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Steve Chandler's Discussions

Help, computer died where to go now?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Chandler Jul 22, 2017. 17 Replies

Choral piece with live performance recording

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray Kemp May 25, 2017. 4 Replies

Toccata, no fugue ;-P

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer May 19, 2017. 3 Replies


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Steve Chandler replied to Ingo Lee's discussion How can I learn to write atonal music?
"Given your description of your background I find myself wondering if you're ready to compose atonal music. OTOH, atonal music is very different from composing tonal so maybe being ready should not be a concern. In my mind you should be…"
Mar 15
Steve Chandler replied to Steven S. Billings's discussion Long Form Rock Composing
"Progressive or Art Rock by groups such as Yes, Genesis and King Crimson were an influence on me in my youth (giving away my age here). There may be bands doing this kind of music now, but they're not well known or you wouldn't be asking…"
Nov 16, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Bob Morabito's discussion A Basic Guide to Orchestral VSTs
"Thank you for the offers of help. My current project is a musical that incorporates a wide range of styles. Some borders on classical, but not with extensive orchestration, some borders on heavy metal. I do need good brass. I have Project SAM…"
Nov 13, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Bob Morabito's discussion A Basic Guide to Orchestral VSTs
"As someone whose recently migrated to both Kontakt and Logic X (and from PC to Mac) I found this article of great interest. I have older orchestral sample libraries from when I used Gigastudio, but it seems Kontakt only recognizes some of the old…"
Nov 12, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Lennart Östman's discussion Celebrating the forum restart
"I like it, but the high strings seem to get lost in this recording. Is this a rendering from notation software or a DAW? There has to be a way to bring out the violins. Or maybe you're a cellist and biased! ;D"
Nov 10, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Julie Harris's discussion Introducing Julie Harris
"Hi Julie, Thanks for joining us. You're quite the story teller. I enjoyed your piece The Singing Lesson immensely. I look forward to your continued presence here."
Nov 9, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Bob Morabito's discussion 10 Great Fugues NOT by Bach
"Back to you Bob, You ask, "WHAT is the allure of fugues? Is it the sense of accomplishment of having written one? The physical sound?Both? Or something else Im totally missing?" For me the allure is something that developed fairly early…"
Nov 7, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Bob Morabito's discussion 10 Great Fugues NOT by Bach
"Thanks for posting the article. As usual when someone expresses their opinions I find I like some of them and others not so much. I can agree that the fugues by Shostakovich, Bartok, Mozart, Handel and Beethoven are worthy fugues (though I would not…"
Sep 28, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Anyone with experience or knowledge of SATB choral quartets/octets? I need aid :)
"I've sung in a pretty good community choir for almost a decade and we've done some fairly adventurous stuff. The primary question will be will you use professionals? If you use professional singers then it will be easier to get the sound…"
Aug 11, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Ray Kemp's discussion Is it really true? Composers' intentions are more important than the resulting performance!
"The outrage over the Bream example overlooks one simple fact. This music is unknown to most classical listeners. No one would consider mashing up bits of Holst's The Planets with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. This guitar music is known to…"
Jul 28, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Ray Kemp's discussion Is it really true? Composers' intentions are more important than the resulting performance!
"I would say it depends on the listener. It's the old "if a tree falls in the forest" question. Music exists in the ear [mind] of the listener. A performance is any production of sound that entertains the ear. I listened to the Karajan…"
Jul 25, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Philip Daniel's discussion Choralvorspiel über "Jesu, meine Freude" (on Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ/Sonus Paradisi Doesburg)
"The rendering sounds very realistic, but it's hard to hear the cantus firmus."
Jul 25, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Steve Chandler's discussion Help, computer died where to go now?
"On the Logic Users Group I see the latest version of Logic Pro 10.3.2 requires Mac OS 10.11. Obviously the upgrade path of an older Mac is fairly limited, however that concerns me less (right now) because I know Logic Pro X will have a steep…"
Jul 22, 2017
Ingo Lee replied to Steve Chandler's discussion Help, computer died where to go now?
"Hi Steve,  Apple no longer supports OS X 10.6.8, which can be problem. Also, older hardware versions don't except OS X upgrades past a certain point so you'd have to check that too. . It can be upgraded to Mac OS 10.12, but I'm…"
Jul 21, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Steve Chandler's discussion Help, computer died where to go now?
">Can the current version of Logic run on Mac OS 10.6.8? I really dont know anything about Logic but found this: Logic Pro X Minimum System Requirements 4GB of RAM Display with 1280-by-768…"
Jul 21, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Steve Chandler's discussion Help, computer died where to go now?
"Hi Phillip, Thank you for the thoughts, that is probably the most useful post I've received on multiple forums. Having been a PC guy my knowledge of the Mac world is woefully lacking. What I really wanted was a system that could open my…"
Jul 21, 2017

