Balancing Multiple Projects (Tool #42)


This topic has been very involved in my life as of late.  I'm working an office job and teaching (in addition to my composing projects), so I have to find whatever windows I can to compose.  Luckily my projects are each quite different, so I have variety in my compositional life, but I also have …

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The Will of the Dragons Audio Series – Prologue now released (for free)!


Hi All, Here's more shameless self promotion; the audioseries that I'm scoring now has the Prologue to its first book up on Soundcloud!  If you have a spare few minutes, please take a listen and let us know what you think (and spread the word if you like it!).  Here's the link: http://soundcloud.com/willofthedragons/will-of-the-dragons-prologue or you …

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Sixth and Twelfth Notes (Tool #41)


If you've studied contemporary music you probably have come across definitions of time that aren't based on 4 (eg. not breves, whole notes, half notes, quarters, eighths, etc.).  Some composers use other definitions of time that aren't tuplets but aren't regular notes (including tied or dotted notes). Two beat durations with which I'm currently experimenting …

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Composing for a Production: You Can’t Be Specific (Tool #40)


When I write for media, especially media for popular consumption, I sometimes have a habit of tailoring the pieces I write to the specifics of the media.  I mean, it only makes sense to fit the music to a time frame, undulations of mood, and make it a memorable moment, right? Well, most of the …

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