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June 2009 Blog Posts (9)

New album

I just finished a library album last week - Urban Cinematic volume 1.

Have a listen here


Added by J B Markham on June 26, 2009 at 6:49am — No Comments

Action Music 2: This time it's personal!

Hi fellow Forumlings

Well after my first action music blog post there had to be the inevitable sequel.

So ... my first post had no aspirations to be comprehensive but it tried to cover some of the basics. In this post I'd like to cover a few more tricks that I've used of late. Again there's no effort to cover all bases but more to open discussion. I'm sure I'll have further posts on this… Continue

Added by James Semple on June 22, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

About Each Composition

The Rose of Sharon

Each day I worked on this piece, I sat at the keyboard, prayed that my thoughts would be in synchronicity with the movings of the Spirit, and worshipped while composing. I often felt distinctly impressed, while working on it, to proceed in a certain direction, when my natural inclination was to go in another direction. The resulting work is probably my strongest, but I'm not sure I can take full credit for it. Perhaps it is better to say that it was… Continue

Added by August Champlin on June 19, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

Composition Competitions

Hey all. I was wondering if there were any more composition competitions around. The ones I have checked out have all past. Can anyone give me some ideas on what competitions I could enter? I really want to get some of my works noticed by more than just the music department at Cal State. I want real reviews, not just school reviews. The prize money too could be a huge abetment to my financial struggles. I may loose the scholarship I have because I'm really getting hammered by a class or two.… Continue

Added by Cody Weinmann on June 17, 2009 at 7:23pm — 2 Comments

Sci-fi ... and Elves?

Well it's been a while since I wrote anything about composition techniques and I thought it was time to post a new blog.

Anyone who reads a lot of these blogs will be aware that one of the main things I've always loved about film music is the specific harmonic devices employed. To date I've already covered chromatic mediants, tritones, bitonality and planing.

In this blog I want to briefly discuss a fairly simple device which is exceptionally effective for giving a sense… Continue

Added by James Semple on June 15, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

Searching For Contemporary Educational Music for Choral Lit Project

Hi fellow composers,
I am currently in the midst of doing a choral lit project where I must gather music of contemporary educational style that would be acceptable for public middle school and high school choirs. I've already checked on and I'm still having trouble accessing these types of works. Are there any other resources I can consult besides the libraries here on campus, ChoralNet, and without having to buy the music?

Added by Cody Weinmann on June 10, 2009 at 7:04pm — 1 Comment

Splitsound Suite

Hi everyone,

stayed up very late last night writing this. Interesting metre, hope you enjoy. :)

Splitsound Suite I - Play

Splitsound Suite II & III - Play

Splitsound Suite IV & V - Play

Its scored for Piano, Strings and Percussion… Continue

Added by Jack Pickett on June 8, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

My music to be on FM Radio

Greetings all

I thought you might be interested that a piece of music called “Isabella de Fortibus” I wrote for an small internet based Eisteddfod at the beginning of this year (it won and I was awarded a golden harp!) will be featured on FM radio this week. Merlin’s Magical Music Moments will be broadcasting live on Soundart Radio 102.5 fm 20.30 - 22.00 pm on Wednesday 10 June 2009. I do appreciate this is a minor event in comparison to the wonderful achievements of so many here.… Continue

Added by Malcolm Brown on June 8, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

New Choral Music Concert 6/4 and 6/6 in NYC

If you're in the NYC area, you should check out C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, a new music ensemble dedicated to performing choral works written in the last 25 years. We only perform modern works. This concert features "The Temple Bells", my NYC compositional debut!

For more information about the concerts, go to our website:

Added by Jamie Klenetsky on June 4, 2009 at 10:29am — No Comments

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