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  1. ed buller

    SCORECLUB NEW SITE

    I hear you ....but....we are talking about a Large takeout...or two small ones....a month...to access everything ! And if you've already bought some the price comes down. It's about half the price of my cable....i know which is more useful....plus you can write it off. best ed
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    SCORECLUB NEW SITE

    Alain's wonderful courses have now migrated to a new website: https://scoreclub.net/ great first new video studying Grieg and making a short score. This great resource has got better ! Best ed
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    Fantastic Orchestration Channel . Piano to orchestra Tutorials

    I know some of you know this , But Thomas Goss's YOUTUBE channel is wonderful. Here he looks at the piano score from Con Mortuis in Lingua Mortua and how RAVEL orchestrated it. This is VERY in depth. But lot's of great info even for the novice. Best Ed
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    Batman Returns....Returns !!!!

    Elfman is fantastic. But this was has first big blockbuster score. He had help. In the writing and themes no, but there was lot's of heavy lifting in adapting them and orchestrating them. Shirley Walker ( so underrated TBH ) and Scott Smalley helped . This is what i have heard from multiple...
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    Batman Returns....Returns !!!!

    Speedy delivery too. This really is a must have if your interested in Film Music , Orchestration or Danny Elfman . It's beautifully made. Has a robust analysis of the music with a break down of each cue . it's really a one man operation out of his house in the Valley...we need people like him in...
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    Beginner Practicing Orchestration

    It's a big subject...but there's a way to get to grips with the basics. Download a simple piece from Pictures at an exhibition by Mussorgsky. I suggest the OLD CASTLE. Download the piano version and Ravel's orchestrated version. They are both here ...
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    Batman Returns....Returns !!!!

    it's one guy..........on his own with a laptop !...but thank jebus we have em I say best ed
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    Picc and flute

    true....but surely we are here to help no, and perhaps a post like this would lead to the OP learning something he can't from Google and Wikipedia ? best ed
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    What Makes This Song Great? - a little gift to VI-C

    He's awesome...good list thank you best ed
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    What's the deal with templates?

    I have about 25 templates. If I load one up it's already set up to write and print a particular style of music. For instance right now my template is for HIP-HOP 89-99 BPM. Its pre loaded with about 100 groves and loops. It has about 10 different keyboard sounds. It has everything patched up and...
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    Why JW is so Fucking good !!!

    Yes the second movement of the 10th ( Shostakovich) is a fantastic "how to" if your after a driving action sound . Pity the actual score is sooo expensive ! best ed
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    Why JW is so Fucking good !!!

    He's a great Film Composer. So the Narrative and direction are dictated by another source. Unlike opera where the story IS in the hands of the composer, Film is slave to a timecode and hit points. So with that said his music should be judged accordingly. As a concert composer he has never...
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    Why JW is so Fucking good !!!

    Let me clarify. By complexity I mean rather than rely on one disciple or approach, he uses many. This is in stark contrast to a lot of blockbuster action music of today.( i agree the period you mention is just as complex as Williams, And complexity alone counts for nothing !) But I wanted to...
  14. ed buller

    16 Levels of Piano Composition !...amazing video from a fabulous teacher !

    so much to unpack here !........lot's of tricks best ed
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    Why JW is so Fucking good !!!

    This guy has done some really good videos. The take away is the complexity. Almost every bar is in a different key or scale. There is lot's of polychords and chords with odd notes in the bass. lot's of augmented and diminished harmony. Loads of different scales...sometimes on top of each other...
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    One Of The Greatest pieces of Music ......played ....differently !

    A testament to the quality of this composition is that fact that it can be played like this and still work !..It really is all about the notes and rhythms....who need's a template ! best ed
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    Principles of Orchestration and Practical Handbook!!!

    This might be useful http://northernsounds.com/forum/forumdisplay.php/77-Principles-of-Orchestration best ed
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    Jurassic Park - oooh: one more thing!

    No it's "journey to the island"...when the helicopter gets to shore that's when this section of the cue begins. listen to all the key changes to hit the action.....the way it keeps building and hitting the big fanfare just as the Helicopter lands...Just amazing writing !!! then Prokofiev...
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    Jurassic Park - oooh: one more thing!

    yeah it's Lydian . The E natural gives it away and Johnny LOVES the Lydian ! best e
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    Jurassic Park - oooh: one more thing!

    well it's a C7, don't forget the melody too !. So you have a C in the melody and Bb,E and G in the Left hand. Flow's nicely to the Gmin. Dinosaurs like JAzz best ed
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    Orchestration: Where do I even start?

    Half price !......a lot here to like. a very detailed look at a lot of wonderful orchestrations. It’s a bit scattergun but lots of info and easy to digest : https://sellfy.com/p/pVy1/ Best Ed
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    Orchestration: Where do I even start?

    My Fav Books: The Elements of Orchestral Arrangement: William Lovelock Orchestration Scores and Scoring: Donald J Rauscher Thinking Of Orchestration: Rene Leibowitz and Jan Maguire The Art Of Orchestration: Bernard Rogers The...
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    Orchestration: Where do I even start?

