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Orchestral work Competition. CANCELLED

Started this discussion. Last reply by Art Lowell Jul 26, 2017. 230 Replies

Dear Forumites,Ray and myself regret to inform you that this competition is as it says in the header, cancelled.We still think it was a worthy adventure because the winner could well have benefitted…Continue

3 Preludes and..wait for it...FUGUES- Extended with 3 more

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Jun 28, 2017. 85 Replies

WARNING : Ear Classification Rating - contains mild to strong dissonance and no tune you can hum. Not useable in a trailer context. Recommended ear strength - seasoned 20thC+ (and curious,…Continue

Good Internet Resource on technique.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Pearson May 16, 2017. 17 Replies

Hi All, I found this the other day and thought I'd post it for those who haven't seen it.It's an archive of theory books that can be downloaded for free.Here's the site...…Continue

String Bowing explained-videos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Mar 30, 2017. 5 Replies

Hi All,String bowing is an essential part of the compositional process as is all phrasing and articulation, because it  reveals your true musical intentions. .You don't have to be precise about…Continue

 

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Mike Hewer replied to Ethan Moore's discussion Real metric modulation?
"it is an interesting idea and one that has creative potential. Again in the spirit of pivoting, you could perhaps have the transition bars in 7/8 which is the intermediary signature between 3/4 and 4/4. Passage work in 3/4 could then be subverted by…"
yesterday
Mike Hewer replied to Ethan Moore's discussion Real metric modulation?
"Well it sounds easy enough and can be done by beaming i.e. keeping  beaming and/or accent/phrasing, consistent with 3/4  in  the 4/4 bars. John has mentioned phase music, but you have said you do not want to change tempo (nor,…"
Wednesday
Mike Hewer replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
""And start writing it 2 hours before closing time. Better yet, improvise it 2 minutes before...." Welcome to the world of writing music for media....seriously! mikehewer.com"
Tuesday
Mike Hewer replied to Ethan Moore's discussion Real metric modulation?
"Hi Ethan, Could you be a bit more specific, what are you trying to achieve? As you no doubt know, you can change to virtually any time signature whilst keeping a constant pulse, as often and as varied as you like (so long as it's playable and…"
Tuesday
Mike Hewer replied to MM Coston's discussion Most influencial works that changed the way you write music?
" Messiaens developments in technique. Brittens' economy of means and language. Dutilleux, Tippett and Shostakovitch have also influenced me. In fact there are so many facets of technique from 16thC polyphony all the way up to the present…"
Sunday
Mike Hewer replied to John Driscoll's discussion Cloth on Piano (Salonen)
"Wow, I love this piece John, thanks for posting it. Why have you put this in an orchestration thread, are you thinking of scoring this? What a great final chord."
Sunday
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)
"Hi Socrates, Your welcome mate. My mistake on the  b25-26 issue, I was listening/watching on an ipad and the resolution was not great for the video and I missed the arco direction, of course it is fine. You are correct that a faster change to…"
Sunday
Mike Hewer replied to John Driscoll's discussion How to Write Your Music in a Notation Program and Have It Played by a DAW - AT THE SAME TIME
"I dunno John, I have classical recordings that have over-egged processed reverb to make the sound bigger ( and yet just diffusing the sound too much) and there have been plenty of examples of dry scores over the years. It has to be appropriate for…"
Jan 13
Mike Hewer replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion THE TABLE NEXT TO MINE (song for Tenor, Guitar & String Quartet)
"Hi Socrates, As usual, your part writing is excellent. I just picked on a few things, three of which are practical and one subjective. The change from pizz to arco from b25 to 26 is too quick for the players to engage the bow. The simple remedy is…"
Jan 13
Mike Hewer replied to John Driscoll's discussion How to Write Your Music in a Notation Program and Have It Played by a DAW - AT THE SAME TIME
"Hi John, I don't want to de-rail your thread by talking about reverbs and mixing. Suffice to say that I use reverbs of no longer than 2-2.5sec. Pre-delay also plays a big part in creating depth (the lower the delay, the further away the sound…"
Jan 12
Mike Hewer replied to John Driscoll's discussion How to Write Your Music in a Notation Program and Have It Played by a DAW - AT THE SAME TIME
"The close mics in combo with tree ( or ambient) works well with a ratio of about  3:4 in favour of the tree for my ears. You still get a concert sound but If it is too close for you, filter in a little of the ambient mic. How long is your decay…"
Jan 11
Mike Hewer replied to John Driscoll's discussion How to Write Your Music in a Notation Program and Have It Played by a DAW - AT THE SAME TIME
""Thanks, Mike.  Yeah, my setup is not for everyone, but I have found it extremely helpful in creating mockups quickly". It's a good post John as some folk here might be encouraged to try your set up. I think it would work…"
Jan 11
Mike Hewer replied to John Driscoll's discussion How to Write Your Music in a Notation Program and Have It Played by a DAW - AT THE SAME TIME
"You can alter the underlying MIDI data for any of the 127 CCs, I don't think Finale will record values from a fader (nor are you allowed to apply automation rules).  It's not that sophisticated. CC fader work is such an important…"
Jan 10
Mike Hewer replied to John Driscoll's discussion How to Write Your Music in a Notation Program and Have It Played by a DAW - AT THE SAME TIME
"Sorry John, I edited and we are out of sync!!! Please read above again...:-) So to continue, can Finales fader automation be defined to any of the 127cc's  and how many faders can you automate in Finale?"
Jan 9
Mike Hewer replied to John Driscoll's discussion How to Write Your Music in a Notation Program and Have It Played by a DAW - AT THE SAME TIME
"Yes all can be mapped. One thought just struck me. Some parameters are controlled with fader movement and not a specific value (thinking about the SFA parameters above and plenty of others. How do you deal with defining and implementing real time…"
Jan 9
Mike Hewer replied to John Driscoll's discussion How to Write Your Music in a Notation Program and Have It Played by a DAW - AT THE SAME TIME
"I see. Yes they are controlled with cc. Are you limited in terms of amount of expressions you can create in Finale? I'm thinking of other sample sets that have a lot of parameters one can manipulate, like sample modelling and Vsl."
Jan 9

