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37 minutes | Jul 22, 2014
SOM006: RPA on Game Scores, Method Composing and “Synth-wave-mech-pulse-pop”…
Subscribe on iTunes! Red Panda Audio are a music production and sound design duo who work within the realms of video games, film, documentaries & radio.The Pandas are otherwise known as Chris Light and Matthew Walker - producer/sound designer and composer respectively - and as you'l hear today, they are pretty fun. In amongst this episode are discussions of cross collaboration between the two, some interesting approaches to method composing (stay tuned for that one), banter, laughs and a new name for a mash-up genre that we are trying desperately to coin... There are two pieces we play during the show, the first is 3 min and the 2nd is 5 - stay tuned for those! As well as a funny message from the two after we say goodbye...! What you will get out of this session. Insight as to how RPA got into the Game Music scene A look at the industry from the perspective of software/game design and audio programming Sound design and finding the sound for specific projects Starting projects with sound pallets for inspiration and process between the two A full look at their collaborative process as sound designer & composer A look at two of their tracks, one which is in still in the draft stages Matthew's method composing... it's dedicated... that's all I'l say Resource of the Episode! Vienna Symphonic Library Academy Outline 0:00 Hello and Resource of the Episode 2:23 Interview Starts and chat about their website and plans for running their work through the website. 4:30 A little bit about Chris and RPA's history. 6:30 Approaching music from the programmer's perspective 7:00 How the two work with each other from start to finish 11:45 A listen to one of their recent tracks 16:30 Their ideas and process around the creation of the draft 19:20 Chris talks about finding the sound of the project and his approach post composition 22:20 A listen to another track they are working on: Mech Mania 28:40 Their thoughts and process on the creation of the track 31:53 "If you could go back in time and give your younger selves professional advice - what would you say" 33:45 "What are you up to right now?" 34:50 "Where can you be found online?" 35:50 - PANDA SUPRISE... ;) Links Their website Their Twitter Feed Their Facebook Page Auroch Digital Mech Mania
32 minutes | Jun 30, 2014
SOM005: Composer William Goodchild on Mentors, Gremlins and Found Sounds…
Subscribe on iTunes! My guest and good friend William Goodchild is a composer, conductor and orchestrator within the world of TV and Film. Today he gets stuck in to a number of his pieces and explores the creative and practical processes behind them. Will is one of those amazingly balanced and multifaceted composers who always seems to be working, apart from a few weeks recently that he managed to time perfectly with the process of moving house... he's got it down pretty good. What you will get out of this session. An overview of Will's journey to where he was now. A discussion about musical mentors, their value and how you should go about 'finding' one. The role of doing within the process of learning your craft. The difference between being a maker and a teacher within music. Detailed 'behind the scenes' snippets from Will's Jungle Gremlins score. Will's collaborative process with Editors and Directors. Integrating found/location sounds within compositions. A quick tid-bit about marketing/networking on social media for musicians! Resource of the Episode! Spitfire Audio and their Laboratories! Links William's Website William on Twitter
39 minutes | May 14, 2014
SOM004: Music Radio Creative on Marketing, Audio Branding & The Future of The Audio Industry
Subscribe on iTunes!Working with a 100 strong team, Music Radio Creative are at the forefront of online audio branding & marketing. They are sought out by podcasters, DJ's, businesses, radio stations, viral content creators, adverting companies & last year worked with clients in 138 different countries. Cool huh?I was very lucky to talk with the two directors of MRC, Mike & Izabela Russell. They were really fun to chat to & provide superb advice for marketing your content, whether it's music, audio or even voiceovers. Some really important lessons contained in here.What you will get out of this session.An overview of what they do (a lot!)A good discussion about the different realms of media-audio onlineA look at audio branding & their approach with their clientsTheir process on writing jingles for customersWe chat about places to sell your music & audio online, particularly Envato Libraries. Awesome advice about marketing your work onlineHow they package & market their productsA discussion about royalty free music Their perspective on the future for audio professionals Whether I should get audio branding for TheSoundOfMedia, or not.Resource of the Episode!QuizTones by Dan Comerchero (The Pro Audio Files)TheElectricCampfire.com with Mike OutramLinksMusic Radio Creative's WebsiteMike on TwitterIzabella on TwitterEnvatoAudio JungleYoutube Free MusicJohn Lee DumasCliff RavenscraftMike's YouTube channel with his tutorialsUK PodcastersPodcast Answer Man Episode 355
