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April 2008 Blog Posts (9)

All for one and one four five

Ok, in today's strange installment I'm going to look at using the IV and V chords in composition and some possible substitutions.

Let's use C as the root of our one chord and we'll work in major and minor keys.

So, starting with the basic major key I-IV-V we get C F G. This is the basis of Western Harmony so I'm not really giving away any secrets here.

For the minor key we have Cm Fm G.

This chord progression is generally interchangeable with the… Continue

Added by James Semple on April 30, 2008 at 5:30am — 3 Comments


Hello to all community,

I shared some of my musics in my profile, feel free to check them out.
Any comments or sugestions would be appreciated.

Thank you

Miguel C.

Added by Mike on April 23, 2008 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Chris and Sharon in Scotland!

April 2008

(Chris and Sharon are quite awesome.)

Custom music composer - Chris Merritt - teams up with his wife, Sharon to visit SCOTLAND! And yes, they tried haggis!

"It tastes something like a mix between sausage and cat food," Sharon noted. Chris agreed, "I think I just threw up a little..."

(Getting the 'courage' to try haggis.)

Our… Continue

Added by Chris Merritt on April 22, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments


Im George Komnas from Athens, GREECE.
Im new here...
Im glad to meet you all!
I hope you like my music...

Added by KOMNAS on April 22, 2008 at 9:06am — No Comments

Table for Two or Two to Tengu

Table for Two or Two to Tengu

No trip to the Forth World Rift is longer than thirty minutes. Time ticks away from the instant one arrives and exactly at thirty complete minutes, one is whisked back to the place one is from. That means you have to get whatever it is you've come to do in under thirty minutes - or leave it there undone - and, time there begins at zero minutes to unwind the same again, another of countless repetitions.

The Tengu had entered the cafeteria to no… Continue

Added by F Gordon Kennedy on April 19, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

I'm in Scotland!

Yo! I'm sitting here in Staffin on the Isle of Skye in Scotland listening to the accordion music piped through the walls of this cafe. Scotland rocks! Scotland has a lot of rocks, I mean. I bought a chanter and a pennywhistle. I almost bought an accordion but they were sharp and I didn't want to have to get them tuned... I will blog about this trip when I get back next week! I already met Paul Wilkie and Ray Kemp - thanks for meeting with me, guys!

More about Scotland to… Continue

Added by Chris Merritt on April 17, 2008 at 2:47pm — 1 Comment

The Marvellous, Modular Mouse Organ!

One of the things that many composers are called upon to do at some point is to write music that can be tailored approximately to a certain length. The other day I was asked to write some "beds" to go under voiceover, for example. As visual editing is now largely performed in workstation applications such as Final Cut Pro, the most convenient delivery format for such things is a modular one. In this instance, I sent the client two files: an intro and a loop. This enabled him to construct a bed… Continue

Added by Mike Torr on April 16, 2008 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Scott Smalley Orchestration Workshop in Nashville!!!

The Film Music Institute in association with the Nashville Composers Association is pleased to announce the first presentation of the renowned Scott Smalley Orchestration Workshop, currently only available in LA and NYC, in Nashville, Tennessee, May 31st-June 1st, 2008. I have included a blog entry from a film composer/orchestration teacher at the Art Institute of Vancouver that says everything better than I could have said it.

This event will be held at the Renaissance Nashville… Continue

Added by Scott W. Hallgren on April 15, 2008 at 8:14am — 7 Comments

At last, a song!

Yes, I'm pretty much happy with this as a final version. It's only one of ten songs on the album, so I've a way to go, but I'm pretty pleased at how this turned out. I still need to do some singing exercises though. Thank goodness for Celemony, ahem!

This is my first use of EastWest Quantum Leap's Ra and Symphonic Choirs - I'm very impressed with the Sarangi sound.

The song is called "Shed". Python fans may assume that my name is Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson, but actually… Continue

Added by Mike Torr on April 12, 2008 at 3:09pm — No Comments

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