Alfredo Reis Deus replied to Jakub Siembab's discussion Little piece for piano
"Very cinematic, it brought me to the "Piano", by Michael Nyman.

It's a beautiful piece and I would try a more liberal and romantic interpretation of the score, to go against the ostinato structure of the piece."
Aug 9, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Soundtrack for a documentary
"Actually, if you modulate by ear, then chances are you already know enough about modulation. :-D  I would suggest learning more about it not by studying books or learning theory or what-not, but by listening to more music. When you hear something…"
Jul 23, 2015
Alfredo Reis Deus replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Soundtrack for a documentary
"Of the things I think I will avoid knowing more about, modulation is at the top of my list :)

Seriously, it is. I understand there's a lot to marvel in it, but it's also a method to do something that I do 99% by hear. It may even be one of the…"
Jul 23, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Soundtrack for a documentary
"From my (probably biased) POV, whether or not education / formal training helps depends on how it's taught, and also how you receive it.
I also grew up with basically no formal training -- wasn't interested in music until I was about 13 or so. When…"
Jul 23, 2015
Alfredo Reis Deus replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Soundtrack for a documentary
"I went through a similar process with a friend that did the same thing your friend did after moving out of the "dorm" we were staying in colledge. He played guitar and we often played together. I played this often and he loved…"
Jul 23, 2015
Alfredo Reis Deus replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Soundtrack for a documentary
"Hi Mariza.

It's almost scary how you are able to get inside my head with so little information :)

My main goal with these films was exactly that: to show that the most important things in life are the same, no matter what species you belong.

When…"
Jul 23, 2015
Alfredo Reis Deus replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Soundtrack for a documentary
"Hi Tim,

Thanks a lot for your comments. Right now I only have my phone but as soon as I get to my computer I will look up all the referentes you make.

I play on a now old Korg Karma synth but it has a nice piano sound. The strings not so much.

I…"
Jul 23, 2015
Alfredo Reis Deus replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Soundtrack for a documentary
"Hello Bob,

I don't have formal training in piano but I did learn how to play a few classical pieces when a friend gave me a copy of a book and a few scores.

Later I had the chance to have lessons and was tempted to go for it to get proper…"
Jul 23, 2015
Mariza Costa-Cabral replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Soundtrack for a documentary
"Alfredo,

I think you are quite apt at improvising at the piano. The music sounds quite enchanting, quite good. The documentary is fascinating to me because we can follow the emotional life of the fish, and interpret their actions. We get the…"
Jul 23, 2015
Tim Lawler replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Soundtrack for a documentary
"First I want to say the piano sounds beautiful, both sonically and in its expressive sensitivity. The strings supported that well. They sound artificial to me in comparison but artistic none the less. Yes, this is a composing forum, and audio…"
Jul 22, 2015
Alfredo Reis Deus replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Soundtrack for a documentary
"This was my departing point:




In the case of this film, I had already selected the 7 music themes and I then had to improvise around them as I watched the film and listened to the narration.

It's a very interesting exercise. You have to play the…"
Jul 22, 2015
Alfredo Reis Deus replied to Mariza Costa-Cabral's discussion Bugle Call
"All I can say is that my mission for today is to run to the keyboard and play the only Bach invention I know by heart and play it ad libitum ad nauseum :)

I think it's a wonderful ideia to play such cerebral music in such an unshamed emotional say."
Jul 22, 2015
Alfredo Reis Deus replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Soundtrack for a documentary
"Yes, it is finished. This is just the last of 7 chapters.

The music is a little loud I agree. Couldn't you see the notes identifying each theme as the filme played?

A new character enters the story in each chapter and therefore, a new theme.

The…"
Jul 22, 2015
Alfredo Reis Deus replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Suicide suite
"Of all the things I've sang in these songs, I think the "Don't jump"'s were the ones that had less margin for error.

The guy was trying everything in his bag of tricks to discourage the person from jumping, but there were times when he was afraid…"
Jul 15, 2015
Alfredo Reis Deus replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Suicide suite
"Hi Tim.

I think I am starting to be able to hear the songs with a bit of distance now. I can try to analyse the songs like I didn't write them.

I was a bit reluctant to provide explanations to the songs. When you do so, you limit the range of…"
Jul 15, 2015
Tim Lawler replied to Alfredo Reis Deus's discussion Suicide suite
"Hi Alfredo.  Thank you for adding this: "At the end the guy confesses his own frailty and in doing so, allows them to find common ground by accident. They both know "Not waving but drowning" a poem by Stevie Smith." I hadn't noticed that.  I think I…"
Jul 15, 2015
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