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Spies! for Orchestra

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines on Monday. 21 Replies

Hello Colleagues,I recently posted a piece here for solo piano called Spies!, along the idea of a mythical spy movie theme song. Fellow Composers' Forum member Stephen Lines liked it well enough to…Continue

Should Composers' Forum Continue?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines 3 hours ago. 50 Replies

Hello Colleagues,Composers' Forum has been around about 12 years and it's now time to consider if it should continue. There are many boards and web sites out there, plus reddit, plus facebook, so…Continue

Tonal Piece by Schoenberg

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude Werner Aug 12. 5 Replies

Hello Colleagues,In my stumblings-around on the internet, I came across this. I'd never heard a tonal piece by Schoenberg before so it got my curiosity. It's lovely, thought to just share it with you…Continue

Spies, for solo piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Aug 1. 5 Replies

Hello Colleagues,I'm going through my catalog of old compositions and whipping them into shape for publishing. This is one I composed a few years back and went through major revisions on in 2018.…Continue

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Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Bob, I have never criticised anyone for being short of cash (been there myself), just one of life's many vicissitudes. My comment was based solely on your earlier post viz: I no longer feel the need to post music here any more. I do…"
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Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Stephen, Aside from trying to keep food on my table (we just had to go a week not buying ANYTHING because some bills came due, in addition to a large car repair we can't pay either) , I also contribute to various organisations that help with…"
11 hours ago
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Bob, Are you saying that Gav should pay for this site out of his own pocket, year on year? He puts a lot of work into this and you seem to get a lot out of it - surely you can manage a few dollars/pounds/yen or whatever!"
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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Thanks for sharing that Lucas. I hope it continues too!"
yesterday
Lucas Oliveira Krumenaur replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Guys, I have no financial autonomy as I can't work (becouse my major is integral), so I can't help, sory. This forum can't stop, guys, it realy helped me. Next semester I may be paid by scientifc initiation but until then I can't…"
yesterday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Yes, Greg - there are possibilities but I've kept it tight because that's the way I see it (arranger's prerogative). The score is appended, so if you're that enthused by the idea why not supply an example of what you're…"
Monday
Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Hi Dane, the original piece is here if you'd like to compare > http://composersforum.ning.com/forum/topics/spies-for-solo-piano Gav"
Sunday
Dane Aubrun replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"If you'll excuse me saying so, what comes across about your brass writing is that it's controlled without that control sounding contrived. I've experimented, come up with some growly, maybe "dirty" sounds and tried to open…"
Sunday
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Writing for musicians vs writing for notation software :) Although I agree with the remark about letting the drummer do their thing. Just give them a good idea of what the groove is about, and they'll fill all the ghost notes and other juicy…"
Sunday
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Fair enough."
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"As requested, score attached."
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"I guess the simple answer to that Bob, is because I don't want to! Incidentally, score attached."
Saturday
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"I get it. I only mentioned it because you brought it up. This nothing to do with being a sound engineer and everything to do with composing. If I remember, you use NotePerformer. You do so because you think it gives you better playback. You go to a…"
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Bob, This is not for performance as a sound file as far as I’m concerned...I use Sibelius simply as an indicator of what a live performance might be like....so it’s only representative. I have never once mashed up a score simply for the…"
Saturday
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Stephen, As You know, for the purpose of playback only, you can give each part of the drum kit its own  staff. Then you can control the volume of each. Too much trouble? If you're after somewhat realistic playback, why shortchange the drum…"
Saturday
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"There are restrictions with Sibelius regarding drum kit and it’s lack of flexibility - even the tom-toms are difficult to bring to the fore. My experience of leading a big band for a number of years tells me that any half decent drummer would…"
Saturday

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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 4:15am on August 10, 2019, Stephen Lines said…

Gav,

I'm having great difficulty trying via this CF facility to send you the PDF score, MP3 and Video of 'Spies' (now that I've finished arranging it).

Please send me your personal email address as my address book appears to have lost it...I might have more success that way.

Best,

Stephen

At 10:37am on July 28, 2019, Lost Girl said…

Thank you!

At 12:00pm on July 19, 2019, Ronald Fontenot said…

Thanks Gav for the Welcome!  Glad to be here

At 10:57am on July 14, 2019, Krsto said…
Thank you very much for acceptance, glad to be here!
At 10:29am on July 14, 2019, George Young said…

Many thanks Gav!

At 2:01pm on July 3, 2019, Frederick Warner said…

Thank You, Gav Brown. I'm looking forward to a wonderful time here on the forum. Have a great day. Fred

At 8:40pm on June 24, 2019, Dan S said…

Thank you.  Happy to be a part.

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At 2:36am on June 20, 2019, DAVID AZALU said…

Thank you Gav..hope to have a good time here

At 8:31am on June 18, 2019, valentine gaval said…

Thank you Gav,

Glad to be here. Looking forward to learning from this forum,

At 10:26pm on June 9, 2019, Lucas Oliveira Krumenaur said…

Thanks for the welcome!

 
 
 

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