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Elements Contest Pieces

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ingo Lee Jun 8. 14 Replies

Here are three of the Elements Contest Pieces that won something.Feedback and comments are welcome!I had wanted to modify High Mountain Stream, but I have been having problems with my computer/piano…Continue

What's the best choir library out there?

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Semple Jan 4, 2013. 10 Replies

I'm looking for a good choir library - Oh and Ah sound is fine, with a non-vibrato or just a little vibrato.  I'd love to hear your opinions & experiences.Continue

Caffeinated Piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Jensen Sep 11, 2011. 10 Replies

3 short pieces for piano (under 4 minutes total).  I can't quite play the first one, yet.

New piece: Propulsion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Saul Dzorelashvili Oct 24, 2011. 16 Replies

Hi everybody.  Here is a piece I started in January.  I'm curious to hear what you think and am open to any ideas for improvement.  Also wondering whether it's humanly possible to play pizzicatos at…Continue


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Latest Activity

Emily Bond replied to Vn's discussion Patxi's Ghost
"Wow, this is really, really good!  I love a musical composition comprised of many textures and "sweeps" like this.  And the production is really great.  Love your stuff!"
Jul 22
Emily Bond replied to Olivér Kovács's discussion Under the Sea
"Nicely orchestrated!  Conveyed a sense of wonder and color, with a big storm at the end!  "
Jul 22
Ingo Lee replied to Emily Bond's discussion Elements Contest Pieces
"Cool stuff Emily, they're all good but I llke the aggressive drive of flame, sometimes a little "roughness" enhances the whole effect, for me at least. Thanks for posting."
Jun 8
Emily Bond replied to Emily Bond's discussion Elements Contest Pieces
"I appreciate your feedback!  Most of the first 2 were improvised.  I know I need to work on some of the timing, though I am currently stuck with computer problems that prevent me.  The voice in Blue-Green World is Jennifer from 8-DIO…"
Jun 8
Michael Hamby replied to Emily Bond's discussion Elements Contest Pieces
"Wow these are good, my favorite is definitely Blue-Green World. The reason being is that it sounded more thought out then the other two. My opinion is that the first 2 sound a bit rushed and have what sound like timing errors to my ears, mainly it…"
Jun 8
Emily Bond replied to Emily Bond's discussion Elements Contest Pieces
"Hi Kevin,  I'm happy you like Blue-Green World.  This piano sound is my new love.  It's called Ivory, put out by Synthology.  (I don't know what VST means).  They have 18 different velocities for each note,…"
Jun 7
Emily Bond replied to Emily Bond's discussion Elements Contest Pieces
"I said quite a bit in my previous post, but I'll try to explain my thinking.  Start out with an F minor obligato in the bass; arpeggio establishing F Dorian in the RH down the keyboard, up on a D-G-D arpeggio, which I discovered also…"
Jun 7
Kevin Arsenault replied to Emily Bond's discussion Elements Contest Pieces
"Theses are three well written pieces and I've enjoyed them all. Although to me I have a preference for Blue-Green world. I love the ethereal feel in the song. Also for once, I really like the piano tone. Usually for piano music, I like the…"
Jun 7
Emily Bond replied to Emily Bond's discussion Elements Contest Pieces
"You picked up all my key changes!  I find a lot of interest in changing keys, especially in the modes (in this case, Dorian).  I know it's kind of a movie score technique, but I love it!  My pieces seldom end up in the key they…"
Jun 7
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Emily Bond's discussion Elements Contest Pieces
"Or as an alternative, MuseScore (free, for Mac, Windows or Linux)—"
Jun 7
Emily Bond replied to Stephen C. Doonan's discussion Waltz 1 - piano solo
"Beautiful, expressive work!  I vote with staying in the flow, "letting" unexpected things happen.  Discipline can have a negative connotation, because one of it's synonyms is "punishment."  But if it means…"
Jun 7
Emily Bond replied to Galih Setiawan's discussion Dunia Tanah
"I loved listening to this - so exuberant and joyful! Makes me want to experiment more with time signatures.  My only suggestion is to let the last chord ring a bit longer.  Great work!"
Jun 7
Emily Bond replied to Kevin Arsenault's discussion Epic orchestral piece
"I liked this piece!  It has power and suspense and would work well in a video game or soundtrack.  Personally, I liked the two themes, though there may need to be more of a transition as mentioned below.  It brings the feeling of an…"
Jun 7
Stephen C. Doonan replied to Emily Bond's discussion Elements Contest Pieces
"Emily— It looks like (in High Mountain Stream) you started in F-minor, modulated down a half-step to E-minor, then down a half-step again to E-flat-minor, then up a minor third to F-sharp-minor before finally modulating down again to…"
Jun 7
Emily Bond replied to Emily Bond's discussion Elements Contest Pieces
"Thank you so much Bob!"
Jun 7
Emily Bond replied to Emily Bond's discussion Elements Contest Pieces
"Thank you Gav.  Unfortunately, there is not a score.  I work by scribbling a few notes when I arrive at something on my piano, then I go to my DAW/ electric piano and work from there, in the piano roll.  I started off that way, and…"
Jun 7

