Hey Reddit, Jonathan Beard (u/jbeardmusic) here to talk about some of my latest projects like Scoob!, Stargirl, and many others, as well as an indie film I recently composed for called Heavenquest: a Pilgrim’s Progress
I’d love to answer and questions you have about working in the film music production world, composing and orchestration, or anything else!
EDIT: Thanks so much everyone! I had a great time; sorry I couldn't get to all of the questions. You can always send me a note through my website, and check out my recent score to Heavenquest from Intrada Records. Thanks again!
Hi, everyone! I’m Pinar Toprak and I composed the score to a little Marvel movie called Captain Marvel. I’ve written music for film, TV, video games, and beyond! Most recently I scored DC’s Stargirl which just premiered on the DC Universe app and The CW. I’ve also composed music for the video game Fortnite, the SyFy Superman prequel series Krypton, documentaries like HBO’s McMillions about the McDonald’s Monopoly game scandal, as well as created the new main anthem for Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park, AND even wrote music for Christina Aguilera’s 2019 Xperience show in Las Vegas. I’m a single mom who loves sailing, is obsessed with skincare, and loves to shoot billiards in her spare time. Check out my website: https://www.pinartoprak.com/ and ASK ME ANYTHING!
This is a few days late as Kirill passed back on June 1st back in 2015 but I've been listening to his music since then to remember him and his work and just wanted to share some of my personal favorites of his work.
Divinity Original Sin 2 - Power of Innocence Orchestral version of the original track from Original Sin 1 produced by Borislav Slavov.
[Kickstarter Update Song](https://www.youtube.com... keep reading on reddit ➡
I can no longer stand it, I used to think that I am smarter than everybody else for being able to work from home doing what I like while my friends have to go to their workplaces. But the more I improved myself the more I realise that all the soundtrack I compose are for dating simulators that are either about furries, anime gays, or gay anime furries. I have been unable to find a composer role for normal games.
After thinking about it for a long time I decided that I prefer to work a regular job and compose music as a hobby than to continue working for projects that I morally disagree with. So there's been that improvement.
There is something I need advice on, there's this developer for a gay anime porn game that has entrusted me the role of the sole composer for the game, and I know that if I left now they would have a hard time finding a composer in time for the deadline. I don't know what is worse, contributing to degeneracy or betraying someone's trust. Probably overthi... keep reading on reddit ➡
Skye Lewin has been composing for Destiny since 2014 and has helped compose some of the most iconic pieces in the game, from Journey to Eyes Up and more. In fact, out of 258 pieces of Destiny music that Bungie has published, Skye has a composition credit for helping compose 204 of them. He is the lead credit on tracks such as The Vex, Ishtar Sink, Journey, Rise of Iron, Eyes Up, The World's Grave, Inner Light, The Last City, The Fanatic, The Man They Called Cayde, Last Stand, Siege Engine, The Sanctified Mind, and more.
Edit - if you want to hear some music that Skye was the lead one, here's a short medley edit of some of his contributions to D2 Vanilla. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXMBW-lzrWY&feature=youtu.be
Jeremy Soule is one of the most well-known names in video game music. He's composed the music for some high-profile games such as the Harry Potter PC games, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the Guild Wars series, and the Elder Scrolls series, as well as many, many other games throughout the years. He reached #5 on the UK station Classic FM's 2013 Hall of Fame vote. He's been counted as a favorite composer of many, and to this day some still fret about his potentially not being involved with The Elder Scrolls VI, saying the series wouldn't be the same without him.
As fantastic as his work is, he's certainly been a figure of controversy in the past. He once compared music piracy to the Holocaust. And then DirectSong, his online store where he sold his soundtracks, became notorious for not fulfilling paid orders, to the poi... keep reading on reddit ➡
Didn’t see this coming, but my year just turned from “meh” to holy shit overnight. I am extremely humbled and excited. Guys I’m 26. Not that age matters that much but out of 452 nominees how in the world was I the absolute best pick, I’m extremely shocked.
