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Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Jan 6. 9 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

The art of.....the computer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Apr 13, 2018. 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 Kevin riley's discussion Scores
"Dane, There are plenty of free PDF creators that work very well."
14 hours ago
Bob Porter replied to Ingo Lee's discussion AI, Samples, DAW's, notation software, where does it all end?
"Actually, I bought some wood, cut it up and made the acoustic guitar that I play. I wish I could live long enough to grow my own trees."
Jan 15
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"Yes Dane, NP replaces the sounds in notation software. It also "interprets" your score musically. More like humans would. But it's a matter of opinion. "Musically" and "more human" according to who? I don't…"
Jan 15
Bob Porter replied to Ashley Berg's discussion Modern Technologies
"A few years ago some programmer wrote software in which he put all the idioms of a particular composer. I forget who. He then had the computer write a piece. It sounded enough like the composers own music that even some experts couldn't tell…"
Jan 15
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestral Instrumentation Question
"For heavens sake Gav. If you've never written for orchestra, start small. Experiment with just strings first. Then add a flute, oboe, bassoon, french horn, maybe timpani.  Much can be done with that combo. It's easy to get drunk with…"
Jan 12
Bob Porter replied to Eric Fregoso's discussion Celestial - 7-trumpet ensemble original piece
"As much as I like this the way it is, I can totally hear it scored for a Canadian Brass type group. Much more tonal variety and range while maintaining a bright brass sound. "
Jan 12
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"Dane, You make several statements based on your experience. Everyone works differently. Of course software will let you have several versions of a piece open at once and let you cut and paste between them. I don't think most people work that…"
Jan 12
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"Saul, DAW, Digital Audio Workstation. I know you know this.This is software specifically developed to manipulate music. Because it works on computers, it has to go by the computer's rules. The best way for notation software users to get any…"
Jan 11
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"Saul, I'm on your side. I don't want to use a DAW either. But there is plenty within the software you have that you can work with. Yet it is typical of younger people today to call something they think is too hard, boring. That's what…"
Jan 10
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Beyond the Thicket
"I get it. You have to use what works. I do like your piece. The melodies are very nice. "
Jan 10
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"Saul It's not a sliding scale. If composer "A" puts in a "7" load of work, and composer "B" puts in a "10" amount of work, the music of composer "B" is not automatically better.  You said:…"
Jan 10
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Beyond the Thicket
"As I understand it. Sibelius has always been slightly iffy on a mac. I see that the oldest supported version for your OS is 8.7. That doesn't always mean anything. My 7.5.1 isn't supported on windows 10, but it works anyway. You do restart…"
Jan 10
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"Some things come to mind. Not to debate, but just to think about. I keep hearing people say they want a faster, easier way to do things. They want software that will do a lot of things for them.  But... Composition is not easy. It never has…"
Jan 10
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Beyond the Thicket
"I didn't realize you had switched. You mentioned Sibelius in your other thread."
Jan 10
Bob Porter replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion Beyond the Thicket
"Saul, what version of Sibelius do you have?"
Jan 10
Bob Porter replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Thy Kingdom Come
"Timothy, I didn't get a chance to hear the original version. I think it would be most educational if we could listen to both."
Jan 7

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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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