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Song Without Words - mezzo + strings.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun 13 hours ago. 10 Replies

Hello there.A modern-ish work.I'd started an experimental quintet but the voice inspired me to write a stand-alone piece exploring various strings timbres. Unfortunately my sample library doesn't…Continue

Impressionist piece about evening.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ingo Lee Jan 15. 25 Replies

The last piece in a suit about natural moods - and almost tonal. It’s the last piece I’ll write in this style. Gave me trouble. I scrapped a piece I posted recently that just meandered about and got…Continue

Merry Christmas everyone!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Harmonius Dec 26, 2020. 3 Replies

Hoping everyone has a pleasant holiday whether celebrating Christmas or not. Eat, drink and be merry!Continue

Best format in which to store a midi file re notation software?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fabio Biolcati Dec 21, 2020. 13 Replies

Please could members who shift files between a daw and notation/engraving software give an opinion on what's the best file format.Seems I can go for a straight midi file (tracks separated) orMusicXML…Continue


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Dane Aubrun replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Song Without Words - mezzo + strings.
"Hello Ramon, Honestly, your comments humble me. Thank you so much. I've come on a lot since I acquired my present set-up but still have a long, long way to go, and it's gratifying to think one's making some progress. I'm also…"
13 hours ago
Dane Aubrun replied to James Gilmour's discussion Wayfaring Stranger and Shall We Gather at the River, for SATB Choir and String Quartet
"A nice piece. Though I'm a lower-intermediate string player myself I see no performance difficulties in the strings (I talk to a few string players about my own string writing). The tremolos are playable, the shift of position from 4ths to 6th…"
14 hours ago
Ramon Capsada Blanch replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Song Without Words - mezzo + strings.
"Hello Dane, I can't avoid making a comment because I really liked this piece. About the music that is written today, I still prefer, and by far, that which meets the condition that, due to its formal characteristics, it could not have been…"
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"Ha, yes, I was going to list a few passages as you asked and lateness in replying came from trying to choose from among the many that span this work. I should have used the term "free counterpoint" or polyphony because it's riddled…"
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"I think reception depends a lot on to what the listener is accustomed and their general preferences. To me, a long work like this is no trouble, given it unrolls with some very interesting twists in the counterpoint and scoring. It doesn't pall…"
Dane Aubrun replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion 2 Scherzi in c-minor for string quartett
"Hi, Gerd, I prefer the new one. The earlier one is exciting enough and as you say is like a galloping ride, the trio a welcome break for both horse and rider. You rightly proclaim it a lovely trio. But the trio in the new scherzo is just as lovely…"
Dane Aubrun replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Song Without Words - mezzo + strings.
"Hello again, Liz, Many thanks for these most perceptive comments and for listening. You touch on a point - it isn't that modern....and I sometimes sense I'm stuck in the 'new music' of the 1960s/1970s, never serial and never…"
Dane Aubrun replied to Andy Pattinson's discussion Symphony in the old style Movement 2
"Classical isn't my usual genre (for composing) but I gave it a listen. It's pleasant, a nice work. The opening theme became repetitive after a while, possibly more could be made of the middle section to balance it out. Another possibility…"
Liz Atems replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Song Without Words - mezzo + strings.
"Hi Dane! Well that certainly jarred me out of the conventional tonality mindset I've been in for the past few weeks! I think I needed that... Yes, relatively modern in idiom (though still anchored in the mid-20th century not-quite-avant garde).…"
Jan 18
Dane Aubrun replied to DC Cornelius's discussion Chord progressions/ sequences.
"Potentially an interesting discussion. I'll respond even if I'm not one of these lovely people thanks to being completely incompetent at writing melodies for the most part. I'm unsure what genre I write in (it was…"
Jan 18
Dane Aubrun replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Song Without Words - mezzo + strings.
"Hello there, Ingo, Many thanks indeed for giving it a go and these encouraging comments. Most gratefully received. She is a lovely voice (as these sampled voices go, isn't she?) in some moods plaintive yet warm. My favourite of the library. You…"
Jan 18
Dane Aubrun replied to Liz Atems's discussion Fugal Variations (revised version)
"Hello again, Liz, I listened throughout last night without the score, then this morning following the score. It's a long work at a generally consistent tempo so I wondered how it would come across 'just listening' rather than getting…"
Jan 18
Dane Aubrun replied to Saul Gefen's discussion In Love
"Well, I can't avoid comment on this one, Saul. Another of your beautifully calm, expressive pieces in such synaesthesia with the picture. My only musical comment is about the ending. I felt that final chord seemed out of place. I thought it was…"
Jan 17
Ingo Lee replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Song Without Words - mezzo + strings.
"Modern-ish yes and delightfully so. A composer who feels limited by an extended library is a force to be admired. But I must ask the vocalist "What's a nice girl like you doing here?"  She seems so reserved and elegant amidst the…"
Jan 17
Dane Aubrun replied to Jon Corelis's discussion MuseScore 6
"Hi, all, Yes, I'll get used to it. These things grow, like I still haven't mastered Vsl by any means but hope to improve in little ways each new work. I mean, even after 9 years of Reaper I'm learning new tricks, sometimes…"
Jan 17
Dane Aubrun replied to Jon Corelis's discussion MuseScore 6
"Well, some degree of headache is inevitable with new software interactions like these and all I can assume is that the Reaper notation has to be pretty accurate. I found out how to load in a "corrupted" XML file...Reaper isn't always…"
Jan 17

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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?
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,


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,


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

Welcome Dane!


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