Love to all, believe in yourself, please. I had nothing and kept my head down and worked and this happened. 2 days of celebration and then back to keeping my down again and working. It’s the only way to success.
Edit: I’m releasing my first full fledged album as Rhythmic at the end of this month, you can follow me here: https://www.facebook.com/rhythmicmusicisnottaken/
It’s called acoustic works from another world and it’s mostly ambient guitars with electronics, inspired by my famous work in the UAE :) - I also make live electronic music sets.
For mindloop: Mindloopstudios.com
Our brand new Instagram!! :
https://... keep reading on reddit ➡
My new album " The Mosaic Of Transformation " is out now.
Tom Holkenborg here! I'm a Grammy-nominated "full-contact" composer and multi-platinum electronic music producer under my previous name Junkie XL. I've scored some films you may know like Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Alita: Battle Angel, Black Mass, Terminator: Dark Fate and many others. Today marks the release of White Lines, a new Netflix original series, unravelling the story of a superstar DJ who went missing in Ibiza 20 years ago. This is the first TV show I've worked on and I had a lot of fun doing it. Also out today is the new Scooby Doo film "Scoob!", which I also composed the music for. Happy to answer any questions! Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy wherever you are.
Think of your favorite song. You probably have no idea who wrote/composed it, yet I'm sure you know the singer.
And that makes sense, because that's how songs are marketed these days. The singer is the presenter.
The thing is, there are are so many singers (or at least people who can sing well) out there nowadays. Today with computers everyone can sound somewhat decent, regardless of good they actually are. Obviously good singers will sound better than people like me no matter what, but the point is, having a good voice doesn't make you that special anymore. Even if you are really good, there are probably hundreds of other singers who can perform your song just as good. (and some of them will sound exactly like you)
Composers, on the other hand, HAVE to be unique. I not sure how it is in the US but in most countries it's illegal not to be unique (not to mention how hard it is to think of a new rhythm).
And at least for me, listening to music is more about the music than the wo... keep reading on reddit ➡
> Takami Asano, guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Godiego, passed away on Tuesday, May 12. He was 68. His family found him collapsed in his home on Tuesday morning, and he was rushed to a Tokyo hospital, but was pronounced dead there. He will have a memorial service on a later date.
> Within anime, the band is perhaps best known for its titular theme song for the 1979 anime film Galaxy Express 999, as well as the theme songs for the Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp anime film and the Silk Road Kids series. On his own, Asano composed the music of several Taito games such as Chase H.Q. and Special Criminal Investigation, as well as the Atlus game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor.
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My name is Paul Leonard-Morgan, and I am a composer for film and television, as well as a producer and arranger, working with acts including Isobel Campbell, Mogwai, Texas, No Doubt, Horse and Snow Patrol. You might know me best for my soundtracks for ‘Limitless,’ ‘Dredd,’ ‘Designated Survivor,’ ‘Dynasty,’ ‘Warhammer: Dawn of War 3,’ my work with Errol Morris on ‘Wormwood’, 'B Side" and 'American Dharma", ‘Battlefield Hardline’, ‘The Nest,’ and most recently Amazon’s sci-fi series ‘Tales from the Loop’ (which I co-scored with Philip Glass). I’ve also just finishing up another collaboration, this time for the highly anticipated video game ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ (co-scored with Marcin Przybyłowicz and P.T. Adamczyk). I am primarily based in Los Angeles, but I have studios in both LA and Scotland. I’m stuck in the studio working on a few scores at the moment, need to procrastinate for an hour or two, so I look forward to chatting with you all! Ask me Anything - from composing techniques, soundt... keep reading on reddit ➡
My album The Next Billion Years just dropped, please feel free to ask me any questions you might have and check out my video from the latest single All Forms Are Unstable:
and here you can find out more about the story behind the album, it deals with the long term future of our species on this planet:
Looking forward to your questions. AMA!
