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Bob Porter's Discussions

Egad!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter May 3. 4 Replies

Friends,Please help! I found this 'Thing" in my notation software. I don't know what it is or where it came from. I'm posting it here to try to get rid of it. But it just keeps growing. I may have to…Continue

Holy cow! Argh, yet another fugue

Started this discussion. Last reply by roger stancill Jan 1. 30 Replies

This short fugue might be a little Baroque. It might not. It's pretty light weight. Good luck.Continue

Christmas music

Started this discussion. Last reply by DriscollMusick Nov 30, 2016. 21 Replies

Every so often I rearrange this little tune. Here is another little version.Continue

Brass

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Oct 10, 2016. 19 Replies

In light of a recently posted and acclaimed piece for horns, I offer this music for brass quintet. This piece has no title, no form, no real melody, and no modulation. I wrote whatever the heck I…Continue

 

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Bob Porter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more
"For me, it depends on my mood and the situation. No one instrument or grouping always does it all the time. I was once in a stage production of "Brigadoon", We had live bagpipers play "Flowers of the Field". An incredible…"
17 minutes ago
Bob Porter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more
"Sure, a piano can convey the message of musical language from composer to listener. But that's not a very high bar. I've heard the g minor fugue played an harmonicas. It was totally cool. As a music major I sat through endless hours of…"
1 hour ago
Bob Porter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more
"If I remember correctly, "Pictures at an Exhibition" was originally written for piano. Later, it was arranged for orchestra. How many of us have heard the piano version? A few, to be sure, but not many, I'll bet."
3 hours ago
Bob Porter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more
"Roger, You're right. This thread is not the place to discuss this. So here is the short answer. I think only two instruments, by themselves, are not one dimensional. The pipe organ is one. Percussion would be the other. I once took lessons in…"
yesterday
Bob Porter replied to Ray's discussion Are Film Composers really to be compared to 'REAL' composers?
"Could be. I have hearing aids on order."
yesterday
Bob Porter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more
"Mike, An interesting turn of phrase. "seduced by more and more complex harmony" For me there is no allure in this type of complexity. I certainly appreciate the compositional skill of your pieces. And, yes, there is very little music for…"
yesterday
Bob Porter replied to Ray's discussion Are Film Composers really to be compared to 'REAL' composers?
"No fair, Ray. The music from "The Hateful Eight" doesn't seem at all like the examples you offered. Not that I'd be able to tell anyway."
yesterday
Bob Porter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more
"Mike, Glad to be of service. The music I choose to listen to is probably a  very narrow swatch, indeed. What I will listen to in an incidental situation is something else. For me, atonality will not be acquired. It has nothing to do with closed…"
Wednesday
Bob Porter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and...wait for it...FUGUES..wayhaay
"Mike, I took your warning seriously, and put off listening. But being a fairly weak personality, I gave in. My comments probably don't mean much, but here they are. I listened to the first one. It is not at all as far off base as your warning…"
Wednesday
Bob Porter replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"There have indeed been a few folks that have posted some snippet and asked where they should go from there. As for Bach scores? Musicians of the time all knew how to play Baroque music. So much so that some Baroque scores have come down to us as a…"
Monday
Bob Porter replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"Sure, 20 or 30 years ago it wasn't in the job description. I don't know about now, but there are universities using notation and DAW software. As for this forum? We have the full range of people who are well trained and experienced to…"
Monday
Bob Porter replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
""The quality of a mockup has nothing to do with the composition" It can. Unless I'm a brass expert, I might think I want the trombones to play thirds down low. But a quality sound file might show the sound to be muddy. Do I really…"
Monday
Bob Porter replied to Bruce Pearson's discussion Survey and discussion- what to you use?
"Dave, This doesn't sound like the correct sound set. Send me a friend request and I'll help you figure this out."
Monday
Bob Porter replied to Bielka's discussion Happiness - Bielka
"Thanks for posting this. I enjoyed it. Well produced. My only comment would be this. Since I don't speak the language of this song, I had to listen for other things. There seemed to be times when too many syllables where forced into a line in…"
Monday
Bob Porter replied to Ray's discussion Are Film Composers really to be compared to 'REAL' composers?
"I think musicians should get paid more for performing."
Sunday
Bob Porter replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"For me, the play analogy breaks down because I am unable to tell much by trying to read a score. A weakness on my part? I do know folks who can tell much by looking at a score. "
Sunday

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
film
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Colorado, USA
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I have been witing for many years, but have been more serious aboout it in the last few years. I used to write pop songs, and while I enjoyed it, was never very good. Since I aquired some notation software, I have moved more towards instrumental music.

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At 4:55pm on June 13, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Bob,

I like School Project. Nice feel. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 9:51pm on October 13, 2014, Lawrence Aurich said…

Western%20Horizons%20Finale%202nd%20half%20xml.xmlBob,

     I'm trying to send you Western Horizons file but it wouldn't load.  Here's another try.

Lawrence

At 6:13am on October 10, 2014, Ray said…

There isn't much to figure  here :-)

At 6:20pm on August 31, 2014, Justin E. Link said…

Nice composing Mr. Porter. I like your work.

At 11:48pm on July 24, 2014, David Burrows said…
Yes, the musicals I wrote for kids, and I guess I am still writing, are different fare than a lot of what's out there. I am spending a lot of time reviewing voice leading and counterpoint in order to write a choral music, which a music director in Colorado asked me to write ( I suppose based on my previous work). however, I've not written hardly any satb and didn't study counterpoint in college the the learning curve is steep right now.
Is the Compassion Symphony one of your works. I need to look about this forum a bit so I can listen to your stuff.
At 11:14pm on May 24, 2013, michael diemer said…

Yeah, He apparently took some things too personally. you know how he is.

At 4:47pm on February 24, 2013, Christopher Mracna said…

Bob, I have listened to several of your pieces, and find Funeral of the Gods, and School Project to be most inspiring. Having read some of the other comments on this forum, I realize that my uneducated opinion is of lesser value, but as an avid music listener, I can tell you that these two pieces are deserving of accolades in praise. I think we might have some very common interests in approaching music composition and development. Both songs captured my attention and held it, even though there were a couple of lulls in both pieces. I anticipated a return to the melody. Your choice of instrumentation was very wisely used, and I could heard the horn solo beyond the front of the mix. (very nicely done) I will continue to listen to these in the near future, so there may be further review. Thanks for sharing.

At 8:15am on September 4, 2012, Zitoon said…

Hey Bob !
I was just listening to your track "School Project", it's very clever and quite emotionally deep. I like it a lot ! It is also a good source of inspiration.

Many thanks for commenting my track a few days ago.

Wish you well

At 10:47am on July 16, 2012, Doug Lauber said…

Hey! Welcome to Composers Forum....  

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Mp3 files and other gripes

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 8:57pm 0 Comments

I've had a bad day so I'm feeling a little grumpy. Sorry. So I'll get right to it.

I like to listen to the music that folks post here. I am surprised at the talent. Most of us are hobbyist and care about what we post. I know that SoundCloud is a popular place to post music. That's fine. But SoundCloud does not work on my Android tablet or phone. The Forum sponsored method of posting mp3's (which was the way I thought we were supposed to post music) works just fine. The main reason I…

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