1. M_Helder

    Fantasy piece inspired by Joe Hisaishi

    Finally had some downtime and decided to write a piece inspired by Joe Hisaishi's mesmerizing scores to some of my favourite manga: Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Had to rewrite it a couple of times, as I have primarily made it with BBC Core in mind but the sound just wasn't there. Turns...
  2. ryanleachmusic

    9 Examples of Period Form in Mario Music

    I'm always looking for examples of Period Form for music students so I put together this collection of Mario themes that all use the classic melody structure: The examples come from: Super Mario Bros 2: Overworld Super Mario Bros 3: Overworld Super Mario World: Overworld Mario Galaxy: Good...
  3. gwscores

    The Witching Hour

    Trying something new and planning to record this later this month. It's a Halloween piece inspired by Berlioz, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky and others. I'm still messing with the structure / orchestrations so I'm looking for any constructive feedback! (Please forgive the Sibelius/Note Performer...
  4. nuyo

    How to write big chords like this:

    How to write big chords like this: I can clearly hear horns but no trombones or a lot of low brass. Also choir and strings. If there are big brass chords with the whole brass section, the only instruments that play in the f range are the horns. And you ofthen hear people say that lower...
  5. S

    Horn Glissandi?

    In a composition of mine, I'd like the French horns to play a descending glissando spanning a major 2nd. I know some glissandi on horn are achieved by adjusting the position of the hand in the bell, but the passage is to be hand-stopped the whole way through, so that method wouldn't be possible...
  6. ChrisSiuMusic

    Debut Album 'Freedom' - Singles + Full Release!

    Hi friends, I'm very proud to share my lead single 'Spark' from my debut album 'Freedom'. Inspired by Pixar's Soul, this song tells the story of someone who is feeling lost and overwhelmed, but can be comforted knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that hope is never lost...
  7. lfu

    THAT Hans Zimmer Chord Progression

    If you've listened to any amount of Hans Zimmer, chances are you've heard this progression before: it's powerful, heroic and almost exclusively in D minor. It's most commonly a four part stepwise progression - i - iiø7 - ib - iv. Through extensive (and sometimes deafening) Zimmer listening...
  8. Duncan Formosa

    So Scottish (A piano sketch)

    Decided to have a go at writing a really Scottish piece of music, this is the piano sketch so far, would like to know what people think. I've got a few areas I'm not entirely sure of which I'll mention here but please take a listen first and then maybe see these notes to see if you thought the...
  9. ChrisSiuMusic

    What is one piece/song you’ve written that captures you as a whole?

    Hi friends, This thought just came to mind. Throughout our lives as writers and creatives, we’re always trying to put together music that defines who we are, and are proud to share with the world. However, it’s so easy to become overly critical of our own work and lose sight of the progress...
  10. Duncan Formosa

    The Battle

    Went back to a piece that I had started some time last year. I think this is starting to sound pretty good. A few sections I'm not sure about but there's some ideas I think that are quite good. Let me know what you all think :emoji_slight_smile:
  11. Duncan Formosa

    The Battle

    Went back to a piece that I had started some time last year. I think this is starting to sound pretty good. A few sections I'm not sure about but there's some ideas I think that are quite good. Let me know what you all think
  12. Locks

    Evanesce (Piano tones inspired by Ben Lukas Boysen)

    Been participating here for a while but yet to share a piece of my own. I'm Lachlan and I'm a hobbyist from Australia. I enjoy making short scores to interesting short videos or GIFs I come across. This one is a magical short video of snow falling in the middle of the ocean. My approach to...
  13. Darrell

    New interview with John Williams where he talks about his musical composition process

    In a recent interview with his piano maker (Steinway), he talks about how he still uses pencil and paper. Here is a short excerpt: Q. Do you still compose with a pen? Have you made the shift to a— A. Oh no, I'm not shifting. While composing, I'm scribbling with a pen and throwing pages all over...
  14. Ludwig

    Action-Music Course - Lessons 1-3

    With the re-launch of Film Music Notes, we are excited to announce our very first online course, Action-Music Harmony in Classic Blockbuster Films. What's in the course? Watch the video below and find out more on the course page, where you can view lesson contents, watch a lesson preview, and...
  15. Duncan Formosa

    Turning lockdown into music

    Thought that it was about time to put everything I've been feeling about lockdown and turning it into music. I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think.
  16. Duncan Formosa

    I couldn't sleep...So I wrote this

    The other night I was tossing and turning and had this idea in my head, so I decided to record it. I'm still debating whether to keep it as a solo piano or add some strings as well to change up the colour. Also think I might have milked the ending a bit. Curious what everyone thinks.
  17. Manaberry

    Tess, a character theme.

