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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 Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Learn counterpoint with automatic counterpoint exercise analyser
"Stephen has some excellent points. I understand this could be a useful tool. But every time you take a human out of the music process, you make music less human. In music school we learned counterpoint, of course. Some of the exorcises involved…"
Jun 8
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Orchestration from Piano
"I'm having a problem getting past the 4th beat of the 3rd measure. Not that anyone should care, but it's too much of an odd flavor too soon for me. With these instruments, that chord slapped me in the face, and I couldn't un-hear it…"
Jun 3
Bob Porter replied to Galih Setiawan's discussion Riverzing Mort
"I think this fun just like it is. IF I were to suggest any changes I might use a tad less reverb. I would like to hear some low end punch. And maybe just have the choir use one syllable rather than trying to make it sound like they are singing…"
Jun 3
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Orchestration from Piano
"Dane, I'm not in the least talking about writing concerto parts. You can't write for viola if you don't know it's range. What idioms work best. How well it blends with what other instruments, and in what range. Should the viola…"
May 30
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Orchestration from Piano
"Matt, Some thoughts. 1.  Is your orchestrated version of this going to be on paper, or in software? 2.  There is no law that says you have to write something on piano first, then orchestrate it. You can organize your thoughts just as well…"
May 30
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Orchestration from Piano
"Matt, Let's think about this. I don't think what you have written lends itself to orchestra all that well. Think about adding a drum kit and bass line. Then you need a melody and a melody instrument. It kind of reminds of a samba kind of…"
May 29
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"Ah yes, my avatar. I forgot. I am right handed. The photo is flipped around because I liked the composition better. As a matter of interest, though probably only to me, that guitar is one I built. What a hoot. But I don't write for guitar, nor…"
May 29
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"Nothing wrong with giving a guitar piece a shot. Did you happen to watch some players, or look at some guitar music first?  Your piece could be for whatever instrument you want. I don't believe that music has to be flashy or complicated to…"
May 29
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Adios! La Alcaidesa
"Guys. May I suggest that if you don't know the instrument, don't write for it.  I feel this piece would be successful as a full on piano piece. But not in this present form. Jon, a guitar can play any chord you can think of, as well…"
May 28
Bob Porter replied to Vieriu Emanuela Izabela's discussion Mock up music
"If you write music on your computer, a mock up would be a file (mp3 or wav.) of your music created by your software( DAW or notation software). If you write on paper, it would be a live recording of your music. Good luck."
May 20
Bob Porter replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Yes, a usb stick with a two year warranty. $26.If you loose the stick after that, I assume you can buy another. Same in the case of a hardware crash or theft. I suppose there are a few advantages, but not many.  Timothy a powered hub is always…"
May 17
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Question about Notation
"Matt, If you read piano music I would suggest looking at a lot of it to see how others have notated things. If you play by ear, I guess you have to go with you gut. But in general simpler is better. As long as number three gives you the effect you…"
May 17
Bob Porter replied to Matt Baker's discussion Question about Notation
"The third version is more to the point than the others. I really depends on what instrument you  are writing for. The first version is not for piano. The second might be a piano reduction, besides being hard to read. Know your target…"
May 16
Bob Porter replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Just my opinion, but a usb key is about the silliest thing I've heard of. Not that I'm advocating their use, but there are cracks out there. I hope the libraries that use these keys are well worth the hassle of yet another thing sticking…"
May 16
Bob Porter replied to Erin Bloke's discussion Experiences with Scanscore?
"Or for $10 you might check out PlayScore. You snap a picture with your phone and export it in a format musescore can read."
May 14
Bob Porter replied to Thomas Moorin's discussion College Piece
"Thomas, I have a few suggestions if you don't mind. The song is fine. I think a little post production would help. The vocal seems lost in the mix. I could use more low end EQ on the bass. Is there kick drum? If so, it is normal to have the…"
May 14

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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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