent without ever having to ask “what’s your budget?” again!

    If you enjoy listening to the podcast, I would really appreciate it if you left a review to help more people find out about it. I’ll even give you a shoutout in the next episode!

    And to learn more about Steven and how to become a video game composer, check out Steven’s website, and his (super resourceful) YouTube channel. Start with his “10 Steps To Become A Game Composer” video to see what he’s all about. You can also get his Family-First Composer book on Amazon (UK / US).

    • 1 hr 8 min
    #39 Nainita Desai: Develop Your Unique Voice

    #39 Nainita Desai: Develop Your Unique Voice

    Nainita Desia has achieved so much in the last few years that I don’t even know where to begin.

    So let’s just start with 2019 - she was the IFMCA’s Breakthrough Composer Of The Year, nominated for Best Score at the British Independent Film Awards, and was the composer for Oscar nominated and BAFTA, Cannes, BIFA and SXSW winning documentary “FOR SAMA” which features some of the most complicated subject matter a composer will ever encounter.

    My talk with Nainita was so enlightening; I hope you take away as much from the interview as I did.

    For the full transcript visit: https://soundtrack.academy/nainitadesai

    Check out Nainita's website: http://nainitadesai.com/

    • 59 min
    #38 Jamie Salisbury: Say "Yes" To Everything (...Within Reason!)

    #38 Jamie Salisbury: Say "Yes" To Everything (...Within Reason!)

    Jamie Salisbury is a composer who loves keeping his career as diverse as possible. From production music to music for live events with everything in between, he seems to have a found an amazingly balanced way to make a living from composing, while satiating his love of exploring the various avenues of music.



    Visit https://soundtrack.academy/jamiesalisbury for the transcript

    • 45 min

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AyJayRay ,

I love this podcast!

I’m so grateful for these interviews - it feels like a school in itself. I’m a longtime musician/composer but fairly early in my media composing path and I learn something important from every interview. Thank you!

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Great podcast

This has been a valuable podcast for me. The guests share their varied stories and tips on success. Well produced and asks the questions aspiring talent wants to know. Great that he also interviews people who are just getting started or are not as well known. Thanks for this!

Candy Slammer ,

Awesome production music podcast!

As a full-time staff composer in the music library world, i’ve taken a lot away from the interviews in this podcast. I love Johnny’s interviewing style and the fact that he allows the guests to do most of the talking. He has a wide variety of guests including people who work with library music and there’s great insight into different methods of writing and producing music. Also, I especially love the gear talk near the end of each episode. Keep it up, Johnny!

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