Film/Game Scoring = Writing Accompaniment

The other day, I was giving a lesson on writing music to picture, and I came across an analogy that I thought illustrated well the way that I approach scoring games & films. When scoring a game or film, the picture/gameplay/dialogue/sound effects are essentially...
Free Work

Free Work

I swear I’m better at aural art than I am at visual art. (template credit: Lily Williams (@lwbean)) I’ve done a fair amount of work that I haven’t been paid for. Some of this was work for friends that gave me great experience and that I’m...

Uprooting Bitterness

When someone you know gets a cool gig, there are a lot of emotions and thoughts that might come up and play through your mind. I could have gotten that gig, or on the flip-side, I’m never going to get a gig like that. Maybe something like They don’t...

How I Compose

Music is, in short, organized sound. The various methods used to organize sound produce predictable associations and connotations (the seeds of which are largely culturally drawn) in the mind of the listener. I believe that as a composer I must, at the very least, be...

Being Better

I recently resigned from my “day job” as Program Coordinator for the WWU Music Department. I’m now spending all my time trying to be a one-person music/sound-making business. This is scary as hell, and I don’t know if it will be successful, but...