Today's composers are expected to be available around the clock — and around the globe.
Life as a jobbing musician has always been tough, but at least the risk of drowning isn't quite as high these days.
Whatever your political views, 'Obamacare' can only be a good thing for musicians and engineers.
Making a good living from music isn't as hard as they say. Getting people to believe that you make a good living from music can be impossible.
No‑one makes demos any more — it’s just that any music we make is treated like a demo.
To reach the top as a composer for the media, what you really need is ‘people skills’ — and the patience of saints.
In which our hero eats too much cheese before bedtime and falls into a strange, Cheddar‑fuelled dream...
You’ve got to be good to get ahead in this game. And not just at mending cookers.
One thing that never changes in the world of music: the people who make it usually end up getting ripped off.
Recent disturbances in the space-time continuum gifted our columnist an unsettling vision of Oxford Street, circa 2014.
Unless you’ve worked in today’s television business, you can’t hope to understand the true meaning of job satisfaction.
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.
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.
If you make music for a living, now’s the time to unite with others to protect your rights.
When it comes to telling composers what to do, job titles are no barrier to meddling.
If, at times, music for media feels impossible to break into, that’s because it is. And there’s a good reason for that.
We all like adding new technology to our studios, but progress comes at a cost.
If you really want a direct connection with your audience, don’t write for TV — get down to your local high street.
If you thought music for media was a tough job to get into, you should see how hard it is to get out of.
Can’t find what you want in a music library? No problem. Just hire a composer to write it for nothing!
Recent NSA wiretap transcripts have uncovered a transatlantic telephone conversation which could have disastrous consequences.
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