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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 […]

23 October 2017

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“The Dancing Pumpkin” now on Amazon Prime

Just in time for Halloween, The Dancing Pumpkin has premiered on Amazon Prime! Directed by Eric Pearson, The Dancing Pumpkin […]

09 October 2017

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Why Are We Afraid of Silence?

Photo by Dawid Huczyński Although I mostly speak for myself, after working with many students over the years I know […]

25 September 2017

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On Forward Momentum in Music

Photo by 夏天 Or, The Obvious Way to Maintain Suspense. Tension and release is a basic fundamental of composing music. […]

11 September 2017

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Layers on Kickstarter

Scott Wiser, animator and director extraordinaire, has launched the Kickstarter campaign for Layers. Layers is a short animated film created […]

05 September 2017

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Report vs. Story

Photo by Pascal Recently I mentioned the book Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark. One of the most useful tips […]

21 August 2017

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“Writing Tools” by Roy Peter Clark

There are not many good books on writing music. Plenty of writers have tried, but almost every one I’ve read […]

07 August 2017

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Good Film Music is Not the Same as Good Music

Photo by Simon Zirkunow I focus on writing good music with my students. We work on motivic development, form, orchestration, […]

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