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post Jun 13 2011, 01:31 AM
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Hi guys and gals,

I'm hardly around anymore, life seems so busy. But if you'd like to follow along with my journey as I move towards being a full-time composer, please join me on Facebook. The page was only created yesterday so there's very little content yet.

I won't be asking you to buy anything or spamming products. It'll just be a place where I share what I'm up to, how my journey is progressing and freely interact with anyone who's interested, whether out of simple curiosity or a desire to find their own road and link up with others who are walking the music industry path.

My focus is purely on composing tracks for use in film/tv/game trailers. It's a fairly tough gig to get a foothold in, probably like any other area of making music for a living. Fortunately, some significant breakthroughs have been very encouraging as I move into my second year on this trip.

So while it's my page, I'll be happy to talk about the road in general and help and encourage others where I can. Music is for sharing!

Love to see you there. smile.gif

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Here's a little taste of how my musical future might look. I removed the original soundtracks to these trailers and replaced them with my own music, stitched together out of multiple pieces. It's the first time I've ever synched audio to video so forgive the roughness. Thankfully, synching isn't my role, at least not for the near future. biggrin.gif







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post Jun 13 2011, 11:50 AM
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Your music's awesome.. I really wish you all the luck and success with this, it's great to see somebody following what they love ! smile.gif

P.S. You're already in the right place if you need any wailing guitars in the future tongue.gif

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post Jun 13 2011, 11:56 AM
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Cheers Ben! And yes, there is so much talent on GMC. I have my eye on a few for when a need should arise. :-)

Thanks to all who've liked my page so far. Like I say, not much content yet, but stay tuned and feel free to add your own comments.


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post Jun 13 2011, 12:02 PM
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Sounds great, Rob. I will see you on facebook smile.gif. Good luck with your future!

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post Jun 13 2011, 12:10 PM
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Great mate! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif I like what I'm hearing tongue.gif


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post Jun 13 2011, 12:17 PM
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Thanks guys biggrin.gif


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post Jun 13 2011, 01:24 PM
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Well done man, sounds very good! smile.gif I'll be checking out your FB page! smile.gif


What do you work on atm?


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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jun 13 2011, 10:24 PM) *
Well done man, sounds very good! smile.gif I'll be checking out your FB page! smile.gif


Cheers Ivan, be glad to see you there :-)


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Do you mean what projects am I working on now? If so, I recently finished an album for a European publisher. But as you'd know, albums are a lot of work and, for me, quite draining creatively. So atm, I'm working on individual tracks and shopping them out to a few of my USA based publishers.

I've been trying to make contacts within the actual trailer production studios but no luck so far. dry.gif


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post Jun 14 2011, 05:51 AM
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Wou man! I love film soundtracks! I already joined your facebook page! I would like to know what things did you study or analized to do this amazing stuff! and also what software (multitracks, samples, vsti & fx banks) you are using... smile.gif


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Cheers Gabriel, and again, glad to see everyone else over there. smile.gif Gabriel, I'll return and answer your questions in detail a bit later.


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post Jun 14 2011, 07:51 AM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 14 2011, 02:51 PM) *
I would like to know what things did you study or analized to do this amazing stuff! and also what software (multitracks, samples, vsti & fx banks) you are using... smile.gif


Formally, the only musical study I did was the compulsory lessons in primary school, and then later spent some time with a guitar teacher but my musical theory is still very limited. I hope to eventually do some composition courses through Berklee Online.

My style of composing is very intuitive - I hear the music in my head and then plunk away at my keyboard until it sounds like what I hear inside. But in terms of improving, the two most useful processes for me, are listening to a lot of music in my genre and then A/B-ing it against my work, and secondly, spending a lot of time getting feedback and doing critiques with other members of the Taxi forum.

For hardware, I have my guitars which I record through a Boss GT-10 straight to PC. For clean, I mostly use the onboard GT-10 sounds. For distorted I do everything in Rammfire (a Guitar Rig 4 expansion). Other hardware gear is a midi controller keyboard and an Akai MPD26 drum pad box. Everything else is software based.

Most important is my DAW - Presonus Studio One PRO. For orchestral instruments I use EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Gold and Kontakt (for the factory Brass patches) and some Cinesamples libraries. Percussion is mainly Cinesamples' "Drums of War" mixed with a number of Tonehammer products, specifically Epic Toms, Epic Dhol and Bamboo ensemble. Then for synthesizers and sound design I use all kinds from Native Instruments, Sample Logic, Camel Audio, Vir2 and more. Many software producers have demo versions. It's just a matter of trying them and seeing if they fit one's composing style.

I do a lot of sound design from scratch by starting with a sound sample then adding layers of effects. Normally, I'd recommend NI Kore products for that - which is what I use - but they've just been discontinued mad.gif . So at this point, I don't know who else produces really creative effects. The Guitar Rig stuff is good but it doesn't cover all the abilities that the Kore effects had.

For dynamics processing I tend to use Studio One's included effects. They're very good quality. However, Tony also put me onto the Flux products, so I have their PureLimiter and Pure Compressor which are really good IMO.

There's a lot more info and insight to my methods in the interview I did for filmandgamecomposers.com. There's a link to it from my FB page.

