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19 February 2018

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A Musical Introduction is an Establishing Shot

If you’ve ever watched a sitcom, you’re familiar with the “establishing shot”. It’s that few seconds at the top of […]

05 February 2018

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Syntorial is the Absolute Best Way to Learn Synthesis

I recently stumbled upon an absolutely incredible piece of software called Syntorial. Developed by Joe Hanley of Audible Genius, Syntorial […]

29 January 2018

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Music for Boss Battle game “Jeff”

The crafty developers at HalfPastYellow just released a new game they built as part of Global Game Jam. It’s a […]

22 January 2018

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Non-Music Software That Keeps My Composing Career Running Smoothly

Here are 7 apps I use every single day that don’t actually produce any sound, but keep me productive and […]

08 January 2018

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Does Form Completely Go Out the Window When Writing to Picture?

Photo by Liz West I was recently asked “does form completely go out the window when writing to picture?”. Here’s […]

02 January 2018

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Happy 2018!

Happy New Year! I’m pumped for 2018 and I hope you are too. Here are a few quick updates on […]

18 December 2017

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Put Your Strongest Ideas at the Beginning

I wrote about Roy Peter Clark’s book “Writing Tools” in a recent post. Although it contains 50 tips for writing […]

04 December 2017

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Common Problems Many Students Share

Photo by Pleuntje Over the years I have taught aspiring composers across every range of education and skill level. Even […]

20 November 2017

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Samples I Use, Part I: Cinematic Studio Strings

I am often asked what sample libraries I use, so over a few posts I’ll talk about my favorites that […]

06 November 2017

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Scoring the Screen by Andy Hill

I recently finished reading Andy Hill’s book “Scoring the Screen”. It’s an outstanding exploration of contemporary film scoring techniques and […]

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