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Contracting... pah. That's a mighty big word. What I am trying to describe on this page is how you and I could work together.
Ever since I had a website up with some of my tunes online, I was approached by various amateur game developers that needed music for their latest quake mod or home made RPG. To see my music actually used in such projects was a great kick for me, and really a dream come true. I wrote music completely for free and I sometimes still do. However, since I am also involved in paid jobs I can afford to be a little more critical.
I have a regular daytime job, which means that I don't need to make a living out of music compositions (thank god!). All the above have generated my philosophy towards cooperating with anyone:
I am not an allround music writer. I consider my 'expertise' to be game music, epic scores, new-age, science fiction and atmospherics. I can also write contemporary music. I don't do polka, carnaval of silly pop songs and I do not sequence existing music into MIDI arrangements.
I have made several attempts to have some sort of 'fixed prizes', so that it was clear and honest for anyone to see how much I would charge. Unfortunately I failed. I find it quite impossible to come up with a concept for this. If I'd charge per minute of music, it would depend on the tempo how much work was to be done. I find charging per manhour of work too inflexible for both parties. So, I can't quite tell you how much I charge.
But I can tell you this. I don't need to feed babies with any money I make, so prices are low. Again, I write music for fun, and if I can make a buck with it that's great so I can buy more equipment. If I had to make a rough estimate, it would be about $10 per half minute of music.
In practice, several songs are involved in a project, and I always have been able to come up with a satisfactory total price for the whole music score. And get this: there have been two occaissons where the employer actually gave me more than what I asked, because my asking price was below the reserved budget! (Yes, i am the worst businessman on earth)
If you need original music for a non-commercial product than I might opt to compose the music for free as well! Bare in mind that there are few conditions:
Above all, don't hesitate to write me about anything. I love chatting about projects and the possible role I could have in it. On a more detailed level, I am always interested in the following issues:
You can send this info to my email address and I will respond promptly.
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