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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 […]

06 March 2017

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Present More Than One Idea

In the beginning stages of a project, getting off on the right foot with the client is crucial. One way […]

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 […]

02 February 2017

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Establishing a Theme in a Feature Film

There is an excellent video on the Sideways YouTube channel called “How Pixar Uses Music to Make You Cry”. In […]

24 October 2016

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Miles Between Us at Twin Cities Film Festival

Miles Between Us, the feature film I recently scored, premiered at the Twin Cities Film Festival on Sunday, October 23rd. […]

14 March 2016

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“Star Wars: Exile” Released on YouTube

Exile, the incredible Star Wars fan film I recently scored, has been officially released and is available to watch on […]

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 […]

14 May 2015

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“Getting the Score – Pacing in American Beauty”

Master composer and teacher Alain Mayrand has written a great post about his study of Thomas Newman’s score to American […]

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