I am currently composing in many different genres of music. I love writng everything from solo piano, new age, electronic rock/dance to epic sounding orchestral scores. I am currently a contributing composer for many major libraries and have film and telvision commercial credits.

I am able to provide stems for my productions if needed and can do fast turn arounds. I am extrememly deadline oriented.

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I just finished the underscore for a docu-drama film.(30min) Its in post now and was really fun to work on. The deadline was killer and I hardly had any sleep for 2 weeks-but it was worth it!! I'm glad to be able to breathe and sleep again:)
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Donna Banks
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
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
over 30 days ago

Thanks very much Michael and for the information :)



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Robert Adams
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
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
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
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
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
over 30 days ago

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Donna Banks
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.



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Donna Banks
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
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 is pgo
over 30 days ago

KUDOS. . .

Donna Banks
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
over 30 days ago

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

Donna Banks
over 30 days ago

Cool info guys--thanks for sharing!

Donna Banks
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
over 30 days ago

Cool how'd you get that gig?

Donna Banks
over 30 days ago

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

Donna Banks
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. :)



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