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New piece

Started this discussion. Last reply by roger stancill Oct 23. 6 Replies

I sometimes describe the stuff I write as "filmscore". Something you might hear in the background of a movie. Nothing "epic". Just something to help set the mood. Nothing that follows any formula…Continue

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

 

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Bob Porter replied to Kevin Hart's discussion My First (Completed) Work
"Kevin, Thanks for posting this. I think that you might consider remixing this as far as panning goes. Everything is on top of each other, and I can't make out what the instrument groups are. Maybe strings left and basses right. Other…"
Tuesday
Bob Porter replied to George Abbott's discussion Hello. Farmer George Here - Searching For Honest Critique
"George, My question is this: If you could write anything, not for sale, but just for you, what would it be? Something that didn't fit into a 2 minute format, or try to sell something. If you could write something that was music for it's…"
Tuesday
roger stancill replied to Bob Porter's discussion New piece
"Bob, Hi there....long time ay.  I know exactly what you mean when you state, having to write it so it will play as you intend it to sound. That is not always easy. I liked this piece. It was suspenseful, and entertaining. It did seem to tell a…"
Oct 23
Bob Porter replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Clouds - impressionist piece for small orchestra.
"Dane, Sorry, I got interrupted. I think it possible that music paints a picture in your minds eye. I'm not sure we can divorce mood and emotions completely from what we envision. For me, Ashokan Farewell will forever be tied to Ken Burns'…"
Oct 22
Bob Porter replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Clouds - impressionist piece for small orchestra.
"Well sure, music is all about mood. But I think music tied somehow to, say, video, is a powerful thing. You can say it limits what you feel. But it also might help focus what you feel. Just depends."
Oct 22
Bob Porter replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Images from Childhood - Of Mice and Men
"Audacity will import and export midi. Although unless it has something to do with Jfugue, I'm not sure what midi has to do with your process. You could write in MS, save as an mp3 or wave import into Audacity to adjust tempo changes and…"
Oct 19
Bob Porter replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Images from Childhood - Of Mice and Men
"As for MuseScore, you may know that version 3 and nice sound fonts are available. Just in case you don't already have it. Band Lab is a free DAW. Personally, DAWs are a mystery to me."
Oct 19
Bob Porter replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"Sure. Non legato, but no slurs."
Oct 19
Bob Porter replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Clouds - symbolist piece for small orchestra.
"Dane, Not boring at all. But here's something to think about. As a sonic representation of a visual experience, I get it. Clouds drifting by. It just kind of ends. I don't mind the non-dominant ending. But as a piece of music, I might…"
Oct 19
Bob Porter replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"It would make a difference what style the music is and tempo. If you don't notate it, probably some kind of staff text at the beginning of the section or piece will work. If you do decide to notate it, leave out the second dot. Players will get…"
Oct 19
Bob Porter replied to Bob Porter's discussion New piece
"I posted this music in the "miscellaneous" section because I didn't want to limit responses. Why else have a composers forum if not to talk about music and what drives us to do this thing.  I am not opposed to form and structure.…"
Oct 19
Dane Aubrun replied to Bob Porter's discussion New piece
"I agree that self-expression comes from the heart/soul. Where else? It gets modified by our inner secretaries usually for practical reasons – and outcomes because one of those outcomes is an attempt to classify it by genre. Labels are useful…"
Oct 19
Bob Porter replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"I think the problem is that those are all string articulations that have little meaning to brass players. Not that they can't apply. Marcato implies separation but also accent. I'm trying to imagine the type of passage for brass that would…"
Oct 18
Bob Porter replied to Dave Maynard's discussion Notation (with Articulations) to DAW (with VEP)
"Dave, Maybe post a little something of yours, and how you made it. It'll be fun."
Oct 18
Bob Porter replied to Bob Porter's discussion New piece
"Thanks, so much, for listening and leaving a comment. Looks like several have listened and not seen fit to comment. I know there are some who don't think that they would have anything useful to add. And some who think this is outright junk. A…"
Oct 18
Dane Aubrun replied to Bob Porter's discussion New piece
"Hi, Bob, I’m normally averse to film music but you set a scene and, yes, it does musicalise your description. I would have liked a little more variation in tonal centre but given the length of the piece that’s a small point. I sense the…"
Oct 18

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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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