Donna Banks

Donna Banks

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Member Since: 2011
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Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago to Robert Adams


Hey Robert-not to talk your ear off but Iwrote to you about 3 of your songs and in the process hit return which kept sending the message to you prmaturely or blew it off totally. I did want to make sure you recived some of the comments I made about your writing. Me thinks you didn't get it....

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Robert Adams posted over 30 days ago


Hi Donna - I'm fine with ears securely attached. Of course, I'd be very interested in your thoughts. I'm supposing you sent those comments by Broadjam email, but I don't see it there. Probably a malfunction. You can use this email address: echo088880@gmail.com


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago to Robert Adams


Did it again, I told you I would, I just put up a new electronic song and stole the title from our last conversation. "Pinwheel Eyes".

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Robert Adams posted over 30 days ago


Ha!!!!!!!!!!! That's funny, Donna. You know what? I love that song. Great evolution and all those sweeps and panning l & r. Right on the edge of wiggy, in a really good way!


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago to Donna Banks


Thanks Robert, I really do appreciate it! I had a quick turn around on this one and didn't have as much time as I would like to work on transitions. turned it in 20 minutes before the deadline. You know how that is:-)

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Michael Tyrone Boyd posted over 30 days ago


Hi Donna..You are amazing! I like the soundtrack.."In the Shadows"..very dramatic and cinematic! Congratulations on the Universal opportunity. In reference to a previous question you posed..NEVER do an exclusive is some sound advice I learned from a major music licensor,,and last,but certainly not least a Huge Thank You for the follow! All the best! MichaEl


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


Thanks very much Michael and for the information :)


Robert Adams posted over 30 days ago to Donna Banks


Hi Donna - Just listened to your new tune: "Catching My Stride." Always enjoy checking out your new material. You're so skilled and inventive, and this one really highlights your ability to lay down a groove in electronic; a realm that, as other artists do it, often seems automated and mechanical. So well done!

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Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


Robert.., I didn't mean I did the song in 20 minutes, more like 4 hours, but I turned it in about 20 minutes before the deadline. Didn't want you to get the wrong impression my friend....I wish I could get it done that quickly:)


Robert Adams posted over 30 days ago


Yes Donna, I missed that the first time around (misread it). Still, four hours is amazing to me. I think, from hearing your other material as well, that you have a great ear and mind for complex ideas and the judgment about how to get it down in a pretty direct fashion. Four hours seems incredible to me because my pattern seem to be; come up with something that I think sounds great today, and tomorrow it's "that's awful, what could I have been thinking/hearing." Or something I don't like so well, but keep and the next day, I love it. I'll have to work on refining that.


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


Oh yes, you are crackin me up. Some do flow out sweetly but others..., ugh! Ah, our job is to lament and toil.:) If I have to much time to work on anything then I can't ever stop tweaking it. I mean never. My husband, who is a guitarist always tells me to< "Let it go". I'm trying to learn to do that. I practically can't sleep knowing I sent something out and there was too much reverb on this or that or the EQ isn't right. Alas, I must learn to let it go.


Robert Adams posted over 30 days ago


That's pretty funny. I know what you mean, but even though I have a long way to go, one of the big things I've learned is that "less is sometimes more." Now the challenge is having the good judgment to decide exactly when to apply that idea. I like to think it's an evolution toward the better, but I guess that's a never ending process for those of us with maniacal rotating pinwheel eyes.


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


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Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


Yes Robert thanks, now I have a new mantra," Less is more" and "Let it go". Maybe one day it will sink in.


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago to Donna Banks


I am fortunate enough to have landed a composing gig for "Spider Cues" music. From its offices in Universal Studios, Spider Cues represents a roster of over 60 composers with a vast experience in providing high impact music for feature films,trailers,radio and advertising and broadcast. I am so excited:)

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Robert Adams posted over 30 days ago


Congratulations, Donna. I happened across that from your "news" from the Notifications page. Sounds like a great opportunity and avenue for your talent. Glad to see it. Also noticed the reference to Buddy Rich, on your page. That must have been pretty interesting. Spectacular drummer and what a character.


Peter G Olach posted over 30 days ago


KUDOS. . .


