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September 2011 Blog Posts (15)

Working on Compositions that are "personal" and dealing with them in lessons...


Hi everyone!

I am so excited about becoming a member here!! I am excited to blog and participate in discussion, and listen to everyone's pieces!!


I have afew burning questions for you all.

My questions are: How would you go about presenting extreme personal works composition lesson? Are these pieces even appropriate to bring to my lesson, or to even write? Are there any composers who have written personal pieces and are open about them?



Added by Pissinthenightaway on September 29, 2011 at 4:50pm — 1 Comment

Road Trip v2

With a little luck, today should be the day that I finish version 2 of the mix...


On a separate note, I have rediscovered an old composition from 10 years ago and somehow I was able to open it in Sonar X1, my DAW. The tune has a lot of potential- the lead guitar track sounds good! It'll probably be an instrumental, but maybe I can design a melody for a lead vocal.

Added by Doug Lauber on September 28, 2011 at 12:39pm — 2 Comments

Harmonic Mining


Yes! It's the return of my blog posts and their awful puns for titles... I can never resist them! Recently I'd been investigating some orchestral scores from favourite composers and realised that some of my favourite sounds and devices were achieved by using the harmonic minor scale as a resource but in a non-traditional way. Eventually I felt I had enough material to dedicate an entire blog post to it. Hopefully this will be…


Added by James Semple on September 26, 2011 at 5:58am — 2 Comments

Havin' difficulties....

I not getting to where I want to be, and I have a silly feeling that it is not because I am not working hard enough.  I feel like I am working against myself.  Advice?

Added by Matthew Pelandini on September 25, 2011 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Listening Journal #1

I've decided to journal my listening habits as a way to track my daily (weekly, monthly) listening patterns.  I believe this to a be a strong way to process and utilize the influences around us. 


Today it is:


Shostakovich Symphony #10

Ensemble unknown

Conductor unknown


This is a recording I picked up from a  friend of mine and downloaded it onto my iTunes playlist. 

I have always admired Shostakovich for his use of…


Added by Matthew Pelandini on September 24, 2011 at 2:22pm — No Comments

LATE BEETHOVEN: the apotheosis of counterpoint

Suffering from what I call “contrapunctitis” (you won’t find it in the medical dictionary) I am naturally biased, but I believe free counterpoint to be one of  mankind’s greatest achievements. As an expressive device, it is without parallel in any other language with the possible exception of mathematics – its nearest relative. Of all its practitioners, Beethoven pips the others to the post. From the simplest diatonic devices of the earlier works through to the late fugues, no other…


Added by Nick Capocci on September 23, 2011 at 3:25pm — No Comments


There is this huge problem, i can never name my composistions when i finish them! i always name them like "Sonata,etc in the key of" haha anyone else have this on going problem?

Added by Ross Svanberg on September 23, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments

It is all a matter of perspective...

I am a music teacher.


I feel like saying that is like starting a 12 step program...


Anyway, I noticed that some days I feel like the students are giving me a harder time than others.  I have come to realization that it is me that is coming to the situation with a confrontational attitude, not the students. I know that this is not a revelation to start a new renaissance in music education, but the reason I bring this up is that I have noticed this fluctuation…


Added by Matthew Pelandini on September 21, 2011 at 7:14pm — 1 Comment

Threnody,Song For Sarajeyvo


Thanks in the past for the nice comments from various members about my 1994 piece 'Threnody,Song For Sarajeyvo'.

Just to let you know that James Mason an American photographer who documented the war gave me permission to use a montage of his work with the music.It's up on youtube now.

Just google my name youtube and the title of the piece.

Paul Mitchell-Davidson

Added by Paul Mitchell-Davidson on September 16, 2011 at 10:05am — No Comments

New website

Page 3 is where I've placed some of my compositions

my website


I got a deal of £99 for the making and hosting of this website - quite pleased with that.

Added by Adrian Allan on September 15, 2011 at 8:08am — No Comments

Hi I am back with NEWER SONGS!




I want to thank those of you who left great and inspiring comments! I have been so busy as of late and so I apologize for

not being apart of the community. My real name is here so I figured I better get a start on again! Its not cool to Google and Bing your name and see "your neglected site"just sitting there. So here I am again! I am traveling alot....

I am going to NYC

then Colorado

then in two months to the Middle East for an…


Added by Melissa Lee Gruenler on September 14, 2011 at 11:33pm — No Comments


Added by RickyIbanez on September 11, 2011 at 4:31am — No Comments

September 10th, 2011

I spent most of the day re-mixing the song, 'Road Trip'. I added a little more compression to the elec bass. I created a new drum sub-mix, made sure it was nice and bright. I separated the two kick drum tracks, so I can easily adjust them without messing with the rest of the drums. I also adjusted the panning of a few of the tracks. I re-did the reverb on the drums. They sounded too far back. I added more compression to the vocals, for a smoother flowing sound. Next… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on September 10, 2011 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Neither Schoenberg nor Hindemith really understood atonality. Did they?

A general thought dating from about 30 years ago, connected with musings on the nature of the "evolution" of musical language.

Added by Nick Capocci on September 8, 2011 at 4:20pm — 6 Comments

EQ'ing a Kick Drum?

A difficult mixing task is the problem of separating the frequencies of a kick drum from the frequency range of the electric bass. I've been placing the kick drum lower than the elec bass in the frequency spectrum. Using drum replacement software (in Sonar) has allowed me to transfer the audio kick track, to a MIDI track, which I then use to trigger a sample. I've been using  a kick drum sample in my D4 sound module. It has very strong low frequencies, around 43 hz.…


Added by Doug Lauber on September 7, 2011 at 12:22am — 2 Comments

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