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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
contemporary classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Cambridge UK
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I write for classical guitar, small ensemble and for electronic realisation.I am also a producer that runs and owns Riverrun Records.
I have particular interests in the interaction between composers and the recording studio. Few composers have really taken advantage of what a studio can do and I have theorised (endlessly - sorry friends) about a scoring system that would permit a composer to indicate panning, volume, fades, reverbs etc.
I have a concomitant belief that (certainly in the UK) thew major works (involving large orchestras) will never be performed as the money is not there to fund them (typically £20,000 for a recording). So we are going to have to find ways of making our midi and samples work for us.
I teach. I suppose we all have to but in teaching composition and record producing I notice one thing - a difference between those who go on to get where they want to be and those that don't appears in their listening tastes. The good guys have listened to so much music in their lives that they just have great resources to draw on.
Other thread starters: modern music is struggling in the way that modern painting isn't - discuss. (is it the lack of a valuable artefact?)

The Fantasy for Guitar part 1 - MP3 loaded above

This is the first movement of a four movement work. The work is written but I'm just working on the performance and recording.

The opening is played only on the B string of the guitar ensuring that all the other strings can vibrate in sympathy. The theme is deeply hidden and only comes to the surface in the final movement which is a playing of a Sarabande by Bach. Guitarists will note my debt to Ben Britten by my use of this structure - particularly by the use of an established piece of the lute repertoire as its goal.

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At 12:21pm on August 15, 2010, Steve Chandler said…
John, welcome and I hope you'll post some music for us to hear here.
At 6:19pm on August 12, 2010, Tyler Hughes said…
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