Stock Music is Killing Composers

This is a very interesting blog post and worth a read:

https://jonbash.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/why-i-will-probably-never-be-a-stock-music-library-composer/

Jon has taken the words out of my mouth.

As you will know from my site I am also a freelance composer and sound designer and I have been in Jons position too.

When reaching out and networking with other creative people and companies I regularly face the same response ‘sorry we use stock music’, it’s frustrating, demotivating and really sad to hear.

Music is definitely not valued anymore, not just by film makers but also by customers of commercial music.

When Apple Music came out I had an Armageddon moment ‘Wo, music is over’.

Yes it’s cheaper to make than it ever has been due to improvements in technology but you still have to invest hundreds in gear, and lots of hours in time to learning your craft.

I have played music for 22 years, within that time I have learnt to play instruments to a relatively high standard, studied the industry, recording techniques, sound creation, mixing, mastering, sat in 3 years of lecturers, read books, websites, watched videos, collaborated, experimented and taught music.

Don’t get me wrong, I have some great clients who come back regularly to me and I love working for them, but to gain new clients involves submitting proposals to freelance sites, potentially spending several hours producing a sample which may or may not get selected for a peanuts paying project.

I give endless/instant communication with my clients, any and as many file formats as they require, as many instruments and layers as the require and I am happy to revisit a project should requirements change or an alternate version be needed, and I do this because I believe in good service and doing the best I can for my client.  

It is just a shame that something that requires so much skill,so much devotion is stolen through piracy sites and not appreciated by many other creatives as an important part of their product. 

I work to a working rate of around £25ph, but when some these adverts online want you to spend endless hours on a project they want to pay $35 then it makes my living wage less than if I worked in a fast food chain!

This needs to stop and people need to value music again! 

Ciaran O’Reilly – Clean hands and Guilt – Mixed and Mastered by Dave Voss

Recently I have been lucky enough to work with the brilliant Ciaran O’Reilly on the single for his new EP, Clean Hands & Guilt, (Coming Soon).

Ciaran is an Acoustic, Americana Folk singer from London, UK, he has a great vocal, which is powerful and well supported with his guitar playing, he manages to bring a contemporary edge to his brand of vintage folk whilst also demonstrating influences of Punk and Rock.

I previously posted a demo version where I had received all instruments bounced into one .wav file.

This version was given to me as individual Stems and was much easier to mix and master.

If you require a similar service please get in touch via the contact methods listed in the contact us section of my site.

Audio Restoration, Mixing and Mastering.

I was given this track to mix, and asked to try and enhance the vocal.

The track was a mixdown of both parts, so naturally effecting one would effect the other and I had to use very careful techniques to try and bring the vocal out more.

This upload contains clips of the original version followed by the finished version.

I hope you enjoy this, and please get in touch via:

davidmichaelvoss@gmail.com
davidvoss.org

If you require, recording, mixing or mastering services.

Thanks,

Dave

Latest project- ‘Real instruments’?

Aren’t simple bass lines the best?!.
 So I’ve been a bit lost with music for sometime, rarely anything I hear excites me and my general belief is that I’m surprised so many people still care for instruments which now no longer see contemporary.

However on this latest project I decided to go ‘organic’ if you like and back to a method of writing that I find prehistoric, the traditional band setup.

I am talking instrumentation mostly.

I started recording a new project for a video for an education authority and wanted something uplifting and anthemic yet reserved enough to suit the project.

After a brief jam on the piano I picked up the acoustic, then electric, then bass and quickly came up with the starting hook to the piece. I am now appreciation how quickly hardware allows you to get ideas down, and how much smoother this makes the music composition process.

I have always managed to come up with strong melodies quickly and this approach has really helped, it has also sounded much more like the finished product will much sooner without a lot of tweaking.

This similar approach is adopted by Graham Cochrane (Recording Revolution) in his series of simple recording projects where he works to a small budget, or cutting back on the amount of tools used to let the instruments speak on the project. Still using Logic X and loving it, also a big fan of waves V-Comp and other Waves plugins.

Overall so far pleased with this really could be my best work yet, this video is a lot longer than most I’ve done, standing at 12 minutes so there’s a long way to go yet.