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Please tell me (in a few paragraphs only please!) what you really love about the Composers Forum!

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I found the CF last year when suddenly confronted with how little, (and much less than I thought) I knew about notation, scoring etc. I wasn't able to deal with that. I needed help fast! I needed people with experience! Who was I going to call?

Some googling turned up the CF, and all the members who indulged my questions varying from "does a crescendo without a dynamic marking naturally lead to the next dynamic level" to "how . . . does a concert band work." Very few of my queries ever went unanswered, because there's so many different classes of composer and player on here. Now that the initial panic phase has passed, thanks in part to the forum, I have less questions but am looking forward to posting new music to be devoured by the ravenous All-Mouth of CF and offering the meagre criticism I feel qualified for.

So basically: helpful people, wide knowledge base.

Here's a couple reasons why I love CF, to get it kicked off:

Its the only place I know where you can post your music and get real and genuine feedback (and not only warm fuzzies though fuzzy is good too) on your work, its really remarkable and a very difficult balance to achieve and other than pockets of ugliness we do great with it!

Freedom: Its been a place where people can freely discuss more topics than anyplace else. Its mostly directly about the music, but we have allowed lots and lots of very interesting discourse that have helped me consider my self and to grow as a result. The downside of that is obvious and we are working on how to deal with it but really the Forum has been a place for great intellectual discourse (and a lot of nannering as well... lol)

While we go through times of turbulence, the overall vibe has been one of genuine comeraderie, and interest in all aspects of making music, that is really nice that we have not become like gearslutz or one of the popular music tech forums and required large teams of mods to constantly bang it in to shape

Tell me your favorite things about coming here!

This is the first time in quite some time I've actually logged in.  I'll try to keep this concise.

The biggest reason I come here is for growth.  There is a multitude of differing levels and experiences here, all of which are capable of inspiring and instructing.  Some of my work was triggered by something heard here.  It has caused me to push my writing in new directions.  (Unfortunately, this has also created a huge struggle to find my "voice".  A good struggle, but a struggle non the less.)

I've chosen not to partake in the "other stuff".

I've encountered people who I have a great deal of respect for as composers and people, some who are still here, others who I hope will return.

Hopefully, this attitude which was here when I joined can resurface. 

Hi Chris, it's a toss up for me, between seeing and learning what others

are doing in present time and hearing their creative efforts, and honestly,

the contests. They have inspired me to challenge myself and to grow

musically, and have been fun at the same time.

Admittedly, I am a hobbyist and amateur. I don't know how much I

might have to offer all you professionals. I do try to support and encourage

everyone when I can. Tho' music is not my whole life, it is a treasured part of it.

I can't really apologize for the misinterpretations of others, but I am sorry if

I created any tension or friction with members here. That was not my intent.

Do what you must to 'clean house' , I'm thankful for my time spent here.     RS

At this point Ondib was suspended, to be re-evaluated in June. There may be more to follow, that will remain up to the community at large. I really hope folks take me up on the google hangout idea, I think just a little bit of understanding we are all humans here and we are all passionate about music, we could really bring this group to a GREAT place. Please consider attending!

roger stancill said:

Hi Chris, it's a toss up for me, between seeing and learning what others

are doing in present time and hearing their creative efforts, and honestly,

the contests. They have inspired me to challenge myself and to grow

musically, and have been fun at the same time.

Admittedly, I am a hobbyist and amateur. I don't know how much I

might have to offer all you professionals. I do try to support and encourage

everyone when I can. Tho' music is not my whole life, it is a treasured part of it.

I can't really apologize for the misinterpretations of others, but I am sorry if

I created any tension or friction with members here. That was not my intent.

Do what you must to 'clean house' , I'm thankful for my time spent here.     RS

I'm just happy to have a place where I can indeed post my work and have real constructive criticism, and have people listen who are not put off by the fact that it's what they call "progressive." I have not spent enough time here to get caught up in any turmoil, and I doubt I will.

Hi Roger,

Certainly you never gave me cause for offence.  Hopefully I, too, have offended none here, yet in life as with music one can not make everyone happy in consequence of doing one's own thinking.

To Chris: This forum is an excellent place to receive candid and knowledgeable criticism and observations - especially when one explicitly says that this is what one seeks - and it seems just right both for a hobbyist composer such as myself and for a composer working for pay with a deadline.  It seems to be an environment where everyone wants everyone else to succeed.  Each musician's success is in some way connected to every other musician's success - and this seems to be a tacit assumption here.


roger stancill said:

Hi Chris, it's a toss up for me, between seeing and learning what others

are doing in present time and hearing their creative efforts, and honestly,

the contests. They have inspired me to challenge myself and to grow

musically, and have been fun at the same time.

