What do we do upon receiving your commission? What prices can you expect to be paying, how, and when?
You get in touch! Use any one of our contact forms to ask for a free, friendly, no-obligation quote. We’re sure you’ll find our prices extremely reasonable, and our service very helpful.
Once you’ve decided to commission us, we will assign a primary composer to your project. You can choose this composer while in discussion with our members. It may even be necessary to choose two primary composers to work in collaboration. Your primary composer will be your first point of contact. They will direct the rest of the collective in completing your project, and will complete the vast majority of the workload.
You and your primary composer will work together to research the piece you want to create. At this point, please consider preparing some inspirations and influences for the music you want to create.
Your primary composer will create, and then get back to you with a short demo. Think of this as a half-way marker – the main material of the piece you want to create will be at least represented in the music, and your primary composer will have a good idea of where they’re going next. From this point onwards, you are encouraged to give feedback, and ask for things about the piece so far to be changed. You and your primary composer will also likely have a discussion about their ideas as to where they will go next.
Your primary composer will return to you with a completed demo of the piece. This demo will be completely unmixed, meaning some things may seem unbalanced, or sound messy on some speakers. Don’t worry – this will all be fixed. Your primary composer will take edit suggestions from you, and the rest of the collective, and begin working to perfect, then mix and master the piece almost immediately.
You pay us! One installment of the previously agreed quote, via paypal, to the email address given to you by your primary composer, if that’s alright. All this time, your primary composer will have been storing up the edits, and the mixed version of the final piece. They will release it to you once the payment is made.
Request further edits as necessary. At this point, the collective as a whole will also be able to offer you advice regarding releasing the music, if that is of use to you. UK law requires that we keep some percentage of some of our rights. We will be sure to negotiate these with you at whatever stage you choose, though we’re happy to clear up any uncertainties at this stage.
When you use/release your music, if you have had a positive experience, please consider telling others about our service! We will of course be requiring attribution. We can advise as to what sort of attribution we prefer – our names in the credits always go down well, as does a bit of cross-promotion on social media, but if you have different ideas, we’d love to hear them!
What can I expect to pay, though?
Good question! Typically, any one of us will spend between five and twenty hours on a single piece of music ranging between two and seven minutes. To say we charge by the hour is a significant oversimplification – we take into account the skills of your primary composer, the length of your deadline, the number of instruments you want, which instruments you want, and the style you want, as well as the length of the piece into account.
This all said, our prices typically average out at around £15 per hour spent composing. We’ll calculate this price based on your brief at the beginning of the process, and this is the price you’ll pay once you’ve received your first full length demo, as described above.
This all said (again), please do get in touch regardless of your budget – we’d love to hear about your project. Even if we can’t help you out with composition services, it’s always very useful for us to be put in touch with other creatives. Sometimes, we are bored, or we hear an idea we really like, or it turns out you’re simply a really cool person – in these cases we may be able to help out regardless. If there’s one thing you should take away from this page it’s that you should definitely fill out a contact form and get in touch!
We very much look forward to hearing from you!
All the very best, and good luck with your future projects from everyone at Unredacted Productions