Composition Web Sites

Link: Ultimate Guide to Songwriting and Music Composition

I want to thank Lorrie Dyson for a link to a web page that boasts of being the “Ultimate Guide to Songwriting and Music Composition“. The page is a collection of what appear (I haven’t check them all out) to be very useful links to websites with information for songwriters, guitar, keyboard, percussion, music composition and songwriting apps, blogs, and podcasts.

Composer Focus – web site

I just discovered a new web site – Composer Focus –  that looks fairly new – not a great deal of content yet, but what there is is excellent with the promise of more to come. especially the promise of offering multimedia courses that cover (quote):

Working in TV/Film and Game Music

Music Theory

Production Techniques

Music Business

Ear Training

(and more…)

Very attractive site with excellent offerings. One thing that looks interesting is Articles>Roundup, which are lists of stuff (must be the British term for lists), e.g.

5 books to learn how to compose for video games

Top 5 orchestration books

8 unique and unusual sample libraries

Choir sample library roundup

iPad Music App roundup [I can use this for my Creativity in Music semester course]

Choir sample library

String sample library

Audio file formats: a roundup

Notation software roundup

Incompetech!

Check out composer Kevin McLeod’s variegated site Incompetech.  He gives away a lot of his music (royalty free), but charges for custom projects. The site also offers (free) graph/grid papers, calendars, and more (including Really Bad Jokes).

Aaron Gervais, Composer

I just (re)discovered a terrific composer site – that of Aaron Gervais. It is a wonderful collection of all sorts of stuff, much of it self-promoting (that’s what sites like this are for), but Gervais is also an intelligent and thoughtful writer and he gives us a number of useful short articles on various subjects.

Samples:

Working for Free: Helpful or Harmful?

Working Weekends Makes You a Worse Composer

A Machiavellian Guide to Becoming a Composer

Why Composers Should Drop Out of University (and What They Should Be Learning) – Parts 1 & 2

(“Education begins where academia ends. You make connections with people, you find a community, you decide what really matters, you find time to do what you love, you find a way to earn a living. You might do some of this while in school, but little or none of it is taught at school. So why don’t more composers just skip straight to the career and not bother with degrees?”)

IJCC: online composition journal

The “International Journal of Contemporary Composition” (IJCC) is an online peer-reviewed open-access journal, dedicated to providing the worldwide musical audience with free access to high-quality works by contemporary music researchers and composers.

“IJCC welcomes submission of unpublished original research articles and modern music composition scores, which are not under review in any other journals.

“IJCC website plays the role of a music producer center. Music producers visit our site in search of contemporary music production.

“IJCC website also allows[listening to] the music online.

“IJCC is published by the International Association for Academic Research”