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    DAWless Jamming

    Making Electronic Music Without A Computer

    We look at the history, the theory and the practice of making electronic music without a computer.

    Techniques . Nov 2020
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    From DAW To Score

    Modern Orchestration For Film, TV & Games

    What does it take to transform a composer's sample-based demo into a form that real musicians can read and play?

    Techniques Aug 2019
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    Dom Jones: Composing For Dubai's New Year Spectacular

    Wall Of Sound

    Dubai welcomed in 2019 with one of the biggest spectacles ever staged. Dom Jones created the epic soundtrack.

    Techniques Mar 2019
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    Art Of Moog

    Arranging Bach For A Synth Ensemble Performance

    To mark its 50th anniversary, two bands have taken to the stage to pay homage to Wendy Carlos’s classic crossover album Switched-On Bach.

    Techniques Nov 2018
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    Scoring Family Guy

    Video Feature

    One of the defining features of the Family Guy TV show is its use of lush musical arrangements and a musical number. While the show’s writers pen the lyrics, it's down to Walter Murphy to turn these into musical pieces that work. In this video, Walter walks us through two musical cues, from turning a script into a song, to creating demos, right through to recording a live, 60-piece swing band on one of the most famous scoring stages in the world.

    Techniques May 2018
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    MeLo-X: Mobile Music Making

    Video Feature

    How does a platinum-selling producer make music on a mobile device? We sit down with MeLo‑X, who found commercial success co-writing tracks on Beyoncé’s Lemonade, as he talks about the real-world advantages of making music on a phone or tablet.

    Techniques Apr 2018
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    Creating A Music Programme For Ice Dancing

    Rob Colling

    With arbitrary tempo restrictions to contend with and Olympic glory riding on every cut, adapting music for ice dance represents a unique editing challenge.

    Techniques Mar 2018
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 9

    Tutti & Effects

    In this final part of the series, we show how well-chosen instrument combinations and effects will bring your orchestral arrangements to life.

    Techniques Mar 2018
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    All About Library Music: Part 10

    The A-Z Of Library Music

    We conclude our in-depth guide to the world of library music with an essential cut-out-and-keep explanation of the key words and phrases you’ll hear.

    Music Business Feb 2018
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 8

    Harp, Keyboards & Choir

    A glorious suite of extras bolsters the core orchestral sound.

    Techniques Feb 2018
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    All About Library Music: Part 9

    Meet The Publishers

    Composers need publishers. But are they there to help us, or help themselves?

    Music Business Jan 2018
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 7

    The Kitchen Strikes Back

    Symphonic percussion joins forces with ethnic drums in the modern Hybrid Orchestra.

    Techniques Jan 2018
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    All About Library Music: Part 8

    Avoiding Disaster

    Like any way to make a living, library music has its pitfalls. We help you look out for some of the biggest!

    Music Business Dec 2017
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 6

    A Blaze Of Trumpets

    Brass and horns ignite the fire at the heart of the orchestra.

    Techniques Dec 2017
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    Hyperballad: Music for Ads

    Video Feature

    Scoring a huge ad campaign in four days is no mean feat, especially when you have to record live musicians.

    Techniques Dec 2017
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    All About Library Music: Part 7

    How To Write Trailer Music

    There’s a lot of money to be made writing music for movie trailers — so you have to be good. Have you got what it takes?

    Music Business Nov 2017
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 5

    Into The Woods

    Creative woodwind writing is the orchestral arranger’s secret weapon.

    Techniques Nov 2017
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    All About Library Music: Part 6

    Hollywood Trailers

    A trailer can make or break a blockbuster movie, and the choice of music can make or break a trailer. Chances are that music will be library music...

    Music Business Oct 2017
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 4

    Basic Woodwind Writing

    This often-overlooked orchestral family holds the key to a wide range of exciting tonal colours.

    Techniques Oct 2017
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    All About Library Music: Part 5

    Networking

    Success in the library music world is partly about who you know — so get out there and get to know people!

    Music Business Sep 2017
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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 3

    Essential String Playing Styles

    Familiarity with a few common articulations is the key to successful MIDI string arranging.

    Techniques Sep 2017

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