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My all original tango/jazz album has been released into the wild - hope you enjoy it!

I've been readying this project for a few months now, and Magnatune Records has just released
it into the wild!…

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on November 16, 2010 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

My mentor comes to town... Hummie Mann film scoring seminar May 22-23

Anatomy of a Film Score… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on April 24, 2010 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

We need to educate everyone...

So, what would you think if you read the following?…


Added by Scott W. Hallgren on April 20, 2010 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

So, about those albums...

I am really grateful to have had such a great year in 2009. A paradigm changer, even. A suite of tangos, two short film scores performed live at a concert, several TV, theatre & film music placements, a couple of commercials, a surprising number of gigs where my music was performed (and broadcast) live... I hope I can top it in 2010. While I have a few tracks I desperately need to re-record, I'm still thinking that it might be time to put my first two albums together, so I 'mocked them up'… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on February 4, 2010 at 9:57pm — 2 Comments

Hop aboard the Coal Train!!

If you are like me, music for kids generally makes you want to stick your head in the oven. Asinine lyrics, annoying tunes, awful production, and for some reason your kids can't get enough. Well friends, the day has come -- someone has FINALLY made music that kids love and adults will secretly listen to while the kids aren't around. Coal Train Railroad, by Katy Bowser and Chris Donohue is silly, fun, beautiful, catchy,… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on November 18, 2009 at 11:39am — 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

Pump Audio changes terms, still has major issues...

Got this from Pump Audio on May 8th, and followed up this week:


Dear Pump Audio Artist,

We would like to thank you for your music and congratulate you on being part of one of the fastest growing music licensing companies in the world. Since the acquisition of Pump Audio by Getty Images, we continue to hear praises from a wide expansion of our clients on the depth and quality… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on May 18, 2009 at 6:48pm — 2 Comments

New music at Nashville Symphony w/Leonard Slatkin....

Was very pleased to catch a few new compositions at last night's concert:

Leanna Primiani's "Sirens" - a modern tone poem based on the Greek myth...

Cindy McTee's "Einstein's Dream" - recorded and modified computer sounds, percussion and strings -

done without a click track!

Rob Mathes's "A Standing Ground: Concertino for Orchestra" - an homage to the poems of Wendell… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on February 7, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

2009 Music/Audio Poll Results are in....

Is the amount of money you plan to spend on audio and music greater in 2009 than 2008?

9% Yes

27% Staying the same

27% No, less

36% Not sure yet

What projects will be the majority of your work in the coming year?

63% Non-broadcast video

36% TV commercials

9% Feature film

9% Television (series)

54% Internet/multimedia/podcast

9% Radio… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on December 20, 2008 at 11:44am — 3 Comments

"Creative" quantity vs. quality.... is it just a phase, or.... ?

I've been struggling with my place in the creative world of late, and have been reflecting on the following:

"Maybe one day soon, when technology makes everyone sound good, sounding good won't be what matters anymore."

- Conor "Freff" Cochran, from his column in Keyboard Magazine, late 1980's

"I'm fascinated by the almost fetish and addictive need to communicate aurally and visually; witness the decline in the quality of communication in favor of… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on August 25, 2008 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Hmmm... China likes me? Really strange....

So, I do like to pop in on my webstats from time to time, and indeed even look up the IP addresses of visitors that use more than a certain amount of data while visiting. Lo and behold, there are 3 search engines on mainland China that are pointing at my site's music folder, which holds medleys and a few tunes:

The curious part is, these sites seem to mostly feature… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on May 11, 2008 at 9:01pm — 3 Comments

Scott Smalley Orchestration Workshop in Nashville!!!

The Film Music Institute in association with the Nashville Composers Association is pleased to announce the first presentation of the renowned Scott Smalley Orchestration Workshop, currently only available in LA and NYC, in Nashville, Tennessee, May 31st-June 1st, 2008. I have included a blog entry from a film composer/orchestration teacher at the Art Institute of Vancouver that says everything better than I could have said it.

This event will be held at the Renaissance Nashville… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on April 15, 2008 at 8:14am — 7 Comments

my funny Star Wars spoof; a plug without shame...

Sith'D, the Star Wars spoof I scored that won 2006 Best Comedy at Comic-Con, is approaching a quarter of a million downloads! Can you help us get over the hump? (It's only 2:16.)

Please pass this along to some friends if you like it.....

My wife, two small children and my PRO will all appreciate it!

(Royalty checks…


Added by Scott W. Hallgren on February 12, 2008 at 8:16am — 1 Comment

Interesting results to my recent music use survey.....

I sent this out to over 300 production and post companies, promising anonymity via Mister; I got responses back in the high double digits, and have posted the data here. Please note that some of the questions could have more than one answer.


Is music a budget line item or consideration when you start a project?

75% Yes



Added by Scott W. Hallgren on February 5, 2008 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Please read - very important to the future of copyright values!!!

For all of my composer, songwriter & publisher friends out there:

On Monday, January 28, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) begins the hearing that will determine mechanical rates for every songwriter and music publisher in America. It will be the most important rate hearing in the history of the music industry because in addition to setting rates for physical products, rates will be set for the first time ever for digital products such as digital downloads, subscription services…


Added by Scott W. Hallgren on January 28, 2008 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

No Country For Old Men......

Was humbled by this movie today, specifically in the fact that I only counted 4, just 4, music 'cues' throughout the entire 2hrs, 2 mins. And I'm counting the cue for the credits! And those 'cues' were just pads, more like sound design.

Humbled because the movie is so damned good, it didn't need music.

- S

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on January 24, 2008 at 4:28pm — 1 Comment

Spirits Of The Dead duo improvisation

Tuesday Oct. 30, the Nashville Composer's Association hosted an opportunity

on our local NPR/classical station for a few of us to freely improvise music

inspired by poems from Poe, Dickinson & Rilke about the macabre ('tis the season and all). What you'll

hear is literally being made up on the spot - no music, no prior communication.

Nothing but the poem's influence and us listening to each other. Lance, Tracey,

Pat, Rod & I were truly working without a… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on November 18, 2007 at 11:22pm — No Comments

New music - a tango (in the classic style)!

Wrote 'La última llamada' for Tango Nashville, a great 501c3 here in Nashville
that promotes tango dancing and Argentinian culture. It was definitely a stretch;
I'm used to having drums as a crutch for the beat, and I know subtlety is not my
strong suit.... still, I hope you enjoy it - Diana & MariaPia from Tango Nashville
have told me they love it - it will be featured at their big September event!

it's No. 2 on my playlist, to the left.....

- S

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on November 5, 2007 at 8:07am — 1 Comment

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