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Rising

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stefan Welebny Apr 3. 12 Replies

Here is a little something for small orchestra to, just for the fun of it, offset the ensemble works that have been posted lately.A short overture, if you will. Continue

Foretelling

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Dougall Feb 4. 17 Replies

OK. I invite anyone interested to listen to this. It's a very short piece for small orchestra. And I say listen, that's just what I mean. And leave some meaningful comment. Oh, you can say that the…Continue

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Sep 12, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

 

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Bob Porter replied to Vieriu Emanuela Izabela's discussion Mock up music
"If you write music on your computer, a mock up would be a file (mp3 or wav.) of your music created by your software( DAW or notation software). If you write on paper, it would be a live recording of your music. Good luck."
Monday
Bob Porter replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Yes, a usb stick with a two year warranty. $26.If you loose the stick after that, I assume you can buy another. Same in the case of a hardware crash or theft. I suppose there are a few advantages, but not many.  Timothy a powered hub is always…"
May 17
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Question about Notation
"Matt, If you read piano music I would suggest looking at a lot of it to see how others have notated things. If you play by ear, I guess you have to go with you gut. But in general simpler is better. As long as number three gives you the effect you…"
May 17
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Question about Notation
"The third version is more to the point than the others. I really depends on what instrument you  are writing for. The first version is not for piano. The second might be a piano reduction, besides being hard to read. Know your target…"
May 16
Bob Porter replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Just my opinion, but a usb key is about the silliest thing I've heard of. Not that I'm advocating their use, but there are cracks out there. I hope the libraries that use these keys are well worth the hassle of yet another thing sticking…"
May 16
Bob Porter replied to Erin Bloke's discussion Experiences with Scanscore?
"Or for $10 you might check out PlayScore. You snap a picture with your phone and export it in a format musescore can read."
May 14
Bob Porter replied to Thomas Moorin's discussion College Piece
"Thomas, I have a few suggestions if you don't mind. The song is fine. I think a little post production would help. The vocal seems lost in the mix. I could use more low end EQ on the bass. Is there kick drum? If so, it is normal to have the…"
May 14
Bob Porter replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Michael, Every now and then I go to the NP website and listen to their examples. Some things sound OK, and some are dreadful. That's just my opinion, of course, but as of yet I can't justify spending money on it. For example, the last time…"
May 10
Bob Porter replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Concerto for String Orchestra. 1st movement. 2'50"
"Dane, I am constantly told that if I would just listen to new/atonal/modern/avant garde/whatever, then I would grow to like it. No dice so far. I just want to listen to music. And write some, now and then."
May 10
Bob Porter replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"I believe that the quality of the writing is far more important than the samples you use. Samples are meaningless with out good music. It is sad to me that we live in the age of the fast buck. Producers seem to be more impressed by a quality of a…"
May 9
Bob Porter replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Concerto for String Orchestra. 1st movement. 2'50"
"Dane, Please accept my comments with a grain of salt. I don't listen to much on the forum these days.So much content is keyboard or small ensemble music. That's fine, but those formats hold little interest for me lately. I picked your…"
May 9
Bob Porter replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Concerto for String Orchestra. 1st movement. 2'50"
"Dane, Some random thoughts. There are ways things have been done in the past, and there are ways things seem to be done now. Now, you can call this whatever you want. Now, a three minute piece might be considered a movement.  You might be…"
May 7
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"Gav, that drummer is playing a standard trap set with extra toms and cymbals. "
Apr 10
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"Interesting, Greg. But I apprenticed in a violin shop. I rebuilt them. Learned the proper way to set them up. Each part of working on one is an art form in itself. Each instrument is an individual. Not cookie cutter like a trumpet. No two sound…"
Apr 8
Bob Porter replied to Joseph Graham's discussion Oboe Concerto in C
"Agreed, Joseph. You seem to have perfected this style. I was attracted to this paragraph: "To answer your question about my software/system/methods, I use Finale as my notation software, with its resident Garritan Personal Orchestra sounds…"
Apr 7
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"To add to what Greg said. You key transposes to 6 sharps for horn in F. 5 flats for Bb trumpet and tenor sax. 4 flats for Eb instruments, like alto sax. Your key (what made you choose it, anyway?) would not be great for a middle school orchestra.…"
Apr 7

Profile Information

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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