The Composer: Doug ClydeÂ an Interview
Doug, when did you first know you wanted to be a Music Composer and how long have you been writing music?
Back at the beginning of High School my plan was to major in Astronomy and minor in music, but slowly over time they switched places. I’ve loved astronomy since I was 6 years old, and I didn’t start playing a musical instrument until I was 9. I started making up songs on my parents Casio keyboard around the same age, but it was all for my own entertainment. I didn’t start seriously composing until 2002, and that’s when I starting to consider making it a career.
A child prodigy…very nice. What makes you passionate about writing music?
The passion is always there, I’m not sure what causes it. Possibly hearing the music of great composers and wanting to emulate them. Personally, I like to try many different things with my music.Â I wrote a Symphony, I write music for independent films and video games, I did a Christmas album, I even made a dance music album. Cover songs are also something I do a lot.
What goal did you originally have for your compositions?
The same goal as every other composer. Get your music out there so that people can hear it. Anonymity is a composer’s greatest enemy. Every composer wants the same thing. We want people to listen to our music, and we especially want them to like it. So, live concerts, CDs, and radio airplay all have the same purpose, which is to enable people to hear our music.
Quite the goals. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a composer?
My greatest influence has been Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller. I’ve been listening to his songs my entire life, and I’m a big fan of his Fresh Aire series. My friend James Koenig has also helped tremendously. He’s a master composer and master of software. Maybe one day I’ll write as well as him.
You do wonderful already. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the listeners’ lives?
Well, the greatest goal is to be a positive influence on their lives. The greatest compliment to a composer is if their piece of music has changed a person’s life for the better.
Well said. What are your new years goals?
To keep doing what I’m already doing. I always like to have at least one new album per year, but the goal is to make two. The last two years I’ve been able to reach this goal, so I have no intention of breaking the tradition. I always have several album ideas floating around my head, so which idea to do next is always the hardest thing to decide.
I believe it. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your music piece?
I don’t really time myself, so I’m not exactly sure. Each album takes about 300 hours to complete the music, which includes writing, recording and mixing. Then after that is designing the album cover, distribution, marketing, etc., which can easily take another 300 hours to do.
WOW! What is the most difficult thing about being a composer?
Lots of things come to mind. Finances, anonymity, pleasing the film director. I think the hardest part of being a composer is satisfying your own inner voice. They say you are your own worst critic and it’s very true. No matter how hard you work on a piece there’s always something that can be improved, so it’s never good enough. You just have to learn to let it go and know when the song is good enough for public consumption.
I hear you…Any special piece that you want to mention?
First: I like to mention that a previous album “Forgotten Lands” was nominated for “Best Soundtrack Album” by the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards this year.
Congratulations to you.
Second: I’d like to mention my Christmas album which was released last year. The album is simply called â€œChristmasâ€ and my recording artist name is ALBEDO. “Christmas” is a collection of secular and sacred Christmas songs using live and synthetic elements in a New Age style, ranging from solo piano, to chamber orchestra, to full symphonic score with choir.
I love your Christmas album. 🙂
Third:Â I’d like to mention the album I just released in October called â€œMagitek: Music from Final Fantasy VIâ€. The album is a collection of songs by Nobuo Uematsu from the video game Final Fantasy VI, recorded in a new age style similar to Mannheim Steamroller and Yanni. Final Fantasy is a role playing video game series that was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1987. Final Fantasy VI is obviously the 6th game in the series and was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1994. The music was written by the Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu. Who, by the way, is a big fan of the Fresh Aire series by Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller! You don’t necessarily have to play the games to enjoy the music. Technically, I’ve never actually played the Final Fantasy games, but I love the music from them.
What a story…What other composers or artists would you compared your work to?
The music is similar to the artists Mannheim Steamroller, Kurt Bestor, and Jon Schmidt.
Nice group of musicians. Who sung all the parts in your choir parts?
All the vocal parts, including the solos and the choir parts, are sung by me. I also play a lot of different woodwind instruments, including Clarinet, Oboe, and Recorders, all of which are used on the album.
Very talented. Where can we find your work?Â
You can download 3 of my hit tracks for free at the link below! http://www.albedofreetrack.com
Thank you so much Albedo music and composer Doug Clyde. We wish you the best new year ever.Â
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