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September 2010 Blog Posts (9)

A new scale?

Hi everyone, I've been using a technique that I heard Jerry Goldsmith used to use. Basically he would take two chords that he was using in a progression but were from different keys. Often they would be chromatic mediants. He would then build a scale using just the notes from the chords.

So I've done this now using three chords ... Bm Cm and Ebm.

My final scale (using enharmonics) is B C D Eb F# G A#

Now I've tried to fit this to several scales…


Added by James Semple on September 28, 2010 at 5:44am — 5 Comments

Guild of Northern Media Composers

The Guild of Northern Media Composers was set up in late 2009 to celebrate the work and raise the profile of media composers working in the north of England. The guild hosts meetings and events of interest to media composers, makes members music available to media companies to license through its web site, has a collaboration board for members to swap services and is a forum for exchanging ideas and information. The guild receives support from Generator, Northern Film and Media and Business… Continue

Added by Steve Luck on September 22, 2010 at 10:13am — No Comments

Edgy Electronica

I just discovered this excellent video. Music by 'Download'. The Sidewinder EP and Download III are must haves...

Added by Doug Lauber on September 21, 2010 at 2:44pm — 3 Comments

News and Merch!


With Halloween and Haunt Season quickly approaching, Prelude to a Nightmare is on the move!

Prelude was featured on the September 19 episode of Psi-Fi radio! You can listen to the show here!

Check out the New Prelude store!

Included are the new "Scared Shirtless"…

Added by S. Michael Karan on September 20, 2010 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Drum set notation is Sibelius

Please stop by my blog"Notes On Notes" if you are interested in drum set notation tips in Sibelius… Continue

Added by John Hinchey on September 19, 2010 at 12:32pm — No Comments

New symbolic composer videos tutorial and lecture on vimeo

Here's some new video tutorials about symbolic composer, a fantastic music composition environment.



Added by stephane boussuge on September 15, 2010 at 7:24am — No Comments

Writing music for video game mod's

Well this has been an interesting week!

After my guild wars composition was posted on the fan site, about a week or 2 ago someone asked me if I would like to write music for a mod (like a mad-made expansion to an existing video game), and to contact the developers of said mod to get more details. Well it turned out the person who contacted me in the first place was just a fan of the mod and hadn't asked the developers beforehand, but lucky for me the developer listened to…

Added by Ian Fisher on September 9, 2010 at 6:33pm — 3 Comments

new symbolic composer presentation on vimeo

i've put some new symbolic composer presentation and tutorials videos on vimeo.



Added by stephane boussuge on September 4, 2010 at 2:48am — No Comments

My studio setup

Merritt Music - The Studio

I've had many composers here ask me my setup, so I figured I should save some typing and make a blog post about it!

So here it is!

I use a custom built (by me) PC running Vista 64 bit and Sonar 8 64 bit.

The PC is thus:



Added by Chris Merritt on September 2, 2010 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

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