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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Title? Composer for the media. Job description? Squaring the circle...

    Music Business Apr 2011
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Online delivery means fewer ways for things to go wrong, but it also makes media composers more faceless than ever and robs us of some vital excuses.

    Music Business Mar 2011
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    TV Music From The Inside

    Notes From The Deadline

    Where there's a newly independent republic struggling to establish itself on the world stage, there's an opportunity...

    Music Business Jan 2011
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    TV Music From The Inside

    Notes From The Deadline

    The only way to make money as a media composer is from publishing — but greedy production companies are targeting our back end with a vengeance.

    Music Business Dec 2010
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    In the News: SOS Issue One | November 1985

    The Shape Of Things To Come

    CD technology? Eight-note polyphony? Things were getting pretty exciting back in 1985.

    Music Business Nov 2010
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Its lovely to be appreciated — up to a point...

    Music Business Nov 2010
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Some broadcasters will stop at nothing to save money, even if that means blatantly ripping off composers. So always look at the small print before you leap.

    Music Business Sep 2010
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    The musical challenges involved in composing for TV can be intimidating enough, but its the legal documents that are truly scary.

    Music Business Aug 2010
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Want to be a media composer? Get used to being the most anonymous cog in the TV production wheel.

    Music Business Jul 2010
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    How to get ahead in the business? Honour thy deadlines, have no other gods before work, and dont commit murder unless theres a particularly juicy commission at stake.

    Music Business Jun 2010
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Its wonderful to be able to give something back to young people who are eager to learn about life in the studio. If only they were better prepared to receive it.

    Music Business May 2010
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    Notes From The Deadline: Using Sample Libraries

    TV Music From The Inside

    Sample libraries are the modern media composers most important asset — so its a shame that using them in real-world projects can land you in legal hot water.

    Music Business Apr 2010
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    So you want to be a media composer? Paul Farrer reminds us that its not about the music you love, its about whats right for the show.

    Music Business Mar 2010
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    It doesnt do to get too precious about audio quality. In fact, sometimes a bit of lossy compression might be just what your music needs.

    Music Business Feb 2010
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    No-one likes having their work criticised, especially when the criticism is baffling, surreal and second-hand. But thats the lot of todays composer for the media.

    Music Business Jan 2010
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    As they say oop north: where theres virtual brass, theres muck.

    Music Business Dec 2009
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    The global financial meltdown would never have happened if only KPMG had modelled themselves on KPM.

    Music Business Nov 2009
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    All too often, faking it represents the easy way out for the media composer. But if you can put in the effort to keep it real, youll reap the rewards.

    Music Business Oct 2009
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Will your music become immortal, or simply indigestible? Its all about context.

    Music Business Sep 2009
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Almost everything about being a composer of music for television is a gamble, except getting paid. Thats two gambles.

    Music Business Aug 2009
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Pitching for work is frustrating, time-consuming and, unless youre very lucky, unpaid. But at least the best demo (usually) wins.

    Music Business Jul 2009

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