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Vincent Gache  -  December 8, 2015 08:32

Question : What do you usually start with when composing?

Everyone has his own workflow. What about you ?

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Hello Vincent,
I always start with sound searching. I choose my instruments pallet according to the film and scene and build on top of that.
Once that's done, i look for the right tempo/mood that i want to create, find the hit points and start composing the themes.

Medhat Hanbali  -  January 2, 2016 21:29
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When composing to picture the most important thing to me is to set the mood first through harmony, so I concentrate in working an adequate harmonic structure to start developing the track. Then I set the pace finding an adequate timing and groove. When I have these elements in place I start to develop the instrumentation and sound design, then finishing with details to enhance the story telling of pictures. That's quite a raw explanation of the method I feel more comfortable with and of course there are specific jobs that need another approach.
Luis Novo  -  December 14, 2015 03:41
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This might be one step earlier than what you thought of - but I always start with a dialogue with the film maker, and from our mutual goals I decide what the workflow will emphasise on. But no matter what that might be, once I start to work improvisation is always my first step. For me it's all about sketching first and composing once an idea has stuck in my mind.
Victor Öberg  -  January 29, 2018 22:50

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