But if you have other specific questions, I'm more than happy to respond. Share and share alike. smile.gif


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post Jun 14 2011, 08:58 AM
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Great music man, congrats!


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This is awesome man! You have great potential, I'm thrilled, really smile.gif


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post Jun 15 2011, 01:32 AM
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Thank you for your encouragement, Marek and Sinisa. smile.gif


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post Jun 15 2011, 01:53 AM
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Very cool stuff as usual smile.gif I'm interested in the same type of work as we have talked about before. Many congrats on your success this far! It's a tough road. My first film, (first scored film) is coming out soon so I hope to be able to share some work. It's an indie film so straight to DVD and I still can't even mention the title due to NDA. I've seen the screener and it turned out really well. Can't wait till it hits release.


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QUOTE (OzRob @ Jun 14 2011, 03:51 AM) *
Formally, the only musical study I did was the compulsory lessons in primary school, and then later spent some time with a guitar teacher but my musical theory is still very limited. I hope to eventually do some composition courses through Berklee Online.

My style of composing is very intuitive - I hear the music in my head and then plunk away at my keyboard until it sounds like what I hear inside. But in terms of improving, the two most useful processes for me, are listening to a lot of music in my genre and then A/B-ing it against my work, and secondly, spending a lot of time getting feedback and doing critiques with other members of the Taxi forum.

For hardware, I have my guitars which I record through a Boss GT-10 straight to PC. For clean, I mostly use the onboard GT-10 sounds. For distorted I do everything in Rammfire (a Guitar Rig 4 expansion). Other hardware gear is a midi controller keyboard and an Akai MPD26 drum pad box. Everything else is software based.

Most important is my DAW - Presonus Studio One PRO. For orchestral instruments I use EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Gold and Kontakt (for the factory Brass patches) and some Cinesamples libraries. Percussion is mainly Cinesamples' "Drums of War" mixed with a number of Tonehammer products, specifically Epic Toms, Epic Dhol and Bamboo ensemble. Then for synthesizers and sound design I use all kinds from Native Instruments, Sample Logic, Camel Audio, Vir2 and more. Many software producers have demo versions. It's just a matter of trying them and seeing if they fit one's composing style.

I do a lot of sound design from scratch by starting with a sound sample then adding layers of effects. Normally, I'd recommend NI Kore products for that - which is what I use - but they've just been discontinued mad.gif . So at this point, I don't know who else produces really creative effects. The Guitar Rig stuff is good but it doesn't cover all the abilities that the Kore effects had.

For dynamics processing I tend to use Studio One's included effects. They're very good quality. However, Tony also put me onto the Flux products, so I have their PureLimiter and Pure Compressor which are really good IMO.

There's a lot more info and insight to my methods in the interview I did for filmandgamecomposers.com. There's a link to it from my FB page.

But if you have other specific questions, I'm more than happy to respond. Share and share alike. smile.gif


Everything sounds great! I studied composition with several teachers but intuitive composing is what most functions for me too! I feel like doing maths when I think more in the intervals than in the music from my head. smile.gif However I think that studying music or composition always opens your mind... no matter if you use is consciously or not...
Thanks a lot for your wide reply! I composed some music in this style some time ago and I would like to continue doing it in the future so I'm really interested in seeing your progress man! Best of lucks! smile.gif


QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 14 2011, 09:53 PM) *
Very cool stuff as usual smile.gif I'm interested in the same type of work as we have talked about before. Many congrats on your success this far! It's a tough road. My first film, (first scored film) is coming out soon so I hope to be able to share some work. It's an indie film so straight to DVD and I still can't even mention the title due to NDA. I've seen the screener and it turned out really well. Can't wait till it hits release.


Amazing Todd! I wish you all the best in your first film score! biggrin.gif Can't wait to hear it!


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post Jun 17 2011, 01:14 AM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jun 15 2011, 10:53 AM) *
Very cool stuff as usual smile.gif I'm interested in the same type of work as we have talked about before. Many congrats on your success this far! It's a tough road. My first film, (first scored film) is coming out soon so I hope to be able to share some work. It's an indie film so straight to DVD and I still can't even mention the title due to NDA. I've seen the screener and it turned out really well. Can't wait till it hits release.


Thanks Todd. Yes, I'm waiting to see how your work has been used. Please let us know as soon as it's available. smile.gif



QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 15 2011, 11:40 AM) *
Everything sounds great! I studied composition with several teachers but intuitive composing is what most functions for me too! I feel like doing maths when I think more in the intervals than in the music from my head. smile.gif However I think that studying music or composition always opens your mind... no matter if you use is consciously or not...
Thanks a lot for your wide reply! I composed some music in this style some time ago and I would like to continue doing it in the future so I'm really interested in seeing your progress man! Best of lucks! smile.gif


Yes, music is like maths to me as well. Something my brain does not work with easily. But I agree that studying theory/composition is valuable. There are times that the creativity well is empty and I think that's where theory/knowledge can pull you through. More importantly to me is learning how to write harmonies and movements that invoke different emotions. It's difficult to do that intuitively. So I'll definitely be doing some composition courses when my budget will allow it.



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