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Hello everybody,

Due to Corona I lost my job (pilot) so I have loads of time.
I started to make some music. I’m using an old MacPro running LogicPro 8 that only allows me to write for piano, any other timbre will crash the machine.

Here is something I made, I call it “Pulse”. I would love to receive some comments, direction, remarks, suggestions, critique or whatever comes up.

Thanks for listening…..

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Sorry to hear your story. But Composing music has been shown to keep our brains and mood at their best.

I certainly enjoyed this piece. Like how you continually modified the deep bass part and the mood change in the middle section.

Fun to listen to Joost! Modern flavor but not too weird, nice rhythmic variations. There's lots of directions you could  go with this and I'm sure you can figure them out. Just a matter of listening to everything you can find, maybe some study. Listening to things on CF is cool because you can comment, ask questions and support our community.

Thanks for listening and thanks for the encouraging comments gentlemen. It certainly is fun to make.

Good idea Ingo, I will check out the rest of the site, in fact, right now I'll listen to both your contributions and I will comment if I can....

Hi Joost,

A lovely, buoyant piece, exuberant, impressionistic to me, lovely to choreograph.

Not too easy to play, I bet. I'd have loved to see a score so that I could have had a go. But no matter, a great little piece.

Looking forward to more.

Cheers,

Dane 

Hi Dane, I tried to produce a score but it's not as easy as I thought.

I'm thinking about getting some good musical notation software maybe Finally or Sibelius.

Producing a score straight from Logic is more than a challenge. As soon as I have a score I'll post it here and will let you know.

Very enjoyable piece Joost! Lots of rhythmic quirks and syncopations. As I was listening I felt it could be developed into something much longer, but you wrapped it up very convincingly at the end. Agree with Dane that I wish you had posted a score... thanks for sharing this, it was very cool.

Thanks for your comments Liz and thanks for listening, highly appreciated.

Liz Atems said:

Very enjoyable piece Joost! Lots of rhythmic quirks and syncopations. As I was listening I felt it could be developed into something much longer, but you wrapped it up very convincingly at the end. Agree with Dane that I wish you had posted a score... thanks for sharing this, it was very cool.

Very enjoyable Joost - I love the quirky vibe and the almost schizophrenic bass. Expertly played too - with a really lovely, bright piano. For me it could almost have opened up at the end, by letting it roll a little more - kind of like the graceful, majestic Swan from the awkward Duckling... well done - thanks for posting!

Tony

Thanks for listening Tony, your remarks are well noted, maybe I'll get back to this piece one day and try to extend it a bit.

Tony Lowther said:

Very enjoyable Joost - I love the quirky vibe and the almost schizophrenic bass. Expertly played too - with a really lovely, bright piano. For me it could almost have opened up at the end, by letting it roll a little more - kind of like the graceful, majestic Swan from the awkward Duckling... well done - thanks for posting!

Tony

Hi Joost,

Sorry to hear about your job. I hope you are soon able to return. I have time here too at work since things are really slow at the moment. Good opportunities to listen to new compositions!

A few things strike me as interesting here. One is that you would likely have developed this into something else if you had the tools. Instead you used the tools you had available. I can't help wondering how this might have turned out using full sets of sounds. To be fair, many composers use the piano as a basis for composition. This skeleton version lends itself well to the imagination for me in all kinds of interesting ways.

I liked the underlying rhythm. I feel as if I have heard it before in something else. I'm not implying you copied anything. Wouldn't be much different than me saying I heard a certain drum pattern before. It seems a fairly common albeit interesting rhythm and works well for this. The music starts rather abrupt. I wonder if an intro of some kind was added how it might sound? 

You do some very interesting things with changes beginning at :23  and a few other places that shows a penchant for structured departures. As a fuller orchestra piece this has so many interesting possibilities.

I especially liked what I'll call the calm section at around 1:05 through 1:15. Once again I can hear layers of calm here. It seems to have come in at the most opportune time in this music and leaves perfectly too. The perfect segue. All said a lot is going on in a 2 minute piece.

At 1:31 to 1:42 you once again infuse a few more turns that depart from what I would call a more expected feel and this is what adds so much interest to it.

Overall a fine job using only a piano sound. Congrats! Thanks for sharing.

Thanks so much for listening Tim and your valuable comments are highly appreciated! It’s so good to re-listen the piece with your comments next to it.

I’m so jealous of all that use colorful orchestral libraries. I tried a small woodwind ensemble for this piece but even that is impossible, my computer crashes after loading the 3rd instrument. This is not a good time to invest in a new system so I’ll keep working with what I have. Later I will try to orchestrate it for a big orchestra and I will make it longer. I can’t wait to start working on it.

Once again, thanks for your remark!….

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