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Kaleidoscope

I wrote a postcard piece today, which is also a 30 second piece. Well, it's thirty seconds if you play it left to right with all the instruments. If you play it per the instructions, it is of infinite length, or until the players have had enough. I've left it full width, so you can read it, but I may have to edit it if that doesn't work.…

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Added by Stephen Ferre on April 28, 2020 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Creating Clips in Cakewalk

Creating%20Clips%20in%20Cakewalk.pdf

Added by Ali Riza SARAL on April 26, 2020 at 5:34am — No Comments

Scoring For Film - The Composer Dynamic

With the modern world being largely visual in associating anything with music, there is something to be said for a composer's skill set to work with visuals, such as with scoring for film, whether it be short film, or a full blown production. Having the skills to create great music is just one facet in the arena of scoring.

Being apt, efficient, and to create something on-the-fly for a director is paramount. Also, having an environment of technology that provides quick turnaround on…

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Added by Bongo John on April 23, 2020 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

How to use Sonatina VST with Cakewalk - Piece for Brass and Strings



Recently I wanted to use Sonatina VST with Cakewalk. I first installed Cakewalk and then Sonatina VST.

While working step by step I met difficult problems, such as rendering switches to staccato and missing sounds in the imported MIDI tracks.

The problems I met are shortly:

1- Sonatina soft synth works one per track, so 10 instruments means 10 soft synths.

2-Headers and other controls in the MIDI file has to be deleted.

3-Cakewalk base C is one octave…

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Added by Ali Riza SARAL on April 18, 2020 at 3:00am — No Comments

Prelude and Fugue for Piano - A comparison of Cakewalk-Sonatina VST with MuseSCORE output

Hi,

I decided to write my impressions and technical notes about Cakewalk here in my Blog.

Prelude Fugue for Piano is a 2 + 3 minutes long piece.  I chose it to be able to

play with track parameters easily.  

First I played with the QuadCurve Equalizer of the Sonatina output track.

Than I played with piano tracks, reverb etc.

References for these:

QuadCurve Equalizer module…

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Added by Ali Riza SARAL on April 16, 2020 at 3:16pm — No Comments

The right and left brain hemispheres in the musical creative process

Dear all,

The cognitive process that is required to start composing a piece has been always interested me. Reading from many sources I found that the composition process requires both parts of our brains, but sometimes, even for mature composers, this is not clear. I leave you a short article on the matter. Hope it might be useful. Criticism and new ideas are always welcome!…

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Added by Gisela Paterno on March 10, 2020 at 5:22am — 6 Comments

the din and rabble of political chicanery (for brass quintet)

I have only recently become involved in the world of politics, and this work reflects many of my feelings about my…

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Added by Bob Morabito on January 27, 2020 at 3:55pm — No Comments

The difficult balance between teaching and writing music

I believe the majority of us composers have faced this predicament: creating VS making a living.

Of course, one can not exist without the other. 

The sudden success of providing piano lessons

Soon after our graduation, we realize Steven Spielberg is not going to call us to get involved in a multi-billionaire production that could pay for our living expenses for the rest of our…

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Added by Juan Rezzuto on January 26, 2020 at 11:23am — No Comments

for all Arabic/ Oriental music lovers

Starting 2020 with a big announcement for all oriental music lovers across the globe!

My book "Longa & Sama'i with piano accompaniment" is finally ready!

Chosen pieces from the wide Arabic classical repertoire, in addition to some works of contemporary Lebanese composers (9 longas and 9 Samai'), arranged for solo instrument and piano accompaniment (can be performed with piano and bass as trio as well), by the Lebanese composer Wajdi Abou Diab, with transposed/arranged part…

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Added by Wajdi Abou Diab on January 20, 2020 at 5:05am — 2 Comments

Things I Learned in Music Composition #1 Sunday Scribble #8

Good Day Everyone!!

When I introduce myself to people, they invariably ask me, “What did you study in grad school?”. When I tell them I studied music composition the conversation inevitably turns to questions about what I do and how I make a living. These conversations eventually led me to think about what I learned while studying music composition, and how I could share my experience with people in a way that is meaningful and helpful.

This new blog series…

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Added by Denzel Washington on October 16, 2019 at 9:44am — 4 Comments

Anatolia fuer Stimme

After Darmstadt 1996

https://imslp.org/wiki/Anatolia_(Saral%2C_Ali_Riza)

Added by Ali Riza SARAL on September 28, 2019 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Songs of Liberty

https://soundcloud.com/user-852737091/songs-of-liberty

LYRICS:

I

Gorgeous Freedom

by Aleksandr Blok (death 1921)

translation Ali Riza SARAL

 

I prefer the gorgeous freedom,

And I fly to lands of grace,

Where in wide and clear meadows

All is good, as dreams, and blest.

 

Here they rice: the clover clear,

And corn-flower's gentle…

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Added by Ali Riza SARAL on September 24, 2019 at 3:11pm — No Comments

String Quartet V

This, my Fifth String Quartet, continues my exploration into writing music of a more contrapuntal nature.

This work is about 24 minutes in length and I very much…

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Added by Bob Morabito on September 7, 2019 at 3:09pm — 2 Comments

Articles from New Music USA

One of the music sites I look at sometimes is the well-established New Music USA.  

In this blog post I'll mention two recent articles from that site which composers may find interesting.

JULIANA HALL: PULLED INTO THE POETS’ WORLD is an extensive interview with one of the most prominent…

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Added by Jon Corelis on August 16, 2019 at 11:28am — No Comments

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