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Holy cow! Argh, yet another fugue

Started this discussion. Last reply by roger stancill Jan 1. 30 Replies

This short fugue might be a little Baroque. It might not. It's pretty light weight. Good luck.Continue

Christmas music

Started this discussion. Last reply by DriscollMusick Nov 30, 2016. 21 Replies

Every so often I rearrange this little tune. Here is another little version.Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Oct 10, 2016. 19 Replies

In light of a recently posted and acclaimed piece for horns, I offer this music for brass quintet. This piece has no title, no form, no real melody, and no modulation. I wrote whatever the heck I…Continue

Please, please, please vote in the Heat contest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nicole Sep 30, 2016. 19 Replies

Why should you care about a contest? Because this is the real deal. This is real composers writing real music. Not for money or glory, but for the love of composing. How much of a more pure cause is…Continue


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Bob Porter replied to David Lilly's discussion Wild Frustration (In the Working Class)
"David, What a fun piece. I wouldn't pretend to know how a DAW works, but it seems to me that you've already done the orchestration. If the sound file is indeed how you want the end product to sound, then you will need to write out a score…"
4 hours ago
Bob Porter replied to Galih Setiawan's discussion Hangouts (Orchestral Composition)
"Thanks for posting this. I really like it. I picture a group of riders galloping across the open plains. I would like to see you make this into a longer piece"
5 hours ago
Bob Porter replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Orchestral session score II - any feedback appreciated
"I don't find it vague. Players will follow the conductor, and each other. You may well be right about one dynamic level. Though it seems to me that the amount of difference between ff and f is different from f and mf. I got into the habit of…"
Bob Porter replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Orchestral session score II - any feedback appreciated
"Dave, I'm sure the players and conductor will naturally determine this, but you might consider adding dynamics between hairpins so that everyone has an idea where they are going. How much diminuendo will there be before the crescendo: one p,…"
Bob Porter replied to Jason Sioco's discussion How to listen to music with focus without mind wandering?
"Maybe you are the perfect creative person. If your mind wasn't on the move, what good would it be to you. What does your mind do while composing?"
Bob Porter replied to Paul Wegmann's discussion Miniatures for Electric Guitar
"And speaking of language, as English is not Paul's first language, perhaps we should respond more to the spirit of what he is saying. Rather than to some of his particular word choices. That said, If I may continue the banter, David, I'm…"
Mar 15
Bob Porter replied to David Lilly's discussion The Townsfolk
"David, Thanks for posting this. It is kind of fun. I think you succeeded in a portrayal of mixing and several activities going on. I did not have a feeling of returning form a long voyage. I thought I counted three or four guitars. Lack of variation…"
Mar 14
Bob Porter replied to Paul Wegmann's discussion Miniatures for Electric Guitar
"David, It takes all the fun out of the banter if you use the "in your opinion" argument. In my opinion, a well known painting of a soup can is not art. But that does not help define art. I'd rather not listen to most anything by…"
Mar 14
Bob Porter replied to Paul Wegmann's discussion Miniatures for Electric Guitar
"For me, the net cast by "music" is very wide. It is difficult for me to say something is not music simply because it doesn't meet some criteria. That said, my taste within what may, or may not, be called music is very, very…"
Mar 14
Bob Porter replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Viola and cello double/triple stop questions
"Mike, I'm not being argumentative, really. And I wouldn't pretend to have a clue what I'm talking about. Just kind of thinking out loud. I've never come across a time while composing where I thought double stops or divisi (which…"
Mar 11
Bob Porter replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Viola and cello double/triple stop questions
"Sure, no reason not to experiment. Totally worth it if it works. But I have to wonder how his music would sound otherwise. Do we know it would be much different. And I think I would have to hear it live, without all the tricks possible in a studio…"
Mar 11
Bob Porter replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Viola and cello double/triple stop questions
"My two cents worth may not mean much. But for cleanliness, practicality, and straightforwardness, I think I would avoid double stops in any but solo (as in one player, not soli) situations. Part of the beauty of an orchestra is that you can build a…"
Mar 11
Bob Porter replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Brass choir plus
"Oh man, I used to use two cassette recorders to make two track recordings of me and my guitar. Then I moved to a Fostex frour track and then a Tascam 8 track. I haven't recorded myself in a very long time."
Mar 9
Bob Porter replied to Ingo Lee's discussion Brass choir plus
"Ingo, I didn't say I didn't like it. It's just my first choice. That doesn't mean it's bad music, by any means. You wrote it. you're happy with it. That's what's important. Yet, let's say a group of…"
Mar 8
Bob Porter replied to Robert Fisher's discussion Chimera
"I guess my question is more along the lines of wondering what these pieces are about. They are very pleasant, but don't have a lot of substance, mainly because they are so short. They seem like the kind of thing that might be in some kind of…"
Mar 4
Bob Porter replied to Bob Forrest's discussion Suite for the Ocean By Bob Forrest
"Bob, I've listened to the first movement. I would be interested in seeing a score to help me see what's going on. The Finale rendition is OK, but the sound is a bit thick and lacks variation. What I mean is that I feel like I'm being…"
Mar 3

