22 episodes

Diving into the day-to-day details of a composer: what they do, how they do it, and why. Nadia, the host, is a composer and a graduate from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Film Scoring. She shares her personal experiences, tips, and interviews other composers to give you an insider's view on composing professionally. Website: https://www.nadiamair.com/the-composers-lifeEmail: nadiammair@gmail.com

The Composer's Life Nadia

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Diving into the day-to-day details of a composer: what they do, how they do it, and why. Nadia, the host, is a composer and a graduate from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Film Scoring. She shares her personal experiences, tips, and interviews other composers to give you an insider's view on composing professionally. Website: https://www.nadiamair.com/the-composers-lifeEmail: nadiammair@gmail.com

    Interview with Film Composers: Kevin Lax & Robert Lydecker

    Interview with Film Composers: Kevin Lax & Robert Lydecker

    An interview with Emmy award winning film composers Robert Lydecker and Kevin Lax, who recently co-scored the new film Orion and the Dark out on Netflix.

    Join us as we discuss what drove them to pursue film scoring, behind the scenes on working with directors, and their thoughts on the industry. They also give plenty advice for people interested in pursuing film scoring.
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    Robert Lydecker is an Emmy-winning, classically-trained composer who grew up playing drums in punk bands.  
    Credits include Orion and the Dark, Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Iron Fist season two,  Lethal Weapon seasons two and three, ABC’s Designated Survivor (co-scored with Sean Callery), and the Fox series Sleepy Hollow (co-scored with Brian Tyler).

    Outside of film music, he’s been involved with work in food justice, guerilla gardening, and habitat restoration.

    Website: lydeckermusic.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertlydeckermusic/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRblrdflh6DIXvionKRdtBQ
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1BxHOWQjjyVa9gLFZn3AfT?si=hL3i6gVlRTGPAi4zB3rmIw
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    Kevin Lax is also an Emmy award winning composer, rapidly emerging for his compelling, versatile, and skillfully written music. He started his music journey studying piano, voice and music composition, and attended USC's Thornton School of Music for undergraduate and graduate studies in composing.

    Having scored 2018's summer blockbuster The First Purge, he recently wrapped up work on Dreamworks' feature film Orion and the Dark (written by Charlie Kaufman) and TV series Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight. Other notable credits include work on Apple TV's See and Foundation, Netflix's The Witcher: Blood Origin,  ABC's Agents of Shield, as well as AMC's Walking Dead.

    Outside of music, Kevin enjoys exploring the great outdoors, teaching, soccer, and environmentalism.

    Website: https://kevinlax.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kevinlaxcomposer/?igsh=NmtidDVqMWhuZjBp
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0vkpJcFIeZZEITGmRyh2US?si=gFS1TlzKRj6y-uq8zctkrA&nd=1&dlsi=78bed91d26be4c1d

    • 53 min
    Composing with Modes: Locrian

    Composing with Modes: Locrian

    Today's episode is allll about the seventh mode, Locrian. Listen to hear how to construct it, songs based in this mode, and a composition created live.

    For more help to understand Locrian, you can visit this page:
    https://www.nadiamair.com/post/using-modes-to-compose-locrian

    This link will take you to video examples, the songs mentioned in the episode, and a pdf of the Locrian scale in every key and starting on every note.

    IN OTHER NEWS...

    Here's the new website for the podcast!!!!
    www.nadiamair.com/the-composers-life
    You can click on the link to learn more about me, join an email list to be notified of episodes and behind the scenes content, and access all of the resources in one place!
    Thank you so much for listening. Make sure to follow and review if you enjoy the podcast :)
    P.S. Apologies for sound quality and the dog crying in the background. I didn’t notice him until I was done recording, but that’s life, haha.

    • 15 min
    Composing with Modes: Aeolian

    Composing with Modes: Aeolian

    Hi there,
     
    Thank you so much for your support and for listening to today's episode. It is  sixth in a mini-series about modes, where I break them down and then compose with them!
     
     This one is all about Aeolian.
     
    To get more help with it, here's a written article that contains visuals, music examples, video explanations, and a pdf of all the Aeolian scales:
     
    https://www.nadiamair.com/post/using-modes-to-compose-aeolian
     
    There's only one more episode left in this series about the mode Locrian coming out soon! Make sure to subscribe so you can be notified when it's published.

    • 11 min
    Composing with Modes: Mixolydian

    Composing with Modes: Mixolydian

    Hi there,
     
    Thank you so much for your support and for listening to today's episode. It is  fifth in a mini-series about modes, where I break them down and then compose with them!
     
     This one is all about Mixolydian.
     
    To get more help with it, here's a written article that contains visuals, music examples, video explanations, and a pdf of all the Mixolydian scales:
     
    https://www.nadiamair.com/post/using-modes-to-compose-mixolydian
     
    Hope you got something out of the episode, and thank you for your continued support!

    • 11 min
    Composing with Modes: Lydian

    Composing with Modes: Lydian

    Hello everyone!

    Thanks for listening to today's episode. It is  fourth in a mini-series about modes, where I break them down and then compose with them!

    This one is all about Lydian.

    To get more help with it, here's a written article that contains visuals, music examples, video explanations, and a pdf of all the Lydian scales:

    https://www.nadiamair.com/post/composing-with-modes-lydian

    Hope you got something out of the episode, and thank you for your continued support!

    • 20 min
    Composing with Modes: Phrygian

    Composing with Modes: Phrygian

    Hello everyone! 

    Thanks for listening to today's episode. It is the third of a mini-series, in which I talk about each mode, how to build their scales, and how to use them when composing!

    To get more help with the concept, here's a written article that contains visuals, music examples, video explanations, and a pdf of all the Dorian scales: 


    https://www.nadiamair.com/post/composing-with-modes-phrygian


    You are welcome to email your composition to me, using my email address:
    nadiammair@gmail.com


    OR using my website:
    https://www.nadiamair.com/contact


    Hope you got something out of the episode, and thank you for your continued support!

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

Reviewman34 ,

Really easy to listen to and explained well

Also love that there’s a webpage to support the info so we can look it up later. Keep up the good work

Dale Isio ,

Love it!!!

Great content and extremely well presented. Always helps when I’m feeling stressed about my own compositions!!

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