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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Romantic-Impressionist; Classical; Baroque
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Maine, USA
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 am basically self-taught, which means I learned how to compose in non-traditional ways. Some of my favorite composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius, Debussy, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Vaughan Williams, Faure and Durufle. Some favorite pieces: Mozart's 40th, Sibelius' 7th, NRK's Scheherazade, the Requiems by Faure and Durufle; Ravel's Tombeau Du Couperin; Copeland's Appalachian Spring, and pretty much everything by Debussy. I began composing in the mid 70's, strictly on amateur basis. Necessity of earning a living has limited me to 5 completed symphonic works to date, but I hope to expand this when I retire. (Note: now retired). I use a very basic setup: small midi keyboard, Cakewalk By Bandlab (what used to be Sonar), Garritan, East West and Vienna sound libraries, and recently I added Cinematic Strings.



michael diemer's Discussions

Berceuse (Lullaby And Good Flight)

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Apr 13. 13 Replies

This is on my home page here, but because there is a brief pause between the second and third sections, someone could easily think it was over when the pause occurs. So I wanted to make sure people…Continue

Vienna Enemle Pro & Epic Orchestra?

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Feb 25. 11 Replies

Can anyone comment on this? I currently have Vienna Special Edition 1, plus GPO5, EWSO Gold and Cinematic Strings2. Using Cakewalk for my DAW (formerly Sonar). Would this be worth my while? Is the…Continue

In The Garden

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Feb 21. 18 Replies

This is the first movement of Three Easter Scenes. The garden of course is Gethsemane. A fairly impressionistic work, I attempted to portray the agony as Jesus contemplates His coming ordeal. A…Continue

Panning Multiple Libraries In A DAW

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Apr 18. 3 Replies

So here I go again, I can not stop obsessing about getting panning right. I've been looking at Mattias Westlund's tutorial on the subject:…Continue

Latest Activity

michael diemer replied to Lucas Oliveira Krumenaur's discussion About our drives and ways
"Good Lord, are we going to start debating esoteric philosophical/spiritual matters in a post about how to write music? This is the kind of thing that made me leave three years ago. Can we please get back on track?"
michael diemer replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Another interesting quote
"Yes, the conversation is a bit exclusive so far."
michael diemer replied to Lucas Oliveira Krumenaur's discussion About our drives and ways
"My music tends to just grow organically from a starting point, usually a melody or theme (rarely, a rhythmic pattern). It's as if an entire movement is contained in that one idea, and my job is simply to reveal it. But sometimes I have…"
michael diemer replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"I would not mind ads which are germane to the music technology industry. They would even be useful, alerting us to something we might actually want. Of course, that then gets into the ad-blocker issue. Anyone with even a touch of ADD has a hard time…"
Aug 7
michael diemer replied to Rafael Andres Diaz's discussion Ave Maria - Comments Needed!!
"I believe you are right, Claude. what gives?"
Aug 5
michael diemer replied to Ronald Fontenot's discussion "Children's Winter Town" Song
"I have to admit, it was better when I closed my eyes. As music, it does suggest a Winter atmosphere, with icicles framing the windows and a cold sun hanging low in the sky. you should re-post it about 5 months from now, it would be interesting to…"
Aug 5
michael diemer replied to Islam Y.Omari's discussion Another short piano pop tune, i’d Love to hear what u guys think.
"The only criticism of this lovely effort is that it is too short! "
Aug 5
michael diemer replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Ning, while it has its detractors and issues (using the insecure Flash Player is one) is nevertheless unique in the aesthetic aspects of it forums. This forum would not be the same if ported over to a cheaper venue. It would be a downgrade, and…"
Aug 5
michael diemer replied to Gav Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"It should definitely continue. I have contributed money in the past and will do so again when called upon. The large user base is something that cannot be recreated easily, as witnessed by the two 'spin off' forums that were begun by…"
Aug 4
michael diemer replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Sabrina Fair
"Ah, that explains it. I think it also gives it a dark and mysterious mood. Which works well for the subject matter."
Aug 4
michael diemer replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Sinfonia for Orchestra.
"Not only do Mozart's works contain the right amount of notes, they are also always the right notes. On the right instruments. In the right register. At the right time. And so on. Probably why his music is so often considered to be perfect…"
Aug 4
michael diemer replied to Jon Corelis's discussion Sabrina Fair
"I get Japanese colors in this. Or perhaps it is it modal? Anyway nicely done.  Now i want to hear Paradise Lost..."
Aug 3
michael diemer replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Sinfonia for Orchestra.
"that makes sense."
Aug 3
michael diemer replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Sinfonia for Orchestra.
"I agree Dane, sometimes the music in films is over the top. Even on TV shows I have to change the channel because both the music and the visual effects are just too much. I like shows on the universe, but all the exploding supernovas, asteroids…"
Aug 3
michael diemer replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Sinfonia for Orchestra.
"As to long works d'art, after every Lord Of The Rings film, my immediate reaction was, 'it was too short.' You know it was good when you had go to the bathroom after 30 minutes, plus your sciatica was acting up because of those…"
Aug 3
michael diemer replied to Lucas Oliveira Krumenaur's discussion The VII° on major.
"I've always thought that anyone drawn to composing "classical music" is a bit, well different. We're all in that category here, most likely. some of us have actual diagnoses; others suspect something's not right somewhere;…"
Aug 3

