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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 Luke Stephen Gray's discussion Exporting Notation Midi Files Directly Into DAW
"Don't forget you need access to musicians. I write for orchestra. I have no viable way to use a real orchestra. "
9 hours ago
Bob Porter replied to Luke Stephen Gray's discussion Exporting Notation Midi Files Directly Into DAW
""It will always be quicker and easier to record live musicians". I guess it depends on how big the group is and how good a recording you want. You might be able to get away with two run-of-the-mill mics for a string quartet. Hopefully you…"
yesterday
Bob Porter replied to Clark Murray's discussion Song Variance Comparison
"Personally, I think this is way too small a sample to make this kind of case. I think there are a lot of songs in all time periods that fit both criteria. The melody from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star or Moonlight Sonata, both from a few hundred…"
Jul 12
Bob Porter replied to Luke Stephen Gray's discussion Exporting Notation Midi Files Directly Into DAW
"It is also possible within Sibelius to nudge notes forward or back and adjust the velocity of each note. May or may not be worth it, but the ability is there."
Jul 12
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Hey Stephen, Yes, I am aware of hand stopping. Techniques still in use today. At least a few of them. I played natural trumpet for awhile, so I did research. No hand stopping on a trumpet, of course.  I only mentioned the horn part as a…"
Jul 9
Bob Porter replied to Paul Walker's discussion Orchestrating for beginner
"My suggestion is forget one player playing chords for now. You've got more important things to worry about. Don't expect to start out with a major project. Maybe start with string orchestra. Then experiment adding other instruments. Just…"
Jul 9
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Yes a modern horn wouldn't have a problem with this part. A natural horn wouldn't be able to play this part regardless of the key change. Some of the notes aren't on the instrument. But this really isn't important in the long…"
Jul 6
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Fair enough.  So that means that you know there would have been no key change, and that a horn wouldn't have been able to play the part as you have arranged it. But you get your point across. I suppose the lack of clarity you mention ( at…"
Jul 3
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Vella, de vos son amoros for horn, oboe and bassoon
"Jon I am interested in what your goal is for this piece. How closely did you follow the original, and why, or why not? "
Jul 3
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion New Adagio for Strings
"Well, Stephen, I kind of like it. The pauses don't bother me. But the abrupt dynamic changes knock me out of whatever calm I may have been in. I have no problem with the harmonic and melodic scheme. Perhaps a more uniform arc might help. Maybe…"
Jun 28
Bob Porter replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Learn counterpoint with automatic counterpoint exercise analyser
"Stephen has some excellent points. I understand this could be a useful tool. But every time you take a human out of the music process, you make music less human. In music school we learned counterpoint, of course. Some of the exorcises involved…"
Jun 8
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Orchestration from Piano
"I'm having a problem getting past the 4th beat of the 3rd measure. Not that anyone should care, but it's too much of an odd flavor too soon for me. With these instruments, that chord slapped me in the face, and I couldn't un-hear it…"
Jun 3
Bob Porter replied to Galih Setiawan's discussion Riverzing Mort
"I think this fun just like it is. IF I were to suggest any changes I might use a tad less reverb. I would like to hear some low end punch. And maybe just have the choir use one syllable rather than trying to make it sound like they are singing…"
Jun 3
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Orchestration from Piano
"Dane, I'm not in the least talking about writing concerto parts. You can't write for viola if you don't know it's range. What idioms work best. How well it blends with what other instruments, and in what range. Should the viola…"
May 30
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Orchestration from Piano
"Matt, Some thoughts. 1.  Is your orchestrated version of this going to be on paper, or in software? 2.  There is no law that says you have to write something on piano first, then orchestrate it. You can organize your thoughts just as well…"
May 30
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Orchestration from Piano
"Matt, Let's think about this. I don't think what you have written lends itself to orchestra all that well. Think about adding a drum kit and bass line. Then you need a melody and a melody instrument. It kind of reminds of a samba kind of…"
May 29

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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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