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Hi colleagues! 

When was the last time you composed music for a client? Which part of that process was the hardest? And which part of the process was the longest?

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Hi Ashley, never had this pleasure! The few times I composed specifically for someone else, it was at my initiative, and they liked what I did well enough not to ask for changes. Are you asking the questions because you have a commission?

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Gav

Last time? Right now. Hardest? Not getting paid what I truly deserve, the arguments with my wife that I am working and not playing on my computer, and not getting the thanks I deserve. How many times have I gotten, "Ok, thanks." Or even, "Neat," and "I'll let you know how it goes," and you never do. Longest? Editing the scores making them look better than professional.

Hi Rev, 

Thx for your reply. Right, I am commissioned to compose a piece so I was wondering what the process feels like to the other fellows. 

Gav Brown said:

Hi Ashley, never had this pleasure! The few times I composed specifically for someone else, it was at my initiative, and they liked what I did well enough not to ask for changes. Are you asking the questions because you have a commission?

Best - 

Gav

I did a feature film and about 16 trailer cuts recently. The trailers were painful, dont do it unless u get paid for it :).

Overall quite an enjoyable experience once you take money out of the equation. Its not my main source of income so i could afford to do that. The creative satisfaction and experience from working on that was huge. looking fwd to the next one.

longest: applying layers of polish to make it sound professional, tweaking pieces constantly as new edits come by.

hardest: objectively looking at pieces and reworking them based on feedback that is not always very actionable, understanding the differences in monitors and audio equipment - what sounds good in my speakers sounds different in a 5.1 theater vs monitors where other preview music etc. 

Vn

I'm actually composing a Chinese opera for a Taiwanese producer, with Taipei national orchestra singers.

The hardest thing is to adapt classical singers to electronic music, some do it naturally, for others it is more difficult.

Last March.

The project was stopped because of lockdown. It was made easier by an ongoing friendship with the leader/teacher of a contemporary dance troupe. No money in it though I was offered a nominal sum as she opted to use my renderings rather than hire/borrow musicians (which above all facilitated rehearsal). I got a couple of nice dinner invitations though. 

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