"Hi Dave these sound like Irish uilleann pipes. Which can over blow and are one of the hardest and flexible pipes. World wide there are around 40 different sorts. One of my favourites is one of the Italian…"
"Good point. I have just been telling another composer about my own lack of enjoyment about adding dynamics and tempo's etc to pieces as I used to subscribe to the Baroque and earlier way of thinking that the musicians should be good…"
"Thanks for the information I will check out EWQL Hollywood Orch. Sounds great. At the moment I use the new Dorico programme plus their in house midi. My poor computer is sadly not up to the job of running full orchestra and stops…"
"Hi, nice piece. Good gentle lilt. For me it could do with a bit more dynamic contrast? And maybe working on the shaping of phrases using dynamics etc. You might consider some tempo change such as a rit... at the end or a…"
"Surely that is part of the process, to figure out and experiment, to see how things sound altered. That is the fun (for me) of composing. I keep changing things until they do not annoy me any more. I still revisit pieces that I…"
"I think learning to believe in yourself seems to be one of the main ways of finding happiness.
All this seems a huge amount of lonely work. I did reach out 4 or 5 years ago but have lapsed due to other pressures.
I will try…"
"Hi Bob, it is good to have a conversation about composing. I liken myself as an alien in a strange land, as my interests are so outside of current culture.
Derek lives in Edinburgh, and I see him a few times a year in orchestra…"
"Hi Bob thank you for your kind and helpful comments. I am very fitful when it comes to networking. And can find it just one to many things to do.
The depression is life long. But made more acute at the moment with work issues…"
"Hi Bob, I am off on sick leave for the first time with depression etc... And part of the depression is that I have always had a compulsion to compose, it helps me deal with depression. I do have a family and kids etc but find composing…"
What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Baroque and Renaissance
Is music your main income source?
Where do you live?
Anstruther, Fife Scotland
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.
Hi, I am a composer living and working in Scotland. I have been writing for 30 years but have only recently been confident enough to show my works to anyone. I write accessible music which uses techniques, and influences from medieval to the present day. I particularly enjoy the Baroque period but like music of all genres. The music that you hear on this site is only computer generated but has been played by musicians. I have recently had my first official recording from Parma records. My main income however comes from teaching upper strings and Piano for Dundee Council. I also play early music for Scottish Heritage in Edinburgh Castle and at Roslynn Chapel, and I also play Viola, Celeste and Harpsichord in various local orchestras to keep me up to speed.