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AFTER BIG BANG

Started May 15 0 Replies

Fugal writing seems to be in fashion currently on this forum, so here is a vocal one (I could not turn it into a song cause I did not have any more ideas on the lyric side).Any comments/criticisms…Continue

DOPPELGANGER OF US ALL

Started this discussion. Last reply by roger stancill Apr 24, 2016. 33 Replies

WARNING: LINKS CONTAIN MATERIAL NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AND MAY BE OFFENSIVE (Admin edit)In the film "The Third Man", the hero Harry Lime asserted that war and strife is necessary because it…Continue

Brussels yesterday

Started Mar 22, 2016 0 Replies

New terrorist attack, in Brussels this time. How long can we continue to tolerate our bankrupt democracies? How long before we find ourselves one bridge too far?p.s. Donald Trump has already…Continue

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Olmnilnlolm Mar 22, 2016. 4 Replies

You're still the greatest!Happy Birthday!Thanks for the music!You're still the greatest!and the best tempered!…Continue

 

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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"Prophetic or what? Still, (for my part and similarly minded people), I find violins and guitars sexier. I can still take them on the beach and play with them. If I take a VST no girl would look at me :-("
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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
yesterday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"I would like to add (since I cannot edit my own previous posts in this forum outside a ridiculous 15 minute limit), that the old computer adage "shit in = shit out" is still in force as far as music goes, despite the suburb and very…"
yesterday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"  Fair enough if the situation has changed, Bob. But I think that most serious academic institutions still differentiate and provide courses in separate disciplines as "music composition", "music technology" etc. If the…"
yesterday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"For a general audience of non-musicians I would try to make a sequence on the Sibelius sounding as good as my ability and equipment allows me. But presenting the same piece in a composers forum, I would expect the composers to follow the score pdf…"
yesterday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"The idea of a musical score depicting musical thought of someone has reached through centuries of development almost a perfect state as far as semantics go, that is. To me it is more important to approach with honesty that musical thought and with…"
yesterday
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"Very reasonable, both Bob and Gregorio. Make the best of what you have is a good approach, as most of us will never have the doh to hire a professional orchestras to realize our megnificent concepts or magnificent rubbish, whichever the case may be."
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AFTER BIG BANG

Fugal writing seems to be in fashion currently on this forum, so here is a vocal one (I could not turn it into a song cause I did not have any more ideas on the lyric side).Any comments/criticisms welcome. AFTER BIG BANG She came on top, her body was so young,We made love and then we induced the Big Bang!So, after our love making we were born,Then all the stars, our sky to adorn!See More
May 15
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Daniel Zarb-Cousin's discussion Fantasy for Orchestra
"I took it as a somehow abstract theme allowing numerus permutations, and I liked both it and its permutations. Obviously very Mahlerian in mood, it makes good reference to him. I am not a sympathizer with any form of spiritualism (emotional or…"
May 14
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion Bach
"Since when theological speculation can pass as serious musicology? So, for us atheists there is no hope to ever know the essence of Bach's music then? Oh well, who cares about essence (if there is any extra-musical as such). I still can enjoy…"
May 14
Socrates Arvanitakis posted a blog post

SUNSET IN RIALTO

Just an old song of mine in a home recording from last summer. Me and a friend on guitars and him also singing it as my voice was quite out of order. Since it has Greekk lyrics I give a rough translationVENEZIA22/7/1996SUNSET IN RIALTO Sunset descents to Rialto,I sat somewhere thoughtful to eat something,I say to myself, "let's order as a first dishrisotto and peas, which I love!" And the waiter says,"this dish is served only for two". Damn! What choice does he give me,is it a diner for laughs…See More
May 14
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to gregorio X's discussion A La Plage - Homage to Debussy
"Very beautiful piece, Gregorio! I've enjoyed it thoroughly. Good to have something from you to start my day. :-)"
Jul 1, 2016
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Pierre-Louis's discussion The philosophy of composing
"That goes without saying for me too, Rodney."
May 30, 2016
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Pierre-Louis's discussion The philosophy of composing
"That's what Greg and Fred suggested in the first place... (as for spirituality there are those of us who get it only from raki, brandy, etc. What that has to do with music that we right, or gods for that matter?) That's why I suggested…"
May 29, 2016
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Pierre-Louis's discussion The philosophy of composing
"Yes Roger, I merely meant that. "Imagine" is a master-song as a composition in comparison to similar songs in youtube with hi hits number (all similarity ends there), which in my opinion are rubbish."
May 28, 2016
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Pierre-Louis's discussion The philosophy of composing
"I agree with all that but still it seems that John Lennon's songs and Madonna's songs have a lot of hits in youtube which on the other hand I cannot categorize as the same kind of measurement, as the musical caliber  of the musicians…"
May 28, 2016

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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?
Main stream, Jazz, traditional
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
Where do you live?
Greece and UK
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I studied at Middlesex University (BA) and London University (Mmus), composition and ethnomusicology.
I am a classical guitar player and I also play the bouzouki, mandolin, recorder, Cretan lute and a little the fiddle.
I am both a traditionalist and a modern composer.
I have composed various works (still in manuscript) and at the moment I write a lot of (tonal/modal songs) based on my own lyrics. It is those that I intend to submit for criticism and help in the first place and also I find some of the threads and discussions interesting and I would like to participate occasionally.
Website:
http://www.helicon.gr/

2, 3, 4 STRING QUARTET no. 1

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The first of my completed string quartets. Serial techniques used throughout.

Quartetto%20Per%20Archi%20no.%201%20%20I-II-III.pdf

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SUNSET IN RIALTO

Posted on May 14, 2017 at 1:22am 0 Comments

Just an old song of mine in a home recording from last summer. Me and a friend on guitars and him also singing it as my voice was quite out of order. Since it has Greekk lyrics I give a rough translation

VENEZIA…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Posted on December 12, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

A DEEP SEA

Posted on November 30, 2015 at 8:01pm 2 Comments

Although changes of tempo and fermatas are included in the PDF and are part of the performance instructions they have been avoided in the XML and MP3 files as they would hinder the synchronization of sound and video (for some reason that I have not discovered yet), but they are realized in this live recording of 2002 when I had an alto voice available.

Sorry about the cello sound, I was just improvising on an old Yamaha guitar synth that was about in the studio, but then I lost it.…

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At 4:44am on March 8, 2015, Ray said…

Socrates,

Leave Oh Oh alone.............he's a straight up and down nut case.

Ray

At 10:52pm on September 23, 2014, michael diemer said…

Solstice was not intentionally composed as theme and variations, but I can see why you might think that. As for the other two, only Skating is up there yet. I'm going to rework that, and then revise the third movement, Late February. thanks for listening.

At 10:44am on September 20, 2014, michael diemer said…

Socrates, the music for Solstice is in my player on my page. you need to have Adobe Flash Player installed to run it.

At 8:45am on September 18, 2014, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Socrates!

 
 
 

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