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composing 'technique'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Dexter Feb 13. 22 Replies

What do you think...I'm having thoughts - (post doing some composing coaching) - about composing technique. Keeping in mind of course my first rule of music - there is always an exception to the rule…Continue

 

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Mike Hewer replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"@John, I think that is a great way to use a DAW and let's remember, samples are only going to get better as computer power keeps adhering to Moores' law and when that reaches its end, whatever comes next will probably continue the trend.…"
Feb 13
Robert Harvey replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"sounds like you are weighted toward using adaptive skills? (think I am too...) I see where you are coming from and feel that intangibility myself - however, faced with the prospect of tutoring some A level students I feel some sort of…"
Feb 13
Julie Harris replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Mike, don't you think "fiddling with quality samples and getting a musical result" is much like what a conductor does when she "fiddles around with the orchestra and gets a musical result"?  I don't object to DAW,…"
Feb 12
Robert Harvey replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"I feel we may be talking about Music education more than composing technique - Another subject close to my heart however. On the one hand I'm a pencil/paper/piano ('The 3 P's' !) guy - and I do find any 'composing' done…"
Feb 12
John Driscoll replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"I'm by no means advocating for DAWs replacing notation, but I do think they could be incorporated thoughtfully into lesson plans.  The first step of course is learning basic notation, but once a student can write a melody and you start to…"
Feb 12
Mike Hewer replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Hi John, My god, your tale is almost identical to mine, except there was no NS in my day. I agree with most of what you say and would like to make clear that I am not actually against composing with technology. I just try to make some realise that…"
Feb 12
Julie Harris replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Hello John- I'm sure Mike will have his own opinions about this, but let me clarify what I meant when I said that I didn't want my students to be too dependent on technology. We all use the notation programs like Finale, Sibelius,…"
Feb 12
John Driscoll replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Mike, I would just round this out with my own experience, which is a bit different from most folks.  Growing up, I did not study (or have access to, really) an instrument, so I had little to no hands-on practical experience with real…"
Feb 12
Mike Hewer replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
""Seriously, though, too much dependency on technology can really affect creativity.  I ask my kids to compose in their heads, designing and dreaming and hearing it first.  That's the art.  Writing it down is the…"
Feb 12
Robert Harvey replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Hi - will try and come up with a definitive version from my perspective and post it. Actually UK music ed is getting worse for young kids in state sector - private schools and private tutors are the only way to go really for this…"
Feb 11
Julie Harris replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Hey Robert - yes, I really think I have the best job in the whole world!!!  I too think our ideas are much the same.  I don't know how the UK schools are, but here in the US the schools are sadly lacking in any thorough grounding in…"
Feb 11
Robert Harvey replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"I will study this closely Julie - I don't think it's that far from my original. perhaps you are more presenting a curriculum and I am presenting a mix of skill base and philosophy. I totally agree that we should not depend on…"
Feb 11
Julie Harris replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Hello guys- I have a slightly different take on this topic.  My school-age students range from age 6 to 18, those out of school range from 23 to 67 right now. The school-age students are all preparing (eventually) to be music majors in college…"
Feb 11
Robert Harvey replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Mike, it is for A level standard. I do heavily believe in a  manuscript/keyboard approach at least to start. there is always the exception to the rule - a friend of mine composes on the keyboard scroll on logic, and imports to Sibelius via…"
Feb 11
John Driscoll replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"I do believe "Technology" should probably also be a category.  I see a gulf between those whose background is notation/theory (the pure paper folks whose pieces only come to life at the first rehearsal) and those whose background is…"
Feb 11
Mike Hewer replied to Robert Harvey's discussion composing 'technique'
"Rob, Depending on how comprehensive you want to be and what age group you are aiming at, what do you think about some basics in Notation software and composing with that, or even a DAW? Depending on the generation, some might be more inclined to…"
Feb 11

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
contempory classical
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
Where do you live?
fordingbridge, hampshire, UK
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.
Composing since age 11. Education culminating at The Royal College of Music studying composition with Anthony Milner and piano with Ruth Gerald. Career in education. Writing for schools and friends, and myself - principally piano and wind music, though with an interest in any small ensemble.

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At 7:56am on January 24, 2018, Mike Hewer said…

Thanks Rob, too kind.

I too am English in musical outlook and sometimes, language...if  I could match Brittens' economy of means I'd be a happy boy. Welcome to the forum, it can get a bit lively and heated sometimes, but it is a nice place and i look forward to hearing more of your work.

At 4:13am on January 24, 2018, Mike Hewer said…

Hi Robert,

I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your sonatina very much. It reminded me a little of Anthony Hedges language, which is fresh in my mind as I was sight -reading some of his piano music the other day. Very english and nicely written.

Mike

mikehewer.com

At 7:18pm on January 23, 2018, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Robert!

 
 
 

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