Gabrielius Jauniskis replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"Well I compose the way my heart and my ear likes. I never studied composition but I the way I do it gives me minimalistic, yet beautiful results. Really happy to join this forum, For example I got the question . As I mostly improvise not all of my…"
Feb 2, 2015
Renan Javier Cabrera replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"I always compose with melody first.  I've always attributed my love for film music mainly due to all the famous and hummable themes that I have come to grow and love over the years and for this, my composing style has always been geared towards…"
Nov 13, 2014
36bdmuykfqh8y replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"Starting a composition can be a difficult thing if it isn't just fresh in your mind at the moment. It can feel like there are so many components to a song it may seem overwhelming where to begin. Here are somethings I came across that helped me. I…"
May 21, 2014
Lassi Tani replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"Interesting methods people have! I gotta try the shower method. :D

Usually I have an idea, which starts to stick on my mind. Then I start writing it down or play with keyboard. Most of the times, it's a short intro melody. Hardest part will then be…"
Jan 9, 2014
Renan Javier Cabrera replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"I kind of actually start backwards.  An idea will start in my head and I will hum it like mad until I have figured out every variation of the theme, then when I start putting it to use in the samples, I start with the climax of the track first…"
Jan 9, 2014
Keith Kehrer replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"This is a pretty open-ended question. It really depends on the project. I usually start with a theme, motif or a rhythm that I work out usually in my head and on paper before I even touch my computer or instrument. and it really starts with the…"
Mar 25, 2013
Chocolatedog replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"It always helps if you start with a goal in mind. When i wrote stuff "freely" I would end up with some cool stuff but would have a har time finding things to do with it because it would be void of any unidentifiable genre. "
Feb 1, 2013
Spiros Makris replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"You write freely. Choose an idea an explore it. A theme, a rythm, a melody, some interesting harmony, some kind of other concept.  Steven Settinger said:
Thank you for the fast answer. But how do you compose if you don't compose for a video? I mean…"
Jan 5, 2013
Steven Settinger replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"Nice piece. Yes, contrast is important. I always use contrasts in my music, as you can hear in my dragon piece. At the beginning only the percussions, then bigger orchestra, then smaller again, then speed up like an action score (the friendly dragon…"
Jan 5, 2013
Gavin Brown replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"Here's a sample of my own which shows some of the issues I raised about contrast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc1aCPeJ8Vs"
Jan 5, 2013
Steven Settinger replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"Yes, unfortunately the original is down. What I changed is the instrumentation, when the melodies play. In the first version I have doubled a lot of instruments just to make it fatter. Now I removed them to make the music clear and without doubled…"
Jan 5, 2013
Gavin Brown replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"This sounds ok to me too! Looks like you took down the original version so I am not sure what you changed."
Jan 5, 2013
Steven Settinger replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"I have edited my film score. I've seen that I used toooo much instruments in my arrangement just to make it "big" and like a "power orchestral". But that was really not the right step.

You can listen to the new version here:…"
Jan 5, 2013
Gavin Brown replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"I mostly write for solo piano so arrangement is not usually a big issue for me. For both piano music and arranged/multiple instruments music, the single most important issue to me is contrast, by which I mean that as the music progresses along I…"
Jan 5, 2013
Steven Settinger replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"Thanks for listening.
Somehow I'm not completely satisfied with this music and I really don't know why. I think it has to do with the arrangement, because I like the composition (melody and harmony) very much. How do you arrange your music after you…"
Jan 5, 2013
Gavin Brown replied to Steven Settinger's discussion Compose film music
"Sure! This sounds ok to me. It fits with your title."
Jan 5, 2013
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