Composing Worlds: Wizards and Witches

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Ryan’s approach is a welcome surprise that really benefitted my own writing process.  Unlike other courses, he sketches in Dorico before jumping into his DAW.  Ryan’s detailed analysis of the genre that can be applied to nearly any musical style.  They may call this a “mini” course… it is anything but.  There is a ton inspiring material - so much so that I grabbed Ryan’s other courses!

Shane Farnan

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Composing Worlds: Wizards and Witches | Music Composition Online Course

Start composing magical music with Ryan Leach's music composition course Composing Worlds: Wizards and Witches.

"Wizards and Witches" is the first release in a series of short courses we call "Composing Worlds".

This time, professional composer Ryan Leach, takes you on an enchanting journey into the magical world of spells and wonders. Ryan explores the sound of magic, as we know it from our favourite movies, and dives deep into it's musical cliches. Students will learn about melodic, harmonic and rhythmic characteristics as well as common instrumentation choices so they can start to write their own magical music right away.

To make this music composition course a practical experience, Ryan uses all the explored theory and techniques to write and produce a complete track from blank page to finished production.

Grab your book of spells, unleash the magic and let's write some music!

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Ryan Leach

As an 8 year old growing up in South Australia, Ryan started studying guitar so that he could play Beatles songs, which marked the beginning of a lifelong passion for music. Now an award winning composer for Film and TV, his music has been heard on every major network with clients including Disney, The California Lottery, MTV, Lowe’s, Rainn Wilson's SoulPancake, and the Netflix Original film Candy Jar. Before branching out as a freelance composer, Ryan earned a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music and worked as assistant to veteran composer Michael Levine at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions.

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The Magical Journey Begins

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Theory

In the first module Ryan explores the theoretical side of how to imitate a musical style and specifically how to create a sense of magic and wonder with music.After a broad overview of how to approach writing in any style, you’ll learn how to think about the four different aspects of harmony, melody, rhythm, and orchestration in the context of creating that cinematic magical sound. Beyond thinking about the metaphor of magic and what feelings it evokes, you’ll be able to bridge the gap between the concept of magic and actual written notes.With an understanding of specific harmonic and melodic devices, as well as reliable idiomatic instrument choices for color and timbre, you’ll have the toolkit you need to write your own magical music.

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We'll cover topics like:
  • instrument choices
  • harmonic characteristics
  • idiomatic gestures
  • thinking in metaphors
  • augmented chords
  • diminished chords
  • harmonic planing
  • chromaticism

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Composing in Practice

The second module is where Ryan actually puts the theoretical concepts into practice by composing a brand new original piece of music live on camera.Sharing the notation software on his screen and talking through the entire thinking process for every musical choice, you’ll see how an original composition forms from a blank page to a full sketch.How to structure a piece of music, coming up with basic ideas and forming them into expressive melodies, making harmony and chord choices, arrangement decisions, and so much more is covered in this “blank page to composition” section of the course.And of course he incorporates the concepts covered in the first module to make sure the music evokes magic!

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See it in action:
  • structuring a piece
  • coming up with ideas
  • using unusual harmonies
  • applying the metaphor to the music
  • arranging techniques

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Creating The Mock Up

In the third module Ryan takes the composition sketch and creates a fully produced demo mockup in Logic Pro.Beyond seeing the intricacies of creating orchestral cinematic music, you’ll get an inside view of a working film composer in his element: the DAW.Part masterclass in arranging and orchestration, part masterclass in MIDI production, this is where the music comes to life! With the sketch as his guide, watch Ryan as he turns the abstract theoretical concepts covered in the beginning into a real finished piece of music.If you want to know how to create that cinematic magical fantasy sound, this is where you see it happen.

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Learn about:
  • instrument choices
  • balancing sections
  • fills, swells and transitions
  • creating an overall arc for the piece
  • MIDI mockup tricks and tips
  • realism and fullness

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What students have to say

Bernard McLaughlin

Composer

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If writing eight bars and getting stuck sounds familiar, Ryan’s courses will help. Ryan’s teaching style is clear and his methods can be used to structure your compositions, no matter what genre you are writing for. After competing Wizards & Witches I used some of the techniques to complete a couple of scores for a spaghetti western. I can honestly say Ryan has helped me structure and elevate my writing process…no more half finished ideas!!

Aya

Composer

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Ryan has provided useful, bite-sized information for composers to write music in magical style. With his clear and concise explanation,I would recommend this course for composers who are looking to dive into magical music

What you will get

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7+ hours of high quality content

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3 main sections with over 45 lessons

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creation of a full track from scratch

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30-day satisfaction period

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Access to the private facebook and discord groups

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An instructor who shares all his knowledge

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Lifetime access to the course

Course Curriculum

How to Write in a Magic Style
Wizards & Witches Demo Notation
Wizards & Witches Demo Mockup

Best suited for

This music composition course is best suited for intermediate as well as more advanced composers looking to improve their craft. Covering important aspects like melody, harmony, accompaniment, form and orchestration, this course provides all the necessary tools to create the wonderful sound of wizards and witches.

Requirements

  • Basic understanding of music theory and diatonic harmony
  • Basic knowledge of orchestration
  • Basic notation reading can be helpful but is not required

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7+ hours of high quality content

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3 main sections with over 45 lessons

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30-day satisfaction period

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