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PhrygianPhish    100
Hi! I am new here and I am looking for ideas on where to find work as a music composer in the gaming world.

First, a little background: I have a solid background in music theory, I compose write, record, and master in a home "studio" environment. I am not necessarily looking for advice on my writing (but if you do, feel free). My current website is:

http://phrygianphish.weebly.com

I have been working on several of my own musical projects (albums etc.) but I have always wanted to give writing music for games a shot. I have an account on Elance.com and landed a gig there but composer jobs just don't come up that often on there - at least that I have seen so far.

Are there certain websites/boards that would have this information?

Thanks in advance!

Sean

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Tom Sloper    16040
Now you need to build your portfolio and your contacts. Network, network, network.
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nsmadsen    5578
I would avoid Elance as what I've experienced there is a steady stream of developers only want to pay bottom-of-the-barrel prices. Because of how Elance is constructed it can quickly become a race to see who can underbid each other and the focus seems much more on price rather than quality and ensuring the proper fit is found. Tom is right - get an online website happening with a solid demo reel. Some folks choose to focus on 1-2 music styles while others choose to show a great deal of variety. It's really up to you and where your talents lie.

From there start attending conferences, take part in online discussions and network-network-network. After all of that, network some more. [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]

Good luck!

Nate

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PhrygianPhish    100
Thanks for the advice Tom and Nate. I guess I need to organize a portfolio - I have several works already done in varying styles (I am probably going to work on showing the breadth of work rather than to one or two styles). For a music portfolio, should I show 30 seconds of varying pieces of music or should I go for 4-5 pieces of music?

The Sloperama articles look very useful - I am going to have to take my time going through those. Thanks again!

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nsmadsen    5578
[quote name='PhrygianPhish' timestamp='1326828958' post='4903735']
For a music portfolio, should I show 30 seconds of varying pieces of music or should I go for 4-5 pieces of music?
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It really depends. For my demo I've chosen to show 3-5 pieces in 30-ish second chunks then crossfade between cues. I treat this as an introduction to me and my work and hold off for full sample cues for later once the client expresses further interest.

Thanks!

nate

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