Composer Interviews


The Business of Screen Composition Workshop

Updated: Aug 26, 2018

The Australian Guild of Screen Composers invites you a discussion with Thomas Rouch on The Business of Screen Composition. 

With the rise of streaming platforms, increasing competition from production music houses and ever downward pressure on fees there has perhaps never been a more challenging time to forge a career as a screen composer. 

Thomas' workshop will analyse these challenges, highlight opportunities and discuss the potential paths we can follow to create a sustainable business as freelance screen composers.

Date:  Tuesday 18 September 2018 Time: 6pm - 8pm  Place:  APRA, 3-5 Sanders Place, Richmond. VIC 3121 Charge: No charge.  RSVP:  email or click here.

You are very welcome to extend this invitation to others who may be interested.


Following a successful career as a session guitarist and music producer Thomas E Rouch has quickly made a name for himself as a film composer both in Australia and overseas. With a keen understanding of style and genre, his strength lies in effortlessly connecting music to storytelling, weaving the thread of the narrative into his compositions and drawing the audience into the world of the film.

His feature film scores include The Reckoning, One Less God, The Gateway, Reverse Runner and the documentary The Will to Fly.

Thomas has been nominated twice in the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards and his score for the crime thriller The Reckoning won the award for Best Music at the British Independent Film Festival 2014.

Thomas's music can be heard in a number of top rating tv shows and has worked with the DA’s Office on The Biggest Loser, Hells Kitchen Australia and Marry Me, Marry My Family. He composed additional music for the children's Tv show The Bureau of Magical Things and has composed music for the Fast and Furious franchise working with composer Brian Tyler.

Thomas has scored award winning short films that have featured in film festivals around the world including Melbourne International Film Festival, Flickerfest, Ireland International Film Festival and Palm Springs International Shortfest. Thomas was nominated for Best Music at the 48 Hour Film Project and his music was used in the Malaysian documentary The Rights of the Dead - winner of the Freedom Film Fest.

Thomas studied composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under Stuart Greenbaum and Screen Music at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School under Martin Armiger, graduating with distinction from both courses. In 2011 he was invited to participate in the prestigious NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring workshop in the memory of Buddy Bakerwhere he received mentoring from composers Sean Callary (Homeland, 24), Ira Newborn (Naked Gun, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) and Mark Snow (The X-files, Smallville).

Thomas has also worked with and been mentored by one of Australia’s finest film composers, Bruce Rowland (Man from Snowy River, The Cup), assisting him on the Australian Outback Arena Show.

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