Halloween is upon us, and with Halloween comes a creepy plethora of freaky cult films, scary soundtracks, and a fascination with the horrific and the macabre that overtakes culture by a storm. Learn how to write your own disturbing retro Halloween soundtrack with these seven secrets inspired by the theme from Stranger Things, a new series on Netflix that borrows the best of 70s and 80s horror and science fiction, wrapped all nicely in terror and mystery.
Listen to this original track “Strange Things In My Closet”. As you listen jot down key elements that make this track uniquely creepy and very retro.
Feel like writing an opera is only for big name composers with big budgets? Or are you willing to take the plunge and create a work in one of the most compelling and cutting edge musical forms...an opera?
Almost two years ago I embarked on the largest musical production I have created to date - Libertaria: The Virtual Opera. After writing the award-winning Creation Oratorio and dozens of multimedia works, I wanted to combine my love of the audio and the visual into a single large scale work.
Find a Great Dramatic Story You need a strong story to write a compelling opera. Fortunately you can easily borrow from thousands of public domain works and modernize them. Think of West Side Story (just a contemporary version of Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet). Many great operas use Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm, and Biblical stories, all of which include interesting characters, strong themes, and action. Libertaria borrows heavily from messianic stories, but is set in the future and changed…