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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 Brandon Schwab's discussion Throwing Feathers - Brandon Schwab ---- All Feedback Appreciated
"Hi Brandon I really loved this piece - great arrangement of the parts, great blend, nice build-up. When I listened to the opening bars I thought at first you had an organ in there. I was thinking a lot of things as I was listeneing to it -…"
Saturday
Colin Dougall replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestral Instrumentation Question
"Hi email is colin.dougal@gmail.com Colin"
Tuesday
Colin Dougall replied to Ashley Berg's discussion Modern Technologies
"Hi it's ok but not especially memorable but I guess when you use it to its ful potential it will deliver better results. I think you can better results just as quickly with Garage Band and the Jam Pack loops. What I would say is that composing…"
Jan 15
Colin Dougall replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestral Instrumentation Question
"Hi Stephen Do you have a link to the sound files - I'd quite like to listen to them Colin"
Jan 15
Colin Dougall replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"Hi Dane I'm a recent convert to Note Performer after some good reviews of it posted on this forum. it's pretty cheap and the samples it comes with sound pretty good and it interprets your score pretty accurately. Where possible I use Note…"
Jan 13
Colin Dougall replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"Hi I can sometimes tell when a composition has been put together using something like Garritan's Instant Orchestra, VSL's Smart Orchestra or Albion's equivalent of the same. But I don't think it's especially the DAW per se…"
Jan 13
Colin Dougall replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestral Instrumentation Question
"Gav Apropos what Stephen has just said about scores not attaching, I've had that problem for a few weeks now. Colin"
Jan 13
Colin Dougall replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestral Instrumentation Question
"Hi I believe Rimsky Korsakov said that there is no such thing as bad orchestration (or words to thst effect). I take this to mean that the orchestra will always sound good regardless of what they are playing. This gives you carte blanche to…"
Jan 12
Colin Dougall replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"Hi All I've been using Dorico since it was released - before that I use cubase but the notation part of it was rubbish. With Dorico (and no doubt with Finale and Sibelius) you can do it the "old fashion" way but have the addiional…"
Jan 12
Colin Dougall replied to Gav Brown's discussion Root for String Quartet
"Hi Gav I enjoyed listening to this. First impression is that it's not what I expected a string quartet to be in the classical sense of that term. At only 3 minutes long the melodies in Vln 1 & Viola don't really get a chance…"
Jan 5
Colin Dougall replied to Bob Porter's discussion Foretelling
"Hi First impressions. Whatever it is you're foretelling hasn't yet arrived (or if it has you aren't for telling us). The second para in your post is a tad metaphysical but what I'm hearing isn't quite deep enough to warrant…"
Jan 5
Colin Dougall replied to Colin Dougall's discussion Òran nan Selkie: An Cruinneachadh (Song of the Selkies: The Gathering)
"Hi Stephen Thanks for your uplifting comments. I take your point about the climatic point - this is pencilled in for the next section which will bne a bit more up-tempo. Colin"
Jan 5
Stephen Lines replied to Colin Dougall's discussion Òran nan Selkie: An Cruinneachadh (Song of the Selkies: The Gathering)
"This is excellent in my view: seamless, aquatic, well mixed, melodious, soporific, nice harmonies, rhythmical. I quite like 'programme' music and this tells a story in a Gaelic style (which I always enjoy). I think it needs a climactic…"
Jan 5
Colin Dougall replied to Colin Dougall's discussion Òran nan Selkie: An Cruinneachadh (Song of the Selkies: The Gathering)
"Hi Timothy I'll check the panning and levels - I'll maybe automate the panning.  It is indeed meant to sound dreamy and evoke deep, calm oceanic spaces - until the storm comes! Thanks, Colin"
Jan 5
Colin Dougall replied to Colin Dougall's discussion Òran nan Selkie: An Cruinneachadh (Song of the Selkies: The Gathering)
"Hi it would be pretty straightforward but you would need padshop pro and probably three keyboard players unless you were to loop the digital content. Colin"
Jan 5
Colin Dougall replied to Colin Dougall's discussion Òran nan Selkie: An Cruinneachadh (Song of the Selkies: The Gathering)
"Hi I'm having trouble uploading the score - I've tried both chrome and firefox but both et blocked. It's a simple pdf at only 204kb so there shouldn't be any problems.  Thanks, Colin."
Jan 5

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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