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My intention for this thread is to get opinions on the idea below and ask for guidelines on what types of comments are most ideal for replying to posts. I've been debating reducing my comments to a…Continue

Compromised

Started this discussion. Last reply by MM Coston 18 hours ago. 2 Replies

It was a smoggy day and I happened to be driving at sunset.  Everything had a strange orange and pink tint in the smog which was rather unsettling. I was on the interstate and traffic was slow so I…Continue

First two: "Ephemeral Parade" and "Dance of Irresolution (revised)"

Started this discussion. Last reply by MM Coston Apr 15. 5 Replies

The first one on the track is a new piece that is very vanilla sounding to me. It is followed by a revised version of Dance of Irresolution with several issues fixed including the ending. The score…Continue

Dance of Irresolution

Started this discussion. Last reply by MM Coston Apr 13. 28 Replies

I've never tried to write for so many instruments before and although I toned down my personal tastes for this one, it still might be a fail. But having wanted to write a ballet for a long time, and…Continue

 

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MM Coston posted a discussion

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My intention for this thread is to get opinions on the idea below and ask for guidelines on what types of comments are most ideal for replying to posts. I've been debating reducing my comments to a simple 1 to 10 rating "Enjoyment" scale, which is probably the only authentic feedback I can actually provide. Is this a good or bad idea? Why?I've noticed that many people often don't comment on some of the pieces posted here. I have been fortunate in often getting helpful comments but I see that…See More
14 minutes ago
MM Coston replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
"Thank you for posting this Socrates. This is the first example of older music in the traditional vein that sounds interesting, exciting and remarkable to me. I'm guessing he's functioning within the confines of traditional counterpoint…"
1 hour ago
MM Coston replied to John Driscoll's discussion 2nd Interlude from My Opera
"This is enjoyable, John. The music seems to be telling a story and, of course, I try to imagine what that story might be. Given that its within a stage production, I imagine stage lights telling the story by shining on different portions of the set…"
18 hours ago
MM Coston replied to MM Coston's discussion Compromised
"Thanks for listening and the suggestion Bob. I hadn't planned on writing anything, the music came to me without any of my typical over-thinking of theory and details. Admittedly, I was curious as to how well it would work without me trying to…"
18 hours ago
MM Coston replied to Marco Di Stefano's discussion Cuando fui combatiente
"Hi Marco. This is an interesting piece. Are the vocals samples? The way in which they are weaved with the ambience type music and short dramatic portion remind me of documentaries. (It makes me wonder if there is a specialized subgenre with unique…"
18 hours ago
MM Coston replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Quietude
"Stephen, I am certain that I can't say anything about music that you don't already know. But I can say how I hear this piece. The right hand stays in the upper ranges nearly throughout which was causing a bit of ear fatigue for me.…"
19 hours ago
MM Coston replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion 6 GUITAR PRELUDES - BOOK 1
"I find all of these interesting but I especially liked the 3rd and 5th compositions. While I know that you are focused on lyrics and songs, your instrumental work is quite fascinating and tbh I'd like to hear more of it. Have you considered…"
19 hours ago
Bob Porter replied to MM Coston's discussion Compromised
"Thanks for posting this, and for posting your inspiration for it. People might deserve more credit than you give them. Perhaps the person in the next car didn't think you noticed, either. I realize that may not be the point. Your inspiration is…"
yesterday
MM Coston posted a discussion

Compromised

It was a smoggy day and I happened to be driving at sunset.  Everything had a strange orange and pink tint in the smog which was rather unsettling. I was on the interstate and traffic was slow so I had plenty of time to observe my surroundings. People didn't seem to notice that anything was odd and were enjoying the day riding motorcycles, filling the trains, etc.  They also didn't notice the half trees (the ones that have an entire side cut away to make room for the powerlines). This short…See More
yesterday
MM Coston replied to Bob Porter's discussion What is Contemporary style music?
"Surprise... as in unpredictable, is one characteristic (and tactic). Also there is sometimes an effort to display the beauty in things considered, well, not beautiful and the harmony within discord. Its almost like a form of realism. (Life…"
Friday
MM Coston replied to Julie Harris's discussion Soliloquy for Flute and Piano
"Thank you for taking the time to explain, Julie."
Wednesday
MM Coston replied to Timo Schuemer's discussion Fantasie No. 3
"The subtleties were how the staggering lines and shifts in timbre and texture were timed in such a way that it began to create little realms. The video Stephen shared is a good linear example of what I meant by patterns and melodies between notes…"
Wednesday
MM Coston replied to Julie Harris's discussion Soliloquy for Flute and Piano
"Julie, thank you for providing such insight. I might be misunderstanding what you mean, or if you even meant anything at all, about your mention of melody and harmony not being quite the way to think about it but given your further points it sounds…"
Tuesday
MM Coston replied to MM Coston's discussion First two: "Ephemeral Parade" and "Dance of Irresolution (revised)"
"Revisiting reharmonization exercises will definitely be useful once I manage to determine which harmonic framework I want to use.  My current delimma is in choosing and organizing harmonies outside of functional harmony. I've given more…"
Apr 15
MM Coston replied to Julie Harris's discussion Soliloquy for Flute and Piano
"Thank you for starting this thread Julie. To restate my original question: 'How did you intellectually approach the harmony in this piece?' My purpose for asking this is that I am looking for a better, more efficient, approach to…"
Apr 15
Ingo Lee replied to MM Coston's discussion First two: "Ephemeral Parade" and "Dance of Irresolution (revised)"
"I don't know where you are in the study of harmony but here are a couple of sites that start with basics. https://www.musictheory.net/lessons/57 http://openmusictheory.com/triads.html One exercise I like to practice is to choose a common chord…"
Apr 15

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Chamber Music
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.
Website:
https://mcoston3.wixsite.com/hypermelodic

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At 2:48pm on April 6, 2018, Lisa dawson said…

Thank you so much for taking the time to listen, I appreciate your comment. I am completely new to all of this, hence the easy listening.  Would you recommend another genre of music?

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

Welcome MM to the Forum!

 
 
 

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