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Proposed Contest: “Emotion” - contestants sought

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown 3 hours ago. 11 Replies

Write a piece that tries to capture a single emotion, e.g. “happiness,” “sadness,” love.” Any instrumentation, any duration up to 5 minutes. An mp3 soundfile is required, or a link to an individual…Continue

CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Feb 11. 25 Replies

Hi colleagues,Some of you know me, and some of you don't. I am a regular member on this site, and have run composition contests here for years. I usually do this about twice a year, and it's been a…Continue

Aaron Copland

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Dec 21, 2016. 18 Replies

Aaron Copland is one of my all time favorite composers for several reasons but the principle reason is that he, of all the 20th century composers, seems to me to have done the one thing that is most…Continue

Codas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Dec 16, 2016. 17 Replies

Hi friends,Who among you, if anyone, has ever written a Coda to a piece? It seems out of fashion. If you did write a Coda, how about posting it. I did one once, if there is interest on this thread, I…Continue

 

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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: “Emotion” - contestants sought
"Thanks Roger, You are now the 6th person to express interest, so only 4 more are needed to make the contest a go. Deadline to express interest is Monday Feb. 27 at 5 pm EST"
3 hours ago
roger stancill replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: “Emotion” - contestants sought
"Gav. ( and fellow creative music lovers)  I am also interested in the contest, altho I think that the 'emotion' of an individuals piece should not be pre-defined. Leave that up to the respondants to qualify as an aspect of the…"
4 hours ago
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: “Emotion” - contestants sought
"Thanks H. S.! and special thanks #2 for your kind recommendation to others to join up. These contests are fun and a good way to get your music in front of your peers! 5 in, 5 to go to make the contest happen! Deadline to express interest is Monday…"
8 hours ago
H. S. Teoh replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: “Emotion” - contestants sought
"Bump! And I'm also in, even though I'm not 100% sure I will be able to produce an entry by the deadline, due to increasingly busy schedule and other obligations.  But will try!  In any case, it will be good motivation to keep on…"
10 hours ago
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: “Emotion” - contestants sought
"Thanks Blake! 4 in, 6 to go to make the contest happen! Deadline to express interest is Monday Feb. 27 at 5 pm EST"
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Blake Cherry replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: “Emotion” - contestants sought
"I haven't been active in a while but, I'm sure if the contest is a go, I can whip up something for it in two months."
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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: “Emotion” - contestants sought
"Thanks Michael! 3 in, 7 to go to make the contest happen! Deadline to express interest is Monday Feb. 27 at 5 pm EST"
Feb 14
Gav Brown posted a discussion

Proposed Contest: “Emotion” - contestants sought

Write a piece that tries to capture a single emotion, e.g. “happiness,” “sadness,” love.” Any instrumentation, any duration up to 5 minutes. An mp3 soundfile is required, or a link to an individual file on soundcloud or a website (mp3 strongly preferred, because most people can listen to that), and a pdf score strongly recommended. You would send me the music and I would post it anonymously for you. I will give about 2 months for you to compose. Judging will be by the members of this site…See More
Feb 13
Serenity Laine replied to Gav Brown's discussion CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions
""Whatever emotion is said the most will be the theme of the proposed contest. Please reply on this thread with a one-word-answer if interested." Joy."
Feb 8
H. S. Teoh replied to Gav Brown's discussion CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions
"I second Mike's idea."
Feb 7
roger stancill replied to Gav Brown's discussion CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions
"Maybe this will help"
Feb 4
Lara Poe replied to Gav Brown's discussion CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions
"How about nostalgia?"
Feb 4
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions
"How about "love". That runs the gamut of emotions. Not to be confused with conservative hate. (Sorry, Roger. Couldn't resist) "
Feb 3
H. S. Teoh replied to Gav Brown's discussion CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions
"There seems to be a prevailing trend of sadness / melancholy / depression in music, so what about something different: happiness?"
Feb 3
Gav Brown posted a discussion

