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23 April 2012

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Audiotuts: Customizing CineBrass

My latest tutorial for Audiotuts is now online: Customizing Cinebrass. CineBrass is my new favorite brass library and in the […]

04 April 2012

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Tip from The Hunger Games Score: Forward Momentum

While listening to James Newton Howard’s score to Hunger Games, my ear caught a short section in the track Katniss […]

21 March 2012

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Art vs. Entertainment

I had a conversation with a friend recently who was complaining about Hollywood’s lack of imagination and the constant rehashing […]

19 March 2012

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Write Music that Directs Not Reflects

I’m currently scoring a short film that has been an enlightening experience. I imagine this is part of every film […]

22 February 2012

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Composing with Paper and Pencil

Believe it or not, I think that one of the best ways to compose is with paper and pencil. Away […]

25 January 2012

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Using The Procrastination Dash for Composing

There is a great post by Merlin Mann of 43 Folders about the “Procrastination Dash”. The technique is that you […]

04 January 2012

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Software and Virtual Instruments in my Studio

I am often asked by composers that are just starting out about the software and virtual instruments I use, so […]

07 December 2011

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Composing is Decision Making

When you boil it down to the bare elements, the act of composing is basically about making decisions. Do you […]

02 November 2011

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Towards a New Theory of Music

In my opinion, “music theory” is a misnomer. Music theory courses and books are really referring to a theory of […]

19 October 2011

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Artisanship vs. Artistry

If you want to maintain any sense of sanity as a working composer, it’s important that you have the right […]

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