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April 2011 Blog Posts (18)

This is my first post - my 'Drone Symphony' in four movements.

Hi. I'm new here, so I'd thought I'd kick things off with my final degree composition project, 'Drone Symphony'. It comprises of four movements that use four different compositional techniques and four different instrumental groupings.


The first movement, 'Strings (1st Movement in C)' uses the serialism composition technique and uses only stringed instruments.…


Added by Neville Taylor on April 30, 2011 at 7:29am — 3 Comments

Concerto for India (2011)

Good evening,

Just uploaded my Concerto for India (23 minutes): a tribute to that country.

It's written in such a way so as to allow for the possible substitution of some of the orchestral instruments by traditional Indian instruments.


Orchestral Instruments:

Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute,

Oboe, Cor Anglais, Clarinet,

Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone,

Timpani, Cymbals, Harp, Piano, Celesta,

Violins 1, Violins 2,

Solo Viola,…


Added by Keith Perreur-Lloyd on April 29, 2011 at 4:45pm — 4 Comments

Studio Makeover

Studio Makeover

We recently went through a pretty big makeover in the main studio. It required unplugging and moving out EVERYTHING, so they could put in our new wood floors.

First Realization - There are a heckuva lot of cables in a music studio.

Second Realization - Pianos are VERY heavy and do not care about your lower back pains.

Third Realization - 10 year old boys and teenage… Continue

Added by Chris Merritt on April 29, 2011 at 3:23pm — 3 Comments

John Koch-Northrup - A Dream of Awakening - piano / ambient


I have to admit - I forgot I was a member here and need to get back to checking out posts and responding here.  In a bit of a "sorry!" to everyone - here's a track I finished last November.   It's very short - intentionally so. 


The recording started with a piano piece - mostly an improv - and this is the 2nd take.   I then made four copies of that piano track in Logic... each with a prgressively heavier layer of processing... delay, pitch shift, time shift,…


Added by John Koch-Northrup on April 29, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Finalist at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2011

Nominated with the song "Eclipse" at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2011, in the Ambient/New Age genre!!

The Main event will take place on Nov 17th. 2011 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

So happy and proud!…


Added by Corrado Rossi on April 27, 2011 at 2:37pm — 1 Comment

'Instamatic' added to Fusion Galaxy's player

I finished the mix yesterday morning. Please give it a listen.

Added by Doug Lauber on April 25, 2011 at 4:54pm — 1 Comment

Recording my first maracas sample, after much frustration and anticipation

Early this month for my birthday I received a lovely condenser microphone, an audiogram and a bouquet of wires XLR, speaker, adaptors, two Y's and a female coupler.  Actually I ordered the microphone first, but ordered the XLR cable later because I am such a newbie this is my first condenser microphone and I didn't know what wire to purchase.  There was a lot of waiting after I ordered all the wires because my town doesn't have a radioshack.   The wires came in 6 shipments! That is a lot of…


Added by Ann Rodela on April 24, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Why feedback is so important...vital even.

Hi all,


It's been a while since I've posted anything on here (blame the inspirational block!). Just to say how important and valued feedback from others is on music. It's funny how sometimes you know that something isn't quite right with the composition you're working on, but you think..."Ah, it'll pass" and then someone picks up on the very point you know hasn't been given your 100%! It's very much appreciated though and after this happens, it gives you the push you need to…


Added by Beth Patterson on April 23, 2011 at 11:42am — 4 Comments

'Instamatic' stages of mixing

Hello friends. Today I worked on balancing the levels of various tracks within 'Instamatic'. Additionally, I worked on EQ'ing the DRUM submix, and then creating a couple of different versions of the track- two different approaches to compression. I ended up with three different versions of the drum sub-mix, all of which I am using for the final drumkit conglomeration: the primary drum track, plus two different compressed tracks that act as…


Added by Doug Lauber on April 20, 2011 at 12:15am — No Comments

Animation - first blogers project (finale)

Added by Alya Maghakyan on April 18, 2011 at 5:08am — No Comments

Ligeti and Micropolyphony

I have been studying Atmospheres by Ligeti lately, and I have a number of observations and questions.  Maybe you all can help me.


1.  How much of the micropolyphony does Ligeti expect to be heard.  After rehearsal C, The flute is below G4 and is barely audible.  Even though all the other instruments are ppp, the clarinet is in the meat of its register and will bury the flute.  Even considering the "coloring" the flute will lend to the sound of the orchestration, he has…


Added by Matthew Pelandini on April 17, 2011 at 10:59pm — 1 Comment

Which DAW? ....Sonar?

Basically there are two platforms for DAWs: Mac and PC. That starting point can narrow our search for a DAW. 

I'm often amazed at the capabilites of my DAW software- Sonar X1b.

I'd really like to know what other software can do.

What can PT, Cubase, Logic, and DP do that Sonar cannot do?

Added by Doug Lauber on April 9, 2011 at 11:08pm — 1 Comment

Mixing 'Instamatic'

I made a lot of progress today mixing 'Instamatic'. I'd say just a few more days of work and the first mix version will be finished! I almost named this tune, 'Harsh and Tender', because the tune combines two different approaches- a tender, sensitive jazz-ish mood, with sections that are harsh, aggressive, and driving. The tender sections use piano and fr horn, while the harsh sections use distorted guitar improvs that alternate with sax improvs, and for those…


Added by Doug Lauber on April 9, 2011 at 10:50pm — No Comments

Convolution Reverb

I'm working on a new tune, again with Chris Alpiar on sax and Seth Burkhart on drums. I've tried a different approach to the drum sub-mix, by applying mid/high frequency boosts, and a couple of different types of compression, AND a modest amount of convolution reverb. I applied convolution reverb to the lead guitar part and drums, so far, and I think it sounds great. I had downloaded convolution reverb impulse responses from the internet. The site asks for a donation… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on April 8, 2011 at 12:17pm — No Comments




I'm new in this Composer's Forum - that is , for a few weeks now. I just found this Blog section, and thought I could introduce myself with a Blog Post.


I hadn't composed for some years (making money is much easier with almost every other activity, I also tortured myself too fiercely with questions about the "Direction of Classical music") - until recently. Renewed interest for an old CD with some of my Nocturnes for piano and a commission (oboe…


Added by Frans Wentholt on April 8, 2011 at 2:07am — No Comments

Updating and Checking in...

Its been a while since I last signed on to Composers' Forum. I went off to take some time off from the online community as I like to do every so often. During that time I was involved a few projects. Where do I begin...

First, a new music school opened up downtown in my city and I was hired as a piano and composition/theory instructor. Since then the school's reputation has been growing with myself receiving a nice little photo session and spotlight in the paper. I kept my other…


Added by H. Archibald on April 7, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments


Hi All,

I just found this website and it is really exciting to find a place to meet with other composers. I love to hear new music, so feel free to send me some of your own stuff to hear.


Added by Warren Paradise on April 2, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Feedback on my last two film compositions, Thanks,Larry


Added by Larry Douziech on April 2, 2011 at 7:28pm — 7 Comments

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