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A little piece of HELL! (orchestra & things)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray Kemp Sep 23, 2016. 5 Replies

Hi there,This little doodle was supposed to be a part of a larger whole, then it was supposed to be left alone until Halloween for the sake of relevance, or possibly the annual VA contest... then I…Continue

Working title: Plains 01

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Jun 20, 2016. 5 Replies

Hello,here's a thing I've been doodling with in the past few days. The primary goal with this piece was to create something that's very, very slow, and doesn't involve cheating (making the background…Continue

Just a fugue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Jun 22, 2015. 7 Replies

We have a counterpoint class this year where we are supposed to write lots of fugues. A few turned out pretty well so I thought I might as well share here.Score included.Continue

A Short Tale of Chivalry (Symphonic Suite) - score + mockup

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Marko Aug 14, 2014. 10 Replies

Hey there. Recently I've been working on a somewhat easily accessible video game-ish / film music suite for orchestra, to be performed by a local youth orchestra at a concert in late September. If we…Continue


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Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"Gav, any percussion will add color, percussion is the most colorful group by far :) The key is to be able to imagine what kind of color enhancement you want where, then you can try matching instruments until something clicks. Because the…"
Apr 11
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"It will depend on what you mean by functioning "somewhat like" that drum kit. What I hear is mostly the drowning out of half the orchestra. Not usually the desirable outcome in my book. Drumkits have *a lot* of punch and presence."
Apr 10
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"No matter how you build your violin, you aren't going to delete the laws of physics. Sound from a fingered note propagates, and open strings vibrate in reaction to outside sound that matches their spectrum at least to some extent - the better…"
Apr 9
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"Correct, but I meant the resonance between a fingered note and the rest of the instrument. Some notes resonate very strongly (a G in any octave, for example), others not so much. A key with many accidentals will force the player to stick to notes…"
Apr 8
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"There's a ton of little details that an experienced person will pick up on that could use some thought, I could spend the entire evening talking about these. Instead I'll just answer your questions :) 1) A decent rule of thumb for keys is…"
Apr 7
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion 10 Scores Found on Youtube
"Hey, I play Tom and Jerry. Hiromi in general is a crazy rollercoaster ride. I recommend most of her stuff (especially the works that abuse synthesizers)."
Mar 25
Greg Brus replied to Victor Eijkhout's discussion Jazz waltzes
"You have rehearsal letter C twice. Also, is it actually supposed to be a jazz waltz? Because C #1 goes there a bit, but the rest not so much. Jazz waltz is a bit bouncy thanks to the syncopation, and it basically has to swing."
Feb 12
Greg Brus replied to Stephen Lines's discussion What does a conductor do?
"I will just point out that the 99% rehearsal skill part of conducting genius isn't a part of the live performance, so asking someone from the audience what they enjoyed about the concert and expecting them to refer to this backend work is…"
Feb 4
Greg Brus replied to Saul Dzorelashvili's discussion I not a Scientist or a Mathematician nor am I a Digital Engineer
"Even if it does, you'll still have to understand how the instrument works musically to get results out of it. The computer will not do the comprehension for you (and if it does, then you aren't the composer anymore). "Virtual…"
Jan 27
Greg Brus replied to Brandon Schwab's discussion Throwing Feathers - Brandon Schwab ---- All Feedback Appreciated
"56-60 should be fine for any professional jazz players, it's not a weird juxtaposition, it just looks ugly on paper. Notify them well in advance that this is the place they should check out and digest above everything else and they'll…"
Jan 17
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestral Instrumentation Question
"Gav, I don't know of any harmonies that can "only work on the piano". In fact the opposite is probably true (because a pianist is limited to a single ADSR shape in his playing, his main expressive tools are voicing and timing, and…"
Jan 15
Greg Brus replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestral Instrumentation Question
"Do you already have a plan for what, exactly, you need the orchestra for? I'm asking this question because since you immediately state that a piano will be included (and to be fair, going by what I know about the music you usually write, too),…"
Jan 13
Greg Brus replied to OscoBosco's discussion Wrote a String Quartet. Would love some feedback and comments :)
"Hah. I knew you'd be a pianist. I checked, just to be sure... bingo! What gave it away is the slurs, which you use exactly like they're usually used in piano parts - big picture phrasing. Adler's Study Of Orchestration gives a great…"
Dec 29, 2018
Greg Brus replied to Matthew Jenner's discussion Young Film Composer Looking For Feedback
"Actually, it's mostly about whatever lands you the gig. After that, you can do whatever you like / your director likes / whatever fits, but you need the gig first."
May 29, 2018
Greg Brus replied to Matthew Jenner's discussion Young Film Composer Looking For Feedback
"Of course, Skyrim soundtrack *is* great. I only skimmed through the tracks, I will try to listen in more detail when I have the time."
May 28, 2018
Greg Brus replied to Matthew Jenner's discussion Young Film Composer Looking For Feedback
"I asked because I listened to like 10 seconds of the first track that showed up and I thought "hey, that's Skyrim atmospheres". Not in a compositional sense but rather how the space is treated (although Jerry has even more reverbs and…"
May 28, 2018

