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How To Learn Online

There is a crazy amount of information out there and sometimes it can be difficult to wade through it all. First of all, set a big goal. Mine is to be an innovative force in the video game music world.Cast a wide net and get as much info as you can about the field you want to get into.Go straight to the top to get the best quality information. Look for clear signs of...

Cadences

I made a simple infographic to help me remember the different musical cadences. We were taught them back at music college but I never really had any use for them. Now I've found myself teaching grade 4 classical guitar and realised they're in the aural exam so I needed to learn them again. In the real world though I just think a V-I progression sounds good without remembering the name of the cadence....

Beautiful Dreamer

This is an old song by Stephen C. Foster that my grandparents like to sing together....

Recreating Aslan’s Theme

https://youtu.be/X0NO9k0oZqMWho else grew up watching the BBC version of Narnia?I recreated Aslan's Theme from the opening and closing credits. It was a lot of trial and error and trying to make my sample libraries do the right thing but I think I got a fairly accurate copy in the end. I learned a lot more about orchestration in the process. If anyone's interested, here's a link to a copy of the notation and midi...

Superhero Strings ⚡

I got asked to take a midi file and turn it into a super hero string section. I split it up into violins 1, violins 2, violas, cellos and double basses. Then I added a string library specifically for staccato strings to give a bit more attack. Finally I wrote a little violin arpeggio and thickened everything up with a string ensemble.I chose a super dog for the photo because everyone loves dogs,...

New REAPER Theme

REAPER just became a whole lot more beautiful 😍If you look below, you'll see the exact same project open with the default REAPER theme. It's only a tiny bit of audio editing by this new theme I've just applied has made everything absolutely stunning. Dark mode, bold colours, solid design. I can't wait to install it on the home PC and get to work.This is one of the reasons I love REAPER so much;...

Building A Student Portal On WordPress For Free

Originally written on Pickup Guitar.

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For music teachers, especially remote teachers, one of the issues they often face is how to deliver the lesson material to students. You can email it over, send it via Skype during a lesson, share it via Drive or upload it to WeTransfer. All of those can get quite cumbersome after just a few lessons. There’s also no easy way for the student to reply back and ask questions about a given lesson. This is why I went down the student portal route.

Wwise Interactive Music Symposium

The Wwise Interactive Music Symposium, held at the Canada Water Theatre, brought together composers and leading professionals from the film and video games industries. The day was a deep-dive into the future of interactive music with talks from composers who are pioneering the use of interactive music now. Music to my Eyes: Crash Course on Interactive Music The first talk was given by Simon Ashby (VP Product and Co-founder at Audiokinetic) and was a history lesson in the...