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BASCA presents: The Media Composer Conference

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Date(s) - 12/11/2016
9:30 am - 6:30 pm

Room LG02, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths University of London

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has curated a dedicated and focused day for media composers, bringing together industry experts and high profile composers from the worlds of film, TV, adverts and gaming.

The conference will consist of panel discussions, debates and masterclass throughout the day, ending with a key note interview with John Lunn; the drama composer behind the score of Downton Abbey. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities with a dedicated session at the end of the conference, where you will be able to speak with many of the panelists and other composers.

Featured Seminars

Syncronisation – The Evolving Landscape
An informal discussion about the craft of creating, discovering, and nurturing successful music for a campaign or film.
Topics covered will include:
*The art of selecting the best music for a particular project.
*How creators and managers of music can effectively get their music on the sync agent / supervisor’s radar.
*The basics of sync licensing, the business and the creative journey of a successful project illustrated with case studies

BASCA Media Executive Committee member, composer and producer Chris Smith will be chairing a panel of industry experts, including Harriet Moss (Manners McDade), Claire Freeman (Crown Talent) and Rachel Menzies (Native).

Finding a Voice – Writing for Drama
A roundtable discussion with some of the UK’s most in demand drama composers working in the industry today.
How do you find that unique voice? What is the dynamic working relationship between the director, editor and composer? What roles do orchestrators, assistants, musicians, music mixers, additional composers play? What are the various stages involved in seeing a project through from start to finish?

BASCA Media Executive Committee member and BAFTA nominated Kevin Sargent will be chairing the discussion, joined by composer panellists Walter Mair (The Same Sky, Ronaldo) Dominik Scherrer (Ripper Street, An Inspector Calls) and Ruth Barrett (Legacy, The Durrells).

Business of Music
This discussion will cover some of the most frequently asked questions posed by composers looking at the composer’s business team and covering queries, such as do I really need an agent? What are cue sheets? How do I find new business? How do I network? What can a publisher do for me? Do I need a music lawyer or manager?

The discussion will be chaired by Paul Farrer, BASCA Media Executive member and composer of The Weakest Link, Dancing on Ice, The Chase and more. Paul will be joined by composer Marc Sylvan (The Million Pound Drop, Pointless, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing), Darrell Alexander (Cool Music), Simon James (PRS) and Anne Miller (Accorder Music Publishing).

The Composers’ Tool Kit, Christian Henson: Spitfire Audio
A unique technical masterclass revealing various “Tricks of The Trade”, discussing what and what not to do when writing, programming, mixing your scores using samples.
The session will cover:

*A practical demonstration of a DAW Session showing the evolution of a piece of music bringing live elements and samples together
*How to bring your scores to life with live elements
*Gear Lust, Dream Rigs, and Composer Cribs
*The future of sampling – custom sample libraries and the role of organic imperfection

From Natural to Unnatural – Factual Television
Outside of fiction, over 80% of TV content produced is factual television; alongside it, a huge demand for music. We will be speaking with some of the most successful, busiest composers who write music for Natural History, Daytime TV, travel & adventure, news & current affairs, feature docs, children’s TV and ob-docs.

BASCA Media Executive Committee member Nainita Desai, who has scored hundreds of memorable TV series and films for all major broadcasters from the BBC to HBO, ITV and C4, will be joined by wildlife and history composer specialist William Goodchild (BBC’s Natural World), composer Sandy Nuttgens (Psychopath Night, The Plane That Saved Britain) and composer Miguel d’Oliveira (First Dates, The Met).

Key Note Interview: Gavin Greenaway interviews John Lunn
John Lunn is one of the UK’s most established and successful drama composers having scored some of the most notable drama series of recent years, ranging from Downton Abbey and The Last Kingdom, to Shetland and new upcoming Sky One series Jamestown. An intimate conversation lead by BASCA Media Executive Committee member Gavin Greenaway, known for his work on the Hunger Games and The Dark Knight, will look at John’s fascinating career spanning over a wide spectrum of musical styles.


9:30am Registration

9:50am – 10:00am Intro to BASCA & Day Overview

10:00am – 10:50am – Syncronisation – The Evolving Landscape

11:00am – 11:50am – Finding a Voice – Writing for Drama

12:00pm – 12:50pm – Business of Music

1:00pm – 1:50pm – Lunch (complimentary meal included in your booking)

2:00pm – 2:50pm – The Composers’ Tool Kit, Christian Henson: Spitfire Audio

3:00pm – 3:50pm – From Natural to Unnatural – Factual Television

3:50pm – 4:15 – Tea/ Coffee Break

4:15pm – 5:05pm – Keynote Interview with John Lunn

5:05pm – 6:00pm – Networking