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⏰ How To Make An Orchestral Template in 1 Hour πŸ€– workflow Jun 13, 2023

If you’re a composer writing orchestral music and you haven’t made a template yet, you could be saving hundreds of hours a year.

Templates aren’t for everyone, but for me, they’re 100% indispensable in my ability to deliver high-quality music on time to clients. But for many creatives, the non-creative act of routing, color-coding, and labeling a large...

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πŸ€– I’ve Been Cloning Myself πŸ€– workflow Jun 06, 2023

I saw entrepreneur and educator Chris Do speak at a university a few weeks ago.

During the panel, a student asked Chris what he thought about the influx of A.I., and what it meant for creative professionals.

Chris paused for a while. Then he said this:

“Imagine that all of you are running from a giant, man-eating bear. To survive, you don’t have to be the fastest,...
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🎡 Scoring An Animated Short 🎬 scoring Jun 06, 2023

One of my all-time favorite clients to work for is Team True Potential. They’re a 3-person team of animators who create gorgeous short films on YouTube.

(If you’ve been on my channel for a while, odds are you’ve seen me score at least one of their pictures)

In this video, I walk through my process scoring “The Final Touch”, a short little film about...

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πŸ’Έ When To Pay For Advice 🧠 mindset May 30, 2023

A few weeks ago, I saw a post on the TEAMMATES forum that caught my eye.

Here’s what the OP wrote:

“I’ve been offered the incredible opportunity to work with one of the greatest orchestrators of our time. But learning from him comes at a cost: $500 per hour. Is it worth it?”

I see this kind of question often. Composers want to spend money...

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🎸 Bass Can Do More Than Play Roots 🎹 composition May 30, 2023

In the pursuit of great melodies and colorful orchestrations...

... we often overlook a subtle but powerful tool in our arrangements:

Bass. 

While melodies can stick in a listeners' head, bass lines can add drive, complexity, and excitement to an arrangement when used properly.

In this video, you'll learn how to improve your bass lines...

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πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ My Leap Of Faith πŸ–οΈ lifestyle May 23, 2023

2 months ago, I had dug myself into a hole.

In my eagerness to take on as much composing work as possible, I found myself:

  • Working 40+ hours a week
  • Accepting low pay, high revision work
  • Accepting uncredited jobs just to be part of high-profile projects

I’ll be honest… I felt lost.

“Isn’t this what I wanted? Don’t I want to compose...

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🎀 Mastering Mic Positions For Mockups 🎚️ production May 23, 2023

When it comes to adding roominess to your mockups, it's not just about reverb--it's about depth.

Depth can be simulated by sending instruments to shorter convolution reverbs, but the best method is to use the mic positions within your VST.

These instruments were recorded with real players in real rooms. Sometimes the simplest answer is the best

In this (slightly...

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πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ The Problem With Composing FAST πŸ€– workflow May 16, 2023

As educational resources have grown on YouTube, I've seen a lot of emphasis on how to write music quickly.

On one hand, I totally get it. I'm a full-time composer, so efficiency and timely writing are essential for me to do my job and still get a good night's sleep.

But on the other hand, composers just getting started seem to be feeling immense pressure to keep up with...

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❌ The "Not To Do" List πŸ–οΈ lifestyle May 16, 2023

I'm currently enrolled in one of the coolest courses ever.

It's called "How to Work Less", designed by Richard Webster, a designer and entrepreneur with a mission: to teach creatives how to spend less time, make more profit, and earn more freedom.

One of my favorite things I've learned so far (and implemented) is the "Not To Do List".

Here's how it works:

  1. Pick 5 things...
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πŸ’‘ The Mockup That Started It All 🎚️ production May 09, 2023

This piece moved me to tears when I first heard it. It reignited a flame in me to pursue orchestral music production.

But it wasn’t because of the composition—it was because of the realism.

Daniel Beijbom was the winner of a 2019 mock-up competition held by the Virtual Orchestration forum on Facebook. His piece, “The Fields Above the Sky”, is an ...

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