Ewan Mackay

How to Build Collaborative Partnerships as Composer (Image)

How Do I Build Collaborative Partnerships as a Composer?

It was never that hard to find commonality with people we didn’t really know when we were younger. As you grow up we put ourselves in little life boxes. We no longer like the same things we used too, and even our old friends move on, and we find more. It’s actually a similar premise with creative and collaborative relationships. This blog focuses on how to build these relationships as a composer. It might seem daunting if you don’t know how – I know it did for me when I began building creative partnerships. The essence of building creative partnerships is to create work that performers or other creative people enjoy and want to make more of. This focus is at the centre of what I do as a creative artist and it is the focus of this article. If I could give 5 top tips for building collaborative relationships what would they be?

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Where Does My Music Come From?

For many years, my work has been heavily influenced by the landscape of Scotland. Living here on the North-east coast of the country, we are spoiled by beautiful scenery, however, the same can be said for the rest of the country too.

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Creative Kit (image)

My Creative Kit: What I Use in My Practice

My practice is not particularly power hungry. I create my scores using music notation software, I produce videos using a video editor and I conduct video calls and remote rehearsals via the Google suite of apps. This list may be a surprise for those tech nuts in the music world, however, my shift to the more economical side of music production was brought about my necessity and budget.

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How to Remain Creative in Isolation (image)

How to Remain Creative in Isolation

Over the last few months, the world has changed, thanks to our deadly viral nemesis. It has also had a marked impact upon the Arts, and it is likely to have a tight and crippling hold for many more months to come. Who knows how long things will take to return to any form of normality. For many performers, they have seen their livelihoods dry up, relying upon various other parts of their income stream to support themselves. For me as a composer – and a younger one at that, I haven’t noticed that much of a change.

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How to Find Compositional Inspiration

If you have ever composed in your life, you will be aware of the near-constant search for ideas. Crafting the piece. Trying to be different in your approach each time to create something fresh. Dealing with self-doubt. When I first began composing, I would often ask my teachers, where does music come from, and how you compose.

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Finding Your Own Creative Path

Finding your own creative path on your journey as a composer and as a creative individual is an interesting topic which I’ve put a lot of thought into recently. In this article, I want to delve into what I personally believe has made myself a better composer over the last few years by sharing some insights from my career over the last few years.

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