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


Thanks guys! Do either of you remember the studio guitarist in the 70's Grant Geissman, who played that tasty solo in a Chuck Mangione song? Can't remember the title. If you are old enough to remember that song then you would like to know that Grant became a composer-Grammy award winning for a bunch of TV spots. He is in this Spider cues composers list. He was always a musician's-musician and one of my heros. Your so right about Buddy being a character. I was a young chic when I opened and I was insanely nervous. I think I had perspiration dripping off my forehead on to the piano keys and mascara running down my face at the same time while I was performing. He really did tell that I did a great job when I was walking off. Those 2 words were pretty special coming from him! Truly amazing drummer.


Robert Adams posted over 30 days ago


Would that song be "Feels So Good"? Didn't know. I looked it up.


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


Cool info guys--thanks for sharing!


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


Oh Yeah-Feels so Good-thats it. I'm gonna have to go hear that tune again because its been forever.


Nina posted over 30 days ago


Cool how'd you get that gig?


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


Hi Nina,
Which gig do you mean--the Buddy Rich gig or the Spidercues?


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


so Nina, I got the Spider Cues job by submitting to Sonicbids which I am a member. I actually submitted an orchestral song apparently to a company wanting vocal cues. They listened and then sent my stuff over to another part of their company...Spider Cues. I submitted some more music and they wanted me to change some things and so after 2 months I submitted 5 songs and my demo and they loved it. Whew! I was sweating it. They still want to hear my string sounds improve before they sell any of my songs for the big ticket items. I'm working on that and practically can't sleep until I get them the way that they want. :)


Robert Adams posted over 30 days ago to Donna Banks


Hi Donna. Just listened to "Darkness Dwells." Definitely hits that mark of expansive foreboding. Really like that heavy floating vibe. Should have excellent film application. Well done.

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Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


Thanks for the input my friend. I submitted this piece and then re- uploaded the piece with an added section. I noticed the new section has not been updated in my songs yet. It will eventually update won't it? I also want the provider or client to hear the new updated version than what you have heard and just wondered how that works. If you can shed any light, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks again for giving my song a listen!


Robert Adams posted over 30 days ago


I may be able to answer this. Did you just re-upload today? Usually the old version still plays until the new (re-)upload makes it around to all the servers worldwide. When I've done this, it took about 12 hours (if I remember correctly). Once it does make it, it will replace the original version, so, I believe, the provider will hear the correct version. I'm fairly certain of this, but if you want to really be sure, you could contact Broadjam Customer Service. They're very helpful in explaining that sort of thing.


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


Ok..., good deal! I re- uploaded 4 changes in a row (last night) so I'll let you know how long it takes. Ha Ha! I love to make a mess of things and turn easy in to catastrophic!


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago to Yuri


I really like "Distort", (especially the ideas going on in the first half). Keep it happening Yuri!!:)

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Yuri posted over 30 days ago


Thanks, Donna. I tend to overwork my stuff. But, when I let go and just improvise, like with DISTORT, I get a lucky moment or two.

Thanks for listening!


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago to Robert Adams


Congrats on Descent of Orpheus. I like these immense span of sounds. Your production swallows me up as a listener.

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Robert Adams posted over 30 days ago


Thank you, Donna. That means so very much coming from you, as I admire your sounds and style(s) as well as excellent production. Truly makes my day!


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago to Donna Banks


I have a quick question for any one. Do I assume that all the opportunities are non exclusive unless it actually says that it is exclusive in the opportunitu itself? I'm trying to figure out if I can submit the same song for many opps but didn't want to make any major goofs. Thanks:)

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Peter G Olach posted over 30 days ago


they should clearly state if they seek exclusive publishing rights. as this is a 1st come, 1st serve world, submit away as your budget might allow and if a provider comes along, wants to secure your submission, you can always withdraw from or decline other offers. hope that helps.


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago


Ok then, good deal--appreciate it:)


Donna Banks posted over 30 days ago to Yuri


Yuri congrats on the top ten lists and I really like your interesting textures on Lost In Time. Very nice sound, indeed.

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Yuri posted over 30 days ago


Thanks much, Donna!


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