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My Mac Pro Build

Started Feb 5, 2015 0 Replies

I'm quickly approaching retirement, at least retirement from my small business and wanted to get a DAW computer that would work for possibly 5 to 7 years. I prefer working in OSX so that made my…Continue

Sample Tank 3 Coming

Started this discussion. Last reply by IK Multimedia Aug 9, 2014. 1 Reply

Ik Multimedia has announced the July 2014 release of SampleTank 3. Over 30GB of samples are  included. Check out the pre-release sale at their site for users of any of their sample libraries.Big…Continue

Imbedded mp3 Issues

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phillip Lovgren May 21, 2014. 2 Replies

I have no idea if there is a resident coder available on this site or what it would take but it would be nice if the imbedded mp3 files people are posting in the Music Disection forum would actually…Continue

The CFX Concert Grand Released

Started this discussion. Last reply by Johan Roeraade May 20, 2014. 9 Replies

After MakeMusic/Garritan announced the CFX Concert Grand as coming soon last November it has finally been released! At $300 it is one of the most expensive sampled piano libraries ever announced and…Continue


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Phillip Lovgren replied to Steve Chandler's discussion Help, computer died where to go now?
"If you get a Mac you might think about getting a 2010 3.33GHz or 3.46GHz 12-core used Mac Pro. They are roughly around $1500 on and a bit more from online sellers like OWC and It sounds like you haven't been needing the latest…"
Jul 21
Phillip Lovgren replied to Niklas Krig's discussion One of my more "epic" compositions. I would love to hear what you think!
"Well, it's obvious that you're into creating soundtrack music which is good. It sounds fine although a little generic but you probably are aware of that. There is a forum on the web that is pretty soundtrack centric where you can find…"
Feb 1, 2016
Phillip Lovgren replied to Daniel Perrea's discussion My First Orchestral Piece
"Hi Daniel, It sounds like you are creating this music more as a soundtrack. So you're creating the feeling of this force of nature but what are you saying about this beyond that. Are you visualizing this and the your music is intended as part…"
Jan 24, 2016
Phillip Lovgren replied to GT Little, Jr.'s discussion EW Symphonic Choirs Software
"If you need to have the choir sing your words then it's the only product available. It's an older library with a very high learning curve but does do what it says it will do if you want to invest the time to develop the skill necessary for…"
Jan 13, 2016
Phillip Lovgren replied to cj van brakel's discussion short piece of epic trailer music
"I listened to your soundtrack music and it's fine but a little generic. I think your on the right track and it's fine to emulate other's music but you'll need to start taking chances, looking inward and believing in yourself…"
Dec 25, 2015
Phillip Lovgren replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Midi + Audio sequencing
"Stephen,  Ok, So you've gotten your piano roll midi tracks playing back to your satisfaction. Now you'll render or bounce those tracks to audio. What basically is happening is that the midi instruments are playing back the performance…"
Nov 20, 2015
Phillip Lovgren replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Midi + Audio sequencing
"Stephen, Another option is to export your music from Sibelius as a midi file(type 1 for mutitracks) and import that file into a DAW. Then you will need to assign instruments to each track that corresponds with with your arrangement in Sebelius.…"
Nov 9, 2015
Phillip Lovgren replied to Olmnilnlolm's discussion Galina Ustvolkskaya (Гали́на Ива́новна Уство́льская)
"I listened to what little of here music was available online years ago. I read that Galina Ustvolkskaya composed without measures. I also read that she composed music that was a rebellion against soviet brutality and spiritual oppression. Her…"
Nov 6, 2015
Phillip Lovgren replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion I Just Ordered New Toys, Um I meant "Tools"
Aug 24, 2015
Phillip Lovgren replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion I Just Ordered New Toys, Um I meant "Tools"
"Hello Rodney, I believe you may still be able to use your 64-bit libraries with Finale using Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 as the sample host which then connects to Finale. Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 does a lot of the work for your software. I'm using it…"
Aug 8, 2015
Phillip Lovgren replied to daryl sprake's discussion the reason why classical music is dying
"Anyone post this 2014 Slate article entitled Requiem- Classical Music Is Dead"
Jul 21, 2015
Phillip Lovgren replied to daryl sprake's discussion the reason why classical music is dying
"There is a correlation between economic activity and cultural activity. If a individual or a people are struggling economically then there isn't much energy left for cultural interests. But I don't think that is the case now. People who…"
Jul 16, 2015
Phillip Lovgren replied to Cameron James's discussion Changed my musical direction after 10+ years, here is my first video clip
"A real good job on this compositionally and sonically. What it needs is a beginning and some expanding of the theme. Right now it just sounds like a short part of something but I'm sure you realize that. Maybe you could compose something in the…"
May 2, 2015
Phillip Lovgren replied to Ronald Armstrong's discussion An Autumn Dream (corrected files)
"Your sound file doesn't work with my iPad or my Mac. I suggest using something like Box, Soundcloud or even YouTube. "
May 2, 2015
Phillip Lovgren replied to Mariza Costa-Cabral's discussion What's the best way to convert from .WAV to .MP3 ?
"Switch for Windows. Lower Right of the page.   Switch."
May 2, 2015
Phillip Lovgren replied to Felipe Andres Montero Diaz's discussion Back to Life - Experimental Acoustic Piece
"Second on tossing the reverse audio option and coming up with something listenable to add to this. I think you could increase the volume just slightly on that instrument that comes in before the flute at the beginning but keep it subtle. Also at…"
May 2, 2015

