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The Academy Series: The Music Soundtrack - Alternative Scores

The Music Soundtrack: A Composer’s Forum of Contemporary Scoring Techniques

Topic for Sept. 27, 2007: “Alternative Scores

The Society of Composers & Lyricists has been sponsoring a lot of events recently, and even if they are not the official sponsor, the organization does inform its membership of other events that would be of great interest to them. Such is the case with a three-part series put on by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences under the category of “The…


Added by Bob Safir on September 30, 2007 at 3:46pm — 2 Comments

Collision demo complete

I have finally finished the demo of my album, Collision. This involved recording and mixing vocals for nine songs in the space of a week, working only in the evenings and overnight. After that, I went to Wales and spent a couple of days in the beautiful Gower area relaxing and recovering int he company of friends. And I needed it, too!

I'm fairly happy with how it sounds, though I still have a list as long as my arm of things I want to tweak or re-record. I am going to be… Continue

Added by Mike Torr on September 18, 2007 at 7:44pm — 1 Comment

The Trials and Tribulations of Software Installation...

I've been so busy this summer that I haven't had time to install some new software-

Sonar 6 and NI's Kontakt 2.

No time until yesterday. Sonar 6 installed easily, (as usual for Cakewalk products)

Kontakt 2 was a bit of a fiasco.It's a software/computer based sampler. For many years I had wanted to get an external hardware sampler, like Akai's S5000. I never did, so I was looking forward to using Kontakt 2.

My primary source for orchestral samples had been my Alesis… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on September 17, 2007 at 8:11pm — 1 Comment

One more day... or 'this doesn't sound like Star Wars'

So, I've discovered something about myself. I guess it turns out that being a 'finisher' isn't always the best thing.

I'm always proud of the fact that I do finish projects and am good at keeping to my deadlines. Unfortunately for my last two projects I felt that this is not working so well for me.

I'm about to work on my first feature film, I'm about halfway through 'Music for the Media' and have just started the…


Added by James Semple on September 16, 2007 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

New Websites

I have just updated both of my main websites to something more manageable. These can be found at and

On another note, I have just finished the audio post production on the film Shiver, by director Jonathan Stewart and it was a great project to work on. Watch this space for more info soon!

Added by Neil Bruce on September 14, 2007 at 6:12am — No Comments

Creating a new Orchestral Template

Right, well having spent about 18 months running from assignment to assignment I decided to try and take control of my whole procedure.

My samples are getting to the point where I'm generally happy (although who isn't looking for that elusive string sound?) and I've begun creating my definitive sample templates.

So having created an intimate orchestral template and a light orchestral template, I'm now doing an assignment in the style of Star Wars and I decided to create my…


Added by James Semple on September 11, 2007 at 10:40am — 6 Comments

My Music Demo's Explained

  • East West Quantum Leap Movie Score Competition…

Added by Stephen Doheny on August 28, 2007 at 6:35pm — No Comments

My Modest Studio, Equipment & Software

Here is a list of my Software and Computer Hardware:





Added by Stephen Doheny on August 28, 2007 at 5:44pm — No Comments

L.A. Bound

Yes, I know lots of people in L.A. are looking forward to the day they can permanently "get out of town." That's why everyone looks at me like I'm some kind of nut case when I tell them I'm heading back to L.A. after 15 years in the Bay Area.

I was born and raised in L.A. and although I don't miss the traffic congestion or the smog, I do miss the people -- my networks of friends, relatives, business associates, etc., that really signify what a city means to you.

And as a…


Added by Bob Safir on August 25, 2007 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Internet Links!

Hi Everyone,

Since we are fellow musicians, composers, and especially friends here, I offer free links to your website hosted under my website. I have a section called " Musicians Friends". If you want me to host a picture and your own personal link there, just let me know via email or send a message to me here and I would be more than happy to put your link on my site. Of course I need your permission!! :-)


Added by Stephen Doheny on August 25, 2007 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Studio Build Pt 5: Raising the Roof

Right, well I've been a little busy but the other day I got some new studio furniture and I thought I'd update my blog here again.

So far, we've seen how as far as building the walls. Today we'll look at the roof.

