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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 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…"
Thursday
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"I don't own or have room for a stereo or anything that could power monitors. Sure, good monitors, which ain't cheap, are the accepted way to go. But there is also the old adage about mixing for your target audience.  Stephen, mix in…"
Thursday
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Hey Stephen, On my system this piano sounds a little tinny. As a result, the attack seems a bit much. A little like a harpsichord. But hardly rotten noises. I grew up listening to what I now know to be really poor quality recordings of real…"
Sep 14
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"On further thoughts, I wonder if pitch contours can be classified into a number of basic categories, like basic shapes that could serve as building blocks for constructing a larger glide melody. Basically, in the context of glide music, there's…"
Sep 12
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Theremin would be the perfect instrument for glide music. By controlling hand gestures you could generate an endless variety of pitch contours. With midi mockups you could use pitch bend routed through a dial or something, and just use the dial to…"
Sep 12
Ingo Lee replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Very interesting HS, I can hear how it would sound, maybe trio for trombone, voice and violin? Or steel guitar, ribbon controller and theremin? Or maybe just a chorus.  So the notation could be same and live performance would work I guess but…"
Sep 12
Bob Porter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Well then, write some glide music. Also, I for one, don't interpret atonal as music without tones."
Sep 12
H. S. Teoh replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"To be frank, all this nitpicking over words bores me. What would be more interesting to me is to discuss the idea of music composed without tones (i.e., "atonal" in a literal sense), i.e., purely made of portamento/smooth glissandi. …"
Sep 12
Bob Porter replied to Daniel Krausz's discussion First post - New Orchestral Piece
"Thanks for posting this. For what it's worth, the melody that you stated within the first 30 seconds and repeated throughout, was not lost on me."
Sep 11
Bob Porter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Ah, now we are getting somewhere. I don't care for whatever it is that we might consider "atonal" music. Not by a long shot. But it seems to me that all these fellow's remarks are based on personal opinion rather that any real…"
Sep 10
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"I copy-paste strait from Wikipedia's article on atonality: Mostly I agreed with all criticisms expressed. My own idea/suspicion is that it has served to camouflage a lot of bad music and lack of real compositional skill. Any music that has an…"
Sep 10
Michael Bates replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"No sorry its the one by Giannis Kalatzis, sorry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX_vad0d0jg I abs love this song."
Sep 10
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Thanks for your thoughts< Michael! I only know a song called "Leventopetho" (brave guy) by Yiannis Papaioannou, I don’t know if we mean the same. It belongs to the rebetiko tradition (putting its death at about 1955). I played…"
Sep 8
Michael Bates replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Fascinating, many thanks for that Socrates. Personally I adore the faster 9/8 songs, they have such a punchy drive, such as a song called Levendobetho, dont know if u know it, but there's less of them than the slower speed zeimbekiko. I always…"
Sep 8
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Hi Michael, I was too drunk to respond the previous two nights (not that I'm any different tonight, but anyway), I am also a London, Cypriot wedding gigging musician (in winter time only), but also a scholar of Zeibekiko rhythm, which I find…"
Sep 7
Michael Bates replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Hi Socrates, I've played in many Greek weddings and functions in London, and seen a great many zembekiko dances and I find it fascinating that you describe it as a 'war dance'."
Sep 6

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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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