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Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Sep 12. 25 Replies

I am fascinated by your absolute rejection of "atonal". I agree that it is kind of a "catch-all" term. Yet so is "classical", for that matter. As an American English speaker (not to be confused with…Continue

Is it harder to write fast music, or slow music?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Aurich Jun 19. 47 Replies

Gav brought this up in his ballad thread. I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts on this, and expand it beyond his piece.A few ground rules.1. I'm kind of tired of my topics going to the "Useless…Continue

The art of.....the computer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Apr 13. 30 Replies

I think we all rely heavily on our computers. But what happens when things go wrong? I think we've all been there. I'd like to hear what everyone does to keep their computers running. This could be a…Continue

 

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Bob Porter replied to Scott Andrew Hutchins's discussion Specific goal in tricky time signature
"Here's the thing. Notation is based on exact subdivisions. Music is fluid. Not at all exact. People have been giving you suggestions on how to deal with a problem of your own makeing. Let them help you. No one is attacking your premise. If you…"
Nov 9
Bob Porter replied to Scott Andrew Hutchins's discussion Specific goal in tricky time signature
"Scott, Feel free to disregard this post, if you like.  Personally,  I might tend think that setting prose to music is a problem. Consider how many different ways there are to say most any line in Shakespeare. The actor gets to say the line…"
Nov 9
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Sorry Stephen. My comments were just kind of a general rant. So the question is this. What is your brother listening to your music on? If he likes the sound on your system, then there isn't much else you can do."
Nov 9
Bob Porter replied to Scott Andrew Hutchins's discussion Sampling music writing software
"Scott, No matter how much you know about notation, you can't just open a piece of software and expect to be able to use it without lots of study. I am not at all surprised by any of the troubles you had. The same could be said about any DAW. I…"
Nov 8
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Timothy, Good luck with notation. If you don't know what notation is, the learning curve can be tough. Notation software is not midi based and you can't use it like a DAW. Notation software in meant to produce a score for real players. It…"
Nov 8
Bob Porter replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Composition- Ride On The Wind
"Timothy, Thanks for posting this. I enjoyed it. But consider these few thoughts. For me, the amount of reverb kind of muddled things up. Maybe that's the effect you wanted, but it was hard to make out some of the interesting lines you…"
Nov 8
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Stephen, Musicians don't exist to make recordings. They exist to play music. We tend to think that an mp3, be it of live musicians or VSTs, is what music is all about. What a static, dull, and unimaginative view of music that is. If I want…"
Nov 8
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Stephen, Everyone's definition of what sounds awful, is going to be different. There also is confusion as to what midi is. I have heard whatever the working file of a piece in various software called a midi. Sibelius is not midi based. It is…"
Nov 7
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Future of the Piano
"I'm glad he likes it. I probably would too. But it's still an electric piano."
Oct 15
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Future of the Piano
"If you will actually read my comments you might read that I enjoyed the planetarium show. I said that music, no matter how it is produced, can be beautiful. I see no reason why music played on the Yamaha couldn't be enjoyed. Your OP asked for…"
Oct 14
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Future of the Piano
"I went to as planetarium show. the night sky was projected on a dome. It looked very real. As they simulated the sunrise the finale of the Firebird Suite was played. It was very enjoyable. But it was all fake. There were no real stars, and no…"
Oct 13
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Future of the Piano
"Saul, "And its the final sound that you hear and it has been taken directly from the acoustic instrument through means of technology innovation research and talent." I think the point people are making is that the sound that is coming from…"
Oct 13
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion The Future of the Piano
"There is a time and place for acoustic instruments, and there is a time and place for electric instruments. Yes, they can be used together, but one can not replace the other. One can choose to play one over the other, but at a cost. Music is…"
Oct 12
Bob Porter replied to Daniel Krausz's discussion Trying to create a printed score for Animal Contest entry. Help?
"Daniel, You ask a very difficult question. Without knowing what instruments you have used, it's hard to know how to proceed. Or how to consolidate.  However, in general, the string section of an orchestra alone will consist of five…"
Oct 8
Bob Porter replied to Henry Morris's discussion classical imitations
"Henry, Thanks for posting this. It is very nice just like it is. Remember, you decide which direction to go. Which instruments to use, or not. Experiment freely. That's the beauty of working on the computer.  Personally, I feel nothing…"
Oct 6
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Stephen, After re-reading your OP, here are some additional thoughts. Because you are talking about piano, in this case, it doesn't make much difference if you mix with headphones, monitors,PA system, or cans connected with string. If your…"
Sep 20

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Film and music for video
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
San Diego, CA
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I was a music education major in college, a long time ago. There I also studied composition. But it wasn't until the 2000's, when I bought some music software that I really started to do some real writing. I write for fun, but that doesn't mean that I don't take it seriously. I've had a few things performed by real groups, but that is not my focus.

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At 7:28pm on March 20, 2018, Ingo Lee said…

Welcome back Bob you were missed, but where's your hat?

At 6:37pm on March 20, 2018, Gav Brown said…

Welcome back!

 
 
 

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