DMN Podcast Ep. 18 - Composer and Educator Guy Michelmore of Thinkspace - Designing Music NOW
Introduction Guy Michelmore of ThinkSpace Education walks the walk. He has a realistic view of what it takes to become a working composer or sound designer in the industry because he has been a part of this industry, and he doesn't sugar coat the process. Michael Sweet (who is the Artistic Director of Video Game Scoring at Berklee College of Music and also has developed his own online course) and I get a chance to sit down with one of the world's top educators in the music composition and game music composition field and talk about the challenges, benefits, and techniques of creating successful courses and ultimately successful graduates in our field. Being a successful composer requires a broad skillset and a technical as well as a musical mind. Talent and perseverance are just the beginning - a thorough understanding of game development, design, music implementation tools, DAW's, orchestration, and even mixing and mastering are part of a composers toolbox. And then there are the business aspects and all the tricks and tips of getting started in the first place. All of this can take 5-10 years according to Guy (and that is after you already have the skill and talent to compose music.) He recommends that you have a realistic understanding of this, and that you can gradually move the needle from part time to full time if you stick with it and catch the right breaks. Guy is a multi-award winning and Emmy nominated composer and has 46 credits on his IMDB page including composing for film, games and TV whose clients including Disney, Dreamworks and Marvel. His music has appeared on such projects as Marvel (Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.) and The New Adventures of Lassie. All the while that he was working on these projects, he has also been an educator at ThinkSpace, which started prior to the rise of the internet (over 20 years ago), and has served more than 5000 students! ThinkSpace has partnered with The University of Chichester to become the first (and currently only) fully accredited MA and MFA online programs for composing and orchestrating for film, games and TV. There are three degree programs on offer, and several smaller courses as well as some freebies.