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Forum radio?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown yesterday. 1 Reply

Is there a streaming playlist (not flash based) of music composed by forum members anywhere?  If what little music I have had a chance to check out here is indicative of the rest then radio would be…Continue

A Peculiar Composition: The Mammoth Experiment

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Brus 11 hours ago. 8 Replies

This composition is an attempt to write using only the five notes reportedly found on the Mammoth Cave Reed Flute found in Kentucky.  The flute dates to between 756 BC and 203 BC. The notes used are…Continue

Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer 2 hours ago. 23 Replies

What classical compositions had a serious impact on how or what you write and why? Topic Background:  Earlier I was pondering what makes some music great as opposed to others. It seems to me that the…Continue

Does anyone know of a really good resource for proper notation for Harp?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Driscoll Jan 10. 11 Replies

I love the sound of the harp and often compose parts for it. However, I have zero experience with the instrument and end up writing for it with the techniques and style I tend to play on guitar. But…Continue

 

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Mike Hewer replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"Bob, John, Do you know the Walton violin concerto and the borderline atonal Adams concerto? One romantic and sweeping, the other determined and uncompromising - both brilliant of course. Emily, I love the Grieg piano concerto because I learnt it…"
2 hours ago
Gav Brown replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"Hi MM, I would say that the number one influence on me has been Rick Wakeman, with his dazzling playing, unusual quartal/quintal harmonies, and generally great command of melody and harmony. One example of a good extended work he was a co-composer…"
8 hours ago
Emily F. Singleton replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"If you liked that, you might also like this: OK Feel Good I really enjoyed this piece when listening, but I am not so sure I feel the verbal part of it makes sense. Just my opinion..."
10 hours ago
Emily F. Singleton replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"I forgot to add the Grieg Piano Concerto 1st movement. That was another inspirational piece in writing my violin sonata last year (posted in another discussion). I study viola and piano, so many of the pieces I learn and practice have been…"
10 hours ago
Greg Brus replied to MM Coston's discussion A Peculiar Composition: The Mammoth Experiment
"Multiples of 30 is something that could produce consistent resonance if you stick by it. I figured out what prompted me to suggest the tuning tweaks in the first place, and that is the music of one Harry Partch. You might want to check him out, the…"
11 hours ago
Bob Forrest replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"Yes I have the Korngold violin concerto in my cd collection , I discovered this concerto later then theBarber but I like it very much as a matter of fact I find the violin concerto in the 20th century very pleasing in general . Regards Bob"
12 hours ago
John Driscoll replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"Do you know the Korngold concerto?  I get a similar feeling from its second movement."
12 hours ago
Bob Forrest replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"I like lots of music and many different composers , but what struck me to want to compose I suppose is the beginning of the second movement of Samuel Barbers violin concerto I love the oboe section at the beginning . It is amazing and exactly …"
12 hours ago
MM Coston replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Adding my orchestral score to "The Dark Knight Rises"
"I like the music but it doesn't seem to fit the clip. Although, I've never seen this movie so maybe it does. In contrast, the Harry Potter one you posted (which was awesome, btw) seemed intricately woven into the scene. Its probably a…"
16 hours ago
MM Coston replied to MM Coston's discussion A Peculiar Composition: The Mammoth Experiment
"Thank you for the suggestion Greg. I originally wrote the first 8 bars using the actual given pitches: A+16 cents, Bb -34 cents, B natural, Db +29 cents, and D -1 cent. The result was not unlike a tone deaf ensemble indifferent to each other. I also…"
17 hours ago
Greg Brus replied to MM Coston's discussion A Peculiar Composition: The Mammoth Experiment
"If you want to challenge yourself, do you think you could toss away 12-ton equal temperament for such a piece and experiment with something different? To my ear the use of a modern tuning based scale is jarring here, compared to the sound of the…"
18 hours ago
MM Coston replied to MM Coston's discussion A Peculiar Composition: The Mammoth Experiment
"It goes without mention that native music is often pentatonic which explains the so few notes. I'm not sure if this was due to pitch preferences or the labor required to bore through materials. That's something I've often wondered…"
18 hours ago
MM Coston replied to MM Coston's discussion A Peculiar Composition: The Mammoth Experiment
"Thank you Lawrence. You are the first person knowledgeful about music to say anything (good or bad) about something I've written. To answer your questions: I know they didn't have such instruments. I just use unusual scales to challenge…"
18 hours ago
Lawrence Aurich replied to MM Coston's discussion A Peculiar Composition: The Mammoth Experiment
"This "discovery"  intrigues me.  Let's fashion our own flute.  Take a reed, hallow tube 1 inch in diameter, hold it in both hands up to your mouth.  There would be two thumbs under and eight fingers on top. …"
19 hours ago
Dave Dexter replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"I was drawn to the title of Blow It Up, Start Again and loved it!"
yesterday
Emily F. Singleton replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
"I have not lived long enough to have a huge pile of works to be influenced by, though as an active violist, pianist, and violinist I have had quite a bit of exposure for my 15 years.  A few works that have impacted my journey as a composer are…"
yesterday

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Chamber Ensembles
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Georgia
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I am a self-taught amateur composer who has been writing scores since late 2016 as a vehicle to develop my own style and theory for chamber music compositions. My music is often, but not always, what I call "hyper-melodic" which is polyphonic to the point that any underlying chord progressions are actually another melody. I also often use untraditional cadences, harmonies, and a form I invented called "Dramatique" which features multiple movements with untraditional key changes or other key elements such as instrumentation.

I am inspired by the history of music theory, ethnic music and historical or archeologically discovered scales.

Because my music is not the textbook variety, I think that the way to further my music and style is to get feedback from other composers. This is also important because since I wrote the complex pieces, I know what parts to listen to which makes the piece coherent. However, for someone who hasn't heard the music, it may not sound so great. So far only a couple non-musical friends have said the music is pretty... which doesn't really give me anything to work.
Website:
http://dropr.com/hypermelodic

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At 3:55pm on January 6, 2018, Gav Brown said…

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