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May 2011 Blog Posts (10)

The Angst of Selecting a Virtual String Orchestra: DVZ vs. VSL?

From my first attempt to compose music in the early 90's using my 486, Finale, and my computer's internal sound card (mistake!), it has been my dream to have at my disposal a realistic virtual orchestra.


When the Garritan Personal Orchestra came out, I thought my dreams had come true. And for a while, it seemed that Gary Garritan had solved the world's most pressing problems and ushered in a new era of world peace, sending beauty pageant contestants on a desperate scramble to…


Added by August Champlin on May 30, 2011 at 2:15am — 6 Comments

May 29, 2011

Today I'm continuing to work on the elec bass part for 'Road Trip', a tune I wrote for a female singer. I'm replacing the existing bass part, which was just a quickly recorded sketch. Hopefully, I'll record the singer in the next week or two...

Added by Doug Lauber on May 29, 2011 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Earth, Wind, & Fire!

I just saw Earth Wind & Fire tonight. Excellent! Great solos- trumpet, sax, keys, two different guitarists, numerous percussionists, and great singers. They've got it all. We're talkin' 'fusion'. A fusion of jazz, blues, funk, R&B, and rock. Very tasteful arrangements. People were dancing in the aisles...  :)

Added by Doug Lauber on May 26, 2011 at 1:23am — 1 Comment

Please- No Story Behind the Music!!

There should not be any story behind the music. A 'story' can change our perception of the music. The music should exist on its own. I don't want to hear that the composition was the result of the author's desperate desire to get a divorce or as a warm tribute to his or her pet kitten, or... A composition should touch on universal emotional reactions, not programs. The only exception might be 'multi-media'… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on May 8, 2011 at 12:56pm — 12 Comments

Little Monster


Little Monster


Whilst in Tokyo on holiday for a few weeks in 2008 and I had my mac book pro with me and Apple Logic Express.

Whilst I had the time I realised that I can sort of compose music. Little Monster was written for a Japanese friend of mine and part time over 8 days I completed it (yes it was a joke as you can hear!). My ears are a bit better now and I…


Added by Paul Gilligan on May 7, 2011 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Bossa Nova and Post Minimalism and a Pop-ish tune with vocals.

I've always liked John Adams 'Harmonielehre'. How can one NOT like it?

I'll revisit my drawing board, where I'll draw with my ear. I cannot do notation. I'll begin to build a piece that is inspired by Harmonielehre, by creating fragments/phrases that will repeat in overlapping time signatures. There will be sharp/hard elements and…


Added by Doug Lauber on May 7, 2011 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Please, Do Not Miss Me When I Am Gone

I composed this piece in 5 minutes pretty much. Decided that I liked the melody so I thought I create an extended improvisation using similar chord progressions. This is the first improvisation that I have actually teared up to, I have never felt so much emotion for a piece that I have composed. There is a very personal story behind this so I thought I would like to share it. Feel free to listen to it here. The story is quite lengthy. I am not a professional, just a man who enjoys composing…


Added by Travis Balitz on May 5, 2011 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Aaron Copland's "Music for a Great City"

Ok, so I was doing some research on the Stan Kenton recording of "City of Glass." The piece takes a rather dark look at New York City. While doing my reseach, I came across a piece by Aaron Copland called "Music for a Great City." Have you heard it? I am sorry to say that after studying Copland for almost 20 years, I had not even heard of this piece.


It is amazing. It is one of those gems, much like Copland's "Letter from Home," which are too often overlooked or altogether…


Added by Todd E. Schultz on May 4, 2011 at 10:07pm — No Comments

A new piece: Lament

Here is a new piece I've been slaving over for the past few months.  I think  I've taken the Garritan Gagli violin solo sound about as far as I can get it, tho I'm thinking I need to learn about portamento on Logic, which might improve the line.  But I did find that a giant reverb seemed to deepen the tone a bit. Best would be a real violinist (next step).

Also used Garritan cello, Jam Pack Clarinet, and piano with pad.  Let me know what you think/feel upon listening to…


Added by Emily Bond on May 2, 2011 at 10:15am — 10 Comments

New Here "First Entry" -Canaeus

Hi peeps,


I'm totally new here, so I thought it would be nice to say hello this way.


I never received any musical training. I did some musical experiments around the age of 16-18, but never got far on my own.

For years I have been solely creative in graphics, painting, writing (text). It was not until early 2008 I rediscovered the possibilities of musical 'experiments' through the use of my computer. So there it was again, that idea, the notion…


Added by Jorgi 'Canaeus' D'hondt on May 1, 2011 at 2:44pm — 3 Comments

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