Another time trying to figure the jury of a competition, to no avail...
I can see an article about last year's winner, so let's google the piece! Nothing??!! No score, no youtube, no soundcloud, nothing! Ok, let's google the composer in general... He has a blogspot website with a list of works, and he has a couple of pieces in a publisher's site. Googling any piece of the list turns out only the publisher's site (with no previews), or nothing at all. I only can find a clip of him playing folk music, so it's unrelated to the competition.
Let's google one of the judges! He has a fancier website and he appears on a publisher's database. He teaches at a conservatory, apparently has earned many prizes, and seems "prestigious". I only can find a few works for children's choir. Nothing else. I could also find a podcast interview with only platitudes.
Let's google another of the judges! Meh, she's not a composer.
Now, that could be frustrating ONE time, but it happens to me at least half... keep reading on reddit ➡
Music composer Wajid Khan of Sajid-Wajid fame has passed away.
He had been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai after being diagnosed with COVID-19. The news about his demise has been confirmed by Sonu Nigam.
As per sources, Wajid had not been keeping well for quite some time and had frequent health issues.
RIP Wajid Khan
Someone pointed out on Twitter that the Met had never done an opera by a black composer, which then made me realized I’ve never seen or listened to one by a black composer either. Does anyone have any recommendations on operas by black composers?
proof. will answer these later.
Stockhausen is an S tier genius in my estimate. He’s my favorite because he’s never written anything that bored me. Traditional formats and tonal music tend to bore me more easily during a slow movement, etc. He has this enormous gift of captivation.
Seriously, you don’t need musical training to really understand his compositions. It helps to, but all you need is some imagination.
His music isn’t distressing at all for the most part! I enjoy his compositions the same way I enjoy listening to older composers, but even more because his breaking of all rules because a source of pure, unbridled happiness and exploration.
Just listen to Klavierstück IX, Tierkreis, Stimmung, Interstellar, or Studie I. Or any of his works. He’s a source of musical gold and I find the works expressive and not dry at all.
Edit: To clarify, I don't think his works are as easy and comforting as listening to Mozart or Tchaikovsky, etc. I think you can listen to St... keep reading on reddit ➡
Recently I've seen posts on other subs like "After 1 year, I have X amount of listener on Spotify and X-Y-Z, here's what I learned". I was wondering what were the healthy ways of promoting ourselves as a composer and increase traffic to our portfolio/Spotify.
For example, I saw a post in this sub where the general idea was: "I don't want feedback, just posting here". People reacted saying that this was not an good way of promoting compositions (and of course downvoted the post).
This made me wonder what was the most efficient (and healthy) way of doing it? How did you guys do it and how well did it go?
Yo! Can you believe it's been five years since my last AMA? I can’t! I’m happy to be back, answering any and all of your questions!
So what’s been going on? My life over the last few years has been consumed by bringing a vision to life -- a vision of bringing people together again, having fun playing video games the way it used to be. A “who’s who” roster of industry all stars (AMA about them!) and I are creating a new video game console called Amico. We have built an AMAZING team of people across so many disciplines, and I’m excited to share what we have been working on!!!
This whole adventure started when we watched a rift in the video game industry grow wider and wider. Simple, social, couch co-op gaming has taken a backseat to extreme graphics, complex controls, and expensive hardware. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that, I’m one of those gamers, but we have excluded so many people from gaming by creating these huge barriers to entry. Growing up, almost anyone was able... keep reading on reddit ➡
“Tenet” includes the Oscar winning composer of “Black Panther” Ludwig Göransson, and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, who shot Nolan’s “Interstellar” and “Dunkirk”.
The last Nolan film to have both Zimmer and Pfister was “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Zimmer already has a full plate for 2020, including “Dune”, “No Time to Die”, “Wonder Woman 1984”, and “Top Gun: Maverick”.
