I've put together a list of websites that I have has success with in the past. This is by no means a comprehensive list, it’s just something to get started with. I would suggest searching on various forums such as Taxi Music, Envato Forum and Music Library Report to learn more about the library music business.
I would also recommend this book The Business of Music Licensing which is a book that got me started when it comes to writing music for libraries.
Writing for libraries can be a tough game, particularly trying to get placements on exclusive libraries. My best advice is to start off with some piece on some of the non-exclusive libraries such as Audiojungle & Pond5. Below is a short list of some places I found good:
In addition to the websites it is also good to understand the business so below is a reading list that I believe can be very helpful.
Hopefully this has been informative, any questions or feedback please feel free to contact me!
Writing music is not a conventional career and as such requires unconventional methods to get work. One of the first music scoring jobs I got was writing music for a 6 part radio series on RTE Junior (Irish national radio station for kids). I got the job by mentioning to a filmmaker who was shooting my bands latest single that I had an interest in writing instrumental music for TV & Film. A few months later he called me up and asked if I was interested in writing for a show he was producing, and that's where I realized that it may be something interesting I can pursue.
After that I decided to look on Facebook for local events that I could go to and meet directors. I found an event called "Dublin Filmmakers" where I worked on my first TV Pilot called "Northsiders" writing all the music for the first episode and the theme tune (Below). From that I was spurred on to meet more people and look for more projects.
So what do you need to consider when starting?
5 Things Musically
This isn't a comprehensive list or guide by any means, it's just some thoughts on what's needed, what you may want to consider before starting the journey and some skills that I think are necessary.
If you have any questions on particular points I'm happy to answer them, just leave a comment. I'm going to regularly write some tips in this manner, so if there's something you would like me to cover specifically, I'm all ears!
Thanks for reading!
When you have to come up with new and exciting music on a regular basis, getting stuck creatively can be a problem. So how do you get out of that creative rut and find inspiration again?
Here are 5 tools I use to help creatively with my music compositions.
Arpeggiators may be more commonly associated with synth and electronic music. But when looking for that great ostinato rhythm for your string section, or an interesting 16th note triplet pattern for a high hat, why not put the vst through an arpeggiator??
I use the Logic Pro X midi arpeggiator in particular, but there are many other arpeggiators out there that you can plug alternative instruments into and get some very creative ideas.
Delay is used in many different ways, particularly when it comes to the production side of music. For example, applying a delay to a hi-hat, snare, vocals and panning the vocals one side and the delay the other can create some very interesting effects and movement in a piece of music.
Here are a few plugins that I find particularly helpful creatively when it comes to delay.
3. Looping, splicing & manipulation
I'm talking about rhythmic ideas quite a lot here and I suppose not being a professional drummer this is an area that I feel I have to work on the most. It's also an area that inspires me the most to write music. So here's another fun way to get the creative juices going!
Take a loop of any kind, this could be a drum loop, synth loops, bass, whatever it is, chop it up and mess around with it, some ways you might chop it:
4. Shock your harmonic ideas
So you're writing pieces, you're comfortable with chord progressions and movements, you know how to move a mood from one extreme to the other, but you keep going back to the same ideas. How to shock the system:
This may be a very simple concept. But there is nothing better than giving someone one of your music ideas and asking them to jam with it, or come up with their own ideas or interpretation. This works particularly well with players who can improvise well and take direction. After all, as a composer you can be expected to understand the ins and outs of every instrument you get your hands on, so working with others, understand how they approach their instruments and articulations can be a hugely inspiring process.
After some time I have gotten around to compiling soundtracks of some films I have scored over the last few years. The first score is from the film "Class A" written and directed by Stephen Gaffney from Deep Web Films.
Scoring "Class A" was an interesting project. Stephen opted for a more song-based approach to the score. Instead of creating an underscore to move the story along or develop some emotional tension, he is looking more to create an overall atmosphere for each scene. For a movie of this style, I think this approach works really well and it was a great opportunity to break out and write some interesting dance and tension tracks.
Another thing you will notice with the score is the lack of melodic content. This was another thing mentioned when spotting the film. As much as possible avoid thematic and melodic ideas. Another step away from traditional scoring conventions, but again, an interesting way to explore and find more subtle ways to change the mood of a scene using textures and rhythmic elements.
The score is available across most platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, Google, Amazon etc.