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Looking for Artists, Bands, Writers for New Music Artist Spotlight Series

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Looking for Artists, Bands, Writers for New Music Artist Spotlight Series If you are interested, please answer the interview questions below (feel free to adapt the questions to your personal style), links to a professional quality graphic, album links and short bio (100 words) and send to penayoungmusic[at]gmail[dot]com.
Please realize that by doing the short interview, that I will be posting it to blogs and social media (ex. Linked In, wordpress, rebelmouse, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) over the next year. Because of the usual response for these, I cannot reply to each interview individually, but I will let you know when your interview is published. Not all interviews will be selected. 
The focus of the blog is Contemporary Music, but this also can include research on traditional music or a new take on traditional music. If you are an author or musicologist with a new book, feel free to adapt the questions to your field. I would like a broader mix this time of spotlights. 
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Tod Machover

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Uploaded on Apr 21, 2008 http://www.ted.comTod Machover of MIT's Media Lab is devoted to extending musical expression for everyone -- from virtuosi to amateurs, and in the most diverse forms -- from opera to videogames (Guitar Hero grew out of his group). At TED2008 he talks about what's coming next, from new tools for music creativity to the world's first robotic opera. Machover then introduces Dan Ellsey, a young man with cerebral palsy who has found his voice through music created and performed using Media Lab technologies. Ellsey plays his "My Eagle Song" in a soaring rendition that underscores music's power to heal, to communicate, and to inspire.

Sabrina Pena Young - Enigma

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Contemporary Classical Composer Sabrina Pena Young Official Music Site, Filmmaker, Speaker, Writer: Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera, Part 2

Contemporary Classical Composer Sabrina Pena Young Official Music Site, Filmmaker, Speaker, Writer: Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera, Part 2: Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera, Part 2 After the incredibly positive feedback that I had from Music Secrets: How to Write an Ope...



Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera, Part 2
After the incredibly positive feedback that I had from Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera, Part 1I thought I would talk a little bit about the composition angle of writing, at least how I do it in regards to vocal music. Here's a quick primer for anyone learning some of the basics of writing vocal music for opera, musicals, classical music, etc. 

Low Budget Film and Video Tips: Choosing the Right Music Without Breaking the Bank

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Low Budget Film and Video Tips:  Choosing the Right Music Without Breaking the BankProfessional tips on choosing the right music for your film or video project. CONTENT: Unless you happen to have a multi-million dollar budget and the right connections, you will not have the privilege of having Danny Elfman, Rachel Portman, or John Williams compose the music to your next film or video project. However, with some smart planning and a bit of networking, you can have a professional quality soundtrack for your film or video.


First you need to decide what type of music you want for your project.Do you want a combination of edgy bands and electronica to propel your sci-fi action flick forward? Do you want a lush orchestral score to envelop your listeners in a compelling drama? Are you absolutely convinced that your film will not work with anything less than a Bartok string quartet? Experiment with different music styles behind each scene. Sometimes less is more, and sometimes the action feel…

Contemporary Classical Composer Sabrina Pena Young Official Music Site, Filmmaker, Speaker, Writer: Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera, Part 2

Contemporary Classical Composer Sabrina Pena Young Official Music Site, Filmmaker, Speaker, Writer: Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera, Part 2: Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera, Part 2 After the incredibly positive feedback that I had from Music Secrets: How to Write an Ope...



Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera, Part 2
After the incredibly positive feedback that I had from Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera, Part 1I thought I would talk a little bit about the composition angle of writing, at least how I do it in regards to vocal music. Here's a quick primer for anyone learning some of the basics of writing vocal music for opera, musicals, classical music, etc. 

1. The Sketch
I have had several great teachers in my life - Dr. Clare Shore, Hilton Jones, Dr. Kristine Burns,Paul Reller, Dr. Frederick Kaufman, Dr. Orlando Garcia, Chuck Owen, etc. My composition prof (and USF SYCOM guru) Paul Reller helped me develop the composition technique that I have had for years. 

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