The score: How to write a kick-ass movie soundtrack

Okay – you’ve had the call – the director wants you to write the kick-ass soundtrack for his next movie! Oh, and by the way, you only have a few weeks to write and record music for the whole thing. What do you do? You turn to our resident music maestro, Douglas Black Heaton, that’s what. Here’s his guide to making magic movie music.

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The cheesiest Christmas records of all time

We love holidays almost as much as we love music. What better way, then, to celebrate both than to showcase a sparkling array of the cheesiest Christmas tunes ever. These records are, by definition, contrived and often even cheesy, but one man’s cheese is another man’s … erm … chalk. So sit back, grab a mince pie and thank Santa’s elves that Christmas records come out, but once a year.

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7 signs you have what it takes to be a media music composer

So how does a media music composer differ from other composers? Simply put, Doug writes music for any media that needs it. He doesn’t just write music on his own, he provides a soundtrack to support visuals. So how can you tell if you have what it takes to make music media magic? Here are Doug’s seven signs.

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