Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Internship in LA: Steven Melin (Joel Goodman)

Joel Goodman – photo credit: ascap.com

The capstone to the Music Composition for the screen MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Steven Melin, graduate of the class of 2014, had the opportunity to intern with Joel Goodman, who has worked on numerous documentaries including The American Experience. Joel is a very active composer, with seven movies coming out this year.

Internship in LA: Steven Melin (Joel Goodman)

The capstone to the Music Composition for the screen MFA program is the summer internship in LA, where students intern with experienced Hollywood composers. Steven Melin, graduate of the class …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Student Spotlight: Edward Barton

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For this student spotlight interview, I interviewed Edward Barton. Edward is a fellow class of 2015 Music Composition for the Screen student and a talented singer/songwriter.

Student Spotlight: Edward Barton

For this student spotlight interview, I interviewed Edward Barton. Edward is a fellow class of 2015 Music Composition for the Screen student and a talented singer/songwriter.

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Tim And Eric at The Athenaeum Theatre

Tim And Eric & Dr. Steve Brule

The Chicago concert scene continues to amaze me. Just this semester I will be seeing Alt-J, Anamanaguchi, Despot, and Run the Jewels. I already had the opportunity to see Tim and Eric & Steve Brule at The Athenaeum Theatre on September 23. The amount of composition homework I have this year has definitely ramped up since last year. We have been writing around ten minutes of music a week. The good thing is writing has gotten easier over the past year, and our ability to write quickly has greatly improved. Although our free time is limited, I find it helpful to get away from my studio space and watch a concert or show. It helps clear my mind, and I come back to composing with a fresh perspective.

Tim And Eric at The Athenaeum Theatre

The Chicago concert scene continues to amaze me. Just this semester I will be seeing Alt-J, Anamanaguchi, Despot, and Run the Jewels. I already had the opportunity to see Tim …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Welcome, Kubilay Uner

Kubilay Uner

The newest addition to our faculty this year is LA based film and television composer, Kubilay Uner. He comes as a successful and diverse composer, with credits to his name ranging from full length feature films to television pilots, as well as concert works. His focus here at Columbia College will consist of teaching Digital Orchestration for the first year students and Scoring III and IV for the second years.

Welcome, Kubilay Uner

The newest addition to our faculty this year is LA based film and television composer, Kubilay Uner. He comes as a successful and diverse composer, with credits to his name …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Congrats to the Class of 2014

Tracie, Brittany, Sean, Batu,  Alexis, David, Paul, Steven and Jordan

Tracie, Brittany, Sean, Batu, Alexis, David, Paul, Steven and Jordan

Congrats Graduates!

The MFA Music Composition for the Screen class of 2014 have completed their summer internships and are officially graduates of Columbia! It is exciting to hear how their semester in LA and internships went. Below is the list of graduates and who they interned with. Future blogs will go more in depth, interviewing each graduate about their experiences this summer. What is really amazing is that many of them were hired immediately after their internship—many more details about their busy summers coming very soon!

Congrats to the Class of 2014

Congrats Graduates! The MFA Music Composition for the Screen class of 2014 have completed their summer internships and are officially graduates of Columbia! It is exciting to hear how their …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

5 Reasons You Should Write Video Game Music

My first gaming machines

My first gaming machines

1. More Freedom

When listening to scores to games from Journey, Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption, to the Donkey Kong Country series, it is obvious that the composers are given a large amount of creative control. Generally, it seems like the directors of the games let the composers take risks, and find a unique sound. The nature of the medium also gives a less strict structure. A lot of score is used to set a mood or feeling, instead of writing to the hit points.

5 Reasons You Should Write Video Game Music

1. More Freedom When listening to scores to games from Journey, Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption, to the Donkey Kong Country series, it is obvious that the composers are …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Musical Instrument Museum

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About a month ago I travelled south to Arizona, travelling to Phoenix, Tucson, and even making a stop in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. It was a good break from the windy city, visiting friends, watching Game of Thrones all day, trying to survive the blistering heat (110 degrees at some points), and checking out the Musical Instrument Museum. Located in north Phoenix, this museum is home to over 6,000 instruments from 200 countries.

Musical Instrument Museum

About a month ago I travelled south to Arizona, travelling to Phoenix, Tucson, and even making a stop in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. It was a good break from the windy …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Summer Jobs in the Windy City

Columbia Chronicle

Columbia Chronicle

Many continuing grad students like myself need a summer job while staying in Chicago for the summer. Securing work in such a big metropolitan area can be very challenging. I started looking for work the week of finals and after a few weeks of submitting resumes, returning phone calls, and interviewing, I was lucky enough to be hired by The Columbia Chronicle as a graphic designer. Here are some tips for finding a summer job as a grad student at Columbia.

Summer Jobs in the Windy City

Many continuing grad students like myself need a summer job while staying in Chicago for the summer. Securing work in such a big metropolitan area can be very challenging. I …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

My First Analog Synth

MicroBrute and Pretzel Cat

MicroBrute and Pretzel Cat

Just last month I added a great piece of gear to my home studio, an Arturia MicroBrute. This is my very first 100% analog synth, and so far I can say it has exceeded my expectations. Previously, my go-to hardware synth was the microKorg, a digital synthesizer modeled after retro analog synths. The microKorg is an impressive little machine as well, and for some projects I still prefer it over the MicroBrute.

My First Analog Synth

Just last month I added a great piece of gear to my home studio, an Arturia MicroBrute. This is my very first 100% analog synth, and so far I can …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Summer is here!

The Aragon Ballroom

The Aragon Ballroom

It has been a very intense last month of school! Projects include recreating “Time” from Inception (a very difficult and rewarding process), re-scoring the main titles for Life of Pi, mixing a rhythmic drum piece in surround, and writing in the style of Clint Mansell. The amount of work is definitely daunting. However, this is something a film composer must be accustomed to. It is interesting to look back at the beginning of the year. I don’t know how I could have finished all these projects back then. My cohort has learned how to write more quickly, efficiently, and of course, for the screen. The second years are packing and looking towards LA. In the next two weeks, they will start their journey, and prepare for their summer internship. I can’t wait to hear how their internships are going. Look for interviews with them soon, I will be posting them throughout the summer.

Summer is here!

It has been a very intense last month of school! Projects include recreating “Time” from Inception (a very difficult and rewarding process), re-scoring the main titles for Life of Pi, …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Graduate Experience