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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Romantic-Impressionist; Classical; Baroque
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Maine, USA
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.
I am basically self-taught, which means I learned how to compose in non-traditional ways. Some of my favorite composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius, Debussy, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Vaughan Williams, Faure and Durufle. Some favorite pieces: Mozart's 40th, Sibelius' 7th, NRK's Scheherazade, the Requiems by Faure and Durufle; Ravel's Tombeau Du Couperin; Copeland's Appalachian Spring, and pretty much everything by Debussy. I began composing in the mid 70's, strictly on amateur basis. Necessity of earning a living has limited me to 5 completed symphonic works to date, but I hope to expand this when I retire. (Note: now retired). I use a very basic setup: small midi keyboard, Cakewalk By Bandlab (what used to be Sonar), Garritan, East West and Vienna sound libraries, and recently I added Cinematic Strings.
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michael diemer's Discussions

In The Garden

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer yesterday. 7 Replies

This is the first movement of Three Easter Scenes. The garden of course is Gethsemane. A fairly impressionistic work, I attempted to portray the agony as Jesus contemplates His coming ordeal. A…Continue

Panning Multiple Libraries In A DAW

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Feb 6. 1 Reply

So here I go again, I can not stop obsessing about getting panning right. I've been looking at Mattias Westlund's tutorial on the subject:…Continue

Thoughts About Flash Player?

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Jan 30. 3 Replies

I use Linux for most of my browsing, and sometimes BSD (another type of operating system). On some of my systems, I can't get the Flash Player to work right. On the other hand, with its known…Continue

Sibelius (the composer, not the software)

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Jan 2, 2015. 26 Replies

How many of you are aware of the extraordinary music of the Finnish master, Jean Sibelius? He was born in 1865 and died in 1957.  (I was thus around a few years while he was still on this earth). His…Continue

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michael diemer replied to David Carovillano's discussion Vesuvius for Violin and Piano
"Interesting point David makes about his friends less than optimal rendition of his piece, and their defensive stance toward what I'm sure they derisively label "computer music." I have stated here and there that I don't expect my…"
9 hours ago
michael diemer replied to Lawrence Aurich's discussion Moses Act 1 Scene 2
"Let me get my reactions to the music down here, before moving on to the lyrics. This is fun stuff, Lawrence. It has a definite Jewish feel to it. Musically it's interesting, with lots of neat rhythmic patterns, and a certain humorous aspect. I…"
22 hours ago
michael diemer replied to Gav Brown's discussion Report Editor Problems Here
"Whoops, didn't see the rest of your post Gav: Hardware:  PC Type of computer: Desktop Operating System: Linux Lite Browser: Firefox Browser version: 65 for Ubuntu Canonical 1.0"
yesterday
michael diemer replied to Gav Brown's discussion Report Editor Problems Here
"Just tried to edit my last post, didn't work."
yesterday
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion In The Garden
"Lawrence, from Walter Piston's Orchestration: "The Harp tremolo most often employed in orchestral scores is bisbigliando (whispering). The fingers of both hands keep the strings in a kind of delicate rustling motion, without any particular…"
yesterday
Lawrence Aurich replied to michael diemer's discussion In The Garden
"Michael, Some nice moods.  I thought the instruments over power the harp most of the time.  Good mysterious chord at the end.  What is the bisbigliando technique.  I've heard the term, but never used it in a harp…"
yesterday
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion In The Garden
"Dane, thank you for your comments, and for listening. You're right about the dynamics. I am dynamics- challenged. It's the last thing I put in a score, and I hate doing it. It's odd because, when I sang or played guitar, I put lots of…"
yesterday
michael diemer replied to David Carovillano's discussion Vesuvius for Violin and Piano
"Reply by David Carovillano 2 hours ago Michael:  Thank you so much!  I won't lie...reading your comments is the next best thing to being paid to write music :) David, it's even better. you don't have to pay taxes on it."
yesterday
Dane Aubrun replied to michael diemer's discussion In The Garden
"Still can't edit the posts. I was going to add "Cheers" at the end!"
yesterday
Dane Aubrun replied to michael diemer's discussion In The Garden
"Flows nicely with some interesting twists in the harmony. It conveys the mood your description seeks to capture. The scoring has that impressionistic feel. My only critical comment is that it seemed to stay too long at mezzoforte otherwise it's…"
yesterday
michael diemer replied to Christophe Heroufosse's discussion divided
"Sort of recalls Debussy's Syrinx For solo flute. not that it appears influenced by it, but the same general idea. Very haunting. Enjoyed it."
Friday
michael diemer replied to Wayne Joseph Kington's discussion Breaching
"I used to see visuals like this back when I was around 25 - if you take my meaning. Very nice sound. good space out music. Great production. As for the accordion, if you hadn't mentioned it, I never would have picked up on it."
Friday
michael diemer replied to David Carovillano's discussion Vesuvius for Violin and Piano
"I really love - and envy - the piano writing in this, David. It is in perfect chamber style, and reminds me of Brahms. The violin, well, what can be said? Josh Bell's Strad....will wonders never cease. whenever I grow cynical and begin to doubt…"
Friday
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion In The Garden
"Thanks for listening and your comments, David. This movement is close to being finished. The other two are well on the way, but more problematic, and will thus take more time."
Thursday
David Carovillano replied to michael diemer's discussion In The Garden
"Hi Michael, I listened to your piece, and felt that it reflected the text well. You clearly have a strong sense of how to set the story to music and made some interesting choices with instrumentation and techniques. Such a personal project will no…"
Thursday
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In The Garden