    Hi folks, I'm usually very discrete about my work. But today I want to share this track with you as it is a pretty well-balanced recipe of what I like in orchestral music. It was quite a struggle to mix as it's a hell of a dynamic and busy piece. The track is far from being perfect, but it's...
  18. Duncan Formosa

    Kinda 80's

    Just finished laying down everything for my kinda 80's track. Looking for some new ears to take a listen and get some feedback. Hope you enjoy it! Also want to give another thanks to Alan McGeoch for playing the guitar parts in this track again.
  19. ChrisSiuMusic

    Something that's been on my mind.

    I don't have hundreds of songs and tracks licensed for TV, movies, or games. Heck, I don't even have a single major placement. However, I'm blessed to be able to write the music I truly enjoy writing, and help others with their musical endeavours in any capacity. I grew up listening to Disney...
  20. ChrisSiuMusic

    The Secondary Dominant - A Secret Weapon!

    Hey friends! For those who may not know, what is the secondary dominant? How does it add lovely colours to your chord progressions? Let's talk about it in today's video! :)
  21. pixelcrave

    Original Christmas composition with BBCSO

    Hello Hope everyone's having a good start of a Christmas / holiday week. I wrote a short original Christmas-y tune using BBCSO and would love to hear some feedbacks from you good people here! I'm still new at composing/arranging and have not learned much about mixing just yet. But that said...
  22. Duncan Formosa

    Something for Christmas

    I'm really bad when it comes to trying to get a piece finished. So I set myself a challenge to come up with a christmassy kind of piece to force me to do something. This is what I've managed to make. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated (especially on the B section cause I feel that's the...
  23. ChrisSiuMusic

    Writing a Disney style piece from start to finish!

    Hey everyone! I'm so excited to share this video with you, where we'll go behind the scenes of how I composed my piece 'Tranquility', and show you every musical idea that comes to mind as I compose. Please enjoy, and let me know if you have any thoughts or questions!
  24. ChrisSiuMusic

    How to Write an Effective Countermelody! (Live Lesson Excerpt)

    Hey friends! In today's video, my good friend and student Shaheen allowed me to upload an excerpt of one of our composition/production lessons onto the channel! You'll see specifically how my approach to writing a countermelody works against a lead line, and hopefully it gives you some ideas for...
  25. Xabierus Music

    One Good Morning...

    Hi! I've been here for a while but now I made an account hehe. I wanted to share one of my recent Tracks that i’ve composed & produced on Cubase Pro 10.5. I hope you like it, it’s in the AAA Form. Genre/Style: Cinematic Music Creative Vision: I wanted to share some good and hopefull feeling...
  26. rmak

    New to orchestration and looking for ideas/directions

    Greetings, I am new to orchestration and this forum. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I like the sound of modern/hybrid orchestration similar to style of Ludwig Gorannson in Mandalorian and Tenet movie which to my understanding is orchestral composition combined with synthesizers...
  27. ChrisSiuMusic

    'Come On By' - Big Band Live Performance!

    Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share with you my newest big band chart - Come On By! 😄Composed and arranged earlier this year, this piece was performed by musicians between 16-25, led by Ina Wakabayashi! Even through all the difficult passages and especially Covid-19, they really brought this to...
  28. b_elliott


    This started with two measures out of Bach (Three Part Invention No. 10). From those two bars I experimented with harmony, dissonance and tempo changes. Since I have over-listened to this song, I am curious whether it works for a new listener. TNT riffing The No. 10 EDIT: Attachment 2 is a...
  29. b_elliott

    vi-Control A Musical Summons

    The intro is a short trumpet fanfare based on the word "vi". I wrote it several months ago then left it on my hard drive. The remainder of my tune was written this week based on what I have been studying in Piston's Counterpoint on harmonic dissonance. Piston's first example is Mozart's...
  30. P

    Have you ever Dreamt a composition / Melody which you went on to use ?

    Interesting Question, as i find my mind subconsciously comes up with some lovely stuff just at the point before falling asleep; Do i remember it the next day ? Of Course not ? I think McCartney came up with Yesterday in a Dream (apparently) , and i have had one or 2 come to me that stuck with...
  31. Mark Kouznetsov

    "Falling Cherry Blossoms" (Dedicated to my Mom)

    My 2nd composition:
  32. Mark Kouznetsov

    The Last Stand (Battle of Shiroyama) - Suite | My 1st orchestral composition

    Hi there! My first orchestral track ever! Can't believe it's happening!! Hard to imagine that just some two months ago I didn't know how to add a track in DAW! It's far from perfect, but I just had to force myself to finish it and put it out there. Skills take time and I am willing to dedicate...
  33. ChrisSiuMusic

    The Magical Soundtrack of Super Mario Galaxy - Explored

    Hey everyone! In today's video, I'm so excited to share a deep dive into one of my favourite soundtracks. We'll explore the music theory & orchestration behind 7 of these pieces, and I really hope you enjoy. Please let me know your thoughts! :)
  34. David Han

    John Powell Style Adventurous/Heroic Music

    Hello! A new member here. First time posting! I'm a composer from Canada. I just wanted to share an original composition (MIDI mockup) of mine for some feedback! This is an adventurous/heroic piece in the style of John Powell, who I consider to be my musical hero! Haha. Let me know what you...
  35. him4nshug4ur

    "SWAM" Ultimate Test - Harry Potter, John Williams (Hagrid's Friendly Bird) Mockup.

