Working Under Stress

Working Under Stress Hitting deadlines can be one of the scariest but also most productive things for a composer. When time AND inspiration is short, things can become particularly problematic. However, everybody should develop a strategy to be able to hit deadlines...

Excessive String Divisi

Excessive String Divisi Many composers coming from the sample world tend to use massively split up string sections. Things like triads in the violas alone, several different violin movements at the same time etc. are very common. While this might work in the sample...

Getting Used to Different Monitoring

Getting Used to Different Monitoring Whenever you work in a different monitoring situation than the one that you’re used to, spend some time to get to know the system acoustically. Especially on scoring stages or mixing studios where it is really essential to have a...

9-1 Resolutions

9-1 Resolutions In practically any chord type and progression you can add very filmic sounding inner voices by relying on the 9-1 resolution. When you for example use a C major chord it will give you a colourful inner voice when some instrument (apart from the bass of...

Setting a Time Period with Music

Setting a Time Period with Music e of the many functions of film music is to set a time. This is especially helpful in period pieces and can be a big part of the concept. However, just as with geographic hints in the music, most of the time it works best with the...

A Composer’s Unique Selling Point

A Composer’s Unique Selling Point If you seriously want to pursue a career as fulltime composer, you should try to develop a strategy that sets you apart from the rest of the people in the business. The world doesn’t need yet another “media composer doing every...