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20 Tips from 20 Years using Cubase - new video on YouTube

I know this will not relate to everyone but over the last two weeks (yes it takes me that long to make a video!) I have been working on my 'Top 20 Tips from 20 Years using Cubase' YouTube video. In it, I dive into my favourite tips and tricks, which I use on a daily basis.

Think 'hacks'...

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Remembering Richard Sherman

I wanted to take some time to honour the composer and lyricist Richard Sherman, who sadly passed away at the age of 95 last week.

Richard, along with his brother Robert Sherman, were the legendary Disney Songwriters, who penned classics such as 'I Wanna Be Like You' and...

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How to easily extend a 8 or 16 Bar into a full piece

Structure and form are essential when writing a standalone piece of music. Without structure, a piece becomes a series of random ideas with no clear direction.

Using repetition is perhaps the most important aspect of structure - a careful balance between repetition and development/contrast is...

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How to write a B Section

 

 Imagine you’ve got your initial 8 or 16 bar main idea or A Section. Do you then find yourself stuck in a musical rut, unsure of where to go next?

When composing music, an effective contrasting B section can go a long way to helping you to ultimately sustain your listener's...

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Which is the Best DAW for you?

Let’s talk Digital Audio Workstations or DAW’s. Love them or hate them, they are the central hub of just about every recording or writing setup, helping us to get our ideas down and combining Midi and Audio to help us produce a polished audio file of our music.

There are numerous...

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4 Tips for Writing Great Melodies

For many composers, their lifelong musical pursuit is trying to write that perfect melody.
When the Theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber first played his father (who was also a composer), the melody from 'Memory', apparently his father simply replied - ‘It sounds like a million...

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A Beginner's Guide to Synths

Over the past couple of weeks it feels Hans Zimmer has been everywhere promoting his latest film Dune: Part 2. It is interesting to see how much of a household name he has become, especially in the UK. Even my in-laws have heard of him!!!

Along with the first Dune movie, Zimmer set about creating...

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Percussion - the best section to write for?

The percussion section is an extremely versatile family of instruments. Equally capable of adding a light sprinkling of fairy dust to a Strings and Woodwinds piece, or providing the rhythmic energy and movement to an action cue accompanying a car chase.

Many people struggle writing for percussion...

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6 Ideas to come up with Interesting Rhythms

Without Rhythm, there would be no music.

I also strongly believe we all have rhythm inside us - after all we all have a pulse, (hopefully!) beating in a fairly regular manner.


So what happens if you have trouble coming up with a rhythm when writing a piece? It could be the rhythm of a melody, or...

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The use of Unconventional Instruments in Film Scores

Lots of my subscribers have asked me in the past about the use of unconventional instruments when scoring films.

So I thought I would put together some of my favourite examples.

Many films contain stories that take place in numerous countries or geographical areas. Composers will often use...

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How to Structure a Trailer Music Track

This week, I wanted to explore the world of Movie trailers - well more specifically, the music for Movie trailers.

Composing music for movie trailers is an extremely competitive business. If you are one of the lucky ones though, it can also be extremely lucrative, with some trailer tracks earning...

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The Differences Between Film, TV & Video Game Music

As you know, my focus with Composing Academy is on writing 'Cinematic Music' - music, often orchestral based, that would typically accompany visual media such a Film, episodic TV or a Video game.

Music for each of these three different mediums share various similarities and differences, which I...

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