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New piece

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter 4 hours ago. 3 Replies

I sometimes describe the stuff I write as "filmscore". Something you might hear in the background of a movie. Nothing "epic". Just something to help set the mood. Nothing that follows any formula…Continue

Rising

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stefan Welebny Apr 3. 12 Replies

Here is a little something for small orchestra to, just for the fun of it, offset the ensemble works that have been posted lately.A short overture, if you will. Continue

Foretelling

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Dougall Feb 4. 17 Replies

OK. I invite anyone interested to listen to this. It's a very short piece for small orchestra. And I say listen, that's just what I mean. And leave some meaningful comment. Oh, you can say that the…Continue

Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Sep 12, 2018. 25 Replies

I am fascinated by your absolute rejection of "atonal". I agree that it is kind of a "catch-all" term. Yet so is "classical", for that matter. As an American English speaker (not to be confused with…Continue

 

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Bob Porter replied to michael diemer's discussion Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato
"I think the problem is that those are all string articulations that have little meaning to brass players. Not that they can't apply. Marcato implies separation but also accent. I'm trying to imagine the type of passage for brass that would…"
7 minutes ago
Bob Porter replied to Dave Maynard's discussion Notation (with Articulations) to DAW (with VEP)
"Dave, Maybe post a little something of yours, and how you made it. It'll be fun."
4 hours ago
Bob Porter replied to Bob Porter's discussion New piece
"Thanks, so much, for listening and leaving a comment. Looks like several have listened and not seen fit to comment. I know there are some who don't think that they would have anything useful to add. And some who think this is outright junk. A…"
4 hours ago
Dane Aubrun replied to Bob Porter's discussion New piece
"Hi, Bob, I’m normally averse to film music but you set a scene and, yes, it does musicalise your description. I would have liked a little more variation in tonal centre but given the length of the piece that’s a small point. I sense the…"
7 hours ago
Ingo Lee replied to Bob Porter's discussion New piece
"This would be fine as a sound track and actually will stand alone to my ear. It's not the typical 'epic' that we hear so much of but you do have a big finish here.  I don't hear defeat at the outset, it seems more…"
17 hours ago
Bob Porter replied to Dave Maynard's discussion Notation (with Articulations) to DAW (with VEP)
"Sure, Dave. But don't forget that those composers main goal is to write for real players. Your goal is to produce a virtual recording. Two different things.  You are after possibly more detail than they are. There are any number of ways to…"
21 hours ago
Bob Porter replied to Dave Maynard's discussion Notation (with Articulations) to DAW (with VEP)
"Dave, For the most part, I doubt that someone the likes of Williams or Zimmer rely that much on notation playback. They write what they know to sound good. It is not the job of notation software to playback articulations per say. Some are better…"
yesterday
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New piece

I sometimes describe the stuff I write as "filmscore". Something you might hear in the background of a movie. Nothing "epic". Just something to help set the mood. Nothing that follows any formula (sonata, aabaca). Just what comes to me. I write for the fun of it. I can post a score, but you either like this or you don't. A score might only distract you because you will be looking for all the technical things you think I missed. This music will never be performed, so my scores reflect what I had…See More
Wednesday
Bob Porter replied to Valerio Dalla Ragione's discussion Second String Quartet
"It depends on your goal. If all you need is to get the notes down so you can hand parts to real players, you've got that. Many people like NotePerformer, so it might be a good investment. Personally I don't care for it. But that's…"
Oct 4
Bob Porter replied to Valerio Dalla Ragione's discussion Second String Quartet
"Just a few technical notes. Sibelius solo violin has no vibrato as well as some other tone problems. So I suggest not using it in a quartet situation. Unfortunately, the only other choice is to use solo viola for the top three voices. obviously,…"
Oct 2
Bob Porter replied to Eirik Gisnås's discussion Ghost of Tom
"Very nice feel. Though I think the cello has a more plaintive, soulful sound if it is in a bit higher register. "
Oct 2
Bob Porter replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Suite for Strings mvt 2 Andante sostenuto
"Thanks for posting this. This not really a style that interests me. But I found it.....interesting that in an andante movement, there seems to be nothing but three and four note motifs. The chromaticism and modality seem fair enough. I was hoping…"
Oct 2
Bob Porter replied to Gav Brown's discussion Spies! for Orchestra
"Hmmm. As a guitarist, I get this " It's not in 'E', can you play it?" all the time. Really? Sure, I'm only an old folk guitarist, but still. My feeling on keys is that it really depends on what instruments are being…"
Sep 5
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion The Coventry Carol
"Ah well, I'm probably one of the few who never watched Game of Thrones. Let me see if I understand. You said a few posts above that you follow meters closely, and harmonies close to the original sometimes. In order to "apply the…"
Aug 28
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion The Coventry Carol
"Jon, Don't get me wrong, I like much of what you did. Though I think you could have been a little bit more adventurous harmonically. I'm not talking here about original harmonies, but rather the harmonies in general. You do a good job of…"
Aug 28
Bob Porter replied to Jon Corelis's discussion The Coventry Carol
"Jon,   Perhaps I'm not as familiar with the original as I should be. But I feel there are uncomfortable meters, and harmonies. The variations are interesting."
Aug 27

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Film and music for video
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
San Diego, CA
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I was a music education major in college, a long time ago. There I also studied composition. But it wasn't until the 2000's, when I bought some music software that I really started to do some real writing. I write for fun, but that doesn't mean that I don't take it seriously. I've had a few things performed by real groups, but that is not my focus.

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At 7:28pm on March 20, 2018, Ingo Lee said…

Welcome back Bob you were missed, but where's your hat?

At 6:37pm on March 20, 2018, Gav Brown said…

Welcome back!

 
 
 

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