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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 J. S. Bach, 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. And even more recently, Appasionata Strings.
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michael diemer's Discussions

Nice Online Radio station

Started on Tuesday 0 Replies

I have been listening now for several months to Venice Classic Radio. The playlist is excellent, with a lot of Baroque and Classical period pieces, plus a smattering of Romantic stuff. And the sound…Continue

Le Rocher Perce

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Jan 12. 4 Replies

I am posting this here for several reasons. One, no one has posted here yet, so somebody has to be first. Two, the length of the piece (16 minutes) means few will listen to it the whole way, and…Continue

Flash Player Reaching End Of Life

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Jan 5. 4 Replies

Anyone who still has the Flash Player running here, take note:https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.htmlDo…Continue

Posting Your Music On Your Home P:age

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Jul 17, 2020. 6 Replies

Does anyone know of a way to post one's music on their home page, other than using the Flash Player? Flash is one of the worst security risks out there, and is either no longer supported even by…Continue

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michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion BBC Symphony Orchestra CORE update
"Never mind, shortly after I posted I figured it out. Here's how I got the keyswitching working: 1. Unlock the little padlock figure on the right of the interface. 2. Change the keyswitch keys from C2 through D#2, to C0 through D#0. This does it…"
Wednesday
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion BBC Symphony Orchestra CORE update
"Tim, I have the Discover version. I can't get the key-switching to work. I have looked at the manual but to no avail. My midi keyboard is a small one, just 49 keys, so that could be a factor. I see how you scroll the keyboard down on the…"
Wednesday
michael diemer posted a discussion

Nice Online Radio station

I have been listening now for several months to Venice Classic Radio. The playlist is excellent, with a lot of Baroque and Classical period pieces, plus a smattering of Romantic stuff. And the sound quality is excellent. I wish they played more Debussy and Sibelius, but I'll take all the Bach and Mozart they want to broadcast. Enjoy!  https://www.veniceclassicradio.eu/en/See More
Tuesday
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Le Rocher Perce
"Thanks Ingo. The folkish element was important in this piece. I used a Bandoneon (aka Tango Accordion) in a few spots, to signify the French Canadian element. They use that instrument in their folk music (although its primary association is with…"
Jan 12
Ingo Lee replied to michael diemer's discussion Le Rocher Perce
"Very nice extended work here Michael, it held my interest and I enjoyed it. You have good sounds and orchestration and an interesting style which seems to blend impressionism with some folk and romantic elements. It's very difficult to…"
Jan 12
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Le Rocher Perce
"As stated in my introduction to the piece on my website, the Debussy references were intentional. there are several quotes or paraphrases from La Mer. I should have made that clear here as well. People could get the wrong idea. also, although this…"
Jan 10
Dane Aubrun replied to michael diemer's discussion Le Rocher Perce
"I did listen to the entire piece; enjoyed it. And I'll refrain from comment.....except to say the last few minutes definitely had something Debussy about them."
Jan 8
michael diemer posted a discussion

Le Rocher Perce

I am posting this here for several reasons. One, no one has posted here yet, so somebody has to be first. Two, the length of the piece (16 minutes) means few will listen to it the whole way, and those that do should not feel an obligation to comment on it (or at least, to critique it). Three, although I know of only a handful of composers whose work could not be improved upon, and it's safe to say that none of them are on this forum, I am happy with the piece as is, while knowing it could of…See More
Jan 7
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Flash Player Reaching End Of Life
Jan 5
Claude Werner replied to michael diemer's discussion Flash Player Reaching End Of Life
"Ah good to know!"
Dec 15, 2020
michael diemer replied to Fabio Biolcati's discussion VSL, wishlist advices
"Claude: Hmm, I don't have muted strings on my Appasionata collection. Maybe I need to upgrade? I think I have them on GPO or EWSO. I like muted strings but the quality usually isn't very good in most libraries.  re:…"
Dec 15, 2020
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Flash Player Reaching End Of Life
"Last I heard from Gav, the forum admin, Ning offers other options, but at an increased cost. anyone who has listed their music on their home page here, with the app provided there, is using flash. They should uninstall it from their computer. Links…"
Dec 15, 2020
Claude Werner replied to michael diemer's discussion Flash Player Reaching End Of Life
"Ha! I thought it died years ago....! Certainly no mobile device has ever supported it."
Dec 15, 2020
michael diemer replied to Fabio Biolcati's discussion VSL, wishlist advices
"Hi Fabio, I am still here though not as active as in the past. Currently I am only participating in the more technical threads. I would love to participate in more philosophical stuff, as well as generally more wide-ranging and interesting threads,…"
Dec 14, 2020
michael diemer replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Best format in which to store a midi file re notation software?
"I should point out that I use a DAW with a notion or staff view. Both Cakewalk and Reaper have such. If you use a DAW without this feature, it would be more difficult to edit before the export. If my memory serves me Dane, you use Reaper? So you…"
Dec 13, 2020
michael diemer posted a discussion

Flash Player Reaching End Of Life

Anyone who still has the Flash Player running here, take note:https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.htmlDo yourself a favor and remove flash from your system asap. I don't know if Ning has a plan for dealing with this situation, but don't wait, get rid of NOW. It is unsafe to have on your system, and will stop working by 2021. A word to the wise!See More
Dec 12, 2020

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At 1:24pm on February 23, 2019, David Carovillano said…

Michael,

Just as honoured to share some great conversations with you.  We're all lucky that music is part of our lives, to whatever extent we pursue it.  Thanks for your kind words and much continued success with your work :)

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 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 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!

At 4:39pm on October 26, 2014, Pekka Vermasvuo said…

Thank you Michael!

I have already taken my time to read a number of interesting threads and blogs and get used to this forum. I will be posting some music at some stage - whenever I'm ready. 

I'm currently working on a very short virtual piano+strings+choir thingy which I hope to get to a stage when I can call it ready (not finished as they never are). I am still learning the ropes of "virtual  orchestration" and proper production practices. At the same time I'm  trying to learn how to properly structure the music and develop my usually shortish ideas to a longer pieces of music. I find it extremely challenging to get the musical balance right, especially with strings. Well, I think like with real instruments, it just takes a lot of time and requires practice and more practice to get it right. 

Pekka

 

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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