Mark Ames has been writing and singing songs since the 70’s. He plays guitar, flute, piano and composes in a wide variety of Genres. He has composed for choral, orchestral, soundscapes string trios…Continue
"All three posts make a good point.
Timothy... your detailed post on the subject explains much about this phenomena.
I would summarize it like this: Context is equally important to Content.
The “Art without a Frame” subject begs…"
"Very sweet and Romantic...
Modern sounding... well, yes due to the arrangement. But if this were performed on acoustic instruments it would fit in with Erik Satie’s “Gymnopodies”
Good balance and space between the melody and the…"
"I listened to the whole piece and enjoyed it. I agree with your take on the speed... the busier parts are fast enough. The "dirge" comment is relevant though... but I believe it's the intent of the mood you were after.
I do agree with…"
"Very nice piece! Warm and Romantic... I especially like the way the harmonies in the left hand develop.
Is this improvised to some extent? or is it fully written out and memorized? Well done in either case.
Thank you for sharing... oh... and…"
"Well... that seems to have worked.
The structure is a bit like a Bach Invention. Harmonically it is akin to Hindemith in that it is diatonic but flirts with atonality while still using a key (C Major) to start and end the piece.
Looking forward to…"
"Well hello Celtic Star Rise!
I was introduced to your music on another forum. You are a Pro in my opinion.
I didn't hear the first version but the song is very good, nicely constructed. I definitely feel the "Hook" in the refrain…"
I'm new here as well. Learning the ropes and getting to kniw my way around.
I listened to both of you pieces. I think "Lovely" is a better description than "Silly." They are quite pleasant actually. The…"
"Interesting... I certainly understand the resistance to learning a new profession (mixing) in fact, I often lament that I really want to focus on composing but spend so much time with the many tasks involved in producing music, (and they are…"
"This is a common problem. You can’t control the device others use to listen to your music but you can do the following:
1) Listen to your work on lots of different devices... headphones, no headphones, different speaker or monitor setups,…"
"Your harmonic approach is similar to Hindemith, tonal and diatonic but not locked into a key. I have explored this both in written pieces and in improvisation.
Once i I get a better handle on posting and uploading (very new here!) I’ll…"
What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical, Jazz, Alternative,
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Newbury Park, California
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Mark Ames has been writing and singing songs since the 70’s. He plays guitar, flute, piano and composes in a wide variety of Genres. He has composed for Choral, Orchestral, Soundscapes String Trios and various ensembles including Electronica, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Folk.
Recent focus has been on mixing live instruments with electronic and studio techniques. Also working on inputting various compositions written in the past into Sebelius and resurrecting old analog tape recordings for source material.
Educated at Pierce Community College, Moorpark Community College, and California State Northridge; majored in Composition and Theory with Guitar as Major Instrument. Also took all the classes available for Electronic Music or Music in the Studio.
My goal is to be paid as a composer for film or video by 2025.
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