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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, […]

24 July 2017

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The Art of Poetry Is to Not Say Everything

Photo by Kai C. Schwarzer I recently discovered a lovely Latin quote: Ars poetica est non omnia dicere. It roughly […]

15 May 2017

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A Few Thoughts on Temp Music

Photo by BissForBabbPhoto. Temp music is short for “temporary music”. It’s music that the editor uses as a placeholder before […]

20 March 2017

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If You Only Study One Thing in Music

Photo by Red Junasun Studying composition is a ton of work. There are innumerable subjects within the overall category of […]

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 […]

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