Why Use Bespoke Music? Part 1 – Benefits to You

Library music has it’s place.  It’s quick, convenient and cheap.  But sometimes, you just can’t find something that fits – so, what other benefits are there to using bespoke music?

Part 1: Benefits to you.


Using a composer for the music in your video means a personal interaction.  Yes, if you’re using a music library you can most likely phone them up and ask advice about their catalogue, but by employing a composer you can do so much more than that.

You can bounce ideas off each other, have real discussions about musical direction, and reach the end goal together.  A composer may have ideas that you hadn’t even thought of.


One of the most obvious benefits is versatility.  If you buy a library piece, you can’t say “Can I just have that guitar a little quieter”, “Can the second section start sooner because we’re changing the edit” or “Can it be a bit faster”?  Usually any changes have to be made by your editor, using up their time not only editing the picture but the music too.  Which brings me to:

A Composer Could Actually Save You Time

Some people may imagine using a composer as a long, drawn out process, when actually it could save you time.  We all know how adversely the music can affect the perception of the picture.  Imagine delegating this to a professional composer, leaving your editor to concentrate on the visual side of things.  You’d still have to approve a couple of samples and discuss the direcion of the music, so why not discuss those things with a specialist?

Someone You Can Trust

Understandably, delegating such an important part of your project can be daunting.  Look at the composer’s testimonials, previous work and credits.  Get to know them – ask them for their ideas on a new brief.  You never know what they could come up with, and if you get a good feeling about them, why not give them a try?

Thanks for reading, now for Part 2 – Benefits to your work

Claire Batchelor, Composer for Television, Film, New Media, Theatre and Live

Claire Batchelor, Composer for Television, Film, New Media, Theatre and Live


About clairecomposer

Professional composer for screen - TV, Documentary, Cinema, Live, Corporate, Web.
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One Response to Why Use Bespoke Music? Part 1 – Benefits to You

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