CF new proposed contest - EMOTION - call for opinions

Hi colleagues,Some of you know me, and some of you don't. I am a regular member on this site, and have run composition contests here for years. I usually do this about twice a year, and it's been a while since I have run one. This time, the theme of the contest is "EMOTION." The idea is to capture a single emotion, such as "Sadness," or "Happiness." My call to you: what emotion should this contest be based on? Please respond by February, 2/28/16 by 5 pm EST. Whatever emotion is said the most…See More
Feb 3
Gav Brown replied to Benjamn Ray Maisonet's discussion Emanon - Messing with Synth
"Hi Emanon, This has some things to recommend it. If you had not titled the post "Messing with Synth," I might have made a comment about wanting some variety, but as an idea, it is ok. Thanks for posting! Gav"
Dec 29, 2016

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Modern
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No - Not at all.
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Maryland
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I've been composing music since I was 19. My main influences include Ragtime, Jazz, and Progressive Rock.
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A delightful piano composition - Peacherine Rag

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 12:47am 0 Comments

I started composing because of the music in the movie "The Sting" - the ragtime of Scott Joplin. His music is not only great sounding, but a fun fit fit for the fingers - physically enjoyable to play. Here's a piece which was not in The Sting, but which is a delightful example of his work - about 3 minutes long -

http://youtu.be/Z8c8eFXNolg

Shatner of the Mount

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 7:35pm 0 Comments

I think it's hilarious, perhaps you will enjoy it too

http://youtu.be/HU2ftCitvyQ

Some Water Music

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 1:10am 0 Comments

Another composer has posted recently on the forum about a piece he wrote inspired by French music which is about fountains. I won’t post this on his thread, which is about his composition, but thought you might enjoy it - ragtime composers liked to compose on this theme too, and one of my favorites in this genre is a piece written by a guy named Robert Hampton called “Cataract Rag.” (Cataract is a synonym for Waterfall). The middle section (starting at about 1:50) particularly is delightful…

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The Laser Farm Dialogues

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 5:14pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

Joe Wall is a Baltimore composer who does interesting things. I once got to see a multimedia presentation of this piece by him, about how, as a small child, he mused on the satellite program. I've never forgotten it. I find it meditative and hypnotic. I've been looking for it for years online and finally found it. The last few words spoken I particularly find affecting. Hope you like it.…

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At 5:11pm on November 18, 2016, Aaron Goold said…

Thanks Gav. I appreciate the feedback and will take you ideas with me as I compose my next project (which might be a trio). I'll pay more attention to harmony and themes with this next piece (and hopefully make something more memorable!). And do share with me your works as you post as well. 

At 10:19pm on August 12, 2016, Serenity Laine said…

Hi Gav.  I accepted your friend request, so you can write me now if you like.   

At 2:05pm on July 21, 2016, Art Lowell said…

I don't think I have your personal email address, Gav.

At 2:07pm on June 30, 2016, Austin James said…

Hi Gav, It's your pal Austin James. See my new page. I'm just now finding my way around in here. New material always in work here. Looking forward to checking your material that I'm not familiar with yet. Cheers!

At 12:22pm on June 12, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Gav,

I like Morning Amor. It is very refreshing sonically. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 6:10pm on December 2, 2015, Joshua Quinlan said…

Hi Gav,

I would very much like to start a competition (I already have the concept, and I have post on here about it), and I was wondering whether you had any tips for starting and running this competition. Anything would be very much well-received.

If you would like to talk privately, or think it would be easier, you can email me at me@joshuaquinlan.co.uk

Thanks!

At 3:14pm on July 18, 2015, Mariza Costa-Cabral said…

Gav,

Just a suggestion, to put the ongoing contest under the "announcements" section at the top of the web page.

Mariza

At 4:31pm on July 4, 2015, Kim Margerum said…

Gav,  it was suggested that I not attach my file here.  Perhaps I should email the MP3 file to you (maybe?).  

At 6:11pm on February 22, 2015, Richard T. Hill said…

Ridley Park? LOL. That's where I live now. I'm from Philadelphia and am musically active in the city so I put Philadelphia for the city but I really like Ridley.

At 1:36am on February 8, 2015, Austin Joseph Lee said…

Thanks for the welcome. Awesome,

I think i will give the winter music contest a try!

 
 
 

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