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True sounds

Started this discussion. Last reply by roger stancill Nov 10. 28 Replies

Hi all,I had an interesting visit from my eldest brother yesterday and we got down to talking about my compositions and how they are reproduced electronically. I compose using Sibelius software and…Continue

La Folia

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines May 2. 43 Replies

I must confess I have added the following discussion to another website but hope you also find it interesting.La Folia (pronounced lah foh-LEE-ah) which literally means madness, folly or…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Apr 24. 8 Replies

Clearly this is a play on the words 'quiet' and 'etude'. After publishing 'Orion The Hunter' my wife commented: 'Can't you write something a little less bombastic and masculine and aim for the female…Continue

Orion The Hunter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Apr 19. 9 Replies

I was inspired to compose this after listening to a couple of horn pieces on another site. Any suggestions for improvement would be very welcome. Many thanks in advance. Continue


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Stephen Lines replied to Scott Andrew Hutchins's discussion Sampling music writing software
"Each to his own I suppose. I have been using Sibelius for years and no longer really have to think about the mechanics of writing - which means I can concentrate on what's truly important i.e. composing. It works for me and of course now that…"
roger stancill replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Well then, now that we've been formally introduced... Stephen it is.  ( I tend to mix it up, just for fun and color ) and respect. You have the advantage of the visual as you listen to your own work. I think that gives a prejudice to any…"
Nov 10
Stephen Lines replied to gregorio X's discussion String Qt. #1 mov. 3
"Wow Gregorio....pretty compelling stuff and I'm sure there are people out there who will enjoy listening to your artistry and technique. Personally I'm a guy who likes to listen to something fairly balanced between stirring my emotions and…"
Nov 10
Stephen Lines replied to Scott Andrew Hutchins's discussion Specific goal in tricky time signature
"Scott, I must say it's beyond me that you should want to write music with such complex rhythms simply to match the pulse and articulation of the prose...what about recitative? (I'm sure you know what that means but, in case anyone's…"
Nov 10
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Well hello Mr. Stancill (why the formality I wonder?),I must say it's very good of you to comment on the construction of my Norwich Promenade and, although that wasn't the point of my original post, I'm always delighted to receive…"
Nov 10
roger stancill replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Hi Mr. Lines, to my 'ear' this was a fractured piece of work. It's shining moments were the slower segments. I thought that  they had the most potential as an 'outtake' to build a genuinely good piece out of.…"
Nov 9
Timothy Smith replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Stephen, I'm sorry I never know where someone is technically and usually tend to go on pontificating for far too long thinking I'm helping when it comes off sounding as if I misjudged someone's know how. The main take way for me from…"
Nov 9
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Sorry Stephen. My comments were just kind of a general rant. So the question is this. What is your brother listening to your music on? If he likes the sound on your system, then there isn't much else you can do."
Nov 9
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Urrr Bob, I have never intimated that musicians exist only to make recordings - give me live music anytime (notwithstanding that recordings in a studio are more likely to accurately portray the conductor's interpretation of the composer's…"
Nov 9
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Tim, There's as much chance of me quitting composing as taking up flying without wings - I'm not really as frustrated as I might seem, just having a bit of a general whinge. I can't complain too much about what I produce…"
Nov 9
Timothy Smith replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Bob, I guess you may have noticed I can be a bit long winded. A writer I am.I actually condensed that last post. Thank you for your comments. I am sorry I was misunderstood. I said that about notation partially in jest. I learned notation in school…"
Nov 9
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Timothy, Good luck with notation. If you don't know what notation is, the learning curve can be tough. Notation software is not midi based and you can't use it like a DAW. Notation software in meant to produce a score for real players. It…"
Nov 8
Timothy Smith replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Stephen I wish you the very best in achieving your goals. The last thing I would want is for you to go away feeling as if the whole thing just isn't possible with what you have and quit in frustration. I have contributed to recording forums for…"
Nov 8
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Stephen, Musicians don't exist to make recordings. They exist to play music. We tend to think that an mp3, be it of live musicians or VSTs, is what music is all about. What a static, dull, and unimaginative view of music that is. If I want…"
Nov 8
Stephen Lines replied to Ashley Berg's discussion Modern Technologies
"As Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946) said: The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work on the proceeds, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists. Wherein lies the distinction between composing…"
Nov 8
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"I can't argue with any of that Bob. However, the only result I'm looking for is for listeners to jump up and down with excitement at the potential quality of my music if it was played by live performers - and that requires a sophisticated…"
Nov 8

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Hampshire, England
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.
I attended the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall as a Pupil in 1967-68 studying french horn under Alf Cursue - Alf was a specialist 4th horn player and a member of `God`s Own Quartet` which included Dennis and Aubrey Brain. On completion of the course I was appointed principal horn of the regimental Band of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. I again attended Kneller Hall (as a Student Bandmaster) from 1975-1978 after which I was appointed Bandmaster of 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. Just 6-years later, because I perceived Army music at that time to be undergoing a rapid decline, I took voluntary redundancy.

After retraining I was appointed a member of the Directing Staff at the British Police Staff College (Bramshill) where I became responsible for running Simulated Operations Training of senior police officers from around the world in Critical Decision-Making Under Stress.

Whilst associated with the Police I studied for a Masters Degree in Police and Criminal Justice Studies and an Honours Degree in Psychology. Subsequently I was recruited by the Defence Evaluation Research Agency - now called QinetiQ - where I worked as a senior consultant within the Centre for Human Sciences.

I now compose full time in various genres but see myself in future concentrating on orchestral music and writing for the french horn - a second concerto has recently been completed.

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English Folk Song Suite No.1 & American Folk Song Suite No.1

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 2:14pm 2 Comments

These have been published elsewhere on CF but I thought some members might be interested in (and perhaps comment on) the contrast and appeal of these two arrangements. The American piece has been improved somewhat thanks to Bob Porter's input, for which many thanks.




Richard Wagner

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 7:47am 2 Comments

Richard Wagner's answer to a question was: "9 - W"

Can any of you bright sparks out there stretch your minds and tell me what was the question?


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At 9:38am on May 1, 2016, Ingo Lee said…

Hi Stephen, you're right about needing friends, but friends with talent and helpful ideas like yours are especially welcome, so thank you for that!

At 4:01am on August 27, 2015, Richards Viveknath said…

Glad to.
It was a good recommendation.

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