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by Robin Munson
(With apologies to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. . .)
We’ve noticed that whenever we write a cue, there are certain predictable stages that, try as we might, and as many times as we have tried to avoid them, keep cropping up like — well, use your own metaphor.
Stage I: Denial – “I’ve got this great idea! I know exactly what to do! This will be a piece of cake!” You start with an epiphany. The more outlandish or difficult the project, the more irrational enthusiasm courses through the bloodstream. “Silent Night” as a tango? Jay-Z meets Celine Dion meets Ennio Morricone? A live Czech orchestra action-adventure-comedy trailer on a shoestring budget? “NO PROBLEM! I’ll have this puppy wrapped up by 6:00 tonight!” You come up with a simple melody and a three-chord riff within five minutes. “Brilliant!” Yeah, right. Continue reading
by Robin Munson
For as long as I can remember, music has had a profound effect on me. It was my comforter when I was sad, my companion when I was lonely, my protector when I was scared, my cheerleader when I was unsure of myself. I sang to myself constantly as a child. It was so second-nature that I didn’t realize I was doing it. One day as I was walking through the halls of my elementary school I was singing without realizing it. I don’t remember the song, but it was probably something cheerful – maybe “I Whistle A Happy Tune”, or something like that. A teacher stopped me and said, “You must be a very happy little girl! You’re always singing!” Little did she know. I was singing to bolster my spirit because school was such a misery for me! (a topic for another day.) Continue reading
by Danny Poit
If you are in the market for a quality MIDI controller without breaking the bank, this may be the one for you.
Novation’s Impulse line of MIDI keyboard controllers is a great option for composers and music producers who work heavily with virtual instruments and samples. It comes in three sizes: Continue reading