Half-year wrap-up

For me the Covid situation shook up 2020’s first half in different ways. First I had fallen sick for almost two months and lost 1/7 of my weight during that short period of time. Then came lockdown and with it homeschooling which was challenging on another level. With lockdown also came homeworking which meant sitting… Continue reading Half-year wrap-up

Bye bye Cubase…

As are probably many of you, I’m constantly improving my workflows and adjusting my templates. So far this has been a burdensome process, particularly in Cubase which offers practically nothing to manage templates, not even a browse function to select the template you’d like to update. It’s sad. Then I read one of Robin Hoffmann’s… Continue reading Bye bye Cubase…

Track by Track: The Dark Guardian 14 – Pursuing the Dwarf

Batman searching the circus area for clues is musically challenging for any composer. Read why and listen to the music!     The circus at night is treacherously calm and the slow variation on the Batman motif reflects this as Batman continues his search for clues. The monophonic part of the music is interrupted as… Continue reading Track by Track: The Dark Guardian 14 – Pursuing the Dwarf

Ladyhawke Alternate Score in Numbers

Now that composing the Ladyhawke alternate score is finished, it’s time to look back. Here’s some numbers about the project: The total running time of the movie is 1 hour 58 minutes (118 minutes). The alternate score consists of 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) music. (This is a little more than the original… Continue reading Ladyhawke Alternate Score in Numbers

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. 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