    I'm a lone voice here but I'm not that enamored with Adler. There are much better books out there IMHO. But firstly to "start" studying orchestartion i'd get a copy of Pictures at an Exhibition. This was originally a piano piece. Listen to that then the Orchestrated version by Ravel; just...
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    Such A Simple but Great Trick

    This is true. It's a fabulous device, well worn for good reason, However I must say I find the sophistication and depth to the sound of theses vintage soundtracks conspicuously absent today ! best ed
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    Such A Simple but Great Trick

    Here is a rather interesting paper on Leith Stevens technique . It goes into some depth on The Schillinger approach. Best ed
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    Such A Simple but Great Trick

    The Hideously underrated Leith Stevens Wrote the War Of The Worlds music using a nice bag of tricks. A student of Joseph Schillinger and Gershwin !!!! Bass is rooted in C#...Plunking away massive Fifths ..Roman Marching Bass Basically . Melody comes from an Octatonic scale starting on C#. It's...
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    Where to learn music theory and harmony and not getting bored?

    "Pick one of your favourite bands, or bands whose music you admire. It's a fast and fairly painless way to learn theory; if you already play pretty well, even faster." John is spot on ! your motivation should stem from hearing a piece of music and saying " Wish I could have written...
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    Where to learn music theory and harmony and not getting bored?

    Have some lessons with leon !...you can't go wrong and he won't let you get bored www.leonwillett.com best ed
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    Wonderful YOUTUBE Tutorials.

    When you get to Lesson 16 "Building your Vocabulary "...you might want this. http://sethmonahan.com/Big18.html best ed
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    Wonderful YOUTUBE Tutorials.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6X9nEsddMpYNyxr3ZckjLg A great resource. Best ed
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    John Williams Scores?

    I might know a man...PM me e
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    Great paper on chromatic Mediants in film music

    yes its a simple article. As to scales well if you say have two chords you like. Say Ab min and Emin. Use the notes from these to make a scale . It will only be pentatonic though. So you can add a C natural to get a hexatonic scale/ This is what Holst used in neptune ( stolen by many ) to create...
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    Orchestral library for 1000€

    well I would suggest getting Dorico or Sibeluis with noteperformer to start with. Easy to write quickly and hear it back. Noteperformer is perfectly good enough to get a handle on how things will sound. Then for the Sample Libraries i'd recommend spitfire symphonic strings. The new studio...
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    Orchestral library for 1000€

    questions: 1. What type of music are you wanting to write, give some examples . 2. How knowledgeable are you about, music theory and orchestration . 3. can you read and write music 4. what is your DAW of choice and what OS best ed
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    Watch this !

    This should help. Every Chord in each compass heading can be achieved by moving one finger. Cmaj to C min . C min to Ab Maj...and so on. Notice that the route of all off the chords in each compass group are made up of the notes in all Aug chords . Hence the connectivity. best e
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    Watch this !

    this is so mindblowingly important. watch repeatedly until it sinks in . Hollywood harmony at your fingertips ! best ed
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    Music Theory - is there ever a point where you have everything in your composition under control?

    Is this the most repeated discussion we have on this forum ? It seems not a week goes by before a “ theory ...worth it ? “ thread develops . I’m not sure that’s the original posters question either. But perhaps we should have an emoji in our profiles . “Knowledge of musical practices a good...
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    Music Theory - is there ever a point where you have everything in your composition under control?

    you are sorta describing a trick. A cool trick...but a trick. 18 years ago a wrote a little piano piece and played it for my teacher as he sat on the coach out of view of the piano . He got up after i was finished. Sat at the piano and played it back, note for note whilst explaining why he liked...
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    Looking for new Composers

    well it does depend on what your writing of course. But most of my income comes from reality TV shows at the moment. And a minute of music in that pays very well. About 3K a year. The tracks I submit are about 1-2 mins long. They involve beats and grooves and samples. All different types. But...
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    Template

    What others have said. Build a template based on what you know you need. Then add to it. I have about 30 templates. Some are very simple ( 10 tracks ) some are gargantuan. Depends on what Im writing. If i'm doing a hip hop dramedy cue I don't need a full orchestra...perhaps just pizz. I have a...
  41. ed buller

    Electric guitar chords

    basically distortion messes with the Harmonics. So if you want a heavy distorted sound and complex harmony you have to do it all separately . Roots and fifths distort well. Just add the seventh's , Ninths,,etc and thirds all on separate tracks. For pure power just use roots and fifths:Like we...
  42. ed buller

    Behringer CS-80!

    don't really see the need for the memory section. And it really needs a polyphonic pressure keyboard too....
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    On the Fence About Spitfire Studio Woodwinds

    I have replaced Berlin with these in my template. I still use Berlin for the hecklephone best e
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    Looking for new Composers

    It's all about the music getting used. And how much of it. If you write 100 tracks in a year and they are average 2 mins in length. And 5 of them get used and then only 16 sec's of each...and then in a show that airs only once a year and then they only pay 6$ a minute....well.........it can take...
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