Andrew Highland replied to Adrian Allan's discussion The composer's state of mind
"I quite frequently have music playing in my head.  It plays things I've written (not very often), things I want to write, and things already written by others.  Perhaps immortalizing those pieces by transcribing them and sharing them with others…"
Oct 2, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Karl Whelan's discussion Extracting the sound from my head.
"I have experienced the same type of thing as Karl and Gordon.  I think the hardest part of translating that amazing symphony in your head into something someone else can hear is figuring out the instrumentation - the symphony in your head is a…"
Oct 2, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to David Jacques's discussion How do you get out of a rut?
"I listen to the composers I love and I almost always get an idea.  I like Tyler's advice about contrasting improvisation with no limits with composing to a set of rules.  The book "Composing Music: A New Approach" gives some great exercises with…"
Mar 8, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Bernard Duc's discussion Has your way of composing any influence on your music?
"Elizabeth, with piano I think that's especially true because many piano pieces vary in rhythm and dynamics so much that composing straight into a computer program can make it harder to think of such alterations."
Mar 4, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Simon Godden's discussion What makes music good?
"Ah yes, great music plus nostalgia brings the greatest listening experiences for me.
If I had to isolate the factors that if used in a certain fashion make a song or piece good for me, the ones I can think of would be: 
1.  At least some use of…"
Feb 15, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion Breaking the Ostinato habit- Help with compostitoin
"Great topic, Jeremiah, and it's admirable that you were able to pick out what it is you didn't like about your composing, as that is the first step towards improving it.  Along with the other advice given by other composers, I would emphasize…"
Feb 14, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Bernard Duc's discussion Has your way of composing any influence on your music?
"It most definitely has had influence on my music, and arguably DOES have an effect on any composer's music.  I've come up with things in my head before, away from a keyboard that I probably wouldn't have come up with at a keyboard or on FL Studio…"
Feb 14, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Simon Godden's discussion A couple of ideas after a year of inactivity
"The first one was quite an enjoyable listen.  I thought the part at 2:28 could have used some more instruments to give it a larger sound that I think would be appropriate for that melody, but perhaps you have computer limitations that keep you from…"
Feb 14, 2012
Doug Lauber replied to Andrew Highland's discussion My Newest Song - Age of Aggression
"The illusion of 'distance' from the listeners ear, is usually achieved by adding reverb/echo to the track in question. Volume levels can also help. To place an instrument or group of instruments very close to the listener, make the tracks' level…"
Feb 6, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion New Film Score Piece- Prepare for Space Launch
"Ah, that makes sense.  It thought it was a muffled timpani, rather than a different drum."
Feb 3, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Andrew Highland's discussion My Newest Song - Age of Aggression
"Well, I still would like the sound of that one horn to be further from the speakers, so I don't understand what you mean."
Feb 3, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion New Film Score Piece- Prepare for Space Launch
"I thought the outro for the song was excellent, and the best part of the piece.  Frankly, my first impression was that there were too many sound gaps throughout the course of the song to give the piece enough of a sense of continuity.  To me, this…"
Feb 2, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Andrew Highland's discussion My Newest Song - Age of Aggression
"Not really.  My favorite composers of orchestral music are Paul Anthony Romero (Heroes of Might and Magic IV being my favorite soundtrack of his) and Jeremy Soule (Morrowind and Oblivion soundtracks).  Inon Zur has done some great work on the game…"
Feb 2, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion New composition for Film
"I like it, though I can relate to where Jack's coming from with saying it sounds a bit generic.  Of course, saying something is generic is not very useful without attempting to explain what makes it generic.  One of the things that I noticed while…"
Jan 26, 2012
Andrew Highland left a comment for Vance Palacio
"I'm usually on the computer between 6-11 P.M. or later so if you just login to Skype in that time frame we'll probably catch each other."
Jan 25, 2012
Andrew Highland left a comment for Vance Palacio
"That's cool, my Skype name is Karahashianders so add me on that.  Unfortunately if you listen to my Soundcloud songs the decline in sound and composition quality as you go further back in time will be very evident.  I plan to redo Gleam of Light and…"
Jan 23, 2012
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  • Dang haha, yea I listened to you're pieces, sounds like you went through a full out upgrade! What are you using for you're other orchestral sounds outside of strings? I'm pretty fed up with everything im using right now, I have a lot of good synths, but nothing good as far as real sounds go. I was looking into VSL, I really want to start buying some of them pretty soon. That's crazy tho man, sounds like a horribly painful process to make a song come out properly. What kind of computer you ganna get? And hey thanks man, I've heard of Tales of Symphonia but I never got a chance to play it. I really love most of the music from square enix, there a huge inspiration to me.

    Anyways I added you on skype so let me know when you're free!

  • Hey man, haha we're pretty much the same person as far as composition goes lol, video games, movies, and hip hop lol. But yea i'm down to jump on skype sometime and talk a bit. I'm ganna go to your soundcloud in a minute and listen to the other stuff you've wrote. I actually work on my hip hop stuff the most since it seems to be my worst genre, plus my brother is my officially signed artist so I gotta make sure he has product lol. But yea man lets talk. I'm honestly trying to basically start up my own music production company, so if you like the stuff we're doing, you're welcome to join the team!

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