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News at 11

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Maxwell on Sunday. 4 Replies

My second posting as a contrast to my first. Its a short ditty with straightforward harmony as I was mostly experimenting with NOT doing my usual legato only textures.…Continue

The Carousel- tune from a new member

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Maxwell on Friday. 6 Replies

My first posting after lurking about for awhile. I tried to capture a somewhat nostalgic and joyous ride on a carousel while trying to avoid the straight umm pa pa of threes.Soundcloud really…Continue

 

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William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion News at 11
"Thank you Stephen for the kind words. I'm glad the tunes worked for you! -William"
Sunday
Stephen C. Doonan replied to William Maxwell's discussion News at 11
"Very interesting and very nice. Fits the news-theme idea, but better than most of the ones I have actually heard on TV. The Carousel, having some structure, harmonies and voicings reminiscent of some of the best of Aaron Copeland, is beautiful."
Sunday
William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion News at 11
"Thank Gav for the nice feedback."
Sunday
Gav Brown replied to William Maxwell's discussion News at 11
"Hi William, This certainly fits the "News" style, with the typewriter sounds and the punctuated "action" chords - thanks for sharing! Gav"
Saturday
William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion The Carousel- tune from a new member
"Thank you Kjell for the nice feedback. Your point on the minimalism theme usage is very accurate, although in my defense it in some ways emulates the antique carousel music (which is REALLY minimal). At the time I was also interested in developing…"
Friday
Kjell Prytz replied to William Maxwell's discussion The Carousel- tune from a new member
"Very nice treatment, soft and appealing. Maybe the theme could need a contrast, it seems to be the same one all through, although it is a nice melody. It reminds me of a short piece of Wagner which I do not remember the name of. Wagner also used one…"
Friday
William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion The Carousel- tune from a new member
"Thank you Timothy. It was part one of a 3 set, but the last two I was unable to record successfully. It has become part of a new set with other tunes like The Clock Shop, News at 11 and the like. The balance of predictability is always a challenge.…"
Jan 14
Timothy Smith replied to William Maxwell's discussion The Carousel- tune from a new member
"This is really good! Whenever I first begin to listen to anything with strings in it I always wonder if it's another kid playing with string pads for the first time. Nothing more boring than a long string pad with no direction. This is not…"
Jan 14
William Maxwell replied to William Maxwell's discussion The Carousel- tune from a new member
"Thank you Jan. I'm glad that it worked for you. -William"
Jan 13
Jan-Frederik Carl replied to William Maxwell's discussion The Carousel- tune from a new member
"Hi William, it sounded very enjoyable and you catch the flowing of the carousel well in my opinion. Kind regards, Jan"
Jan 13
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Jan 12
William Maxwell replied to Gav Brown's discussion Orchestral - Questions about doubling
"My humble $.02 worth and (much of this has been said already).. Doubling can be for thickness, size, or timbre. For example, doubling the middle strings with horns thickens the texture. Size is mostly achieved by doubling outward, that is the highs…"
Jan 12
Gav Brown left a comment for William Maxwell
"Welcome William!"
Jan 12
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Jan 12

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
orchestral, probably late romatic/tonal 20th century
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
Camano Island, WA
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.
BA theory composition. Full time musician although most my money comes from playing (bass). Composition is my main interest, although by choice I have decided to mostly keep money out of it. Been writing pieces since 1980 and record in my home studio.

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At 11:43am on January 12, 2020, Gav Brown said…

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