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It's Star Wars Day, so have some John Williams

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Dexter May 19. 15 Replies

Not that I need much excuse, but here's some Williams from Return of the Jedi. It's not one of the ballbusting main or character themes, though Palpatine's leitmotif is present. For those ignorant:…Continue

Tags: luke, BAM, NO, HAND, vader

Query on staff sizes - how are they calculated, what size is a 7mm staff?

Started this discussion. Last reply by DriscollMusick Apr 20. 5 Replies

Hi, a fairly beginner question on a topic I'd never needed to investigate until now. Any help very welcome.I'm finalising scores for orchestral recording and the studio has their guidelines for staff…Continue

Tags: stave, printing, size, staff, orchestration

Minutiae of harp playing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Mar 30. 1 Reply

http://sites.siba.fi/web/harpnotation/harpInspired by Mike Hewer's's string bowing post, I thought I'd post this gem I found a…Continue

Tags: harpist, notation, harp

Making music with a wine glass and violin bow

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Dexter Mar 28. 6 Replies

Paul reminded me with his breaking glass piece that I once played around with multitracking music out of bowing a single wine glass. To explain things, here's some of the video info."There's…Continue

Tags: armonica, violin, bow, music, glass

 

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Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more
"Piano can be used to create recogniseable reductions of more complex pieces playable by a single musician. In that sense, only large keyboard instruments can "convey the message of musical language from composer to listener", because other…"
22 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more
"dave, just FMOI, what do you see as the limitations of the piano in comparison to other instruments?Its essential rigidity in terms of vibrato, glissando, etc. Inasmuch as the note, once played, can either be sustained or stopped or maybe fluttered…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more
"It's not that curious, I'm not a real fan of piano either. I think it can be wonderful of course, but almost always as part of a larger whole. No matter how beautiful or cool the music is being played, by itself my mind wanders.…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Alex Oliver Cawley's discussion FUGLAFRÆÐI for Flute and Piano - Live Performance
"The flute is a perfect choice in almost any context, and I really like it here - it adds a melodious edge to the more dissonant piano parts without actually forcing them to be melodic, if that makes sense. Lots of great movement, beautiful delicacy…"
Wednesday
Dave Dexter replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"You're talented, have experience and skill. That doesn't mean taking a general swipe at the forum because they don't all work with samples like you is going to stand up. Your way is not the only way to work."
Monday
Dave Dexter replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"Yes, I was tempted to include the caveat "except these specific situations in which mockups are useful" but couldn't face it. I did say "composers have no need of it UNLESS they decide otherwise." Having a bad mockup when…"
Monday
Dave Dexter replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
""I really do not enjoy telling anyone their piece sounds crap just to get the reply 'but this is only a rough guide and I hope to have real players use it'. No it isn't because you've published it for the world to listen. It…"
Monday
Dave Dexter replied to Dave Dexter's discussion It's Star Wars Day, so have some John Williams
""They are or were both at the top of their game for their time and place. Can we just leave it at that?"Well, obviously I'm with you there. Though I disagree with "The challenge with evaluating John Williams is that so much of…"
May 19
Steve Chandler replied to Dave Dexter's discussion It's Star Wars Day, so have some John Williams
"The challenge with evaluating John Williams is that so much of his music was composed as a film score and was subservient to the action on the screen. In Bach's cantatas the music was subservient to the text. While that adds a small constraint…"
May 18
Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and...wait for it...FUGUES..wayhaay
"I know what you meant - I still wouldn't laugh, my ear for tonality and composition has likewise changed or grown over the years. The reactions I had years ago aren't the same as my reactions now."
May 18
Dave Dexter replied to Kristofer Emerig's discussion Ah, what the hell.. more Fuguelectronica with Prolation Technique and Cheesy Rhythm Track, aka, Kontrapunktus Funktus et Krunktus
"It's only one letter. That's no line at all.Whilst on the subject of self-congratulatory linguistic fun, we haven't talked about Serenity's ousting (and in all likelihood disguised recurrence amongst us this very moment)."
May 18
Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and...wait for it...FUGUES..wayhaay
"Why would I laugh? Listening now. I like it, unsurprisingly, and also am reminded of the "long note" theory elaborated on below."
May 18
Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and...wait for it...FUGUES..wayhaay
"I'm not entirely sure if the whole "augmented 4th was banned by the Church" thing is strictly true, but it's a fun interval. I'm scoring a camp 50s horror game - that is to say, exaggerated and self-aware as opposed to…"
May 18
Dave Dexter replied to Mike Hewer's discussion 3 Preludes and...wait for it...FUGUES..wayhaay
"I played a D# over an A earlier. It was one of the most thrilling moments of my life."
May 18
Dave Dexter replied to Kristofer Emerig's discussion Ah, what the hell.. more Fuguelectronica with Prolation Technique and Cheesy Rhythm Track, aka, Kontrapunktus Funktus et Krunktus
""I was anticipating much greater hostility from both you and Dave for my marring of the noble tradition."It's like you don't even know me. Check this fugue in three parts that I wrote: it has no fugal intent or writing, and…"
May 18
Dave Dexter replied to Kristofer Emerig's discussion Ah, what the hell.. more Fuguelectronica with Prolation Technique and Cheesy Rhythm Track, aka, Kontrapunktus Funktus et Krunktus
"It'd be terribly stupid for someone who's composed dozens of game soundtracks to disparage something for sounding like a game soundtrack."
May 18

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Orchestral/soundtrack
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
Where do you live?
Liverpool
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
A composer and guitarist in many styles, mainly for video games, but now focused on purely orchestral/symphonic pieces in the hope of film and large-scale game work. Into Williams, Arnold, Powell, Silvestri, Elfman and all that good stuff.
Website:
https://soundcloud.com/davedextermusic

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At 5:34pm on April 8, 2017, Ray said…
Funnily enough it sort of highlights the way I build a cue except I don't bother with the score but rather do it all in the DAW. Chords eventually being split into individual parts.
At 7:48am on April 8, 2017, Ray said…
Dave, I wonder if you've seen this towards your study of JW type scoring
https://youtu.be/4Bhyd8hyF24

Ray
At 5:02pm on August 7, 2015, Tyler Hughes said…
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