There are times when practical considerations outweigh artistic judgements. Especially when there’s a war on.
A modern media composer’s repertoire needs to encompass everything from fugues to farmyard noises.
The viewing public never get to see — or hear — the messy side of TV production. But that’s where the fun is.
When TV composers talk about archiving, they usually mean backing up their hard drives.
Most of the time, TV composers are happy if anyone notices their music. It’s when people start to like it that the trouble starts.
Can’t find what you want in a music library? No problem. Just hire a composer to write it for nothing!
If you thought music for media was a tough job to get into, you should see how hard it is to get out of.
If you really want a direct connection with your audience, don’t write for TV — get down to your local high street.
If, at times, music for media feels impossible to break into, that’s because it is. And there’s a good reason for that.
When it comes to telling composers what to do, job titles are no barrier to meddling.
If you make music for a living, now’s the time to unite with others to protect your rights.
No matter how ridiculous a line may be, it’s the media composer’s role to toe it — even if the fate of the world is at stake.
We all have musical skeletons in our closets, but at least media composers don’t have to wheel them out every night at Wembley Arena.
Unless you’ve worked in today’s television business, you can’t hope to understand the true meaning of job satisfaction.
Recent disturbances in the space-time continuum gifted our columnist an unsettling vision of Oxford Street, circa 2014.
One thing that never changes in the world of music: the people who make it usually end up getting ripped off.
You’ve got to be good to get ahead in this game. And not just at mending cookers.
In which our hero eats too much cheese before bedtime and falls into a strange, Cheddar‑fuelled dream...
To reach the top as a composer for the media, what you really need is ‘people skills’ — and the patience of saints.
No‑one makes demos any more — it’s just that any music we make is treated like a demo.
Today's composers are expected to be available around the clock — and around the globe.
Create an account