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Multimedia, Orchestra, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
film scoring/classical/piano
Is music your main income source?
Where do you live?
Longmont, Colorado
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 teach piano, and music composition; and perform occasionally on piano. I have scored several films, but mostly enjoy writing free compositions, or working with videographers who create visions to go with my already-written music. I compose using Logic Pro for piano, orchestra, chamber, and synth sounds. I'm very interested in music which connects to the heart and gives courage, but also occasionally indulge in humorous compositions. I'm very interested in music theory, key changes within modal compositions (can't get enough of that!), and modern classical sounds, but not atonally oriented.

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Caffeinated Piano #8

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 5:00pm 5 Comments

Hi folks.  I haven't been on this forum for more than a year, but I've been composing.  Here's yet another paean to that marvelous morning brew that I hear will actually prolong your life by up to 14%!



Caffeinated Piano

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 3:03pm 1 Comment

Here are three short pieces (under 4 minutes total) inspired by techno - very rhythmically accurate, but with a lot of dynamic control such as you'd get on a midi keyboard.  I can't play these yet but I'm working on it.


Caffeinated%20Piano%20%231.mp3 …


A new piece: Lament

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 10:15am 10 Comments

Here is a new piece I've been slaving over for the past few months.  I think  I've taken the Garritan Gagli violin solo sound about as far as I can get it, tho I'm thinking I need to learn about portamento on Logic, which might improve the line.  But I did find that a giant reverb seemed to deepen the tone a bit. Best would be a real violinist (next step).

Also used Garritan cello, Jam Pack Clarinet, and piano with pad.  Let me know what you think/feel upon listening to…


Latest composition

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 7:27am 2 Comments



This started out as a waltz, but then I decided it needed something else and went to 5/8.  I didn't really know how to end it.

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At 11:42am on April 14, 2018, Gav Brown said…

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At 5:45pm on June 21, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Emily,

I like your music very much. Nocturne is very beautiful. Nice chord changes. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 11:33am on January 18, 2013, Norbert Oldani said…

Better late than never - I use Ilio Entertainment's "Symphony of Voices" - it has lots of choral venues. "Spectrasonoics" may be another name for this.

At 10:57pm on January 7, 2013, Robert Hunter said…

Thanks so much Emily. It's always nice to get encouraging words from you, as I really respect your opinions and enjoy your thoughtful comments. This is the first piece I've finished since making the transition to Sibelius a few months ago. The piece is written in Sibelius using EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Platinum, I exported the audio from Sibelius three times, first using the close microphone positions in EWQL, then using the close mics, then the surround mics. I then mixed the 3 tracks in Sonar into a combined audio track and applied some compression. I also used an English Horn instead of an oboe, because I'm not very happy with the EWQL oboes (too bad - I love the instrument). I'm looking forward to listening to more of your work. Happy New Year!

