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#5058248 My first soundtrack to a game (Still WIP)

Posted by on 30 April 2013 - 11:10 PM

Fun little game, I can see myself returning to this when I need just a little something to take my mind off of things.  Great job with the music.  Can't help you out much with mastering, as that's something I'm in the process of learning more about myself.

#5035968 Learning how to compose (better)

Posted by on 23 February 2013 - 08:03 PM

There is one very important part of learning to compose better that hasn't been mentioned here yet - ear training/aural skills. By practicing this skill you will be able to recognize the elements of music much better, whether in a piece of music you're listening to or an original composition in your head. The notes will begin to come easily to you, so when your thinking of a melodic line, harmony, texture, etc., you won't have to spend time figuring exactly what notes are. Instead, you will be able to write them down right away as naturally as you would for writing text. There is software intended to help develop this skill, such as GNU Solfege and the exercises on http://www.teoria.com


That's great advise.  We used a program called MacGamut in my theory class (though we had a different name for it).  But a great free resource out there is musictheory.net.  There's some great exercises in both basic theory and aural skills.

#5027778 Attending GDC

Posted by on 01 February 2013 - 02:17 AM

You don't have any info up for GSC 2013 yet...any idea when that info will be available???

#5025001 "You're Not Alone" Cover

Posted by on 23 January 2013 - 11:01 PM

A little while ago I finished an orchestral cover for FF IX's "You're Not Alone".  This is by far my favorite video game track and I thoroughly enjoyed making this cover.  I just realized I hadn't shared this here so here it is!





#5012346 Starting your career as a composer-sound designer (FAQ and answers)

Posted by on 19 December 2012 - 12:05 AM

I want to add my thanks for all of your advice Nate. I just landed my first paying job and am very excited. Everything on this site gave me a good foundation and reading Aaron Marks' book has been amazing. It has helped me every step of the way with getting this job, and now working on getting the contract ready. Thanks for suggesting this gem of a book!

#4989274 Rebooting my article series on Video Game Music

Posted by on 11 October 2012 - 03:55 PM

This sounds like a great idea. I gain alot from hearing about how other composers approach their works. This would be very interesting.

#4989255 New poster

Posted by on 11 October 2012 - 02:48 PM

I highly agree with Nate about listening. I find every time I listen to music I start to dissect it...look at what the drums did there, that's awesome how the strings are swelling like that, wow...the brass is really coming out here. See what works for other composers and try it out yourself. Sometime it works...sometimes it doesn't...but you won't know til you try.

I like your idea with Vacancy but I'd suggest throwing in a little something in the background to fill the dead space. It doesn't have to be much...just a little something to add to the emotion.

#4983722 Sharing my Portfolio

Posted by on 25 September 2012 - 02:35 PM

I've been active here the last few weeks and took the liberty of sharing my portfolio in my first thread while at the same time asking a question about licensing my music. I realized quickly that mistake because my portfolio got lost in the shuffle of the main topic of the thread, so I've decided to make another dedicated to my portfolio.


Let me know what you think and what could use some improvement. I'm always looking for ways to further my work!

#4980479 Eric J Gallardo, Composer and New Member

Posted by on 15 September 2012 - 03:13 PM

Thanks Tonedeafrob, and no, I don't mind you calling me by name. Yeah, I'm in the same financial boat as you. I use Garritan Personal Orchestra and find it adequate for now but would love to upgrade to something nicer in the future. Do you have any tunes on soundcloud...I'd love to give them a listen! Nice to find another Sibelius composer. I don't know about other peoples workflow, but I compose my string and orchestral parts in sibelius and then export it to Logic through midi to add the Garritan sounds there and shape the instruments one at a time using the mod wheel.

#4979011 Eric J Gallardo, Composer and New Member

Posted by on 11 September 2012 - 01:13 PM

I'm new here myself and also looking to network. I've been composing for a few years and have just recently decided to try composing for games and looking for the avenues to do that. I like your music, what sound libraries do you use?