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Finding the Spark: Working with Live Players

Austin Wintory  |  Composer, Wintory Global Engineering

Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: Audio
Vault Recording: Video

In this age of increasingly robust sample libraries and sequencers, it has become common for composers to rarely work with actual living, breathing musicians; and the less one does it, the more intimidating it can become. This session, focusing on cello and flute, will feature two visiting players to help walk through the dynamics of the composer/musician relationship, in the hopes of revealing best practices and demystifying the process. The session will focus on how to ideally interact with the musician in order to produce truly spectacular performances that transcend simply having the music read.


The primary takeaway is for composers to learn best practices in working with recording musicians, to foster great relationships which yield fabulous performances. Additional takeaways will include avoiding common pitfalls and some basic ancillary benefits, such as recording techniques.

Intended Audience

The audience who will most benefit from this session will include composers and music producers for whom live recording has been rare, or as-yet not attempted. However, even composers experienced with working with live musicians will likely gain insights from the visiting musicians and the feedback they offer.