How I compose music – pt. 04: musical vision

This is part 3 of a series on my modus operandi as a music composer. This time we’re going into musical vision. Naturally this is something that’s beyond words, but I’ll try to explain it as good as I can. Fortunately, some of my Twitter friends have issued questions already, which helps a lot. So… Continue reading How I compose music – pt. 04: musical vision

How I compose music – pt. 03: Templates

Before we go into musical vision, I’d like to share with you some aspects of preparation, particularly two templates that I use. 1. Orchestral MIDI Template The template which is the most important for me is the MIDI template in Cubase. It represents the symphonic orchestra with all its sections, instruments and articulations. It’s got… Continue reading How I compose music – pt. 03: Templates

How I compose music – pt. 02: Timing is everything

I can’t imagine how burdensome it must have been for composers in the 20th century to estimate and calculate timing and tempo and then conduct the orchestra in a way that hits all the sync points right. Fortunately my digital audio workstation (DAW) does it all for me. Well, not everything – there’s still a… Continue reading How I compose music – pt. 02: Timing is everything

How I compose music – pt. 01: DAW or paper

Originally I had planned to do a single blog post about my modus operandi as a composer. However, there have been quite a number of questions after I announced this, so I decided to split it up and do more, shorter blog posts. This is the first of them. Please bear in mind that I… Continue reading How I compose music – pt. 01: DAW or paper