Music for Arturia – Analog Lab Play and Inward Universe Soundpacks

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Arturia asked me to create some music to demonstrate the range of a couple of their new soundpacks - and here they are below, along with appearing on their website. Arturia is a music hardware and software company, and these collections of sounds were a real pleasure to use to compose the following tracks: Haruto's …

Haunting, Mournful Horns in Netflix’s The Crown

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Whatever you might think of The Crown, the big-budget Netflix show about the royals of Britain, there’s no denying it’s got a cracking score. In the first season, it fell decidedly within the Zimmer camp. Gregson-Williams' score wouldn’t have been out of place in Inception or Blue Planet. Sweeping strings alongside tasteful synths with a …

How do you Write a ‘Catchy’ Tune?

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So, you’ve been asked to write some music that’s ‘catchy’, ‘sing-able’ and ‘hummable’? Or you’re after it from your composer? This isn’t rare. A huge proportion of my career has involved writing music that is deliberately memorable. But what does a tune being ‘catchy’ actually mean? Aren’t all good tunes memorable? Or is it their ‘memorable-ness’ that makes them 'good'?

How To Compose Music – A Simple Guide

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When you first think about composing music, it can be daunting. A little scary, even. How on earth do you go about putting together sounds to make a coherent piece of music, that expresses what you want it to say? Here’s a simple overview of the way I think about my process when I compose music.