Music Composers Unite!
Some of us use only DAWs, others prefer to write the score, with a pencil or with the computer...
Sometimes we compose on an instrument, other times we use only our head...
Knowing that the graphical representation is not the same on a piano-roll or on a score, knowing also that on a computer you hear immediately what you compose, and finally knowing that you play in a certain way on your instrument : Do you think that the way of composing has a big influence on your music?
I started composing, where I would sit in front of a piano with a pen and a piece of paper and write what I played. I found that this method of composing was difficult for me, as it became quite slow and tedious. I would have a great idea and then whilst in the process of writing it down, I would loose it.
I think that having a computer and either recording live audio from my synthesizers, live midi data from my controller or writing it on a sequencer has really enabled me to achieve a lot more with my compositions. If I have an idea I can record it straight away, then continue working on it or save it for later.
YES! I find that composing straight into Sibelius hinders my rhythmic spontaneity and flow. Honestly, a piano and audio recorder do the best for me, then transcribing it.
Elizabeth, with piano I think that's especially true because many piano pieces vary in rhythm and dynamics so much that composing straight into a computer program can make it harder to think of such alterations.