Spiros Makris replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion The Forest
"The world needs more worthy game composers. I cannot believe how many big titles (over the 40$ mark, the triple A's) are out there that have an absolutely crap score. Indie games however pay special attention to the music part, and there are some…"
Dec 5, 2012
Thomas Ellis replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion The Forest
"Thanks, Bob.

You know, that's a great point. I'm hugely inspired by film scores, trailer music and big budget game works like Russell Browers score for World of Warcraft. However, I don't think scoring to picture is actually for me.

I write much…"
Dec 5, 2012
Richard Ford replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Structure and Process, Help Requested
"Hi Thomas! There are some very good suggestions here, all worth exploring. I have a little different direction to suggest. Consider that the song forms that you're comfortable with are the same original building blocks that all music comes from.…"
Nov 6, 2012
Kevin Keating replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Structure and Process, Help Requested
"Great discussion Thomas, as I come from a very similar background."
Nov 6, 2012
Gavin Brown replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Structure and Process, Help Requested
"I was a composition major for a while. I studied Sonata form and looked at scores of scores by the bigs. Ultimately I found it unsatisfying, though I don't mean to denigrate it in any way - many people use it quite happily. After several years of…"
Nov 6, 2012
Spiros Makris replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Structure and Process, Help Requested
"and there is also the solution of listening/watching a video with analysis of a particular work with tight structure. Picking an early beethoven sonata for that purpose is good and there are plenty of sources if you search on google for "structure…"
Nov 5, 2012
Andrew Gleibman replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Structure and Process, Help Requested
"I recommend starting with understanding of sonata form -- maybe even introductions like
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonata_form
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_form
will suffice. The keys are:
1) Developing dramatic contrast of the applied…"
Oct 24, 2012
Greg Brus replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Structure and Process, Help Requested
"The pop/rock heritage is so deeply ingrained in me that I naturally gravitate to beginning with a loop of chords, then adding melodies over the top, and then a different progression for the 'chorus', but this always just leaves me with the same…"
Oct 24, 2012
Thomas Ellis replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Selection of my Works, Potential?
"Interesting topic, thanks for the input guys, although Dimitri, labelling me an 'F1 Pilot of Soundtracks' is possibly a bit too generous at this stage :)

The interesting thing is, I've had a number of people say the exact same thing to me now, both…"
Jul 31, 2012
Dimitri Asselman replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Selection of my Works, Potential?
"Hi Bob, as to your remarks, I can agree with most of the things you mention.
Of course you won't become a better composer by having better sound libraries. And of course, If you can create music with 'only' the tools you have available, this might…"
Jul 31, 2012
Dimitri Asselman replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Selection of my Works, Potential?
"wooww... i really need to go through all pages in a thread ;-), missed this, amazing man how you could recreate the 'United we stand'... congratz! you have it in you... way the go, you'll manage!"
Jul 30, 2012
Thomas Ellis replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Selection of my Works, Potential?
"Thank you Dimitri, much appreciated.

I hear you, and believe me I'm very eager to get my hands on those libraries but unfortunately money doesn't permit just yet. I've got EWQL, Damage, Symphobia, Truestrike all on the shopping list and hopefully…"
Jul 30, 2012
Dimitri Asselman replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Selection of my Works, Potential?
"Hi Thomas, 
without checking your last youtube link: I was thinking that your music ROCKS, but you are certainly missing the right libraries. Your compositions sound too, how can I say this "wussy, nerdy, too 'well-behaved'"? They miss the EPIC…"
Jul 30, 2012
Thomas Ellis replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Selection of my Works, Potential?
"Thanks so much, Henry, that's some great help and advice.
I'm just digging into the theory side a bit more. As is typical of a guitarist I know how to make all the great noises, I just don't know the names and why they sound good! There's certainly…"
Jul 26, 2012
Henry Cavalier replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Selection of my Works, Potential?
"Hi Thomas,
Minus the sound quality of the sound samples, and the repetitiveness, I thought the tracks sounded good. Once you upgrade your sounds it will automatically sound more polished and epic sounding. Here's a quick tip to use in your…"
Jul 25, 2012
Thomas Ellis replied to Thomas Ellis's discussion Selection of my Works, Potential?
"Thanks Bob!

Ok I had a go at remaking one of my favourite Two Steps from Hell tracks (the one I linked earlier). I thought it would be a major challenge even just figuring out the score, but I'm getting there I think. It's a fantastic exercise, I'm…"
Jul 24, 2012
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