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Impression for Orchestra

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun May 19. 16 Replies

An impressionist tropical piece for orchestra.I’d been under pressure earlier - all to no avail because of the lockdown. Frustrating and disappointing - so I was fed up with music! I pulled this…Continue

Cantata for Contralto and Orchestra 5 mins +

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Mar 31. 7 Replies

Bedford Hill. A Cantata.A mood piece.Because of the file size I had to upload it to Soundcloud. This is the intro on soundcloud:"A tragedy one night (long ago, now). No doubt there were many. This…Continue

Music for Dance (Ensemble)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Mar 11. 24 Replies

3'05"This is one of several short pieces for a contemporary dance troupe. For various reasons live performance will be impossible and renderings will have to do. Actually the troupe is happier about…Continue

"Falling Petals" Piece for Ensemble + Soprano 2'20"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Feb 29. 20 Replies

It was written some time ago while experimenting, instead of setting words to an accompaniment the voice would be part of the ensemble on equal terms, the words supplementary more or less. Over these…Continue

 

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Dane Aubrun replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Brass Trio - 1 (2min 30 sec)
"Hi, Ali, An interesting and exciting piece. Rousing to me because of your excursions into the higher registers. The trumpet and horn will give blistering sounds at those pitches even when playing mp/mf. All playable by accomplished players.…"
Saturday
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Let's talk about DAWs
"Yes, Liz, you could use a 2Tb drive, the more the better. I believe Timothy Smith has about 8Tb of discs but he has lots of libraries. I have altogether 4 x 1Tb SSDs because of my obsession with backing up.  Two contain exact copies of the…"
Wednesday
Dane Aubrun replied to Jonathan Shearman's discussion A soundtrack looking for a film
"Anyway, what counts is the enjoyment you get from composing and that shines through. Crikey, eMu...that's going back some to the early stand alone sample machines and needing to be a computer whizz to hook everything up. Congratulations on…"
Wednesday
Dane Aubrun replied to Gilles C.'s discussion Two compositions : "Le secret des fous", "Un rendez-vous"
"Some very nice work. It's beauty lies in its simplicity and yet the first piece is capricious enough to relate to the title. The second piece had a classical quality about it - at the outset felt almost Mozartian. Nice modulation and change at…"
Wednesday
Dane Aubrun replied to Jonathan Shearman's discussion A soundtrack looking for a film
"Nice - good production, tune, accompaniment is fine. Only problem is it doesn't distinguish itself particularly well. I was glad it didn't sound like the formulaic stuff of 2020 (which I hate!) but it seems to reach back to the Italian…"
May 26
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Let's talk about DAWs
"That's one problem with VSL, disc space - partly because it's so complete. (Re the strings: it has true portamento (all intervals up to an octave muted and open. All the instruments I have have true legato - they take up a lot of space).…"
May 25
Dane Aubrun replied to Jessica Metaneira's discussion Modern composer Michael Canales
"Shame that isn't on DVD.  I'm a fan of opera and his music sounds fine: a mix of modern but not shy about falling back into more conventional material. Not sure I could watch it on a computer screen though. I'd have to learn how…"
May 25
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Let's talk about DAWs
"Hi, Liz, I predominantly use Vienna, (VSL). You need to check their site every month because they put libraries on sale at 30% to 50% off. The basic "Vienna Instruments player" that has to be downloaded separately is free. As Michael says,…"
May 25
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Let's talk about DAWs
"Hi, Michael, Yes, that is a problem with Reaper. It can be so customised and has so many twists that I'm still learning. I made some recent discoveries that saved me a massive amount of time and wish I'd found out years ago. It does work…"
May 24
Dane Aubrun replied to Jessica Metaneira's discussion Hello!
"Same from me: welcome, and I look forward to listening to some of your work. All the best, Dane."
May 24
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Let's talk about DAWs
"Hi, Liz, As for Reaper, if you have the manual you need to concentrate on the midi editor section. It isn't just editing, it's putting in the notes in the first place. You don't need a keyboard. I can't explain it all here…"
May 24
Dane Aubrun replied to Gav Brown's discussion I’ve Been Accepted By a Publisher question
"Congratulations, Gav. Can I ask how you approached this? Did you send a score and a recording, virtual or actual? Best of luck with it. "
May 24
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Let's talk about DAWs
"I adaw my dore....Oh wait, I think I've got that the wrong way around.... Hi, Liz, I started with what was little more than a loop midi-editor offered free with a magazine called Computer Music. "Compose TODAY!" it screamed and I…"
May 24
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Variations on a theme based on a Beethoven sketch
"An interesting point raised here about Audacity.  When I was transferring some vintage, noisy 45rpm and LPs to digital I'd zoom in to the actual samples which you can then adjust. Sometimes it's easy but obviously time consuming doing…"
May 20
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Variations on a theme based on a Beethoven sketch
"Hi Liz, No, about duplicating. Forget it. Even the slightest latency (delay - even 1/10 of a millisecond at those frequencies) would make it sound like 2 violins playing or give a phasing effect, which is not what you want. Even with a daw it would…"
May 19
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Variations on a theme based on a Beethoven sketch
"Ah, ok. Well, the first violin did sound a little weak at the start of the variation but in general it was well above the early renderings of your quartet.  Ingo would probably know more about this than me but for the sake of the sound would it…"
May 19

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
impressionist
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Southern England
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.
As an amateur violist I've used membership of local ensembles and orchestras as a way of getting pieces performed. I tend to an impressionistic style but never write off the chance to break away and do something "contemporary" or light or even 'pop'. My music education put me off serial techniques well and truly and probably did more harm than good. As for composing I still sketch on paper - no notation software is fast enough nor allows me to spread different tries on the table to edit. I then do mock-ups on Reaper relying heavily on its midi editor. I hope to comment and bring some pieces to the site if things work out. I tend to limit my things to around 5 minutes as I've found people are often happy to afford that time or less - and it's easier to get them played: local groups seem more willing to fill in spare moments of their gigs with the work of local composers. That's me!

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At 2:59pm on May 23, 2019, Stephen Lines said…

Incidentally, I see you live in southern England (why I thought you were American I really don't know). I live in Hampshire, where do you live if you don't mind me asking?

You are very encouraging with your comments about others' work (including mine) - I wish I had the same facility as sometimes I think I come across as somewhat unsympathetically critical.

Best regards,

Stephen 

At 2:52pm on May 23, 2019, Stephen Lines said…

Hi Dane,

I see from one of the threads that you compose on paper and don't know how to produce PDFs. If it helps, my printer has the facility to copy and save as a PDF - the printer itself wasn't expensive (around $100) but the ink refills admittedly cost a small fortune. You might consider shopping around and buying something similar.

All the best,

Stephen

At 8:56am on January 4, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Dane!

 
 
 

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