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Beginner to intermediate composers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Socrates Arvanitakis Jul 6. 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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Socrates Arvanitakis replied to andrew thornton's discussion Beginner to intermediate composers
"CONTRABANDO #?   Captain, let us go closer to Malta or to Gozo, I can't play this nice milonga by Cardozo, cause this ship is going so much up and down,   ha, replied the captain with an ugly frown, if we go any closer with this…"
Jul 6
Dave Dexter replied to andrew thornton's discussion Beginner to intermediate composers
"I thought you'd left. Yes, I'm certain of it: Anyway. "how can anyone understand someone else's scored creative ideas?"Because they trained to do it, or have the requisite skillset/mentality/experience to look at a score and…"
Jul 6
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Beginner to intermediate composers

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 specialisation for composing it is piano, electro piano and synthesiser.  I have come to the philosophical position that there isn't a lot of point showing anyone else a score; how can anyone understand someone else's scored creative ideas? Moreover from my experience entering piano composing competitions…See More
Jul 6
andrew thornton commented on Dave Moorman's blog post A newbee after all these years.
"You have had the same experience that I had; I was lost until I started using a professional music notation program. In my case it was Finale. "
Jun 10
Steve Chandler replied to andrew thornton's discussion Musical development: album or competition?
"Myself, I have taken the album route, but at this point feel I'm good enough for any competition. So now (at 63) I'm entering competitions. In my life there have been experiences that especially contributed to my growth as a composer. One…"
May 14
Bob Porter replied to andrew thornton's discussion Is there a book for intermediate level composing?
"In my view, you need to study three things. 1 Theory. All of composition is based on it. 2 Play an instrument. I don't know if you play anything now, but I think playing an instrument helps develop what musical is all about. 3 Then study…"
Dec 19, 2016
Dave Dexter replied to andrew thornton's discussion Is there a book for intermediate level composing?
"Dotty 8 line means that the notes under it are played an octave higher (8va - - - - -) or lower (8vb - - - -) than notated, for various reasons such as:General tidiness so the notes don't run over the stave above or belowAvoiding the need to…"
Dec 19, 2016
DriscollMusick replied to andrew thornton's discussion Is there a book for intermediate level composing?
"The answer to your Schoenberg question won't be found in any book on harmony. You'll have to get more advanced with music notation. I strongly recommend Elaine Gould's Behind…"
Dec 19, 2016
H. S. Teoh replied to andrew thornton's discussion Leaving forum
"@Bob: I think it depends on how the music education was conducted.  In my own experience (though I don't know how relevant it is here, as that was in the Far East, and education culture there is very different from the West), I found the…"
Nov 24, 2016
Bob Porter replied to andrew thornton's discussion Leaving forum
"I find it interesting that there are plenty of composers submitting works here who have no music training at all. And their music is pretty good. This is why I said earlier that music education is over rated. That is, depending on what you want to…"
Nov 24, 2016
Erwin van Delft replied to andrew thornton's discussion Leaving forum
"@HS, I think Dave hit the nail on his head... It's all about attitude. Why join a forum if you already 'know' you are 'the best'? I rest my case... :P"
Nov 24, 2016
H. S. Teoh replied to andrew thornton's discussion Leaving forum
"@Erwin: I'm pretty sure non-members (or ex-members) can still read this thread, they just can't respond to it. As for the subtle discrimination against self-taught musicians, I find that a really strange claim, because I'm also…"
Nov 24, 2016
Erwin van Delft replied to andrew thornton's discussion Leaving forum
"Too bad that: 1. you think like that; 2. you can't read this any more... I myself am self-tought, with help of many here on the forum. I find the attitude many of the better and (more) professional composers here very comforting and helpful,…"
Nov 24, 2016
Greg Brus replied to andrew thornton's discussion Leaving forum
"What."
Nov 24, 2016
Dave Dexter replied to andrew thornton's discussion Leaving forum
Nov 23, 2016
DriscollMusick replied to andrew thornton's discussion Leaving forum
"OK, having read the discussions everyone is referencing, I agree w/ Dave."
Nov 23, 2016

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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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