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January 2008 Blog Posts (4)

Please read - very important to the future of copyright values!!!

For all of my composer, songwriter & publisher friends out there:

On Monday, January 28, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) begins the hearing that will determine mechanical rates for every songwriter and music publisher in America. It will be the most important rate hearing in the history of the music industry because in addition to setting rates for physical products, rates will be set for the first time ever for digital products such as digital downloads, subscription services…

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Added by Scott W. Hallgren on January 28, 2008 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

No Country For Old Men......

Was humbled by this movie today, specifically in the fact that I only counted 4, just 4, music 'cues' throughout the entire 2hrs, 2 mins. And I'm counting the cue for the credits! And those 'cues' were just pads, more like sound design.

Humbled because the movie is so damned good, it didn't need music.

- S

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on January 24, 2008 at 4:28pm — 1 Comment

Faith before Reason - The New America

My new book is hitting the shelves on 1/15/08 and is already available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all major online bookstores. It can also be ordered from any brick and mortar bookstore. Getting it on the shelves is another thing, but I am working on it! The best deal is still on my website www.RBooks.org, where you can get an autographed copy for only… Continue

Added by Leon Portelance on January 13, 2008 at 5:59pm — 2 Comments

What I do...

I've been asked to describe what I do. So here it is!



Usually I’ll talk to the producer of the spot for a bit to get the feel of what they want. It’s rarely about specific styles or instruments, but more often about mood. They describe what they are trying to accomplish with the spot and we discuss ways that the music can help – like give it more energy, or make it “bigger” and so on.



I usually don’t write any music until I get some form of video. Often, the video… Continue

Added by Chris Merritt on January 9, 2008 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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