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Shelton, Washington
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I'm a hobbyist composer with some early training who composes when I have the time for personal enjoyment. I compose in traditional, modern, pop and experimental forms.

Words and Instrument/Voice Assignments For Forgiven


The woman: Violin                                  

The man: Viola

Female voice: Oboe

Male voice: Tuba

Piano intro.  

Scene 1.

A man and a woman are arguing. The woman slaps the mans face and begins to cry. The man walks off looking sad. 

A woman fell in love 

with a man who said his love was true      [female voice with chorus]

and he would cherish her forever              

But she was only being kept

for he cared not where he slept

He broke her heart

and now she sings this song

Where, where went all the love              [the woman repeated twice]

the love that broke my heart

and left me crying

When, when will I find love

love to fill my heart

and I'm smiling

Yes, I know that I should be strong

Please, please love come again 

I feel so all alone

How could I not see what I have done            [the man with woman on repeat] 

is what I never wanted                 

Will our love be washed away 

with the tears that flow from your heart

Without you there will be no joy

No one to touch and whisper to in the night

Please , please love come again 

I feel so all alone


Scene 2.

The man attempts to caress the woman but is rejected. The man falls to his knees and begins to weep. The woman then lifts him up into her bosom and they caress each other smiling. 

And here they are                              [female voice and chorus]

so close,  yet so far apart

She makes the choice to forgive

She takes him back into her heart     [male voice chimes in]


Now, now I'm in your arms                [man and woman with chorus]

your warmth caresses my soul

and makes me happy

Joy, joy in what we have  

until our journey ends

And forever  

We will live our lives

with each other in our hearts  

Love, love has come again 

we'll never be alone

Love, love has come again

It sings a lovely song



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At 4:44pm on April 27, 2014, Alex Dunn said…


I completely agree with you about 'The Unexpected Cosmic'. I've always felt that there's a very clear point roughly half way in when the music comes to an end. Either the whole piece should end there or I should separate the two sections with an emphatic pause and have the second half as a second movement. I really like the second half, it's just that it needs to stand alone.

I'm impressed with the piano sound of your setup. It sounds completely real. I'll do my best to give some of your other pieces a listen as well. 

Thanks for taking the time to listen to 'The Unexpected Cosmic'. Eight minutes is a long time when the piece is dragging!

Alex :)

At 2:43pm on April 27, 2014, Alex Dunn said…

Hi Phillip,

I just listened to 'Forgiven'. It's a lovely piece musically and the theme that's being discussed in the words is very profound. I think forgiveness for sexual infidelity must be one of the hardest things a human can do.

The piano part sounds like a real piano. Am I right? What equipment are you using to produce all the other sounds? 

Alex :)

At 11:11pm on May 22, 2013, Quinn Mason said…


I just listened to 'Warp' and loved it so much, i just had to tell you. Keep up the great work!


At 10:57pm on May 22, 2013, Quinn Mason said…


Welcome to the forum, glad to have you aboard. I look forward to hearing your music and seeing you around the forum!


At 10:33pm on May 22, 2013, Tyler Hughes said…

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