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Re: Thank You VERY much
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• Posted by: Amuro
• Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at 7:15 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: You know who you should get into is.... (B. Robert Tanner)

> I noticed you said you want to be a film composer. If I may give some
> advice? I've scored a few independant films (and I'll be heading to USC
> for the one year film scoring program soon, then begin breaking in to the
> "big time" so to speak) and believe me when I tell you that if
> all you listen to is Williams and Horner, you are in for some tough times.

> Not to say that Williams and Horner are bad, they're great. But you've got
> to have very broad horizons. Director's want their composers to be
> adaptable. If all you hear is certain things, you will not be prepared for
> other genres. At minimum, you should own soundtracks by at least 20
> composers. But more is good (I myself have some from over 40). Listen,
> listen, listen and write, write, write. Over time, you will find your own
> musical "voice" and style. Best of luck to you! The craft of
> composing is hard and only a few can learn it (much less master it), if
> you try hard enough and long enough, and you have the talent, you'll have
> no problem.

I don't listen to only Horner and Williams thery're just my favorites. I have written several pieces and right now i'm focusing on a song (classical) that I want to be around 20 minutes (a huge deal for me because I've only written songs about 5-7 minutes before).

But I do have some scoring expeariance, I scored my school's medieval faire. If that counts. But even when I write I find that I have very different "talents" I find myself writting more for the strings and piano than the brass like Williams does in most of his scores (schindler's list being an obvious exception). And I find that most of my piano rythmes are less emotional than Horner's and that they are more of a "uncomfortable" feeling. I love writting though and your advice has helped me even though its only been about 2 minutes since I read it but I've been thinking a lot in those 2 minutes.

Maybe we will meet some day at the academy awards (heres hoping) or the golden globes.

Thanks a lot,

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