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Your Compositional Technique

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Corelis Feb 6. 5 Replies

Hi All,I was thinking about whether I had a compositional technique or not. I think it's OK and maybe normal for most composers to not have a compositional technique, because if they do, most don't…Continue

2021 music goals

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Jan 3. 39 Replies

Hi All,My goal for 2021 is to get more people listening to my music. At the moment, I don't care if they pay for it or not. I'm 60 and retired, so the money thing is behind me. I compose in a style…Continue

Audacity export to midi

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob J Kennedy Jan 7, 2016. 4 Replies

Hello Everyone,I am trying export from Audacity as a midi file, but it is greyed out.I have tried changing the import export function, but nothing works. I cannot find anything online. Does anyone…Continue

Tags: midi, Audacity

Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rodney Carlyle Money Jan 8, 2016. 5 Replies

Hello Everyone,Is anyone using the Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand program?If so, how are you using it and what's it like?…Continue

Tags: Concert, Grand, CFX, Studios, Abbey

 

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Jon Corelis replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion Your Compositional Technique
"I fool around with the notes until they sound right."
Feb 6
Rob J Kennedy replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion Your Compositional Technique
"I kind of figured it would be different for most composers. I think there would be benefits to writing to a technique that you've figured out, or even another's technique. That would give you a starting point at least, but these things are…"
Feb 3
michael diemer replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion Your Compositional Technique
"To quote Clint Eastwood: "Whatever Which Way You Can.""
Feb 3
Gav Brown replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion Your Compositional Technique
"I hate anything which gets in the way of putting notes down, so I just start putting notes down and then the next notes, and then the next, until it's done"
Feb 3
Dane Aubrun replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion Your Compositional Technique
"I don't think I have. If I think of an idea I jot it down in whatever way I can - awkward if I'm driving! - then wonder later on if it's worth developing. Sometimes if I feel like playing piano for something to do I record the session…"
Feb 3
Rob J Kennedy posted a discussion

Your Compositional Technique

Hi All,I was thinking about whether I had a compositional technique or not. I think it's OK and maybe normal for most composers to not have a compositional technique, because if they do, most don't talk about it.I was reading Lutoslawski on music, and he says something like "I worked out a technique suitable for my music". I'd guess that most of us composers do that. But I'd be interested to know if you had a specific compositional technique, and what it is and how you came about it?Cheers,RobSee More
Jan 31
Dane Aubrun replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion 2021 music goals
"I had thought of 2021 as being time for consolidation. Write up a few physical scores, put effort into refinement; but I looked back at 2019 and 2020, what I done and how the clerical side of composing has changed.  It seemed pretty obvious…"
Jan 3
DC Cornelius replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion 2021 music goals
Dec 31
Rob J Kennedy replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion 2021 music goals
"Well, I do put the effort in. I put the effort into the original composition. That's why I said it's heart breaking to have to re-do it all again to get a quality sound. That sort of thing makes me lose all enthusiasm for my music. I know…"
Dec 31
Rob J Kennedy replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion 2021 music goals
"Yes, I only use NotePerformer. It is good."
Dec 31
Dane Aubrun replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion 2021 music goals
"It's about getting the sound that you want or as near as possible to it. No sample library has everything so one has two choices: work within the limits of what you have or don't do it at all. Being self-critical is important to me and I…"
Dec 31
DC Cornelius replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion 2021 music goals
"Hi, Rob...This is the question posed in your opening post: I'd love to know what you would do in my position? Rob...I Would luv to have Vinnie Colaiuta, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl performing all my drum parts for example, but that ain't…"
Dec 31, 2020
Ingo Lee replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion 2021 music goals
"Hey Rob, are you familiar with NotePerformer for Sibelius?"
Dec 31, 2020
Dane Aubrun replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion 2021 music goals
"Nice.  Now if only they demonstrated more of that in the demos it would have helped. As for the BBCSO there was no way to turn off the reverb in player. The rotary knob toward the left at the bottom adjusts the reverb and at 0% the reverb is…"
Dec 31, 2020
Rob J Kennedy replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion 2021 music goals
"Hi Dane, You have more patience than me man. I reckon that once I have spent months writing a piece, say a sting quartet, it's just too heart-breaking to go and re-create it all over again in DAW to get a life like performance. I know that…"
Dec 31, 2020
Rob J Kennedy replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion 2021 music goals
"Thanks. I use the Native Instruments Grandure for my piano. It is the most realistic I've ever tried. I wish I could play in the notes like others can. I have tried and any more than two instruments and it is an awful mess that no quantising…"
Dec 31, 2020

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Web, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Post Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Canberra
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
Music cast its spell on me as a child. The first instrument I played (notice I said played, not taught to play) was the flute.

Over the years I have played, the guitar, the trumpet, the violin, the piano and the recorder. I have had many teachers for most of these instruments, and composition and orchestration, but I am largely self-taught.​

Arriving into my teens during the early 1970s had a major influence on the music I listened to and wrote, especially progressive rock, which led to bigger things. I moved on to “classical” music at 18, when I bought my first piano.​

Post-classical music is where my strength and heart is today, although, jazz and baroque music have a strong pull on me. I like to think all three of these styles can be heard in my compositions now.​

The orchestra is the goal for a lot of composers. The sound colours, the shape of the music it can create, and the dynamic of the orchestra cannot be matched, in my opinion.

The orchestra offers the composer a limitless range of expression techniques, and that’s what music is about for me.​

Music is the most empathetic form of communication I know to express to another person what it feels like to be alive.
Website:
https://robjkennedy.bandcamp.com/

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