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it's that time again. that sort of anxious sick excited feeling i always get when a season starts.

i had dinner with a fellow composer in vancouver recently, and he was saying how when he submits for a show, he doesn't care if he gets it or not anymore because he knows how much work it is going to be.

i understand!

in fact, thru out dinner i kept saying "we have the same life!"

the same client experiences, same network experiences, same everything.

dinner was so much fun. roger, who owns the post house where mlp is dubbed was buying me dinner, and his composer friend and main man on the show, adam,came along.

hal and i were like two old war buddies, trading stories that no one else should ever hear, and that no one else would really understand anyway, except a composer who has been in the trenches of episodic animation.

on another note, my animated short for stick man and the butterfly is coming along. will cuna is doing a great job with the character design and storyboard. we had lunch after going thru a bunch of stuff and we got to talking about the music and i had the strangest feeling. the thought of writing whatever i want with no input from a network or executive producer or director was very unsettling. i have had people just give me the freedom to do what i want on more than one occassion, but this is different.

i like it! i am just doing stuff for my approval!

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Applejack2011 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
But I want it right now.
ArtisticRender97 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
I also had a question. Do you think you could make a more emotional and powerful underscore if you were offered a real symphony orchestra to use for Season 3?
willheim Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Artist
It is so out of the realm of possibility I can't imagine it! I would need so much more money and time...yes, I think you can get a mre emotional and powerful and nuanced sound with a live orchestra.
Dogman15 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Maybe for the MLPFiM movie we all want, Hasbro will spend money on giving you an orchestra to work with. And then we'll finally get a CD to buy.
Andrew-McCloud Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Can't wait. It's going to be a creative summer for all the brony musicians out there, and Season 3 will be a welcome relief to bring in some fresh tunes for the radio. Keep on keepin' on.

Predelnik Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, season 3 is coming and it's nice to hear that the best composer ever is working on it :D
Pyrobug0 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
I think I speak for everyone when I say: woohoo!
FiMvisible Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
ArtisticRender97 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
I cant wait to hear the new score for MLP. They just keep getting better and better.
Necrath Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
It nice to have someone to talk to, special someone who understands you and is like you, it gets so much load off ones chest.
AtomicBrony Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
When you're used to working under the input of other people and doing things a certain way based on that, when it comes time to do something yourself where you make all the decisions, it suddenly gets a LOT harder.
DreadPirateMe Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Color me pleased to hear of an upcoming animated short for stick man. Will wildebeest have a cameo?
willheim Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Artist
Yes! We are doing Stick Man and the Butterfly, so Wildebeest is there.
DGruwier Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You should pitch the stick man short for a channel.
Biscayne12 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Will, this is why professional artists always amaze me, and why I will never be one.

I could not possibly do what I do if I didn't absolutely love what I was doing. The pros can still find a way to put their all into something they don't have any emotion for, and still produce art (music, etc) that inspires.

I'm jealous of that.

Good luck on the new season, can't wait to hear it!
NurioMarayana Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've tried to compose my own songs a few times in the past, but I absolutely suck at it. The stuff I made was worse than anything I've heard in my life. Composing is hard!
That's why I have mad respect for anyone who can make a good song, let alone a whole array of great background music for an incredible amount of shows and other. I mean it, I'd give you a million thumbs up if I had that many thumbs.
I hope that, even though the road ahead might seem a little rough at times, that you won't lose hope and give up. Keep having faith in your own abilities; I know I have faith in what you can do. All that I've heard from you (MLP, but also the songs you posted here someday in the past) sounded great and I know that you can keep going like that. :)
It's a lot of work to do all this, but you'll make a lot of people happy with your music, even if they don't directly realize it themselves.

I'm of course also looking forward to that animated short. I wonder how the music will sound if you are completely free to do what you want.

On a side note, I find it interesting how the people in the end credits are just names to me at first. Just some names you read, skim over and probably forget. That is, until you hear a little bit about them, and then you start realizing they're people who did their best to make an awesome show.
Having read this journal post, I looked back at the credits to find Roger and Adam, and there they were. Now I'll always look at those names in the credits and think "Oh yeah, they arrange the dubbing. Thanks, guys!" It's interesting how that works. Almost makes me feel guilty thinking of them as mere names in the first place.
dcjoedog Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck on the new season, and I can't wait until I hear the first new music of the year from you and Daniel.

Much respect.
Thanqol Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Working for one's own approval, for me, is the most difficult and most rewarding part of art.

It's different for writing for an audience. If you know your audience you can hit the notes that they want to hear, you can play the tunes they know, you can tell the story that suits their mood. You can mirror them, and get praise for it.

But when you're looking for your own approval that's when it gets tough. That's when the minor imperfections become terrible flaws. That's when a wobbly line becomes a declaration of failure. You're up against Imaginary Perfect You, and he's a jerk. But if you can win the approval of your own harshest critic then chances are you've made something really special. That's what makes it all worthwhile.
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