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Letting the music breathe

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Laine Feb 7. 4 Replies

I seem to have this problem where I work a lot on a piece and finish it to my satisfaction, but then listen to it a few months later and notice that the music doesn't breathe enough, doesn't allow…Continue

Contemporary new music time signatures

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Brown Dec 22, 2016. 49 Replies

Hello, I write contemporary classical music (a bit experimental) mostly with Sibelius and often struggle with time signatures, i.e. I'll put the notes down and it plays back rhythmically the way I'd…Continue

Solo string VST?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Morabito Nov 13, 2016. 12 Replies

Hi, I'm using Sibelius 7.5 with GPO 5 and am not too happy with the GPO 5 Solo Violin/Viola, especially in fast legato passages.  The solo violin sounds like a synth in the upper register. Anybody…Continue

Post tonal composers - Wuorinen

Started this discussion. Last reply by Olmnilnlolm Jan 10, 2016. 1 Reply

Any fans of Charles Wuorinen or other contemporary post tonal composers?  I've been studying some of his music and wondering about how he puts his music together.  Anybody else study scores of…Continue

 

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Stephen Brown replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"If it doesn't fit naturally into 4/4 bars, don't write in 4/4 (obvious exceptions for hemiolas/syncopations within established 4/4 pattern), as the players will try to feel pulses where there aren't any, and the music will fall apart.…"
Dec 22, 2016
eboats replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Thanks for the feedback!  Do bars 1-4 look ok as far as the ties/rests?  And how common are the "bars over rests" like at the end of bar 1?  Seems like it might make it easier for a reader to find the beats, but not sure how…"
Dec 21, 2016
Greg Brus replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"You can safely replace the tied 16th to 8th with a dotted 8th. Adds up to a full quarter with the preceding rest, so it's clean. As for the endings... personally I would just extend both notes by a 16th and have only a quarter rest on the last…"
Dec 21, 2016
eboats replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Thanks, I'm attaching another attempt.  Do measures 5 and 6 look better, or any suggestion to tidy it up?  Am making sure I have a fresh note on the 4th beat.  Also, would you use a double dot (as in measure 6) or tie a 16th note…"
Dec 21, 2016
Greg Brus replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Measure 5 is insanity. It almost looks as if you deliberately made it as confusing as possible :P Here is a trick that might help when you don't have the "feel" for dividing and tying in a smart and clean way - just write out quarter…"
Dec 21, 2016
eboats replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Hi Mike, Thanks for the info.  On an unrelated subject, I'm wondering how to handle ties and rests in 6/4, i.e. how to notate them as simple as possible considering the inner subdivision of the beat.  Attached are some examples for…"
Dec 21, 2016
Mike Hewer replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Hi Eboats, The bpm of 113 is in my opinion just a little fast for the semis, but a good section might be able to do it, however, it depends on other factors too. Perhaps Mike Lofting will read this and chime in as he is a string player. They could…"
Dec 4, 2016
Ingo Lee replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Lower pitched notes on any instrument produce a larger sound wave which takes a longer time to vibrate and produce a tone than a smaller, higher pitched sound wave does. Clarity and crispness implies precision which is only possible with…"
Dec 3, 2016
eboats replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Thanks Mike!  A few questions : - Would the part be playable at tempo by a Cello Pizz, or would I run into the same playability problems? -  If so, what do you think about both a Bassoon and Cello Pizz. playing the part at same time …"
Dec 3, 2016
Mike Hewer replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Hi Eboats, This is not really practical at bpm 113. The players would have to use 2 fingers to play, which is not universal and even then, the sound of a few or more players doing this might be indistinct. Dave's called it right in that a jazz…"
Dec 3, 2016
Dave Dexter replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"The quality of the playing is inversely proportional to the quality of the tone, I feel."
Dec 3, 2016
Ingo Lee replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Just hire this guy. Just hire this guy."
Dec 2, 2016
Dave Dexter replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"I think it's safe to assume that however apparently challenging a part you write (unless it's physically impossible), there will exist musicians of such calibre they can handle it, though you can't assume they'll actually be in…"
Dec 2, 2016
eboats replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Thanks for all the comments! Mike (or anyone else), I had a few questions about the attached Double Bass part, more related to Playability than time sigs : - Is this Pizz. part playable for a Double Bass at this tempo and in this range? …"
Dec 2, 2016
Serenity Laine replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
""I'll hop in just to point out that at the specified tempo, you might as well move the measure 9 -> 10 "pick up" a notch one way or the other and simplify the signature. It's not going to make any difference in a live…"
Nov 17, 2016
Greg Brus replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"I'll hop in just to point out that at the specified tempo, you might as well move the measure 9 -> 10 "pick up" a notch one way or the other and simplify the signature. It's not going to make any difference in a live…"
Nov 17, 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?
contemporary classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
seattle, wa
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I'm an amateur composer of contemporary classical and electronic music, and am interested in getting feedback on my work.
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https://soundcloud.com/emptyboats

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