    The responsiveness of SWAM AUDIO is just phenomenal. I wanted to do a demo that showcased that exactly. The moment I heard the SWAM Flute, I couldn't help but think about this piece. "Hagrid's friendly bird" from Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban, Composed by "John Williams". However, I...
  36. gohrev

    Experiment/Composition: Red, Purple, Orange – Colours of the Orchestra

    Hi everyone, I wanted to experiment with the various 'colours' within an orchestra, from growling bassoons to sugarcoated French horns. Wouldn't dare to call this an actual composition, but it taught me a great deal about orchestration and how to work with VSTs. (That said, I think the...
  37. ChrisSiuMusic

    Inside The Score - Internal Resolve (Part 1/3): Theory & Chord Progressions

    Hi everyone! In this edition of 'Inside The Score', we'll be diving into my newest piece 'Internal Resolve', and explore the theory behind the music. I hope this is interesting to you, and helps you with your own music writing. Please enjoy, and feel free to let me know if you have any questions...
  38. Bluemount Score

    A weird tipp for some inspiration

    Try listening to some music you like while it's reversed! Might sound strange, but when I do that, no matter if it's my composition or somebody elses, lots of new ideas pop up immediately.
  39. ChrisSiuMusic

    Internal Resolve - Inspired by Ip Man

    Hello my friends! As you may or may not know, I am an avid fan of the Ip Man film franchise, which follows a kung fu master throughout his life, displaying his bravery, standing up for what is right, and overcoming adversity. I was inspired to write a theme based on the main Ip Man theme...
  40. Duncan Formosa

    Theme for my girlfriend

    So, my girlfriend and I will have been dating for 5 years very very soon. The problem is the lockdown rules in Scotland haven't really started lifting yet and we don't live together and I really wanted to do something for her for our 5 years. So, because we probably won't see each other at this...
  41. P

    Your Favourite Modulation in a Piece / Song /Work etc (that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!)

    Sorry if a similar question has been posed recently . I am just studying various types of modulation , and it got me thinking about how songs or pieces of music use them and how powerful it can be. So on that basis , what are your favourite modulations and from what songs / pieces of music ...
  42. gohrev

    Le Petit Trianon [Reworked] - Spitfire Studio WW, EW Guitar, Cinematic Strings

    Reorchestrated, remixed, remastered. I hope it sounds more "coherent" now. Took out the brass Different sample library (Cinematic Studio Strings) for the pizzicati Redrawn the CC1 for the Spitfire Studio WW Clarinet Added a whimsical guitar for the reprisal of the first verse Lots of other...
  43. Caladrius

    Modern Orchestral Instrumental - Feedback

    Hey! Would love to see some feedback on this: I'll add a poll cause it's easier for people who don't want to comment. Comments would be appreciated, though.
  44. ChrisSiuMusic

    Path to Freedom (Official Audio)

    A Disney-inspired orchestral piece to lift your spirits during this time of Covid-19. Enjoy!
  45. A

    Who I am

    Hi everyone. I'm Alex. Studied music composition in Argentina many years ago with professors like Gerardo Gandini. I'm soon to retire from my current job and am wanting to get back into composing after a very long hiatus. I am a Mac user and work with Logic Pro X for my recordings, midi and...
  46. Manaberry

    Feedback on my mix

    Hi, I'm mixing one of my pieces and I need to get some fresh thoughts about it. My ears are kind of tired after days and days of work on my project (7 tracks EP). I've the feeling that 2/3 of my brass are too close and too punchy. Maybe minus a db or two on them would do the trick? I've also...
  47. Norman

    20 New Videos on Film Composition and Orchestration

    20 Free Videos on Film Composition and Orchestration from Ludwin Music I'm posting a new series of video classes on Beginning and Advanced Orchestration, Modern Harmony, Examining The Rite of Spring, Film Music Seminar, Developing Variation, and Writing for Strings...
  48. ChrisSiuMusic

    Writing An Uptempo Trailer Track Using Storm Choir Ultimate!

    Hi everyone! In today's video, let's write a trailer-type piece using Strezov Sampling's Storm Choir Ultimate and the Metropolis Arks. Please enjoy!
  49. ChrisSiuMusic

    Writing A Brass CHORALE Using CineBrass Sonore

    Hi composers! Today's video is another fun one. Let's write a brass-inspired chorale using members of the CineBrass family. Please enjoy!!
  50. gohrev

    Stuck with thinking in A-B-A patterns of four to eight bars each

    Hi everyone, I can't seem to get my brain to think outside the box, or.. bar. Classic patterns are deeply engrained in my compositions, which means most of my music follows sonata or rondeau forms. Eight bars A, eight bars B, eight bars A again (with small variations in orchestration). I would...
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