Composer Interview with Bob Good

Posted at 11:00 on 15th February 2017 by Cinephonix in Music



Composer Interview with Bob Good

Bob Good is a traditional British composer whose compositions have been scored for TV documentaries, films, adverts, election campaigns and many more. With over 100 tracks in the Cinephonix library, we thought it was only right to catch up with Bob to chat about his previous scores, inspirations and plans for 2017.

Hi Bob – thank you for taking the time to talk to us! Let’s get straight to it - when did you start composing music? And what inspired you to start composing your own music?  

Ah, it all started at school. Even at primary school, music was a big part of life, but then, when studying music at secondary school, I was lucky enough to have two particular classmates: One (who went on to become a famous and well respected record producer), he and I used to jam together on the piano in the assembly hall whenever we had a break and the other (who went on to become a similarly famous and respected opera singer) she composed a carol, which a group of us recorded for a BBC TV programme. Their exploits and achievements spurred me on to trying to write pieces of my own.

Wow! They do say it’s not what you know but who you know. What would you say is your favourite part of composing a track?

When I record a track, I always work with other musicians, and we always talk about the track as we work with a view to getting the best out of their performance. Whether the string players should use more of the middle of the bow or increase the vibrato for extra warmth, for example, or whether the guitarist can use a different inversion of a chord to get out of the way of other instruments. That’s my favourite part of the process. I always look forward to my recording sessions and rarely sleep the night before one. I know there’ll still be lots to be done afterwards in the editing and mixing to bring the best out of their performances, but those chats often lead to quirky times in the session and also to some great moments in the track. Check out Paul the trumpet player getting increasingly wild in “All Over Again”, or Nat Martin’s smoking guitar solo at the end of “LA Bound”!

Click the button to listen to "All Over Again".

Bob Good - "All Over Again"



How long does it usually take for you to compose and complete a track?  

I’ve seen so many articles and pieces of advice on how to write a track, and they all seem to begin with laying a beat down and adding to it, randomly as far as I can see, until the track is “finished”. That doesn’t work for me. Music to me is much more emotive than that. I like a track to have a feeling, to be beautiful or to be funny or to be dark and scary. I like to have an idea of the structure in my head, and then I feel my way into the music, experimenting with ideas and harmony and arrangements as I go. That’s the great thing about writing library music (i.e. not writing to a brief), you can let the music lead you astray! Similarly not writing to a timescale means that I can be relaxed about the recording and editing sessions and use everyone’s time efficiently. But it does mean that completing a track can take anything from a week to many months. 

Your music on Cinephonix consists of a range of different genres – what genre is your favourite to compose? 
   

You’ve done your research well! I do like to experiment with different genres, but I’m very old-fashioned in my choices. I’ve not caught up with Dubstep, let alone Techno or EDM, but genres which give me the chance to experiment with harmony (Jazz, Latin and choral, for example) and those in which it’s easy to express emotion (Jazz again and modern classical) are the ones I gravitate towards most often. I do like writing pieces with a sense of humour as well.

Who would you say is your main inspiration within the music industry? Any particular reason why they are such an inspiration?

But there are so many! I do remember once being at a rehearsal of Ronnie Hazlehurst and his orchestra. One of the flautists stopped the rehearsal to ask a question, and apologised for doing so. Ronnie wouldn’t accept the apology on the premise that that was the whole point of the rehearsal: to sort problems out ahead of the performance. An obvious point, but one it’s easy to forget when trying to get through a set number of pieces and his patience under stress is something to which I can only aspire.

Your music has been featured in several productions, along with being featured in the theatre – what is your favourite that it has been used in?  

I think the first one you hear is always the most special. The first time you hear a complete stranger using a piece of music you’ve written and produced. For me it was a radio jingle. I was driving past a friend’s house when I heard it, and by a strange quirk of fate, the girl vocalist who had recorded the ad was visiting and I spotted them both in his garden, was able to drive in and turn the radio up while the jingle was still playing so that we could all sing along. But to be honest, any occasion where someone has chosen to use your track to underscore their work brings such an unbeatable feeling of warmth that choosing a favourite is tricky. One notable occasion last year was the launch of a new visitor attraction at a local vineyard. I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch and to be incognito in the audience when the film was aired. That’s always a good place to be! What I’m really looking forward to is hearing my music when I hadn’t previously known about its usage. That must be a really good feeling.



What can we expect to see from you this year? Have you got any exciting plans to share?  


At the moment I’m still recording tracks I wrote last year but maybe I’ll be a little more adventurous with my compositions this year, maybe go a little off the wall, we’ll just have to wait and see!

How did you find out about Cinephonix?   

I came across Cinephonix at a time when I was looking for a library who wouldn’t pigeon-hole me (some others do). Cinephonix was relatively new at the time, vibrant and expanding (which I’m glad to say they continue to be) and I now have double the number of tracks with Cinephonix than with any other library.

We’d like to thank Bob for taking the time to talk with us, and we look forward to seeing what he comes up with in 2017.

Bob has over 100 tracks in the Cinephonix library – check them out.

Bob's Cinephonix Tracks
Browse Music Library Now

Log In to Cinephonix
If you have not yet registered Sign Up for free Forgotten your Password?

