Monthly Archives: February 2013

Rambling About Composition Methods

  1. I usually start with a melody, then think of an accompaniment, often a duet type. Occasionally, I find chords that fit and write those in.
  2. Start with an accompaniment, then find a melody that fits. This has actually produced some interesting stuff.
  3. Start with chords, then do option 1 or 2.

These approaches are a bit like the approaches you can use for writing software, namely Top Down and Bottom Up. Usually software is better to write top down, mostly because you only implement the interfaces that you actually need. But sometimes, bottom up works better because it allows you to work at a higher level of abstraction later.

I’ll need to do some more experimentation with starting from the accompaniment for a few tunes.



Cinematic Sounds Radio – Best of 2012

I need to listen to two radio shows online:

  1. Best individual cues of 2012
  2. Best scores of 2012

Erik Woods puts on a really good show and plays lots of cool music.

His show for the best Re-recordings made me buy a few CDs.

Also, his John Williams series was awesome.


Individual Cues Show

  • The track from MIEL DE NARANJAS (Malo) is beautiful. Might be worth checking out the movie.
  • The track from METSAN TARINA (Aaltio) is really awesome. I wonder where I could find the rest of the soundtrack before possibly buying it.
  • KINECT STAR WARS (Haab/Newmaster) sounds cool
  • THERE BE DRAGONS (Folk) was mentioned in the Cue Awards too. Maybe worth checking out.

Scores Show

  • All the albums have a separate 20 minute highlights section. So now THERE BE DRAGONS could be listened to. And it’s really quite good.
  • SKYFALL by Thomas Newman is way better than they were saying on The Soundcast.
  • PRICELESS by Naoki Sato is pretty awesome actually.
  • METSAN TARINA can only be purchased digitally. iTunes. $17

Cue Awards Todo List

I just finished listening to the Cue Awards, an annual awards show done by the team at

As usual, there were heaps of albums mentioned that I haven’t heard.

As a result of listening to the awards show, I now need to check out:

The usual plan is to listen to these online, then buy them if I like them.

I would like to see John Carter, so I’ll hold off listening to that until I see the movie. Similarly for Life of Pi, Cloud Atlas, The Hobbit. Usually, If am at all likely to ever see a specific movie, then I’ll avoid listening to reviews of the soundtrack or even listening to the soundtrack until I’ve seen it. I have very little opportunity to watch many movies, especially movies intended for grown ups. Three young kids take up a lot of time. Although I really enjoyed Brave, and the soundtrack has really grown on me. I enjoyed watching Wreck it Ralph, and I’ll need to check out that soundtrack.

I won’t be playing the games, so I can check those out for the music.

The movie Journey 2 looks like I won’t bother seeing it, so I’ll check that soundtrack out.

I’d already bought and listened to the Journey soundtrack by Austin Wintory, which is great. In fact, it may result in me borrowing someone’s PS3 just to play the game.