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October 2009 Blog Posts (14)

A Quick Update

Ok, so that went better than expected. (See last blog).

Even more work has been put in to it to tighten it up; color grading, background audio and, more importantly for me, the soundtrack has been added. I now know where my cues more or less fit. Did you not have a spotting session Russ? Yes, i did. But the thing is with films is that it's made by very creative people with a lot of artsy things they want to say in it; even in a violent movie such as this. And so cue placement and… Continue

Added by Russell Scott-Johnson on October 30, 2009 at 7:48pm — No Comments

It Just Occurred To Me...

I was given a month to score this three headed beast. 31 days.

However, after doing the maths, the amount of time i was left with after having to work all week to pay the mortgage, means that i have only had 14.6 days to do it in.

Damn...I'm actually quite pleased with myself now. 8-0 !

Added by Russell Scott-Johnson on October 30, 2009 at 1:23pm — No Comments

5.1 Mixes and all that jazz


Am mixing it up at Twickenham Studios, England this weekend. Am i kacking it? You betcha! Seriously though, only big films have the budget and backing to go there for audio post. Let alone an indie film.

Speaking of post, will upload photos of my adventures in one of britain's biggest film recording studios later!

In the meantime, check out It's awesome!


P.S. Will… Continue

Added by Russell Scott-Johnson on October 30, 2009 at 12:20am — No Comments

Not really a crime, new recording.

We re-recorded the jazz ballad "Not really a crime" which I wrote some week back.
The previous recording had some click issues due to computer overloaded with Convolution-reverbs.
I thought about arranging some strings and woodwind lines above the piece, but in the end
I like a naked piano version of this song better. It kindá suits the piece.

Hope you like it!

Mattias Holmgren

Added by Mattias Holmgren on October 26, 2009 at 5:15am — No Comments


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Added by Ehsan Saboohi on October 24, 2009 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Currently scoring "For Love of Liberty" for PBS

I am currently scoring music for a 5 hour mini-series called "For Love of Liberty:The Story of America's Black Patriots" hosted by Halle Berry and featuring Avery Brooks, Morgan Freeman, Samuel Jackson, Ice T, Alan Rickman, Alec Baldwin, Bill Cosby etc.( I am co-composing with Emmy award composer Larry Brown and Alan Lindgren. The series covers the history of America's black patriots from the 1700's thru the… Continue

Added by John Doryk on October 23, 2009 at 12:04pm — 2 Comments

The Thought Of Not Composing Hurts Deeply

Hey just a dude... i been composing and writing since the age of 14.... i am 28 now and i have only (seriousy) composing for large ensemble for about 3 years... off and on lol.

it hard when you got writers block... but i have been told that if your "craft"/ technique is sound that this issue dosent exist.. so i am here to absorb as much i can from guys like you all and try to be better at what i do..

any one wanna help a dude out and work on Melodic development and orchestration… Continue

Added by robert looman on October 22, 2009 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Hallgren named to compose for Score_Underscore

From the Nashville, TN

Christ Church Cathedral's "Sacred Space" concert series announces:


Friday, November 13, 2009

7:30 p.m.

Featuring the composers:

Sally Reid

Rachel Fogarty

Scott Hallgren

Members of the Nashville Composers Association have created new, original scores for four 8-10 minute short films. This event will explore the relationship of music to film, and the composers will share with the audience… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on October 20, 2009 at 12:19pm — 2 Comments

Not really a crime, jazz ballad

I wrote two jazzy songs last week. The first one is called "Not really a crime", which I recorded live with the
vocalist Helena Thomson during the saturday.
My computer did some hickups during the recording-session (too much impulse reverbs going on..hehe) so we will make a new recording on tuesday.

Hope you like the song!

Mattias Holmgren

Added by Mattias Holmgren on October 19, 2009 at 4:36am — No Comments

Self Introduction... [I am the Monochrome Man!]

Hey folks. I figured that since most of the places I post to are either dead, dying, or tackling completely different subject matter, it was time to look around for a new 'home from home'. Two days of googling later, here I am. Y'all best be checking the fine print in your insurance deeds about now. :D I was going to attach a few midi's to the post to introduce that side of things, but apparently the site doesn't accept them natively. Instead, you get a …


Added by Kieron 'Kit' Furber on October 18, 2009 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Mark Taylor Launches the At What Age Project at

Here's the latest news! I'm finishing off my third CD. A project titled "At What Age". It features my new quartet with some special guests contributing poetry and other instruments and lots of new music by yours trul...y. I'm even bringing out the Mellophone on a couple of pieces! You know you don't want to miss that!

To make this happen, I'm partnering with, a great website that makes funding the project surprisingly easy and painless (I get 100% of the money raised,… Continue

Added by Mark Taylor on October 16, 2009 at 11:56pm — No Comments

Test your hearing.

I read an article on sound in

Discover magazine where the author pointed out a site that lets you test your hearing. If you have pretty accurate speakers (not just computer speakers) or headphones and a decent audio interface, this can help you figure out your personal curve - frequencies that you hear better or worse than others. Here's mine: …


Added by Chris Merritt on October 5, 2009 at 1:38pm — 5 Comments

New Blog!

Hello Everyone,

I recently created a new blog dedicated to the Music for Film/T.V./Multimedia Industry.

Take a look when you get a chance and feel free to contribute your ideas, comments, etc... (It's still kind of 'bare bones' but I'll be adding new features over the next few days). Thank you and have a great one!



Added by Bethany Trainor on October 3, 2009 at 10:51pm — No Comments

To School or Not to School

That, Dear Horatio, is the Question

Whether 'tis nobler to pursue the lofty heights of Academia

Or, to slug through the maze of streets that is self education

When one hits a wall, when the doors to understanding

are too many to choose, perchance the halls of wisdom

provide opportunities one should not lose.

So, having joined the Composers forum, I realize that I am significantly outclassed. There are some remarkable compositions over here, and the general… Continue

Added by Shad Young on October 2, 2009 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

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