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
"As a DAW writer, I can confirm I am. I try not to be, and I'm happy with my results, but I know it's hard to take on trust that something unorthodox the midi fails to interpret will sound great irl. I need, or certainly am cushioned by,…"
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.…"
"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…"
"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,…"
"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…"
"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…"
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…"
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,…"
"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…"
""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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
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…"
"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…"
"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…"
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?
Is music your main income source?
Where do you live?
fordingbridge, hampshire, UK
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
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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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.
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.