At 6:51pm on August 1, 2012, James Gall said…

Hi Emily

Thanks for listening to my PIANO CONCERTO - Mvt1 and for your comments.  I am obviously pleased you liked it and hope you have the time to listen to the other 2 movements

At 2:07pm on March 11, 2012, Norbert Oldani said…

Hi Emily, I think "Ancient One" is a lovely work - especially the counterpoint.

At 7:42am on June 14, 2011, Shivaranjan Raghuraman said…

For me atonality is quite not the correct description though it is also a part of humanizing..


Both free and strict atonality contribute to humanization. There are certain involuntary aspects in music those get lost when composers rely more on computers. ( Now we do have algorithms to impart humanization. that is different). incorporating those involuntary aspects into our compositions is what I call humanizing. A simple example is this.. 


When you play piano, not all notes are of the same velocity. Those variation in velocity and sustenance makes it real!! This is what is realism. This is what is human. If all notes are of same velocity then that would seem robotic and unreal. 


In certain cases, unlike pianos, we might have to impart these human aspects. And that is what is called humanization. this is my idea. I would like to know how you differ or agree upon this... Awaiting your comment...

At 2:05am on June 14, 2011, Shivaranjan Raghuraman said…
I love the realism in your piano... Are you interested in Indian classical music?!? I have always tried to compose both in unison. I dont know how people perceive this but I wish I could share some knowledge on this with you!! Thank you
At 7:39pm on June 7, 2011, Robert Hunter said…

   "Lament" is a very restful and lyrical piece. I really like how all four voices weave in and out together. I also enjoyed the haunting flute during the middle section (1:40). Beautifully done.

   "Weird Waltz" begins with wonderful melodic interplay of the 2 flutes. The piece appears to have 3 sections, followed by a repeat of each. I wondered whether the piece could be sharpened by having the 2nd part be more of a contrast to the others.

   "Soaring" is one of my favorite pieces. The first theme is beautifully done, haunting and somewhat medieval, the repeated with a rich harmonic background. For me, the pinnacle is reached starting with a new theme at 1:01. It builds to a beautiful resolution at 1:13. Great music!

   I especially enjoyed the structure of "Ancient One". The contemplative initial theme, piano shadowed by cello, is very moody and somewhat dark. Then, at 1:35, the second theme ripples in softly, transposing me to a more hopeful, still emotional, mood. I liked how the intensity built in waves. The repeat of theme 1, after the contrast of theme 2, created much more meaning. Very well done!

   "Shape Shifter" has to be my favorite. I love the intensity of the rhythm and the mysterious air it provokes. It is reminiscent of a Hitchcock film.

   "Lonesome" reveals your influence from Satie. Beautiful and haunting first theme, then a very nice 2nd theme with oboe (and guitar?) with a nice interplay of flute at 1:35.

   In all these pieces it is evident that you are a wonderful pianist. Even though piano is not necessarily a lead in all pieces, it provides a strong underpinning to all. At the same time, all your melodies are very lyrical and enjoyable , while the harmonic textures are rich. You're a gifted composer - I enjoy all that you write.

At 9:09am on June 6, 2011, Robert Hunter said…

Hi Emily. Thanks for your very supportive and generous comments about "Frankenstein at the Dance". Your suggestion about breaking it up into a suite of dances is a good one. However, I'm in this somewhat intractable frame of mind where I've intended this piece to be in "semi-scherzo" form, the results of which may be questionable. I've ended up with A-B-A*-C-A. As you've probably guessed by my cryptic naming of the last 2 pieces, I'm in the middle of composing a second symphony. "Frankenstein" is intended as the 3rd movement. Thanks for listening and thanks for your kind words. I've been listening to all of your uploaded works lately and will be commenting on them in a little while.


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