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At 1:24pm on February 23, 2019, David Carovillano said…


Just as honoured to share some great conversations with you.  We're all lucky that music is part of our lives, to whatever extent we pursue it.  Thanks for your kind words and much continued success with your work :)

At 11:12pm on January 23, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Welcome back, Michael!

At 10:57am on July 26, 2016, Art Lowell said…

Thank you for the welcome, Michael. I have actually been a member here for a couple of years, and I have posted all of my tunes. I'm not sure what location on this website they appeared in, but people did respond, so I know they got heard. I posted them in Music Analysis And Critique. I have enjoyed the input from the members here. 

At 12:29pm on February 13, 2015, John Hazel said…

Thanks Michael it was suggest to me by Guitarhacker (Herb) because of the higher rate MP3's you can upload.

At 3:26pm on January 8, 2015, Tim swanger said…
Thank you! I'm hoping to post more soon. I'm enjoying listening to others work, though I'm traveling at the moment and I can't access many audio files from my phone.
At 11:09pm on January 3, 2015, Greg Monks said…

Skating is a fabulous little piece, reminiscent (to my ear) of some of Jongen's works. It would make for an excellent National Film Board score.

At 10:03pm on January 3, 2015, Greg Monks said…

Thanks, Michael, I'll post there once I have the equipment/software for making PDF's of my music.

I can see now that I'll have to learn how to use Finale or Sibelius or both. I've had both for years, but have taken only a cursory look at them.

At 11:47am on December 25, 2014, Simon Hamel said…

Can't wait to trade fours on feedback man, I'll post some music soon. 

At 3:05am on November 8, 2014, René Torenstra said…

Thank you for welcoming me to the site and getting me started, Michael. I'm sure I'll see you around in the comment threads! Cheers, René

At 2:28pm on November 7, 2014, Pekka Vermasvuo said…

Thank you for your encouraging words Michael!

Michael diemer's Blog

On "Skating"

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:30pm 9 Comments

Revised as of 1/28/15, Skating is my most finished piece to date. It's from a three-movement work called Three Winter Scenes.  It's an impressionistic piece, intended to depict skaters on a frozen pond or river, and attempts to capture the exhilaration of being outside on a cold but beautiful winter day, as well as the elements of snow, sun, clouds, etc. Sounds are Garritan, Vienna, Cinematic Strings2 and EWSO Gold, as well as some sounds from Sonar. While I strive for transparency,…



Posted on September 19, 2014 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

"Solstice" is the first movement of "Three Winter Scenes." It was written after a poem I wrote in my twenties called "Winter Sunset." The poem was about watching a beautiful sunset on a very cold day, and wondering where my life was going. The last lines were "Where were the clouds hurrying to? Their motion in that dark sky was all I saw." The music tries to capture the cold beauty of a winter sunset, and also the slow ticking of time down to the moment of the Solstice, the first…


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