Sign Up to Cinephonix

If you're already a user, click here to log in now. Otherwise, complete the simple form below to register with Cinephonix and take advantage of user playlists and more.

Reset Your Password

If you know your details you may Log In Now

Save Search

Save this search for future use. With save search, you can easily share searches with colleagues, as well.

Add Track to Playlist Folder

Add this track to an existing playlist folder or create a new playlist folder.

Add track `` to:

Playlist status

Public playlists will be displayed on the Cinephonix website within the Featured Playlists area.

Private playlists will not be displayed or shown in search results, but you may choose to share them with friends and colleagues.

More information on Playlist Folders

Track to Playlist Folder

You can copy your selected tracks to an existing playlist folder or create a new one.

Playlist status

Public playlists will be displayed on the Cinephonix website within the Featured Playlists area.

Private playlists will not be displayed or shown in search results, but you may choose to share them with friends and colleagues.

More information on Playlist Folders

Edit your Playlist Folder

Change your playlist title and description. You can also change the playlist status from private to public or vice versa at any time.

 

Playlist status

Public playlists will be displayed on the Cinephonix website within the Featured Playlists area.

Private playlists will not be displayed or shown in search results, but you may choose to share them with friends and colleagues.

More information on Playlist Folders

Share your Playlist Folder

Share this playlist with clients and colleagues, even if the playlist is marked as private.

 

Whoa Nelly! We need a bit more information

To display an accurate price, please select your usage and currency. Then add tracks to your basket.

Customise My Track

Please provide a few brief details below so that we can create your unique customised track.

We'll be in touch to discuss your track customisation shortly based on your comments above

Download

This track was purchased on under our Blanket agreement

You may only confirm usage that is covered by your Blanket Licence. Please contact us at hello@cinephonix.com if you require a different usage and we can easily and swiftly extend your licence either for your selected tracks or for your entire Blanket Licence.

Usage outside of the terms of your Blanket Licence is an offence and we reserve the right to take action against you.

Download

This track was purchased on under our agreement

You may only use this music track under the terms of the Creator license agreement that you have purchased. Please contact us if you would like to extend the terms of your license or use the music track for another purpose.

Usage outside of the terms of your license agreement is an offence and we reserve the right to take action against you.

Download

Usage Type:

By ticking the box below you confirm your agreement to the Try Before you Buy Terms and Conditions which can be found on the Cinephonix website. Usage outside of the Try Before You Buy Terms and Conditions is an offence and we reserve the right to take action against you.

Stems and Loops

Your account setting doesn't allow you to download stems and loops, please get in touch with the Cinephonix team to purchase stem/loop files.

Bulk Download Confirmed

Your request for a bulk track download has been received and queued. Your file is now being compiled, and you will receive an email confirmation as soon as it is completed and available for you to download. Please note that it can take up to 10 minutes to compile your tracks and send you your email link. Once you receive the link it will be active for 24 hours.

Delete Playlist Folder

Are you sure you want to delete the playlist folder? This action cannot be reversed.

More information on Playlist Folders

Delete Tracks from Playlist Folder

You are deleting tracks from the playlist folder . Once confirmed, this action cannot be reversed. If you are sure you have chosen the tracks you wish to remove and are certain that you want to delete them from this list, click below to proceed. Otherwise, click cancel or close this modal window to leave the tracks unchanged.

More information on Playlist Folders

Try Before You Buy

With our Try Before You Buy account, you can:

Simply download and audition broadcast quality music tracks

Try Before You Buy

As a current Cinephonix client, you may contact us for a Try Before You Buy account. Try Before You Buy lets you download as much music as you like, with no obligation to purchase. Try out different tracks and synchronise with your production. Make your final track selection and only pay for the tracks you decide to use. No beeps, no annoying voice-over saying "copyright Cinephonix". Simply download and audition broadcast quality music tracks.

Try Before You Buy

Oops! You can't download this track at the moment. It looks you're on a Cinephonix Try Before Buy account - this means you can download Cinephonix tracks to trial in your productions. Delicious tracks aren't included in your current agreement. Contact us if you'd like to discuss upgrading your account to include Delicious tracks.

Try Before You Buy

With our Try Before You Buy account, you can download as much music as you like, with no obligation to purchase. Try out different tracks and synchronise with your production. Make your final track selection and only pay for the tracks you decide to use. No beeps, no annoying voice-over saying "copyright Cinephonix". Simply download and audition broadcast quality music tracks.

Blanket License

Oops! You can't add this track to your basket at the moment. It looks like you're on a Cinephonix blanket license - this means you have unlimited access to all Cinephonix tracks. Delicious tracks aren't included in your current agreement. Contact us if you'd like to discuss upgrading your blanket license to include Delicious tracks.

Blanket Account Limit Reached

Sorry, you have hit the limit on your blanket account for this month. We set a download limit for security reasons. But don't panic! Simply contact your account manager or email hello@cinephonix.com to have your download limit extended.

Blanket Limit Reached

Sorry, you have hit the limit on your blanket account for this month. We set a download limit for security reasons. But don't panic! Simply contact your account manager or email hello@cinephonix.com to have your download limit extended.

Stem Pack Request

Please complete your details below and we will be in touch to provide you with your stem pack.

We'll be in touch shortly to provide you with your stems.

Contact