How does it work working with other composers? Do you collaborate at all, get to decide who does what, or is it just do your own assigned part?
And when you finally get to watch the completed show....does the music go to the background a little or is that all you can "see" on first viewing?? #soNOTaMusician
There is no collaboration between composers on the show. We're competitors for air time, in a sense.
Over the years the show has had many producers come and go, and several of those people have brought in their favorite composers to add to the show's catalog of music cues. My philosophy about all of this is that editors should be able choose the cue(s) they think work best with the scene, and sound best as music… regardless of who wrote it. Meritocracy—may the best cue win.
All of the above, of course, applies only to scenes for which custom music isn't being written… custom
music is assigned to one composer only. In other words, there's never a situation where composers are scoring the same scene, working to picture, and people at the production choose which one they like best.
Hope that makes sense. And certainly I'm locked in on the music when I watch. Just like on any show. It's tough for me to get carried away by TV, film, etc. I am a victim of over-analyzing the music! "Oh, that transition was really good." "Ouch! That mix totally steps on the dialog!" "I wonder how they made that
sound." "Hm. I really like how they made that character seem untrustworthy with that last little dissonant chord before commercial."
These are the things you'll hear me muttering in the living room.