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Small Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
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The Great Midwest
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 compose music in the classical tradition. In the past I composed music for synthesizers and virtual orchestras. After a while I decided that I preferred real musicians. At this time I compose primarily for piano.

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Some political commentary

Posted on November 30, 2009 at 7:39pm 0 Comments

President Obama makes his case for more troops in Afghanistan tomorrow night. I’ve got bad news for him; nobody will like what he has to say. The Republicans won’t like the fact that he took two months to decide. That’s not being a decider, it’s not decisive to take that two months to do the manly thing. In fact it’s positively French to take two months to do a manly thing. We Americans want our Presidents manly (and definitely not French). The Republicans have the monopoly on all things… Continue

Orchestral Music

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 10:10am 0 Comments

It seems in these parts orchestral efforts count for something. So I've posted the first two movements of what I consider my symphony, Yesterday is History and Tomorrow is a Mystery. I've already posted the third (final) movement, Today is a Gift. That's the order in which they should be heard, Yesterday, Tomorrow and then Today, it's all about living in the now. This piece was based on a sentence of psychobabble that I appreciate, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift,… Continue

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At 9:40am on June 6, 2017, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Steve,

I like your piano works. They tell a good story. Thanks so much for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 2:50am on June 5, 2017, Kjell Andersson said…

Hi Steve, I tried to post the live version of Springtime Alert, but it's too heavy. If you give me your email address I will send a link! I'm glad you like it! /Kjell

At 12:36am on May 30, 2017, Ray Kohn said…

Hi Steve

I’m glad you liked my quartets. I listened to some of your pieces. I thought your emotional vignettes are crying out for orchestration – have you tried that? ‘Falling in Love’ is not your best work as it does not feel that it “goes anywhere” (do you know what I mean?). Serious silliness is fun … like Satie!  The e minor fugue intrigued me. The subject itself is great but as it proceeded I wondered where it would go. I was not disappointed as the work from about 1.10 to 1.30 took me to new vistas that I particularly liked as it is just there in most fugues that interest can lag (unless you are Bach or Shostakovitch).  

Have you had any music recorded that is not for piano?


At 1:53am on May 29, 2017, James Oppenheimer said…

I had not seen activity that applied to my kind of music, so I kind of drifted off.

I certainly have an interest in choral music.  I've had a couple of pieces performed recently. Can we put up PDFs of our compositions? It has been a while.....

At 3:31pm on May 28, 2017, Russell Wilson said…
Thanks for the invite, Steve. I had totally forgotten about this site, or that I had joined it. I'll check it out when I have some time tomorrow..
At 9:08pm on May 26, 2017, J Joe Townley said…

"I enjoyed the ghostly waltzes. Do you really look like Elvis?"

No, not anymore. Thank you much for the waltzes. I just did choral arrangements of the first two. They are on my YouTube channel. You might enjoy them. I cannot upload them here anymore because Composers is requiring Flash. Thanks much for the invite. I don't get around here much anymore. JJ

At 4:03pm on May 25, 2017, Kjell Andersson said…

Hi Steve!

I've listened to your Fugue. I was quite impressed how you managed to (in a tonal way) express your feelings and intellect. Where have you studied and what has made you a master in judo? See you!

With Friendly Regards



At 4:31am on March 19, 2015, Michael Sayers said…

Hi Steve, look who is here!

At 5:21am on December 19, 2012, David Unger said…

Thank you, Steve for sharing this music with us. I shall return again to hear more of it. But this far I am taken by the "g minor prelude and fugue" and "In such a small place". Wonderful! Once again thank you!

At 5:22am on October 5, 2011, Michael Thomas Huspek said…
Amazing music! I feel so blessed to hear your wonderful music. You have an amazing music gift.

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