23 minutes | Apr 23, 2014
SOM003: Director Joseph Wallace on Animation & the Role of Music In a Filmmaker’s Process
Subscribe on iTunes!Big thanks to my buddy Joseph for jumping in on the early sessions.One of the most important takeaways from this for composers is Joseph's mention of 'provocations' - using other creative mediums/things to inspire your work. I seriously recommend it as a productivity & creative tool for when you're either on a schedule or are hitting a block. Its also a good way of finding creative themes or anchors in what can be quite an abstract process - i.e finding the identity of a score or sound. If you have ways of describing it in other mediums, whether its pictures, words, anything - you have an anchor and a language from which to base your decisions on.I promise I will get a theme tune next week! - but seriously, how hard is that going to be... for a sound&music podcast. No pressure right?... ;)What you will get out of this session.A directors view on music's role in differing contextsThe role of music in the creative process for JosephJoseph's approach to working with composersThe difference between composing for animation and live actionThe use of 'provocations' to inspire your work Resource of the Episode!Focus & the Pomodoro Technique (& also some other free apps to help this technique!)Outline1:00 Introduction to Joseph's work 3:30 Do you ever do the music for one of your films? (Joseph is a musician)5:00 What is your approach to working with composers9:30 Low-fi VS high-end production in animation13:50 Joseph's flexibility in regards to musics role in dictating the film's tone15:30 You work to music right? What kind of stuff inspires you?18:00 What are you working on right now?LinksJoseph's WebsiteJoseph on TwitterHandspring Puppet CompanyNuala HonanDave PriceCaravel CollectiveKit WilsonChristopher Nolan & Hans Zimmer's ProcessPéter VáczEthan Wallace Joseph's recent performance with Péter VáczThe Man Who Was Afraid of Falling
51 minutes | Apr 1, 2014
SOM002: Ben Salisbury on fresh ears, diversifying & working intelligently.
A great first (proper) episode! Pretty long, but will try and keep them shorter in future! Ben is a great guy, full of experience & insight, and was just a real pleasure to speak to (that's why it's so long!). We had a great conversation & I'm sure you're going to enjoy it. Make sure to check out the (free) resource of the week below! Outline 00:00 Ben Talks about what he's up to 02:00 Work/life balance of a composer 13:20 How does the interplay of a classical education & an interest in sound design play out in your work? 16:40 Can you explain a bit more about what you mean by ‘changing the world with the score’? 19:30 Composing for Natural History vs more alternative projects & escaping the ‘standard way’ of writing. 23:30 Different ways of listening & hearing music in media. 25:00 The Sound of Natural History Scores 30:15 Not dominating with your scores & some praise from David Attenborough 36:25 Whats your starting point & approach to composition? 43:50 Any advice for getting ‘fresh ears’? 47:50 What's next? Resource of the week Paul Stretch! Links and Mentions Ben's WebsiteBen On Twitter Geoff BarrowPortisheadDrokk Scott HendyDolmanDolman Video Miguel SapochnickGoing HomeThe DreamerRepomem Scott Rudin Barnaby TaylorMonkey Planet George FentonDavid PooreDirk Cambell the Duduk Player Steven Price the composer for Gravity...plus the interview I mentioned The Pomodoro Technique Ben's Score for Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream
7 minutes | Apr 1, 2014
SOM001: Welcome, and what’s to Come.
It's here! Hello and welcome to the first ever episode of SOM. In this episode I try and convince you to stick around & see what SOM becomes! Seriously, I'm committed on this one, and podcasting about it only makes that stronger. My vision is that Th...
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