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๐ŸŽ™๏ธ My Interview for Akash Thakkarโ€™s Sound Business Podcast ๐Ÿ‘‚ listening ๐Ÿ’ผ finding work Apr 02, 2024

I love listening to podcasts.

So when sound designer and educator Akash Thakkar invited me onto his ‘Sound Business Podcast’, I jumped at the chance

On this episode, we discuss:

  •  The key to an effective practice routine
  •  How to stop comparison from killing your creativity
  •  Why you need to take risks (especially if you hate them)

I highly recommend it for some...

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๐ŸŽป John Powellโ€™s โ€œMigrationโ€ Score ๐Ÿ‘‚ listening Feb 27, 2024

Long-time followers of mine know my borderline unhealthy obsession with anything from John Powell.

And his new Migration soundtrack isn’t any different:

The main theme gives me strong Mancini/Silvetri vibes, while also staying true to the classic “Powellisms”.

His infectious melody is supported by hyperactive string 16ths, grooving bass-lines, chitter-y trumpets, and...

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๐Ÿคฏย A Musical in a TV Show in a Story in a Video Game ๐Ÿ‘‚ listening Jan 30, 2024

I’ve recently been playing Alan Wake II, a psychological thriller about a writer whose fictional stories come to life as he’s writing them.

Beyond the game being extraordinary in terms of storytelling, music, and gameplay, what REALLY struck me was a mid-game intermission featuring a hybrid live-action and interactive musical.

(Mild spoilers below:)

The implementation of the...

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๐Ÿ‘‚ How Brian Eno โ€œTestsโ€ His Loops ๐Ÿ‘‚ listening Jan 02, 2024

When we listen to our own music intently and consciously, we often lose our objective ear.

Its becomes increasingly difficult to relate to the ear of our audience—a group of listeners who may have NEVER heard our piece before.

So how can you regain your objective ear and hear your music like they would?

I discovered this trick from ambient/electronic composer Brian Eno a while back, and...

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Weekly Listening: โ€œIโ€™m Helping the Idiotโ€ (The Witcher S1) ๐Ÿ‘‚ listening Nov 14, 2023

I’m late to the game on this soundtrack, but WOW is it good.

Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli created an incredible musical landscape for the opening season of Netflix’s interpretation of The Witcher, performing and recording 50+ homemade and ancient instruments in their home studio.

The resulting soundtrack feels genuine and rustic—the imperfections of live performances...

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๐Ÿผย Weekly Listening: โ€œKung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knightโ€ ๐Ÿ‘‚ listening Oct 10, 2023

Some of you may know I had the privilege of composing a ton of additional music on this show for Robert Lydecker and Kevin Lax, the main composers.

They recently released an album of tracks exclusively from the Netflix series finale, and man is it good.

And yes, I’m biased.

This track in particular impressed me for its broad range of orchestrations, moods, and clever harmonic twists. I...

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๐Ÿคฏ The Explosive Music of Oppenheimer ๐Ÿ‘‚ listening Aug 22, 2023

I finally got the chance to see Oppenheimer in theaters a few weeks ago, and was quite literally blown away by the incredible score composed by Ludwig Göransson.

In this interview, Ludwig highlights some of the challenges and inspirations behind his score:

While I don't always agree with every choice Göransson makes to picture, I do feel that his willingness to take...

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๐Ÿฆ‰ My Favorite Harry Potter Cue ๐Ÿ‘‚ listening Jul 04, 2023

Every time I decide to re-watch the Harry Potter movies, I’m constantly awestruck by the genius of the very first soundtrack Williams released.

While all of the movies and scores are great in their own right, Sorcerer’s Stone holds a special place in my heart (I’ve probably watched it 15 times by now).

My all-time favorite musical moment is the...

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๐Ÿค“ For The John Powell Fans... ๐Ÿ‘‚ listening May 02, 2023

This track was on repeat when I first heard it. 

Vaughan Williams’ “Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’” is a gorgeous example of effective string writing, and to me, is highly reminiscent of some of Powell’s work in ‘How to Train Your Dragon’:

One of the things that strikes me about this piece is how Williams distributes...

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๐ŸŽป "The Asteroid Field" - Orchestration Breakdown ๐Ÿ‘‚ listening Apr 18, 2023

This channel is massively underrated.

Brad Frey has been doing orchestral score analysis videos for several years now, and recently did a breakdown of one of my all-time favorite JW cues:

What I love about his newest videos is that he takes the time to isolate individual elements from sections, both in score and audio, so you can hear the building blocks of the cue.

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