What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
film, television, web, multimedia, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
About Me (MUST be more than 10 words to be approved):
For over 30 years, I have been composing, performing and recording original music. My orchestral and chamber works have had numerous live performances, and my original scores can be heard in feature-length films, documentaries, industrial videos, and other creative projects.
With many and varied influences from both classical and popular music, my sound at times seems equal parts minimalist, impressionist, and neo-romantic. I describe my style as "Intuitive, loose tonal." I like setting up new systems and rules for a new work almost as much as I like bending and breaking them. I believe that no matter how beautiful the construction and theory behind a piece, the ear should always be the final arbitrator of what remains in a finished musical work.
"I use Pro Tools 8, and with this version pro tool has added a score editor in additiont to the PRV, Its a miniature version of Sibelius score editor. (I think they bought Sibelius and plan to integrate it fully with pro Tools). So you can open both…"
as I never studied the way of reading and writting music, when I first started tu use Cubase, I had to use the piano roll view. It's a very powerfull tool. It allows not only to enter the notes, their durations and their place, but also…"
"Wow, I thought I was the only one. I have composed using PRV for over 15 years now. There's a story. When I got out of the Navy and entered the civilian workforce, I was suddenly poor and had to sell all my music gear. I scraped together enough…"
If the ear says it's right - it's right. Where did I see that?
Always in piano roll, listening,practicing, to write a nuanced piece like Kowalski's ORIGINAL Equilibrium. i do not ever expect anyone to perform my music, so I…"
"Going to go against the grain on this one.
Depending on what the director's vision is, this can be an absolutely fantastic way to work. It requires a good relationship between the two of you, and a lot of trust. It also requires good…"
I'm at work at the moment but I'll try and listen to Equilibrium when I get home tonight.
I do feel that PRV can stop me playing safe. It seems to make me focus on the horizontal considerations more than the vertical…"
Thanks for the reply.
I enjoyed your example. Very nice writing. Do you find that using PRV can break you out of old lines of thinking, or is it just a convenience? I'm interested in talking more about processes and such, if…"
"Wow, I was having this very discussion with two friends yesterday.
Basically I completely agree and I just completed a film cue last night that was written almost entirely in PRV. Full 4 part harmony written in strings. You can listen here."
I'd love to hear of anyone else out there who is using their sequencer's "piano-roll view" as a major composition tool. Particularly theory wonks, and those who use it as a choice in spite of solid training in more traditional technique.I originally considered PRV as a necessary nuisance that I had to endure to make corrections for my orchestral realizations in Sonar. Soon it became clear that certain edits and transformations were much easier to do this way if I just set aside the notation…See More