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Dave Dexter's Discussions

My recent recordings with the Brandenburg State Orchestra

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Dexter Jun 12. 15 Replies

(I do like typing that. It's a good name for an orchestra. Brandenburg State Orchestra. Mmmmm) I finally did the thing and got some music recorded with an orchestra (the Brandenburg State Orchestra…Continue

Tags: soundtrack, score, symphony, performance, recording

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

 

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Dave Dexter replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"Out of interest, I did brief research before posting in case such fast pizzicato was possible, though it seemed unlikely. I found this: So, hire him and based on some of those runs you might have a chance (even those pizz parts no longer apply).…"
2 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
"There are a whole host of aspects to a piece that one can respect, admire or find thievable without ever once being personally taken by it as a whole."
3 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to Amol's discussion Please help me understand Beethoven (or counterpoint in general)
"I think we've established your style isn't to my preference, but I thought I'd tip my respect hat your way for essentially not giving a shit or apologising for/explaining your music in the face of arrant rudeness. Having great…"
4 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to Tom Jensen's discussion Fugue in B minor Tranquillo
"Oh, christ on a biscuit. You've asked this before, and it didn't go well then either. Why are you bothering to spend time questioning why people who obviously like writing fugues are writing fugues?"
20 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"As far as I know, some of those pizzicato sections are too fast to be playable. There'll be someone somewhere that could, but don't write with the assumption you'll have access to them."
20 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to Carlo Anthony's discussion Young composer. First time sharing collection. Feedback very much wanted.
"Carlo,IMO one of the best things you can do by yourself is find examples of the kind of music you like to write or hope to write, and break them down. I can't do this by ear but I'm still often pausing films or shows to work out chord…"
Wednesday
Dave Dexter replied to Carlo Anthony's discussion Young composer. First time sharing collection. Feedback very much wanted.
"The "obvious" presumably being formal music education, and I'd assume that you being a teacher, or former teacher, presents a certain bias on the matter. Well, here's a few whys for you regarding education vs forums:a) Money b)…"
Wednesday
Dave Dexter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Very few composers could play every instrument they compose for, nor do they need to, so extending that back to a composer being unable to play any instrument is surely not a horrible concept? What are these new dark ages upon us, are they people…"
Tuesday
Dave Dexter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"I'm not attacking playback and cheaper midi samples btw, just making the case that if you need very realistic real-time samples to compose best, your workflow should include it. It seems like you don't need it, which is fine and probably…"
Monday
Dave Dexter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"I'm sure it'll help something sink in if I only work that way."
Monday
Dave Dexter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Plenty of fun stumbles to be had with samples. I've decided from my next piece I'll be writing direct to score, which with the right settings acts basically as the piano roll with note durations ghosted underneath, and not prioritising…"
Monday
Dave Dexter replied to eboats's discussion Notation workflow?
"Like Bob I input note by note with the mouse, in the piano roll of my DAW, work on the midi then use the inbuilt scoring software to turn it into score. Purely for notation you don't need the first part of that, but if you like the aural…"
Monday
Dave Dexter replied to Nicole's discussion My Orchestral Piece, Fantasy
"Could be reverb settings, midi expression, virtual orchestration - as I said it sounds dry and fundamentally less realistic than the others. For orchestral music the ear expects a certain wet sound because in real life you'd hear it recorded in…"
Jun 17
Dave Dexter replied to Nicole's discussion My Orchestral Piece, Fantasy
"It's nothing to do with the style, it actually sounds less gentle to me because of the change in production! There's no warmth or life to the samples, it sounds like everyone's first attempt at fantasy orchestration as a result so it…"
Jun 17
Dave Dexter replied to Erwin van Delft's discussion Duet flute-harp
"This is something you must figure out! I can see that b 1-7 has a Bb, so the simplest tuning would be DCBb EFGA until the accidentals come in in b8."
Jun 16
Dave Dexter replied to Nicole's discussion My Orchestral Piece, Fantasy
"Without wishing to be insulting, your earlier orchestral pieces like Alien Invasion and Hideout sound significantly better. This piece sounds like it was composed much earlier or you changed your sample library and production process in the last few…"
Jun 16

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.
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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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