Adele Etheridge Woodson is a film composer, string arranger, violinist, and producer. Her music has been performed worldwide, and her film scores are internationally acclaimed. She works in a variety of genres with artists all over the world, and will become your go-to collaborator!
Hello! I am a classically trained film and visual media composer. As a film composer, my strengths lie in my versatility and creativity in fusing music genres. I recently scored Pant Hoot, a documentary featuring Dr. Jane Goodall, for which my work was nominated for Best Original Score at the International Sound and Film Music Festival 2020. I am trained in orchestral/traditional composition techniques, but I specialize in electronic hybrid scores.
I also compose and arrange strings for other artists of all genres, including R&B ballads, Indie pop tunes, and soft rock. I am able to perform my live violin on any track, using a high quality microphone in my personal recording studio. Clients have the option to hire additional live musicians to record, or a cheaper option using my high quality sample libraries. I always deliver demos within 7 days, where I accept as many revisions as necessary until my collaborator is happy with the product!
Additionally, I have experience producing genres such as spoken word/rap, trance, house, Portuguese funk, and minimalist ambient tracks. I am here to service your vision!
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I asked Adele to create the score for the film, “Mud Water” (a narrative short, approx. 30 min in length, that centers turfing/dancing). Not only did Adele work at record-breaking speeds, but also did an amazing job of anticipating our needs, listening to feedback, and executing every odd idea we threw at her, with so much style, grace, and skill. Even more than her extraordinary talent as a musician and composer, I most appreciated her level of professionalism, humility, and genuine respect and care for the project itself. I will likely go to Adele for all of my future films.
I had the pleasure of working with Adele on my short film "The Box", which is currently in Post-Production. Not only was the final product - the score - fantastic, but Adele was happy to oblige with hearing our ideas, and translate our layman understanding of the technical side of things into something tangible.
She has a serious dedication to creating the best possible score, a vast knowledge of how instruments affect an audience's perspective, and an understanding as to how to utilize a moment of silence to maximize tension. She is an absolute gamechanger on your team!
Interview with Adele Etheridge Woodson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 2020, I scored the documentary, Pant Hoot, which features Dr. Jane Goodall. I am extremely proud of the score, which features strings, choir, and traditional African instruments. I am so honored to have my score nominated - and awarded- across the world!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all types of music, but I love being able to put my string-brain to use! Generally, ballads, soul, indie, and R&B use strings heavily. I really enjoy creating beats and electronic instrumentation, too!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: No matter what type of work I am doing, I always sit down with the director, artist, etc. to talk about the project. What is their vision? What story are they trying to tell? This is a great time to talk about any references, instrumentation, or styles they enjoy (or do not enjoy!). Once we've spoken, I head into the studio to create short demos. I usually send these demos within 3-5 business days for immediate feedback to see if I am heading in the right direction or not. I also offer directors the option to livestream my software with me, and watch as I compose in real-time. After as many feedback sessions as necessary, I clean everything up, and mix the track. When arranging for strings, I will supply the client with dry stems and stems with effects (reverb, etc.) for them to use at their leisure. For film scores, I usually delegate the final score to a mastering engineer to polish everything up.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My home studio is where all the magic happens! I have high-quality sample libraries for film scores and string arrangements, which I record using my M-Audio midi keyboard. I also have an Akai MPC One I love to use for beatmaking and electronic works. I record myself on violin using my Shure SM-7B microphone, and listen on my JBL monitors/subwoofer.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am constantly inspired by those around you. A few of my inspirations include Labrinth, Freddie Mercury, James Blake, and Drum&Lace.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is scoring for visual media, particularly for film and television. When I am not scoring a film, I am arranging strings! I love helping elevate the artist's vision in every project.