A couple of years ago it all began with writing music and orchestral sketches by ear. Great fun! But it started to feel limited. To be honest, I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing. Is that bad? Not in my opinion, no. It’s just a starting point which I guess is different for all of us (cause of background, family, personal interests, decisions in life, etc.).
In June 2020 I bought an iPad Pro and the app StaffPad. I’m truly captivated by it. Writing music, doing orchestral sketches with a pencil on digital paper with a great playback system is fascinating. So I took some time off. Invested in my skills and education. Still doing that on a daily basis! Never knew that music theory and notation and working like this is exciting and very helpful to keep an overview of your composition and orchestration choices. It’s totally different than working from out a DAW that I was used to.
So I started with weekly orchestral sketches on my Youtube channel. Just to point out: this is not about composing the greatest melody lines ever or writing my Magnus Opus. No, this is about learning, practising, “DOING” without any judgement.
Hope you like it and that it inspires you if you’re an aspiring (film) composer just like me. And any tips, advise on melody development and orchestration are welcome!