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Bob Porter's Discussions

Battle Music

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Jun 2. 4 Replies

Everyone,Once again, this summer, my daughter is directing a play. And, once again, I'm writing some music for it. There is a battle scene with clashing swords and all. We're going to set it to…Continue

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

 

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Bob Porter replied to Carlo Anthony's discussion Young composer. First time sharing collection. Feedback very much wanted.
"Carlo, " I have a feeling that a note is just a note, and only by disovering the next note are you able to discern what the previous note was saying." Here in may be what you are searching for. Because this is only part of the story. With…"
Tuesday
Bob Porter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Socrates, I'm not talking about going back to Sib.4. I'm talking about only using the sounds from it. I know it can be done with 7.5 and 6. Mike, What I'm saying (though not very well) is that playback from Sibelius can be majorly…"
Tuesday
Bob Porter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Before you think I'm a fanboy, I have my own list of problems I have with Sibelius. Not the least of which is that there is no vibrato on the solo violin patch. That doesn't mean I can't write for solo violin, it just means I…"
Tuesday
Bob Porter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Socrates, I wonder if Sibelius ever had a true mandolin patch, or if NP has one. The default instruments that Sibelius loads are meant to be adjusted. The Edit Instrument function should allow you to set the range and even change the instrument if…"
Tuesday
Bob Porter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Mike, Of course the aspiring young composer needs to learn their craft. They need to know what each instrument they write for is capable of. They need to know how they can fit together.They need to study scores and listen to live groups. They need…"
Monday
Bob Porter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Who said anything about general midi. Not me."
Monday
Bob Porter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"I write for the fun of it. For years after college, I worked on paper. Pounding things out on a piano.An instrument I don't play. I gave up composing completely because the results were unsatisfying. Decades later I bought Sibelius 4. Maybe not…"
Monday
Bob Porter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"eboats, I start right out in Sibelius. With whatever instruments I'm writing for. Orchestra, for example. I don't write melodies, so there is no pressure to come up with a good one first. I might have an idea for a mood. But that's…"
Monday
Bob Porter replied to Carlo Anthony's discussion Young composer. First time sharing collection. Feedback very much wanted.
"Welcome Carlo, You've come to the right place. Let me suggest that you post one piece that you have questions about. That way everyone is talking about the same thing.  Just because someone has a music degree doesn't mean they can…"
Sunday
Bob Porter replied to Nicole's discussion My Orchestral Piece, Fantasy
"I don't think I have  a problem with dynamics and reverb. But it might be hard to tell since this is not a high quality recording."
Jun 17
Bob Porter replied to Nicole's discussion My Orchestral Piece, Fantasy
"Nicole, Thanks for posting this. As a piece meant to be background it is fine. As a stand alone piece, I like it up to the :55 mark where you settle into an uninteresting chord progression. The change of pace is fine, but even just two chords…"
Jun 17
Bob Porter replied to Lasse Karhu's discussion A short orchestral piece
"Lasse, You have to do a little digging, but SSO (Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra) in sf2 format will work with MuseScore. It is real recorded instruments. You can also export your music directly and post it here without using online playback."
Jun 15
Bob Porter replied to Lasse Karhu's discussion A short orchestral piece
"Lasse, Pretty nice. What sound font are you using in MuseScore? Dave, I think Lasse is referring to the default orchestra template in MuseScore."
Jun 13
Bob Porter replied to Bob Morabito's discussion The use of sugar as a composing aid?
"Bob, Interesting article. Thanks for posting it. And fast food and soda are blamed for child obesity. So clean up fast food and ban soda, instead of eating responsibly. What's the old saying? "All things in moderation"? If I eat at…"
Jun 13
Bob Porter replied to Bob Morabito's discussion The use of sugar as a composing aid?
"Sure, we've all heard of the "sugar high". But do kids run around like crazy at a birthday party because they've had too much cake, or is it because there are several other kids at the party to run around like crazy with? I never…"
Jun 13
Bob Porter replied to Bob Morabito's discussion The use of sugar as a composing aid?
"Well, I'm no expert. But everyone knows our Google Overlords know all:) For the most part, the work I looked at (not definitive to be sure) could not explain chemically what happens. Though they didn't blame some pre-existing condition.…"
Jun 12

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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