Film Scoring

People tell me, music is a career that won’t put food on the table. Unless you’re the best of the best of the best. And I say, but mom, I want a job that I love! And in that respect I’m glad I’m looking into an engineering major because yes, it’s true, it’s hard to make a decent living off of simply writing music. However, because I started at a fairly early age, I believe that I have a chance to reach those “best of the best” levels. Perhaps life could’ve been a little more helpful to me and put me in L.A. or someplace where I can actually meet those famous people, but life’s not fair. So I make do with the wonderful resource called the internet and watch videos such as these.

And it’s all about Flim Composing, which is one area of music that not only would I like to try out, but can actually give you a job. Take it a step further, to something I love even more than movies: video games. Martin O’Donnell is the composer for Bungie’s Halo franchise, and I’ve watched a lot of interviews of him. Not to mention Hans Zimmer and John Williams: they’re all greatly inspiring to me!

October by Eric Whitacre

Be forewarned: you’re going to be seeing a lot of small, random, but mostly related, posts such as these.

Here’s a piece our band played last year, I rediscovered it this morning. Very beautiful, very emotional, and written by one of my favorite composers. 
I also found a version of it that interested me: for string orchestra.
Eric Whitacre, for those of you who don’t know, does amazing things such as this.

The Second Post

I know, what a creative title, right?

As expected, I have a lot to say, because it is the first day of posting on the blog after all. So let’s start from the beginning.

As a small child growing up in Korea I learned piano for a few years, did some traditional Korean music in school, and even tried a little bit of violin, but it wasn’t anything special. In fact, I barely remember any of that. It was when I came to the U.S. and started the bassoon in 5th grade when I actually became a musician.

And even then, I was only a member of the band, nothing more. Until 7th grade came around, and I met this girl who loved to play piano. I grew close to her through 8th-9th grade and she basically launched me into the world of music. That’s the time I got myself a copy of Finale, and started writing music. Ever since then it’s been learning and learning and more learning.

I made some big leaps when I started teaching myself music theory around the start of this year. I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much from simply teaching myself through books and internet resources, and I’m very happy with the knowledge I now possess in the area. But just like any other subject, there’s always more to learn.

More recently, and by that I mean a few days ago, I got a copy of Cubase! Very exciting stuff. Before it’s always been writing music in finale or sequence music in FL Studio. While Finale is a very advanced, industry standard program, it’s a notational software. Cubase is going to allow me to synthesize and work more realistically with my scores.

If I can learn it, that is. Currently, I’m squeezing my brain out trying to get a hang of this thing; it’s a lot more complex than FL Studio, which is the sequencer with which I’m used to working. Wish me luck while I try to figure this thing out. It’ll probably take me a few months, but hey, Finale took me a few years and now I’m a master of the thing. 


Since this is my first post I think I’ll keep it short and simple. Actually, considering the time that I have every day to blog, most of my posts won’t be too lengthy.

Basically, here’s the scoop. I realized that it would be a good idea to record all the research, self-teaching, and composing that I do with music and at the same time share it with friends, teachers, etc. So I thought I should start blogging. I’ve tried blogs before quite a few times for various reasons, but I never was diligent enough to keep it up for long. Hopefully it’ll be different with this one, because music is something that encompasses every moment of my life, and I have much to say about it.

Another thing, I’ve done quite a lot of music related things prior to this point, which means sometimes I’ll be speaking about things that are from the past.

Back to homework for now.