Admittedly, I am a hobbyist and amateur. I don't know how much I

might have to offer all you professionals. I do try to support and encourage

everyone when I can. Tho' music is not my whole life, it is a treasured part of it.

I can't really apologize for the misinterpretations of others, but I am sorry if

I created any tension or friction with members here. That was not my intent.

Do what you must to 'clean house' , I'm thankful for my time spent here.     RS

As an amateur, this quite often the first place I go to when I turn on my computer in the morning, and the last place before I shut it down for the night. We are all a bit self-conscious about posting something especially if we are new here. I still am.

My goal is that when I post something, nobody says that they threw-up afterward. Detailed analysis isn't necessary, but some thoughts on how to improve stuff are welcome. I don't always take criticism well, so it's good practice for me to take what folks say, evaluate it, and deal in a constructive way. Hmmm, I do notice that many people might listen but few comment.  Maybe the many are throwing up.  

I value this forum.

I just got here and I feel like I've died and gone to heaven. (sort of). Selfish in that there are actually people who are INTERESTED and will LISTEN to what I wrote. Amazing...and comment, too! I am 71 years old and music has been my personal universe since I was 11-12 years old. (I can't imagine why I haven't found forum sooner.)

The act of creating music is about the communication of something I hear within me. If it is true it will resonate with some....others, perhaps, not so much. I think those that compose music understand this better than any. They have already shown they will listen to me. I am listening to them. It is good....

bp

Bob, you underestimate your talent, but I understand your 'humility'- tho' a bit  like'Eeyore'. :>/

You haven't presented anything here that wasn't at the least 'good'. 

I'm not sure how much 'participation' here is deterred by off topic discussions.

Problems seem to arise when someone complains. This is entirely understandable,

but unnecessary. I still think that the originator of the post/page should ultimately call the shots,

relative to the ensuing discussion, but understand the higher vision, so to speak, of the admins.

Some variancies are  good, some bad, but go back and look at the numbers on the counters... that is telling.

Just think how popular your music would be if you could capture such drama     :>}}   RS


 
Bob Porter said:

As an amateur, this quite often the first place I go to when I turn on my computer in the morning, and the last place before I shut it down for the night. We are all a bit self-conscious about posting something especially if we are new here. I still am.

My goal is that when I post something, nobody says that they threw-up afterward. Detailed analysis isn't necessary, but some thoughts on how to improve stuff are welcome. I don't always take criticism well, so it's good practice for me to take what folks say, evaluate it, and deal in a constructive way. Hmmm, I do notice that many people might listen but few comment.  Maybe the many are throwing up.  

I value this forum.

Although I don't post a lot, I do visit very frequently.   The Forum provides a great opportunity for composers, amateur, professional or otherwise, to obtain feedback from people who share an interest and passion in music.  It is extremely helpful to have a audience available and willing to provide knowledgeable and unbiased feedback.  The value of the Forum for me is best illustrated by the time when I had just finished a piece that I had been working on for the past two years.   I asked my wife (who doesn't share any part of my interest in music) to take a listen.  Her carefully considered feedback after listening to about 30 seconds was...."oh, that's nice."

I also enjoy listening to what other people are up to.   I don't comment on everything, but I do comment when I feel that I have something meaningful or half-way intelligent to offer.    I have also benefitted immensely from the advice and feedback that is provided to others on the Forum.  I particularly find the feedback regarding production techniques to be very helpful and my own work has benefitted directly.  On several occasions pieces posted on the Forum have even inspired me to start new compositions or to pick up instruments that I hadnt played for a while and start a new recording.

I am very encouraged by the current effort to re-focus the activity on this Forum and I am hopeful that things will continue to move in the right direction.  There are some current members who have voiced their intention to leave.   They must do what they must do, but I for one hope they will reconsider because they bring interesting insights - and great music - to the Forum.  There are likewise several formerly active members who have moved on presumably due to the type of drama we recently witnessed.   Mssrs. Brown, Diemer, Emeriq, Aurich and others, come on back, you are missed.

I do not believe it!!!!!!!    I'd love get back to talking about music

Chris Alpiar said:

At this point Ondib was suspended, 

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