This is the first movement of Three Easter Scenes. The garden of course is Gethsemane. A fairly impressionistic work, I attempted to portray the agony as Jesus contemplates His coming ordeal. A choppy bass pizzicato figure is a kind of premonition of the march to Calvary (which becomes the opening theme of the next movement). In one section, a solo trombone substitutes for the words "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done." Toward the…See More
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At 11:12pm on January 23, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Welcome back, Michael!

At 10:57am on July 26, 2016, Art Lowell said…

Thank you for the welcome, Michael. I have actually been a member here for a couple of years, and I have posted all of my tunes. I'm not sure what location on this website they appeared in, but people did respond, so I know they got heard. I posted them in Music Analysis And Critique. I have enjoyed the input from the members here. 

At 12:29pm on February 13, 2015, John Hazel said…

Thanks Michael it was suggest to me by Guitarhacker (Herb) because of the higher rate MP3's you can upload.

At 3:26pm on January 8, 2015, Tim swanger said…
Thank you! I'm hoping to post more soon. I'm enjoying listening to others work, though I'm traveling at the moment and I can't access many audio files from my phone.
At 11:09pm on January 3, 2015, Greg Monks said…

Skating is a fabulous little piece, reminiscent (to my ear) of some of Jongen's works. It would make for an excellent National Film Board score.

At 10:03pm on January 3, 2015, Greg Monks said…

Thanks, Michael, I'll post there once I have the equipment/software for making PDF's of my music.

I can see now that I'll have to learn how to use Finale or Sibelius or both. I've had both for years, but have taken only a cursory look at them.

At 11:47am on December 25, 2014, Simon Hamel said…

Can't wait to trade fours on feedback man, I'll post some music soon. 

At 5:13pm on November 12, 2014, Escocia Music Productions said…

Many thanks Michael, best wishes, Pete.

At 3:05am on November 8, 2014, René Torenstra said…

Thank you for welcoming me to the site and getting me started, Michael. I'm sure I'll see you around in the comment threads! Cheers, René

At 2:28pm on November 7, 2014, Pekka Vermasvuo said…

Thank you for your encouraging words Michael!

Michael diemer's Blog

On "Skating"

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:30pm 9 Comments

Revised as of 1/28/15, Skating is my most finished piece to date. It's from a three-movement work called Three Winter Scenes.  It's an impressionistic piece, intended to depict skaters on a frozen pond or river, and attempts to capture the exhilaration of being outside on a cold but beautiful winter day, as well as the elements of snow, sun, clouds, etc. Sounds are Garritan, Vienna, Cinematic Strings2 and EWSO Gold, as well as some sounds from Sonar. While I strive for transparency,…

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Solstice

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

"Solstice" is the first movement of "Three Winter Scenes." It was written after a poem I wrote in my twenties called "Winter Sunset." The poem was about watching a beautiful sunset on a very cold day, and wondering where my life was going. The last lines were "Where were the clouds hurrying to? Their motion in that dark sky was all I saw." The music tries to capture the cold beauty of a winter sunset, and also the slow ticking of time down to the moment of the Solstice, the first…

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