A bespoke soundtrack is music that is made from scratch specifically for a client, based on the project and its requirements, as opposed to library music or stock music, where the soundtrack is selected from a catalogue of existing works.
If you are new to the process, ordering custom music might seem daunting at first and you might have questions such as: how long is it going to take? When can I hear my first demo? Is it going to be expensive? How is the budget calculated?
As a composer I answer these questions all day and I can use my experience to help you, se let’s explore together the different aspects of the process.
The first step is getting in touch and telling me what your project is about, what’s your budget and when the music needs to be ready, I am always happy to go through all these details with you and there’s absolutely no obligation for you to proceed. At this stage we are only trying to establish your needs, your objectives and discussing the fees.
I will need some information about the nature of the project: if it’s a film, a short film, a documentary, a video game, a VR game, an app, a piece of intallation art, a choreography and so on. The more details are available about the production and the project’s goals, the better. Generally some clips, pictures and a script are super useful at this stage.
It’s never too early to involve a music composer!
Music can be commissioned when a project is still at the early stages and maybe only a script or even a minimal brief are available. I can produce custom music based on little information as long as the project’s intent is clear and doesn’t change along the way, nevertheless, more detailed information about the end product (images and videos especially) are extremely valuable and it’s highly recommended that you send them along as soon as they’re available.
The time required to compose bespoke music can vary and it’s important to be specific about the expected timeframe for delivery. On an average it takes me about one week of uninterrupted work to compose, arrange, record and mix a fully rendered two minutes Cue. Further revisions require extra time, another good reason to contact me sooner rather than later.
Fees and expenses:
Several factors impact the cost of a custom soundtrack: the size of the audience (e.g. whether it’s a YouTube video or a theatrical release), the acquisition of mechanical and performing rights, and last but not least how the music is produced (e.g. using virtual instruments or hiring session musicians).
What’s important is that I can always help you identifying a cost effective strategy, so that you can get the best possible soundtrack within your budget.
Are you working on something awesome and need personalised music to make it stand out even more? Contact me today and let me help you.