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Òran nan Selkie: An Cruinneachadh (Song of the Selkies: The Gathering)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Dougall Jan 5. 9 Replies

Hi AllThis composition is a mix of traditional orchestral instruments and synthesiser. It's the first complete section of a longer work which will include some gaelic songs.It's written in D major…Continue

Vals Catalunya for Guitar Ensemble

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Dougall Dec 20, 2018. 7 Replies

Hi AllHere's a new piece I've just completed. As the title suggests it's a waltz (or at least it's in 3/4) but it's not meant to be indicative of Catalonian music - rather it's just a celebration of…Continue

Musical analysis

Started this discussion. Last reply by Socrates Arvanitakis Nov 3, 2018. 1 Reply

Hi AllHere's a link to an interesting lecture given at Durham University UK by Dr Julian Horton entitled In Defencse of Musical Analysis:…Continue

New work For Pipe Organ

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Dougall Nov 20, 2017. 7 Replies

Hi AllHere's a new work for Pipe Organ (I would call it a new piece but in Scotland a piece is something you eat with jam). Hopefully I've embedded a link to it as a fame but if not heres a link to…Continue

 

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Colin Dougall replied to David Carovillano's discussion Incandescence for Bass Clarinet and String Trio
"Hi David Excellentissimo! Colin"
Mar 7
Colin Dougall replied to Alexander Arnswald's discussion The Journey (WIP)
"Hi Alexander Overall I liked it. I think it's maybe a bit slow and could maybe do with some tempo changes to spice it up.  Colin"
Mar 7
Colin Dougall replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Dance for Cello Quartet (2' 12")
"Hi Dane Just listened to this - nice work, really enjoyed it. The finished production sounded great. Did you use four separate VI Pro instances of the SE Solo Cello or the Solo Strings Cello? I think I read on the VSL web site that this is the way…"
Mar 7
Colin Dougall replied to Jostein Kauserud's discussion Writing for piano
"Hi Bob You might be able to succeed with that approach in some contexts, but I was meaning more in the context of say, writing a "classical" sonata or a piece for piano and orchestra - not neccessarily something complicated. Generaly…"
Feb 28
Colin Dougall replied to Stephen Lines's discussion The Road to Perdition
"Hi Stephen Just lstened to this and I have to say it sounded pretty good. I'm a big fan of Prokofiev and this "style" is not dissimilar other than that it lacks the killer melodies Prokofiev can weave into the "avant-garde".…"
Feb 27
Colin Dougall replied to Jostein Kauserud's discussion Writing for piano
"Hi What to do with the left hand, always a difficult question. I'm assuming you don't play the piano (otherwise you wouldn't be asking the question). If you can play the melody then I assume you know the chords the melody is played…"
Feb 27
Colin Dougall replied to michael diemer's discussion Vienna Enemle Pro & Epic Orchestra?
"Hi All I purchased VE Pro 7 and got Epic orchestra for free (the free version is the same as the purchasable version - I think if you are going to spend €105 on EO you would be as well to pay the extra €40 for VE Pro). I downloaded it and…"
Feb 24
Colin Dougall replied to David Carovillano's discussion Vesuvius for Violin and Piano
"H David I enjoyed listeneing to this - violin (and the piano) sounded great. One point I would add, I ws expecting something a bit more "volcanic" at the end from both violin & piano - maybe in a live performance you could feature a…"
Feb 14
Colin Dougall replied to Christophe Heroufosse's discussion divided
"Hi Christophe I've listened to this several times and I find I can sit back and enjoy listening to it. At the risk of being pedantic, I would describe it a a short work for solo violin rather than a short violin solo. To me there is quite a…"
Feb 13
Colin Dougall replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Farewell Theme (Strings - 2'55")
"Hi Yes, interesting piece. It doesn't especially invoke a sense of farewell/parting in my mind - maybe its the pizzicato, but it reminds me of the silent movies - I'm thinkin Charlie Chaplin walking down the street swinging his cane. I too…"
Feb 11
Colin Dougall replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"Hi All We could debate this forever (which is cool), but here's the thing - not everything about composing music is fun and beautifull, some of it is downright tedious and a pain in the but to boot! Colin"
Feb 6
Colin Dougall replied to Stanley King's discussion This week's accidental composition.
"Hi Stanley I use Dorico and what you describe can be done in the piano roll editor via the note velocity lane - it isn't actually implemented yet but the same thing is (I believe) already implemented Finale. Just grab the note and you can…"
Feb 5
Colin Dougall replied to Stanley King's discussion This week's accidental composition.
"Hi Very nice. The 2nd last bar on the oboe doesn't quite work (for me at least) - six fast notes on A sounds a bit messy and unclear. How about doubling the flute with the English horn in places at the octave? No piccolo? Colin"
Feb 5
Colin Dougall replied to Bob Porter's discussion Foretelling
"Hi All It's an interesting topic, which key to choose. It almost sounds (no pun intended) that there is a proper key for a particular composition - I did quite a bit research on this but eventually gave up. We learn, broadly speaking, that…"
Feb 4
Colin Dougall replied to David Carovillano's discussion Twilight of Shadows
"Hi David I certainly enjoyed listening to this - I can't imagine what it sounded like with just an accordion and clarinets! I was half expecting to hear an organ somewhere. Great work, thanks for posting. Colin"
Feb 3
Colin Dougall replied to Gav Brown's discussion NEW MEMBER GUIDELINES
"Hi All I'm a bit dissapointed that not everyone posts the actual score of what we are listening to. Colin"
Feb 3

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Scotland
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 play piano & guitar. As a composer was mainly pop/rock but have moved on to orchestral pieces. I use Dorico for scoring and Cubase Pro 9.5, VSL SE 1, VSL Konzerthaus Organ, Miroslav Philharmonik 2, & other odds and sods.

Dorico (latest), Cubase (latest), VSL SE 1, VSL Konzerthaus Organ, Miroslav Philharmonik 2, other assorted odds and sods.

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