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Colorado, USA
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I have been witing for many years, but have been more serious aboout it in the last few years. I used to write pop songs, and while I enjoyed it, was never very good. Since I aquired some notation software, I have moved more towards instrumental music.

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At 4:55pm on June 13, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Bob,

I like School Project. Nice feel. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 9:51pm on October 13, 2014, Lawrence Aurich said…


     I'm trying to send you Western Horizons file but it wouldn't load.  Here's another try.


At 6:13am on October 10, 2014, Ray said…

There isn't much to figure  here :-)

At 6:20pm on August 31, 2014, Justin E. Link said…

Nice composing Mr. Porter. I like your work.

At 11:48pm on July 24, 2014, David Burrows said…
Yes, the musicals I wrote for kids, and I guess I am still writing, are different fare than a lot of what's out there. I am spending a lot of time reviewing voice leading and counterpoint in order to write a choral music, which a music director in Colorado asked me to write ( I suppose based on my previous work). however, I've not written hardly any satb and didn't study counterpoint in college the the learning curve is steep right now.
Is the Compassion Symphony one of your works. I need to look about this forum a bit so I can listen to your stuff.
At 11:14pm on May 24, 2013, michael diemer said…

Yeah, He apparently took some things too personally. you know how he is.

At 4:47pm on February 24, 2013, Christopher Mracna said…

Bob, I have listened to several of your pieces, and find Funeral of the Gods, and School Project to be most inspiring. Having read some of the other comments on this forum, I realize that my uneducated opinion is of lesser value, but as an avid music listener, I can tell you that these two pieces are deserving of accolades in praise. I think we might have some very common interests in approaching music composition and development. Both songs captured my attention and held it, even though there were a couple of lulls in both pieces. I anticipated a return to the melody. Your choice of instrumentation was very wisely used, and I could heard the horn solo beyond the front of the mix. (very nicely done) I will continue to listen to these in the near future, so there may be further review. Thanks for sharing.

At 8:15am on September 4, 2012, Zitoon said…

Hey Bob !
I was just listening to your track "School Project", it's very clever and quite emotionally deep. I like it a lot ! It is also a good source of inspiration.

Many thanks for commenting my track a few days ago.

Wish you well

At 10:47am on July 16, 2012, Doug Lauber said…

Hey! Welcome to Composers Forum....  

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Mp3 files and other gripes

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 8:57pm 0 Comments

I've had a bad day so I'm feeling a little grumpy. Sorry. So I'll get right to it.

I like to listen to the music that folks post here. I am surprised at the talent. Most of us are hobbyist and care about what we post. I know that SoundCloud is a popular place to post music. That's fine. But SoundCloud does not work on my Android tablet or phone. The Forum sponsored method of posting mp3's (which was the way I thought we were supposed to post music) works just fine. The main reason I…


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