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Beginner to intermediate composers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Socrates Arvanitakis Jul 6, 2017. 2 Replies

I don't know if anyone cares. But it has been awhile since I posted last on these forums. I have composed a lot since then. I have in all sincerity got much better at composing. If I have a…Continue

Leaving forum

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristofer Emerig Nov 24, 2016. 19 Replies

I have sensed that there is subtle discrimination on these forums towards self-taught composing students such as myself. Today's forum interactions did not help this. So I want nothing more to do…Continue

How to fail a kid at Music: a User's Guide.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristofer Emerig Nov 8, 2016. 3 Replies

For awhile I have wanted to put together a guide on how music educators and music curriculum designers can do maximum damage to a kid's ability to enjoy, and get ahead with, music. I have  decided to…Continue

Piano composers with unique styles

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Laine Nov 11, 2016. 10 Replies

Based on the somewhat disconcerting realisation that I can't find my own style of composing solo piano - long strings of unresolved suspended chords and pure colour of passages of whole/long notes…Continue

 

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andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO EXPRESS INTEREST HAS PASSED: CONTEST BEGINS
"I pre-submitted.  But then I didn't know that you should submit 2 or more element entries at once.  So when I submit again I will [1] put in again what I pre submitted exactly the same as it was and [2] add any other elements that I…"
Jan 22
andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO EXPRESS INTEREST APPROACHING
"My sense of humour was wasted.  Sigh. I will go to my grave poor and forgotten, a Lovecraftian figure of under appreciated imagination. "
Jan 19
andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO EXPRESS INTEREST APPROACHING
"Dr Dexter your friendly Composer's Forum Psychoanalyst! Forget Frasier or House or the bearded guy who sent Erica Strange to face her regrets.  Only Dr Dexter is in tune with your inner musician! Your rotten, selfish drive to self…"
Jan 19
andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO EXPRESS INTEREST APPROACHING
"I am always memorable. "
Jan 19
andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO EXPRESS INTEREST APPROACHING
"Well what is your point??????? I tell someone about this contest and they decide to join as a new forum member and commit.  Isn't that growing a community?  Or am I speaking to a fortune cookie? "
Jan 19
andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS: DEADLINE TO EXPRESS INTEREST APPROACHING
"I strongly disagree with any posting requirement; I found a musician whose music would suit this contest. I told him about it and he joined . He is new to the forum. Yet he is genuine; the presumption that no posts = some sort of non genuine status…"
Jan 19
andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"My favourite song under 2 minutes: Box Tops "The Letter". "
Jan 17
andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"OK. Here is a hit song from 1958 that was approx 2 minutes: Lollipop by The Chordettes.  2 minutes - it can do powerful things :) "
Jan 17
andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"1 month. That is 4 weeks. Even if someone entered all 4 elements that leaves 2 minutes of music to make per week.  The only kind of entrant who might have a case for longer is someone who does their own music with real physical drums, pianos…"
Jan 14
andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"I have completed two entries for different elements. They both go over 2 minutes by a few seconds. Not in any way that gives me any advantage. But is this like high school where if you do your essay of 5000 words to 5001 words you get disqualified?…"
Jan 11
andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"I have finished my entry [might do a different element as well] . So how do I submit my entry? "
Jan 8
andrew thornton replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed Contest: THE 4 ELEMENTS
"I'm in. Water. "
Jan 7

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
electronic DAW synths
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Australia
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I am learning Sibelius and FL Studio. I'm returning to formal music study as an adult. The last time I studied music was at high school in 1988!! I'm starting the AMEB exams [ Australian Music Education Board]. I also have some good music theory books that I am working through. So I can guarantee that I will be composing. Just not this minute! I have read some threads of the forum such as the one that people should not insult each other. I agree. No insults! I like to do music DAW experiments. For instance I get my own samples such as cat noises and uses them to make new sounds. Last week I took a cat noise and in FL Studio made a cat laser beam noise.

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My music adventures

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 6:08pm 4 Comments

I am an adult returning to music. The last time that I studied music formally was at high school in 1988. That may be a record for this forum! Right now I am learning Sibelius and working through music books by Gordon Spearritt. I would like to have a go at the AMEB exams [ Australian Music Education Board]. These days the exams are offered online which is a huge improvement upon when I was at school! I am also learning FL Studio.

Anyway, I have knocked together something in…

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