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Television, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
From Gregorian Chant to the 21st cent. Also Sinatra, Fitzgerald et al and Jazz.
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
Where do you live?
UK
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
Trained at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Worked in media for about 30 years and won many awards.
Now concentrating on writing more serious concert music.
Website:
http://mikehewer.com

 

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At 2:57am on June 4, 2017, Rod Moulds said…

Thank you very much!

At 9:31am on October 20, 2016, Bob Morabito said…

You're very welcome Mike..GREAT music. And so glad you like the compilation:)

Have a GREAT day! :)  Bob

At 9:51am on October 19, 2016, Bob Morabito said…

HI Mike--Thanks so much for your interest, but sadly Im not able to post a score.

And BTW--your Violin Sonata is EXCELLENT! I enjoyed it very much:)

So nice hearing from you:)  Thanks Bob

At 12:17pm on October 14, 2016, Ray Kemp said…
Yes Mike, I get where you're at in your life. I turned down my chance of performing music as anything other than semi-profession way back in 1967 although had another chance with a group in 1969 but. I decided to keep the day job in engineering. 20 years ago my wife's uncle who played sax in various London ensembles from Joe Loss to performing harmonics for rock bands in recording sessions told me not to get too deeply involved in theory and sight reading. He reckoned it would kill whatever inspired my tunes. I'm just having fun in my music room (den) and enjoy collaborating with others in producing their music. I have to admit, sometimes folks read my posts as being angry but nothing could be further from the truth. I'd just like them to push themselves a little harder.
Ray
At 1:19pm on October 12, 2016, Ray Kemp said…
Mike, I listen to your clarinet, percussion and string work where I then wonder what all the noise is about elsewhere on the board here. You really must have spare time on your hands to bother posting here amongst so many never will be wannabes.

Kind regards
Ray
At 7:25pm on October 4, 2016, Tyler Hughes said…

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