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Doug Lauber's Blog – June 2011 Archive (5)

Pressing Keys?

I really urge those composers who don't use a keyboard to branch out and try using one. It really isn't that scary. Dive in. Sure, it's a little tough at first, but anything worthwhile requires some effort. Being able to perform with an instrument will give you a huge advantage over composers who use only notation programs that lack human timing and subtle dynamics. A performance ability will help you to convey emotions that would otherwise be impossible.

Added by Doug Lauber on June 29, 2011 at 1:40pm — 4 Comments

June 29th 2011 bossa?

I've got the day ahead of me. I'll use the time to get into a new Bossa Nova composition. I'm building basic sections by recording elec guitar parts, with a MIDI drum accompaniment. At this point I'm focusing on the basic structure, while trying various ideas as I improvise and then refine details- riffs, phrases, etc. Sometimes a motif can appear out of nowhere and I'm sure this happens for most composers.…

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Added by Doug Lauber on June 29, 2011 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

Recording a Vocalist: Mission Accomplished!!

I just finished recording an excellent vocalist- Darl Chryst

see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPCexbxMrV8

She's a true professional with a great expressive voice. The session only required a little over an hour.…

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Added by Doug Lauber on June 10, 2011 at 5:57pm — 3 Comments

Composer?

Everyone knows what a 'composer' is. The definition is general and inclusive rather than narrow and specific. 

: one that composes; especially : a person who writes music

Yes- it's that simple and it's a definition…

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Added by Doug Lauber on June 8, 2011 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

June 2nd, 2011

After a few hours of composing, I'm taking a short break from 'Tsunami', the post-minimal piece I'm working on today. It's coming along well- just as I expected, so I'm happy. It will contrast busy/chaotic sections with smooth/simple sections. I'm using a few previously untried instruments from my Kontakt VSL collection- celesta and xylophone, along with old standbys like True Tron from my Quadrasynth and my trusty Jazz bass.…

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Added by Doug Lauber on June 2, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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