August Champlin's Videos (Composers' Forum) - Composers' Forum 2021-01-27T04:11:28Z http://composersforum.ning.com/video/video/listForContributor?screenName=3rql9uqqg1gyv&rss=yes&xn_auth=no Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (Avanna + EWQLSC) tag:composersforum.ning.com,2019-09-02:773368:Video:523523 2019-09-02T11:53:51.092Z August Champlin http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/AugustChamplin <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/sometimes-i-feel-like-a-motherless-child-avanna-ewqlsc"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294515?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Perhaps no performance has moved me more than Bessie Griffin's earth shattering rendition of the old African American Spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (Google it!). After hearing her sing this piece, I could not get the tune out of my mind. I found myself humming and singing it everywhere I went, except in my mind a contralto voice… <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/sometimes-i-feel-like-a-motherless-child-avanna-ewqlsc"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294515?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Perhaps no performance has moved me more than Bessie Griffin's earth shattering rendition of the old African American Spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (Google it!). After hearing her sing this piece, I could not get the tune out of my mind. I found myself humming and singing it everywhere I went, except in my mind a contralto voice sang the desolate call and a full gospel choir sang the painful jabbing responses. This arrangement so haunted me that I wrote it out and developed it into this piece. Since I have no access to a contralto or gospel choir, I did my best to program Zero-G's Avanna, a Vocaloid, to perform the solo and EWQL Symphonic Choirs to perform the role of the full gospel choir. Avanna is more of a lyric blues singer than the powerful contralto I had in mind (think Jessye Norman); however, her light bluesy rendition captures something of the forlornness of the piece. I thought Symphonic Choirs did a pretty good job of imitating a gospel choir. I also experimented with using Hollywood Choirs, which I own; however, SC did a better job than HC, I felt, so that is what you hear in this performance. If your choir wants to sing this piece, please contact me. I would love to hear this piece performed by a real soloist and choir! Fisher Bait Man Jazz (Embertone Fischer Viola) tag:composersforum.ning.com,2018-01-22:773368:Video:491003 2018-01-22T14:07:21.623Z August Champlin http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/AugustChamplin <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/fisher-bait-man-jazz-embertone-fischer-viola"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294477?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />A joyous romp, Fisher Bait Man Jazz is dedicated to my friend Denny Lin (1966-2016), a fellow composer who always had a word of encouragement for me. It feat... <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/fisher-bait-man-jazz-embertone-fischer-viola"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294477?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />A joyous romp, Fisher Bait Man Jazz is dedicated to my friend Denny Lin (1966-2016), a fellow composer who always had a word of encouragement for me. It feat... Solace (QL Piano's Bosendorfer) tag:composersforum.ning.com,2018-01-22:773368:Video:491148 2018-01-22T14:05:35.877Z August Champlin http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/AugustChamplin <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/solace-ql-piano-s-bosendorfer"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294935?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />For my wife who spent sleepless nights nursing a beloved aunt dying with cancer, I wrote Solace. It is my empathy for her pain, my appreciation for her chara... <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/solace-ql-piano-s-bosendorfer"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294935?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />For my wife who spent sleepless nights nursing a beloved aunt dying with cancer, I wrote Solace. It is my empathy for her pain, my appreciation for her chara... Aves Orientalis II (Vienna Symphonic Library SE) tag:composersforum.ning.com,2018-01-22:773368:Video:491058 2018-01-22T14:03:23.296Z August Champlin http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/AugustChamplin <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/aves-orientalis-ii-vienna-symphonic-library-se"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294827?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Inspired by the Oriental cranes I saw on my walks in Korea, I composed Aves Orientalis for wind quintet. At the university where I taught, a collection of th... <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/aves-orientalis-ii-vienna-symphonic-library-se"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327294827?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Inspired by the Oriental cranes I saw on my walks in Korea, I composed Aves Orientalis for wind quintet. At the university where I taught, a collection of th... Dreams of Dao Ayan (Embertone's Joshua Bell Violin) tag:composersforum.ning.com,2018-01-22:773368:Video:491215 2018-01-22T14:00:38.181Z August Champlin http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/AugustChamplin <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/dreams-of-dao-ayan-embertone-s-joshua-bell-violin"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327295153?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Is Embertone's Joshua Bell Violin the best sampled violin ever produced? Listen to this user demo, and decide for yourself. Embertone's Joshua Bell Violin ce... <a href="http://composersforum.ning.com/video/dreams-of-dao-ayan-embertone-s-joshua-bell-violin"><br /> <img src="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/327295153?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Is Embertone's Joshua Bell Violin the best sampled violin ever produced? Listen to this user demo, and decide for yourself. Embertone's Joshua Bell Violin ce...