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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 Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Hmmm. As a guitarist, I get this " It's not in 'E', can you play it?" all the time. Really? Sure, I'm only an old folk guitarist, but still. My feeling on keys is that it really depends on what instruments are being…"
Sep 5
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion The Coventry Carol
"Ah well, I'm probably one of the few who never watched Game of Thrones. Let me see if I understand. You said a few posts above that you follow meters closely, and harmonies close to the original sometimes. In order to "apply the…"
Aug 28
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion The Coventry Carol
"Jon, Don't get me wrong, I like much of what you did. Though I think you could have been a little bit more adventurous harmonically. I'm not talking here about original harmonies, but rather the harmonies in general. You do a good job of…"
Aug 28
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion The Coventry Carol
"Jon,   Perhaps I'm not as familiar with the original as I should be. But I feel there are uncomfortable meters, and harmonies. The variations are interesting."
Aug 27
Bob Porter replied to Claude Werner's discussion 20th century transformations
"An amusing musing, to be sure.  What part of the 20th are we talking about? Steam powered autos or Y2K? "
Aug 27
Bob Porter replied to Neil Wighton's discussion First Post and Composition on Composer's Forum
"I think that, for the most part, people don't really listen. We here listen because it's what we do. Music is background for most folks. I tend to like a good film score better than most classical music. The general public like Country…"
Aug 24
Bob Porter replied to Neil Wighton's discussion First Post and Composition on Composer's Forum
"Neil, I really like your writing. Good job. You didn't ask, but consider a few comments on the file itself. Strings are really hard to replicate in software, so anything you can do to help them out is a plus. Dynamics and phrasing help a lot.…"
Aug 23
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Stephen, Aside from trying to keep food on my table (we just had to go a week not buying ANYTHING because some bills came due, in addition to a large car repair we can't pay either) , I also contribute to various organisations that help with…"
Aug 21
Bob Porter replied to Lucas Oliveira Krumenaur's discussion About our drives and ways
"Michael, "esoteric philosophical/spiritual" Listening to music might not fall into this category. Listening can be done on very shallow levels. But writing music? That's very different. Lucas is experimenting with those deeper…"
Aug 21
Bob Porter replied to Claude Werner's discussion Two Voice Counterpoint Etudes for piano:
"I mean it gets the point across, if that's what you're after. Bach. A trouble maker, to be sure. When I meet up with him, I'm going to give him a piece of my mind. He's made a right mess of everything. We had Palestrina, right?…"
Aug 20
Bob Porter replied to Claude Werner's discussion Two Voice Counterpoint Etudes for piano:
"What? Actual comments on the music? Silly man. Was this done with the game bar? I ask because the experiments I've done with screen record in game bar are not quite as good as the original as far as audio goes. The Etudes are fine, I suppose.…"
Aug 20
Bob Porter replied to Kareem Kandiel's discussion I need critique!
"I would say that 12 years of playing guitar certainly counts as musical training. If you read music, that's also a plus because so much of theory is about what is on the printed page. This piece shows that you have a good ear. Trust it. Would…"
Aug 20
Bob Porter replied to Lucas Oliveira Krumenaur's discussion About our drives and ways
"I love Fantasia."
Aug 19
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Fair enough."
Aug 17
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"I get it. I only mentioned it because you brought it up. This nothing to do with being a sound engineer and everything to do with composing. If I remember, you use NotePerformer. You do so because you think it gives you better playback. You go to a…"
Aug 17
Bob Porter replied to Lucas Oliveira Krumenaur's discussion About our drives and ways
"I think our souls are anything but simple. Our chats are simple because words are inadequate. Many years ago, I attended a planetarium show at the observatory in Los Angeles. Great show. At the end they recreated a sunrise. The music in the…"
Aug 17

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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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