Stroke of genius: Pro composers give writing tips

Is it possible to write great music quickly? How can you compose music faster and make it better at the same time? Guerrilla Film Scoring has the answers from Hollywood’s top composers for film, television, and video games.

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If you are afflicted with the idea that a commercial working composer can also be a pure artist, the best thing you can do is get over yourself right away. In the music industry composers can be artists, but they are service providers first and artists second. They are serving a film, TV show, game, or advertisement, and many of those products do not require music that is ground breaking or thought provoking. Composers often need to write fairly simple functional music that does a job in a very specific way. At times there is a need for great artistry, but other times the right music for the job is not a work of art that makes the composer proud. There is no room for an artistic ego in the world of commercial composing because scoring is often more like a craft than like an art. If you want to sustain a career as a professional composer you can’t be precious about your music.

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