First, we need to add the frame for the roof base.

Then the actual roof frame is built. As you can imagine this is a serious job and you should hire a professional. We considered a flat roof but the pitched roof has proven useful. Part of the…


Added by James Semple on August 15, 2007 at 8:54am — No Comments

Need advice!

Hey Folks,

Can anyone tell what is causing the annoying "ping" sound in the middle of my comp "Adagio for Strings?" I tried re-recording, cutting out that part of the wave, blocking out the high frequencies, nothing worked. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :)

Added by Jonathan Davis on August 14, 2007 at 10:19pm — 3 Comments

More uploads

As well as the album demo mix (see comments), I've uploaded a video. It's a short time lapse film I made on Super 8mm at university in 1986, and it's going to be put on a DVD for the students next year. The DVD is being produced by the Students' Union, and they don't want to deal with copyright issues, so I've replaced the previous soundtrack (by Sky) with my own composition.

Added by Mike Torr on August 12, 2007 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Got a bit of a job on tonight!

I have recorded demo versions of six songs for the album, but because I was singing along quietly I've ended up choosing keys that work when I'm singing quietly. Therefore some of them are a bit too low for me to sing properly. I wonder how many other songwriters fall into that trap?

Anyway, what it means is that I need to re-do three of them. They are in various forms on my digital recording workstation (which is currently just a laptop): some of the instrumental parts were recorded… Continue

Added by Mike Torr on August 10, 2007 at 12:08pm — No Comments


I am now working on "Collision" - a concept album with ten tracks, and I have been rather busy in the last two weeks - I already have demo versions of five tracks. There are lots of different styles in this project. In my song list I've posted the first minute of a song called "Shed", which is about a snakeskin being shed, not about the place where you keeps yer tools! :)

The Piano, Sitar and Tablas are played live by me on the Fantom X8. Not sure how good a job I did, in that it may… Continue

Added by Mike Torr on August 8, 2007 at 6:21pm — 3 Comments

The Composer Expo

The Composer Expo

July 25, 2007

Skirball Center, Los Angeles

This event, sponsored by Film Music Magazine and Turner Classic Movies, marks the second annual gathering of composers wanting to learn more about the creative and business aspects of composing. The Skirball Center in Los Angeles was a good venue for the event, especially for the panels that took place in Magnin Auditorium where the highly effective air conditioning provided refuge from the… Continue

Added by Bob Safir on July 27, 2007 at 4:08pm — 3 Comments


I am a bit remiss about how Doug Wood was treated on the film list. I don't pretend to have any answers to the current problems, but I do wish when he chooses to post, as no other guy probably would, that he was thanked and his information then consumed and used for our benefit. This is not a defense, simply an observation on how we sometimes treat the only board member that even knows how our small end of the music industry operates.

Added by Brad Heck on July 25, 2007 at 8:22am — 2 Comments


Yesterday I bought a pair of main monitors (Mackie HR624s), and a cheap pair of Edirol speakers for reference monitors. No more mixing on headphones. Yay!

Next on the list is probably a workstation or desk of some kind. What I'd really like is an Omnirax Forte, but (1) They are about 1,000 pounds (Edit: actually over 3,000 - and I meant GBP, not weight!) and (2) its size in my lounge would make it slightly hard to get into my kitchen :)

I think for now I'll… Continue

Added by Mike Torr on July 17, 2007 at 2:51am — No Comments

More Music at my main music site....

Hi everyone,

I have put some of my music up on this site for your convenience, but if you could listen to it on "soundclick", my main site ( ), I'd appreciate it. There you can stream all songs by chart or by composer, and hey, it helps my rating, which is always nice because being on the charts gets more people to hear one's music.



Added by Karen E. Peace on July 12, 2007 at 12:20pm — 1 Comment

Soundsonline music contest runner up.

my composition for the short CG animation film by Zennor Alexander titled 'Grey's Elegy' was a runner up in the Soundsonline May/June music contest as voted for by the Sounds-online team and the movies creater.

As a prize I get to pick one of their new Play sample Libraries!


Added by dean valentine on July 9, 2007 at 1:20pm — 6 Comments

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