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Multimedia, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
latin jazz, some movie scores, spectral music
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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.
Currently: performing as a pianist, learning voice, leading a choir. Composition has been pushed onto the "To Do" list for when there is both excess time and motivation. It has become a rather long list at this point, though.

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At 3:58am on August 19, 2014, SEDstar said…

If march of the damned was leading into another piece? I find myself wondering... How powerful and explosive would THAT piece be, if this is the intro? Sort of thing that makes you shiver, wondering.

At 3:55am on August 19, 2014, SEDstar said…

Hi Mr Bros...

I never forgot your advice, for me to try 5/4 time for something different? I am not here much, but, when I popped in just now... I HAD to listen to a piece of yours... After all, this is the guy that I remembered "sounded like Holst" after all..

March of the damned...I REALLY LIKed it. it has a number of "things" I like in music. Heavy sound, ominous. I liked the "tension" around 1:10 or 1:20 or so... Overall, it gives you the sense of something big and heavy, rolling, and it can't be stopped.


At 1:18am on January 8, 2014, Lassi Tani said…

I'm listening to your music again and again. It's really great!

At 4:41pm on November 19, 2013, Zak Rahman said…

I really like your work. A lot of people have commented on it, but "The Merchant's Refuge" in particular is superb.

At 11:40pm on August 3, 2013, Jason N. said…

hey Greg...Trololol

At 7:45am on July 15, 2013, Tim Marko said…

Ii just listened to your "Merchants Refuge".  I really like the percussion ostinato you have.  It set a great mood for the entire piece.  The whole piece was very well done!

At 3:35pm on October 12, 2010, SEDstar said…
I owe you a deep debt of gratitude, Mr. Brus...

you seemingly simple suggestion to try writing a piece in 5/4 time? Well, thanks. It allowed me to get lucky and make the first "big" piece i ever made in my life. Thank you so much... what was that other time signature you reccomended? 7/8 ? next time around I'll play with that one... THANKS!

MAN, whatever it is these polish music schools are doing, they need to show the rest of the world how they run their schools... you are amazing...
At 10:05am on October 12, 2010, SEDstar said…
Wow... is that you playing the piano? Its *really good*. If you programmed it, I'm just as amazed... it sounds beautiful.

Your first composition, sounde impressive to me... i think this is you playing the piano, and its impressive... I can only think its a combination of talent, long work, education...

... and if you ever compose big film scores here in the states? I dont want any money... but I would rather enjoy being allowed to sip an apple martini at the poolside, everyone wondering why I'm there, lol...

I'm impressed.
At 1:25am on October 5, 2010, SEDstar said…
Hello,Mr. Brus... or, as I think of you "Holst Jr", heh heh

If you click around on "My page" or the quick-add menu stuff... you can add some of your own tracks to your MyPage here. That way when someone comes here after clicking on your picture, they can hear a few pieces your working on... typically, they will leave you a line or two worth of comment...

Your composition was a joy to listen to, very thrilling.
At 8:05am on September 30, 2010, Tyler Hughes said…
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