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New ElectroAcoustic Piece

Started Dec 5 0 Replies

Something I composed a little while back.  Finally finished it today...https://soundcloud.com/bluetonejazz/latentContinue

recordings from my latest big band rehearsal

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Burns Nov 28. 6 Replies

I've been working to put together a working big band, using all my arrangements/compositions.  This is the first rehearsal that I felt was good enough to offer up the recordings for general comment. …Continue

Tags: piano, bass, drums, trombone, guitar

 

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Dec 7
Charles Burns posted a discussion

New ElectroAcoustic Piece

Something I composed a little while back.  Finally finished it today...https://soundcloud.com/bluetonejazz/latentSee More
Dec 5
Charles Burns replied to James Price's discussion Find work as a composer
"haha - whoops - you already did give us an update...."
Dec 4
Charles Burns replied to James Price's discussion Find work as a composer
"Hi James - just seeing this thread for the first time.   How has the past year and a half or so fared for you?  Any thoughts on what worked to further your career and what didn't really pan out?  The website looks great, and…"
Dec 4
Charles Burns replied to Charles Burns's discussion recordings from my latest big band rehearsal
"Thanks Colin - yeah the mix was just one mike in a room type of thing - the muddiness was just part and parcel for the space, unfortunately.  The electric piano player (what I think you're hearing) was making some less than orthodox…"
Nov 28
Colin Dougall replied to Charles Burns's discussion recordings from my latest big band rehearsal
"Hi Charles You've given us a lot to listen to! I've listened to Dream Days a couple of times and am listening to it as I write this. Overall I enjoyed it immensely. A few observations. I can't really hear the guitar much - is it meant…"
Nov 23
Charles Burns replied to Charles Burns's discussion recordings from my latest big band rehearsal
"I think you're totally right about the tempo.  It's always been a challenge for me, finding the right tempo in live rehearsal... nerves/adrenaline make me lose all sense of what is fast or slow, I suppose...  I also think that it…"
Nov 22
Charles Burns replied to Charles Burns's discussion recordings from my latest big band rehearsal
"HI Dave - thanks so much.  The end game is getting it recorded, and played live.  Beyond that, I feel like having a properly recorded album is a calling card for whatever is next.  Honestly, I write to keep me sane.  Everything…"
Nov 22
Charles Burns replied to Jérémie Lhomme's discussion [Retro/Electro] A walk among the stars by Jérémie Lhomme
"What DAW are you using?"
Nov 22
Gav Brown replied to Charles Burns's discussion recordings from my latest big band rehearsal
"Hi Charles,I like it. You’ve definitely got the swing part of it right, that jaunty swagger is spot on. the lush horn harmonies really work well, and overall I think you’ve got a good piece going. I especially like the drumming, so…"
Nov 21
Dave Dexter replied to Charles Burns's discussion recordings from my latest big band rehearsal
"Damn, this is smooth. I know nothing about the foibles of this particular kind of arrangement and setup but it sounds excellent. Is this single-mic/camera recording? And what's the endgame - get work as a gigging big band?Ok, now I need to go…"
Nov 21
Charles Burns replied to Rafael Andres Diaz's discussion Alleluia SATB + Piano
"congratulations on your first piece!  It sounds wonderful - and thank you for including the score to read along.  The comment I would make is that it might be good to consider the playability of the piano part.  I'm certainly not…"
Nov 21
Charles Burns posted a discussion

recordings from my latest big band rehearsal

I've been working to put together a working big band, using all my arrangements/compositions.  This is the first rehearsal that I felt was good enough to offer up the recordings for general comment.  There are some issues with the playing at times, as some people are sight reading the charts. But on the whole, the band did an amazing job on these charts.All comments, critiques, complaints, comparisons, and categorization welcome!…See More
Nov 21
Charles Burns replied to Jérémie Lhomme's discussion [Retro/Electro] A walk among the stars by Jérémie Lhomme
"I dig the washy vibes sound, the way the pitch kinda goes detuned, and the way it stutters with the drums.  I also really enjoy the lead melody that comes in later, a very nice retro touch. Two places you could look at, i feel: the drums,…"
Nov 21
Charles Burns replied to William Hu's discussion Four Sketches for Piano
"Listening to them now.  Lovely work!  More of an engraving thing - I'm not really an expert on piano notation, but I wondered if it wouldn't be helpful to make some of the cross-rhythmic stuff you have going on in the first…"
Nov 21
Gav Brown left a comment for Charles Burns
"Welcome Charles!"
Nov 20

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
If I had to choose one, I'd say jazz I guess
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
Culver City, CA
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
For the longest time I was a semi-pro to pro saxophonist, making much of my living playing and teaching. A few years ago, my wife had an incredible job opportunity that brought us to the wilds of England. Suddenly, we were in the middle of the country-side, and the saxophone jobs were few and far between. To stay sane, I started writing at first for big band, and then branching out into electronic and orchestral music. We've since moved back to California, where I decided to make a go of composing as my primary musical avocation! Now any moment not spent with family or work is devoted to music - writing, learning, and performance.
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www.charlesburns.net

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At 8:04pm on November 20, 2017, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Charles!

At 4:56pm on November 20, 2017, Julie Harris said…

Loved your "About Me" section.  Can't wait to hear your music!

 
 
 

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