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Rising

Started this discussion. Last reply by roger stancill 3 hours ago. 7 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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roger stancill replied to Bob Porter's discussion Rising
"Kudos Robert, this is enchanting and solemn. I envisioned a band of Vikings on a shore, launching a boat holding the body of a fallen friend and hero. After the boat drifted away, a team of archers lit their arrows and shot them at the funeral…"
3 hours ago
Stanley King replied to Bob Porter's discussion Rising
"I enjoyed listening and plonking along to it on the keyboard. Thanks for sharing."
yesterday
Bob Porter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Rising
"Thanks Kjell. I hadn't actually thought of it as a funeral march. Yes, the opening statement of the theme is sort of in minor. But  in the third measure of the second time through we land on a big major chord. This one chord came about…"
yesterday
Bob Porter replied to Marcel Müller's discussion Hey there!
"Hey there, I grew up playing trumpet, but now my main instrument is guitar. Not classical, but steel string and electric. If you have written something for guitar think about recording it and posting it. No matter if you think it is too simple or…"
Friday
Bob Porter replied to Joseph Graham's discussion Quartet in G minor for 2 Violas and 2 Violoncelli
"This is an example of why the written word is a terrible way to communicate. Sorry. More power to you. I assume you have looked into what to do in case of copyright infringement. I have. I'll leave it at that so I won't be…"
Thursday
Bob Porter replied to Joseph Graham's discussion Quartet in G minor for 2 Violas and 2 Violoncelli
"Micheal, I never suggested you shouldn't go after them, nor that it is permissible to steal online. Only that it happens and that you have more of a leg to stand on doing it the way you do it."
Thursday
Bob Porter replied to Stanley King's discussion Frivolous Phrygian Waltz (WIP)
"The impression I get from having the tuba in such a low range most of the time is that the low end is too heavy. The other instruments are comparatively light in character. Perhaps don't worry too much about separating the bassoon and tuba so…"
Thursday
Bob Porter replied to Kjell Prytz's discussion Classical Waltz for String Orchestra
"Kjell, You can use as much reverb as you want. It just depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Any real concert hall worth a darn would not have that much natural reverb. Maybe a cathedral or gym might have a much as you have used. I only…"
Thursday
Bob Porter replied to Joseph Graham's discussion Quartet in G minor for 2 Violas and 2 Violoncelli
"Joseph, Think about it. Many websites honor the "you put a copyright date on your work" idea. But we live in an age where if people see it online they think it's free to download and do as they please. We think nothing of posting…"
Thursday
Bob Porter replied to David Carovillano's discussion Dance of the Devilish Demons - orchestral soundtrack
"David, I had to end my last post before I had a chance to properly finish my thoughts. I think I would liken writing a symphony to writing a novel, and certain film score to writing poetry. One has and takes time to develop. The other must be more…"
Wednesday
Bob Porter replied to David Carovillano's discussion Dance of the Devilish Demons - orchestral soundtrack
"David, I get it. But there are many things involved in writing this kind of music that could be considered crutches. They are part of what defines this style of writing. So what. Too much reverb, too many driving string passages, too thick…"
Wednesday
Bob Porter replied to Kjell Prytz's discussion Classical Waltz for String Orchestra
"Kjell, I agree with other comments about the tempo. Too slow. All ballroom dancing, no matter the step, is a grand fluid and living thing. Couples enjoy each other. They are not locked into a step or tempo. They follow the music, not the other way…"
Tuesday
Bob Porter replied to David Carovillano's discussion Dance of the Devilish Demons - orchestral soundtrack
"As Islam says, this is very nice. But maybe too nice. I think devilish demons might just need lots of percussion to dirty it up a might."
Tuesday
Kjell Prytz replied to Bob Porter's discussion Rising
"A true funeral march with all its sorrow and drama that belongs to such a piece. Very brilliant to be able to activate these emotions that I feel when listening. Beautiful. Cheers, Kjell"
Mar 18
Bob Porter replied to Bob Porter's discussion Rising
"The few times I discuss my hobby with anyone, I say something about writing music for orchestra in a filmscore style. Its not really multi-movement concert music. So this piece is surly the hero coming to his senses and rising from the ashes. And…"
Mar 18
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Stephen, I sometime get the feeling that "atonal" tends to mean dissonance for its own sake, and lack of tonal center just because. Dissonance in your piece always has a purpose. It always points the listener in the direction you want them…"
Mar 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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