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13 February 2017

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“Creative Orchestration” by George Fredric McKay

Not long ago I discussed a quote from the introduction to one of my favorite books on musical form, Musical […]

04 November 2016

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“What shall I do next?” – Musical Form

One of the greatest music books I’ve ever read is “Musical Structure and Design” by Cedric T. Davie. I have […]

01 March 2016

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“Cold Intention” – New Release on Reserve

A new album of tension/film-score/dark/drama cues that I wrote is now available for license from Reserve Music. The orchestral/electronic hybrid […]

04 November 2015

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How to Maintain Musical Neutrality

We all know how to make music happy or sad; just use major or minor chords! But sometimes I need […]

27 October 2015

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“Class Act” from SoulPancake and California Lottery

I am very proud to have been a part of this wonderful series from SoulPancake and the California Lottery called […]

31 August 2015

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Seven Major Moments

photo by Niklas Morberg An interesting rule-of-thumb I read about in an interview with a composer was to try to […]

05 August 2015

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The Three Fundamental Principles of Film Scoring

Photo by Jeremy Brooks Writing original music for film can be a complex and nuanced endeavor, with hundreds of different […]

06 April 2015

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Compose Postcards, Not Novels

Photo by Nick Kenrick A problem young composers often have with their work is that they try to say too […]

24 March 2015

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Irish film “Battle” from director Megan K. Fox

Last month I scored the lovely short film “Battle”. The film was shot in Dublin and directed by Megan K. […]

12 February 2015

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Use the Copying Technique to Study Composition

If you have ever spent some time in an art museum, you may have noticed an art student with a […]

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