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Letting the music breathe

Started this discussion. Last reply by eboats Jun 4. 9 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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eboats replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"Thanks for all the tips.   Basically, I want to notate freely without barlines/time sigs when composing and then go back and put that in later when the piece is closer to completion, so will try that approach with the 80/1 idea or…"
Jun 4
Mike Hewer replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"Hi Eboats, Nice to see you back. I don't know if this will help you, but have you tried putting in a time signature of something like 80/1 into Sibelius and writing in the usual semis , quavers and crotchets etc. This way, you could probably…"
Jun 3
Bob Porter replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"I have the luxury of writing for the fun of it. Well, except for writing music for the play my daughter is directing, I have no deadlines. Never the less, I hash through things quickly. Though I often spend much time listening to a few measures over…"
Jun 3
Bob Morabito replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"One solution Ive found to "cleanse ones ears" of the piece you're working on MUCH sooner is to work on 1 or 2 other pieces when composing, and its best if they're different instruments. For example right now I have a string…"
Jun 2
eboats replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"Thanks for this.  I work in Sibelius and tend to write music that results in a lot of time signature changes.  However, during the writing process in Sibelius, I like to work with tempo and feel, and not worry about notating time sig…"
Jun 2
Lawrence Aurich replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"eboats,      I don't think the space between musical phrases, or between sections, or a pause within a section can be accurately gauged until the piece is finished. The length of a pause or space is determined by…"
Feb 6
Lara Poe replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"eboats, if that strategy works, that's great!  One thing a previous composition prof of mine taught me is to try to sing it and see if the phrasing works or it breathes.   As far as moving before several ideas too fast (which is…"
Feb 5
eboats posted a discussion

Letting the music breathe

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 for enough space.   I guess being in the composing process and listening to it so much makes me want to move too fast through the piece/ideas since I'm so used to it.  My perspective must be warped, versus the fresh perspective/fresh ears of listening to it months later.Do you have this problem and…See More
Feb 5
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

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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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