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October 2010 Blog Posts (11)

Skyline - Verbal Vigilante

Our track “The Time has Come” features on the trailer for Universal Pictures new movie Skyline.

The track was written by Verbal Vigilante for PP Music Ltd’s Destructive Drums…


Added by David Wainwright on October 26, 2010 at 2:57am — No Comments

Jumping in: Buying Finale 2011... what else will a classical, orchestral composer need?

I've been asked to write for a piano quintet [piano + string quartet]. Nothing fancy, but the players will be first-rate. So I cannot hand them manuscript.

Been offered anything I need. I also need to be reasonable. I set my budget at $2,000. I'd like not to ask for more than that.

I will get Finale 2011 at $350 (academic/institutional)

I need a new, stronger PC. Any RAM ideas? I know, "as fast as possible." I will go for Windows.

Those are…


Added by Sylvester Wager on October 24, 2010 at 3:52pm — 5 Comments

Forum Composium review


A few months ago I joined this forum with the idea of checking around a bit about this whole 'composing' scene.

I basically come from a whole different scene of music experience (rock, metal) but I've always been interested in the whole film and games music industry.

I've been using some symphonic software and keyboards anyway along my 'heavy metal' period (that is still active though, but less than before), but I was… Continue

Added by Thomas Van Beeck on October 22, 2010 at 9:27am — 6 Comments

The Composiums

This is just an incredibly brief blog post to say thank you so much to everyone who came along to the Composium this last weekend.

I was especially pleased to see all the new people who turned up this time and fit right into the group. Lots of excellent discussions on a variety of subjects (occasionally music even came up) ... lots of laughs, lots of drinks and some excellent, excellent food at a beautiful restaurant.

My feeling is that the next one will be in…


Added by James Semple on October 19, 2010 at 11:06am — 1 Comment

My Haunted Blog

Halloween is around the corner and something spooky happened to me on October 13 th. I was online surfing the web and when I landed on synthtopia website phantom music played on my computer. I couldn't find the source of the music. There were no open applications. No, I didn't press the play button and forget. I looked for the source of the music, but I couldn't find it. Does anyone out there have a similar experience?

Now the focus of this blog. I download LMMS software…

Added by Ann Rodela on October 17, 2010 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Rock with Swing?

Yesterday I listened again to Jethro Tull's 2nd album- 'Stand Up'.
What I find interesting, is the way some of the tunes SWING. I love the rhythm of a song like 'Nothing's Easy' (anyone remember?) I really enjoy rock tunes that lean in the direction of swing. Another tune with great rhythm is Led Zeppelin's 'Good Times, Bad Times'. I'd like to compose music that explores interesting rhythms like these. It's an area that needs to be explored further.

Added by Doug Lauber on October 11, 2010 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Museum music

At this time, one term appears more and more strongly in my consciousness - the term "museum music". From a contemporary point of view, it can be defined as the music of those composers who have decided to run from the current time ,or even the recent past time, and whose musical compositions are, thus, fit to hand in directly to a “music museum”. It is as if these composers were trying to reconstruct a type of music that is of…


Added by Olga Krashenko on October 10, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Oil and Water

As many people here know, film scores are subject to the whims of fashion. One thing I've noticed of late has been a scary comeback of an instrument that had long been absent from 'big' film scores since the late 80s.

I speak of ... the electric guitar!

Yes, once common in every score from Top Gun to The Rock this byword for 'instant cool' in movie scores has long been away.

I first noticed the return with (another Bruckheimer…


Added by James Semple on October 6, 2010 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Hearing Reverb While Tracking

A few years ago, I was faced with this question. I wanted to record my guitar AND I wanted to hear it with a reverb effect as I played along with pre-recorded tracks. I did not want to record the reverb. I wanted the guitar to be recorded 'dry' without reverb. How to do this with my small studio setup?

The key is in how you route your outputs.

signal flow:

guitar > guitar amplifier > microphone > mic preamp >…

Added by Doug Lauber on October 3, 2010 at 12:49pm — 2 Comments

The number 9 and interval inversion

I've had two (very different) theory teachers so far in my career as a musician and neither was willing or able to explain the relationship between the number 9 and interval inversion. I was taught it as a "quick check" or rule before I just knew what the inversions were. Whatever interval you have is subtracted from 9 and the yield is… Continue

Added by Matt Walsh on October 2, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Verbal Vigilante News!

DesertVoiceDemo by Verbal Vigilante by sonokinetic


We’ve had our heads down in the Verbal Vigilante studio over the summer working on a number of projects and so have neglected to post any timely updates. Please accept this untimely one as a belated apology.…


Added by David Wainwright on October 1, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

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