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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

Universal Collaboration Vol. 2

Here's the version that I am talking about in this blog:

Download merrittmusic-UCB-CMX-GM140.mp3 (Right click on the file name and save it to your computer, then play it from there.) For the beginning of this piece, the strings have to sell it. They have to be alive. Here's what I did. For each part (VLN, VLA, Cello, etc..) I loaded a full section patch and played it in with mod wheel and… Continue

Added by Chris Merritt on June 30, 2007 at 3:00am — No Comments

Universal Collaboration Vol. 1

I thought it might be cool for a lot of you to follow along as I compose a piece. It's the intro section for the "Longest Through Composed Piece" that we are all working on (see the "Groups.") Let's take a look... Here's my restrictions: It has to start in C Major at any tempo and end in G major at 140BPM, so the next composer can blend his piece in, and be less than - or about - two minutes. I figured this should be on the "serious" side of things, and maybe a little "badass" or epic. To me,… Continue

Added by Chris Merritt on June 28, 2007 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Ministry of Rock, ...

... a rock samplelibrary which contains various guitars, drums and basses, created by East West and Quantum Leap, has been released.

You can listen to my offical demo "Unreal" here on my site.
All instruments are from Ministry of Rock and vocals are sung by myself.

Hope you enjoy!!

Added by Alex Pfeffer on June 28, 2007 at 4:15am — 1 Comment

DVD Titles, demo production

Currently, I'm working on two projects.

The first is production work for a songwriter's demo. I'm trying to bring it to a high level of sophistication, as finished and radio-ready as possible. The first cut has been posted to his myspace profile:

It was an interesting challenge taking his lyrics and vocal melody, and creating a whole style around it - he wanted something that had both pop and middle eastern sound influences. This… Continue

Added by Adrian Ellis on June 27, 2007 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

Equipment and Systems

System 1 (composition):

  • Finale 2006 running on windows XP on a Dell computer
  • 250 GB backup, CD-ROM and DVD/CD read-write drive, DSL internet connection
  • Garritan Personal Orchestra (as bundled with Finale)

System 2 (digital audio recording):

  • ProTools running on windows XP…

Added by Karen E. Peace on June 27, 2007 at 4:32am — No Comments

Local air time

Well, "Tiny Lights" was played on my local radio station yesterday. I was very please about this, although I have to say that it sounded "unmixed" to some extent. I'm inclined to think that this is down to my need for more practice on the audio side of things, although I suppose it's conceivable that the station applied some compression or something and killed the dynamics. Who knows?

Anyway, it was good to have some visibility, and the DJ also plugged a forthcoming gig my band is… Continue

Added by Mike Torr on June 25, 2007 at 2:37am — No Comments

Studio Build Pt 4: Another Block in the Wall?

Well I hope I managed to terrify people with my previous blog. Building a studio can seriously damage your lawn!

Today I'll talk about building the rest of the shell. As I've mentioned previously, we decided to use 2 skins of 4" concrete blocks for the walls. Between these walls we left a 2" gap which was filled with insulation fibre; nothing specialist here, just the same kind of mineral wool people use to insulate lofts.

So here we can see the outside wall…


Added by James Semple on June 21, 2007 at 5:29am — 1 Comment

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