It's the same friggin composer for both series.... lmao. This really just shows how blind some TCW fans are.
Hello Cellists! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions concerning cello repertoire by female composers? I have a cello performance degree, but recently realized that my personal repertoire is extremely male dominated. Thought I should add some diversity!
I realized that I don't know many opera singers and composers that are black. I would love some suggestions!
Henri Mancini -The Pink Panther, Hatari, Charade, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Baby Elephant Walk from Hatari always puts a smile on my face
John Williams - Jaws, all the Star Wars films, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, Home Alone, Saving Private Ryan... And this is only a fraction...
Ennio Morricone - The Good, Bad, Ugly and other "man with no name" westerns, The Untouchables, Two Mules for Sister Sara, and of course Once Upon A Time in the West
There are many other well-known film composers out there.. Who do you like?
In an effort to expand the average cellist's repertoire, I think it would be great if we could share as much cello music as possible by BIPOC composers. As Europeancentric the standard repertoire is for cello, I think we all could work harder to broaden our own repertoire, as both a way to educate ourselves as well as our audiences.
SLIGHT SPOILER WARNING: Some of the later song titles give away spoilers.
Kiyota Manami wrote about her experience remastering the soundtrack for Definitive Edition: https://note.com/manamikiyota/n/na7dd0237be3f?fbclid=IwAR25GIHsyya3NtxGJZ4ZYqj1wcP6suhVXd1cA1nMe_8FtA5fCEvytz8Y_hI
I've translated most of it, but skipped a few sentences that weren't important to Xenoblade. While Kiyota obviously wrote it from a first person perspective, I've chosen to do it in third person. Here we go:
Kiyota mentions how she mainly was a singer before getting the opportunity to do Xenoblade’s soundtrack and that from that point she started working as a composer, which she had been aiming for for a long time.
As she was tasked with rerecording and rearranging all the tracks she had made for the original, she had to
Retrieve the music she made 10 years ago
Check all the tracks
Decide what instruments to use for the new recordings
Until a few years ago I was completely immersed in the classical world as a composer and never listened to really any contemporary hip hop or pop music. Then a friend played me Kanye's MBDTF album at a house party in Massachusetts where I was tripping on acid. I realized Kanye had the kind of platform I need to do some crazy shit with music and eventually help bring classical back into mainstream culture. A few years later my friend and I created Yeethoven, which used a live orchestra to mash-up Kanye and Beethoven and help explain why so many classical people love Kanye's production. Since then I've worked as a producer alongside Kanye, worked on Astroworld, produced for Lil Nas X, and spent countless days working in the studio with No I.D., Big Sean, Vic Mensa, THEY, Snoh Aalegra and others. Here's some videos of me opening up Logic sessions from artists I've worked with. I'm als... keep reading on reddit ➡
I figured since most of us are in quarantine, it would be a fun time to answer any questions and find out what music content you'd like to see or hear on Youtube & Instagram, etc.
I'm a classical composer, and an ensemble I'm in is playing one of my pieces at the end of the year.
The conductor deliberately programs pieces by women because it's an important part of fixing the inequality in the classical music industry (where most ensembles play the same music by dead white guys over and over again).
At concerts, he does a small speech about how it's important to keep programming female composers.
This is where I'd like for you to pause reading and make your own opinion on whether this is a good thing to do or not, before I share my opinion.
My opinion/dilemma: I don't want to be pigeon-holed in the 'female composer' genre. I want to be treated /exactly/ the same as male composers. I think mentioning that the music is by a women sets it up for failure. I want my music to speak for itself, for people to listen and enjoy, without the idea of 'oh this is by a woman, let's see how good it is' happening before it's even played. I'd much rather 'wow that amazin... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm on the hunt to broaden my classical listening horizons. I'm looking for composers who are black. Right now I'm only familiar with white and Asian composers. Please give me all your recommendations!