Want to Make $620 Million a Year as a Musician?
This is the classic "chicken or the egg" conundrum that's been asked and answered countless times in the history of songwriting. Do you write the music or the lyrics first? Since you are all smart, creative and intuitive people, you probably already have the answer: there is no answer! Or, all answers apply.
If you need some inspiration when creating music compositions for visual media, video game scores offer plenty of examples for creating drama and tension, mixing sounds and genres while using variations on theme. Here is our highly subjective list of the best soundtracks since the turn of the century, in chronological order.
Debra Byrd is MI's Vocal Program Chair, a vocal coach on NBC’s The Voice & an expert when it comes to everything about vocal performance. She's worked with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and hundreds of singers from American Idol, The Oscars, The Next, the Grammy Awards, High School Musical and She has toured and/or recorded with The Eurythmics, UB40, Lyle Lovett, Roberta Flack, Bob Dylan and Barry Manilow. Next Level Noise sat down with Byrd recently for an inspiring chat about her career and her dedication to music education.
As we’ve mentioned before, composing music for film, TV & video games is one of the fastest-rising career tracks in the entertainment industry. MI has enlisted a whole crew of award-winning composers as guest lecturers for its Spring 2015 Composing for Film program. Here's a small sampling of their advice from around the Internet to whet your appetite.