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    Q. How can I find out if my melody has been used before?

    I have a melody which I'm absolutely sure I made up when I was a kid and I want to use it in a composition I am working on. However, the things kids make up can be 'derivative', and I need to confirm that I hadn't heard it before. Do you know of any melody databases that could help me find out?

    Sound Advice Jan 2004
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    Q. What does diatonic mean?

    I know that the white keys on a keyboard form a diatonic scale, but what does diatonic really mean?...

    Sound Advice Sep 2003
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    Ben Salisbury

    Composing For The Life Of Mammals

    BBC Bristol's natural history series 'The Life Of Mammals' was a high-profile production, with stunning visuals that demanded an equally impressive soundtrack.

    People Jun 2003
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    Elliot Goldenthal: Composer

    Composition, Technology & Orchestration

    One of Hollywood's most intelligent composers, Elliot Goldenthal is equally adept at writing for the big screen as the concert hall or theatre. We talk to him about his background and approach to composition, technology and orchestration.

    People Mar 2003
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    Glen Ballard

    Songwriter & Producer: Alanis Morisette

    Glen Ballard was already a first-call songwriter and producer in LA — and that was before a young, unknown singer called Alanis Morissette walked into his studio...

    People Mar 2003
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    David Newman film composer.

    David Newman

    Film Composer

    Composition runs in David Newman's family, and he's become one of Hollywood's most sought-after writers of music for film.

    People Jan 2003
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    Media Adventures

    Hans Zimmer & Jay Rifkin

    From Rain Man to The Lion King, and Gladiator to Mission Impossible 2, Hans Zimmer's music is known by audiences worldwide. With business partner Jay Rifkin, Zimmer is also responsible for Media Ventures, a music studio that offers a unique environment for media composers.

    People Oct 2002
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    Markus Popp: Music As Software

    Oval

    According to Oval's Markus Popp, traditional definitions and categories are inadequate when it comes to evaluating electronic music. Instead, his highly conceptual projects aim to make us understand music in terms of the software processes used to produce it.

    People Oct 2002
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    Rob Davis

    Hit Songwriter

    Once Rob Davis was a pop star himself with Mud. Now his songs have taken Kylie Minogue and Sophie Ellis-Bextor to the top of the charts.

    People May 2002
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    Music For Video Games

    Gerard 'Gez' Gourley Of Smartdog

    Gez Gourley specialises in creating sound for console games - whether it be orchestral music or crashing cars...

    People Nov 2001
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    Kent Brainerd

    Making Money From Music For Corporate Video

    You don't need to have Top 40 hits to make a living from your music. Just ask Kent Brainerd, who has made a tidy sum by composing music for company training and presentation videos. Find out how...

    People Nov 2001
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    Anders Bagge & Arnthor Birgisson

    Murlyn Music Group

    Richard Buskin talks with two of Sweden's hottest writer-producers about their ongoing work as part of the Murlyn Music Group, including recent hit recordings by Jennifer Lopez, Samantha Mumba and Jessica Simpson.

    People Oct 2001
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    Shawn Clement: TV & Film Composer

    Music For Real Life

    Richard Buskin meets a successful American composer who's specialised in a unique kind of music for television...

    People Sep 2001
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    Paul Farrer

    Composing For Film & TV

    Paul Farrer's name has been a fixture in SOS for several years, but these days he's best-known as the theme tune composer for top BBC TV quiz show The Weakest Link. Paul White asks the questions...

    People Aug 2001
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    RICHARD NILES: TV Music

    Composer / Artist

    Whether your bag is pop, jazz, or classical music, or even if you just watch TV occasionally, you've almost certainly heard Richard Niles's work. Mike Senior talks to one of the most versatile men in modern music.

    People Jun 2000
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    Q. Should I hire and arranger and an orchestra, or invest in a sequencer and some sound modules?

    I'm thinking about hiring an arranger to do a half a dozen or so of my compositions so that I can get them recorded...

    Sound Advice May 2000
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    20 Tips On Music For The Media

    Feature | Tips & Tricks

    Big George Webley has survived as a media composer for over a dozen years. He learned the following lessons the hard way; you get them free!

    Sound Advice Aug 1999
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    Barrington Pheloung

    Composing The Inspector Morse Theme & Other TV/Film Music

    British-based Australian Barrington Pheloung is well known for his prolific film and television work, including the theme music to TV's Inspector Morse. One of his most challenging recent projects was the soundtrack to the biopic of Jacqueline Du Pre, Hilary And Jackie...

    People Jul 1999
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    DAVID HIRSCHFELDER: Scoring An Oscar For Elizabeth

    Interview | Composer

    By the time you read this, he could be clutching his first Oscar for his soundtrack for the historic blockbuster Elizabeth. David Hirschfelder discourses with Richard Buskin about the art, science and pyschology of scoring for the moving image.

    People Apr 1999
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    M PEOPLE: Songwriting & Musicianship

    Interview | Band

    Sound On Sound caught up with M People's Paul Heard, before the band headed off on their European tour. Christopher Holder puts aside his preconceptions to learn about songwriting, production, musicianship and family sedans.

    People Apr 1998
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    Debbie Wiseman

    TV & Film Composer Extraordinaire

    Debbie Wiseman has been described as Britain's most prolific and emotionally charged film composer, with a long list of TV and cinema credits that belies her age, including the recent Oscar Wilde biopic.

    People Mar 1998

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