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Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS

Started this discussion. Last reply by S Fox 6 hours ago. 208 Replies

Hi Composers’ Forum members, as you know, the 4 elements are earth, air, fire, and water. For this proposed contest, you will write a piece of music of no more than 2 minutes duration based on one of…Continue

Events - ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS

Started Dec 16, 2017 0 Replies

Hello all,If you are going to be having a public event where your music will be performed, you may want to add it to the Events Calendar to let us know about it. Events show up on the home page on…Continue

"Viper" Collaborators Sought

Started Dec 12, 2017 0 Replies

Hello all,I've composed a 16-bar phrase, called "Viper," and am looking for anyone who would like to collaborate on it with me. The rules are: your collaboration: 1)  must be 16 bars long, in the…Continue

Toy Boat

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Dec 6, 2017. 10 Replies

Hi everyone,This score is for solo piano, score attached, comments invited. About a minute in length, hope you enjoy!  -https://youtu.be/y3huMERXaX0Continue

 

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S Fox replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"If 3 months is too long, can't you still sign up? And start writing it 2 hours before closing time. Better yet, improvise it 2 minutes before. What would Mozart do?"
6 hours ago
Stephen Ferre replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"I don't know if you have me as a commit for water, but I think I will. It takes me a long time to write, so I'd probably vote for 3 months."
14 hours ago
roger stancill replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"Gav, I only propose this as 'food for thought' Expand the voting process  -  just a bit. With 80 entrants (hypothetically) and 4 categories, and... in consideration of the time it will take to listen to, and give a fair chance to…"
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Johannes Bergcrantz replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"Nah. The head of the competition sets the rules, it shouldn't be up for debate imo. But I'm sure it will sort itself out :)"
yesterday
John Driscoll replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"True.  Why only 3 months--maybe we should target January 2019?"
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Johannes Bergcrantz replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"Three months is great. Some of us have other things to do and have to fit this in to an already packed schedule. And who th is complaining about to MUCH time anyway? Hilarious :)"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"To be fair, this is more about scheduling than compositional quality."
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Robert Raines replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"This string is hilarious... How many composers does it take to change a light bulb? One hundred. One to change the bulb and ninety-nine to say they could have done it better."
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Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"Exactly, I don't believe anyone entering this contest will be doing absolutely no other musical work. Three months for an additional task is a nice timeframe for composers who might well be doing a great many other things. Even if you're…"
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John Driscoll replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"I'd say that needing three months to complete two minutes of music (when there is no specific call for instrumentation or score) is rank hobbyism.  Even if many here do consider music just a casual hobby, many of us do not and spend a lot…"
yesterday
Dave Dexter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"Don't forget that it's 28-32 days, as well. Andrew Thornton, as I live and etc! I thought you'd left.Surely it's not an issue if people like more time to write? Do people need a "case" for wanting longer times?"
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John Driscoll replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"One month"
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andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"1 month. That is 4 weeks. Even if someone entered all 4 elements that leaves 2 minutes of music to make per week.  The only kind of entrant who might have a case for longer is someone who does their own music with real physical drums, pianos…"
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Mark Grand replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"I am fine with one or two months. Three seems excessive."
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Emily Miller Bond replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"I usually need more time, so 3 months is just fine with me."
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Gav Brown replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"Hello all, in 7 days the initial part of this contest, which is to get entrants, will end. We then move into the next phase, which is the time to compose the works. We need a timeframe for this. I have mentioned earlier on this thread a timeframe of…"
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Modern
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
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 4:04pm on January 13, 2018, Doug R. said…

Thanks Much!

At 5:21pm on January 12, 2018, Robert Brooks said…

Thanks Gav, looking forward to being part of the community.

At 3:48am on January 5, 2018, Tommi Erkko said…

Thank you! Glad to be here.

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 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?).  

 
 
 

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