August Champlin replied to Joost Visser's discussion Chorale
"Hi Joost,
I just had the opportunity to listen to your chorale. First of all, it has a magisterial quality, a regal beauty and spirituality that I quite enjoyed. It does participate in the Nimrod vibe; however, it is a lovely piece. Since you didn't…"
Sep 12, 2020
Joost Visser replied to August Champlin's discussion Land of the Morning Calm (A Symphonic Homage to Korea)
"Thanks, checking it out as I write... August Champlin said:
Thank you, Joost, for your thoughtful feedback. I think you’re probably right about the ending. I’ll have to reconsider that. The problem is that I kind of like it. I tried alternate…"
Sep 11, 2020
August Champlin replied to August Champlin's discussion Land of the Morning Calm (A Symphonic Homage to Korea)
"Thank you, Joost, for your thoughtful feedback. I think you’re probably right about the ending. I’ll have to reconsider that. The problem is that I kind of like it. I tried alternate endings but they felt fake. Perhaps I can find a sincere ending…"
Sep 11, 2020
Joost Visser replied to August Champlin's discussion Land of the Morning Calm (A Symphonic Homage to Korea)
"Wow! Stunning! So well done!Excellent orchestration, very colorful, your story helps to imagine what’s going on.
I lived in China a few years and I’ve been all over Asia in the last 30 years so I can relate to your work easy.
Between time 9:07 and…"
Sep 11, 2020
August Champlin posted a video
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…
Sep 2, 2019
August Champlin commented on August Champlin's video
"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 features the sound of the Embertone Fischer Viola, one of the finest sampled string instruments…"
Jan 22, 2018
August Champlin commented on August Champlin's video
"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 character. To my beloved, in whose embrace I find solace, may my music comfort you in your grief…"
Jan 22, 2018
August Champlin commented on August Champlin's video
"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 these majestic creatures lived caged in an aviary. They seemed so demure when I would walk…"
Jan 22, 2018
August Champlin commented on August Champlin's video
"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 certainly has one of the most comprehensive sample sets available for solo violin. It's also…"
Jan 22, 2018
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Jan 22, 2018
August Champlin posted a video
In the Fall of 2010, I joined the William Chunestudy Men's Chorus as a second tenor. When Dr. William Chunestudy told the choir that he was looking for new a...
Dec 17, 2016
August Champlin commented on August Champlin's video
"Thank you, Slava. I appreciate your comment."
Dec 6, 2015
August Champlin left a comment for Slava Fiks
"Hi, Slava. Your Aria for 2 Cellos is mesmerizing. Thanks for sharing!"
Dec 6, 2015
August Champlin replied to August Champlin's discussion A Dawn Never Ending
"Thank you, Tyler, for your feedback! It's interesting that you wished for more polyphonic sections in the piece, because in listening to it, so did I. It's a bit too homophonic for too long, perhaps because I originally conceived it in purely…"
Dec 6, 2015
Tyler Hughes replied to August Champlin's discussion A Dawn Never Ending
"Really liked the harmonic language and the text setting was very nicely done. Wished there were more polyphonic sections but the homophony was well written. 
Two things I would suggest:
One: Notationally dynamics and tempo markings go above the…"
Dec 6, 2015
August Champlin posted a video
I started working on A Dawn Never Ending in university. It was the 1990's, and the piece was much simpler then. A friend of mine conducted the premiere of th...
Dec 6, 2015
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  • Hi. I enjoyed Rose of Sharon, especially as it shifted from standard styles to more unusual chord changes. I like how we were elevated to a new height at the end.
  • The music department here is great! All the professors here are wonderful and I've learned a lot in such a short amount of time. I'm taking composition lessons with Andrew Boysen and Chris Kies, both providing me with a valuable education in composition. In fact, many of the faculty here compose music, so I'm really surrounded by experience and expertise. Best of luck to you in searching for schools.

    p.s. I can't believe you're all the way out in Korea!
  • You're asking the right person, I went through the exact same process you're considering going through, and it really comes down to two questions: how much are you willing to spend (on both EWQL, and on a new computer)? And how much time are you willing to spend setting this all up, and learning to write with the new sounds on Finale?

    I do use Finale 2008, which is reasonably compatible with the EWQL sounds. There are a few hitches (Finale has a lot of hitches in the first place), and they only increase when you add foreign sounds to a program that is used to running Garritan. For example, the Symphonic Orchestra sounds have trouble with crescendos, and if you change dynamics in a part without a rest before the dynamic change, Finale has a hard time making this adjustment, and the play-back will likely only read the louder dynamic even during the softer parts. The Bosendorfer Piano sounds work the best with Finale- it reads both dynamics and crescendos without a problem (everything else is fine, too), and the sounds are beautiful. I find myself making two copies of every score I write- an audio score for best play-back, and a more tidy conductor's score that looks more like music.

    Which computer are you currently using? When I first bought the EWQL sounds, I was using Windows XP on a computer with only 2 gig RAM. This was not nearly enough, and I could only run about 6 or 7 Gold XP instruments at the same time before RAM issues got in the way. Stormdrum, Choirs, and the Piano sounds take up more RAM than the Orchestra Gold XP sounds, and with those I couldn't run even 4 or 5 intruments without having some play-back issues. I would reccommend buying (or building, to save money) a machine that uses a Vista 64-bit OS with at least 4 gigs of RAM, but I'd reccommend 8 gigs of RAM if you want the sounds to run smoothly all the time. You'd need a quad-core processor to handle all the cpu usage you'll be using. The sounds themselves take up a lot of space as well. I know this is a lot...believe me I was overwhelmed at first.

    I'm thinking of getting Cubase 4 or some other program which is more compatible with the sounds, and keeping Finale to write for my composition classes. The EWQL sounds are a hassle at first, but once you get acquainted with them, they are wonderful! Best of luck, and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask!
  • Thank you for your insightful comments August. The Rhapsody is very interesting. There are very interesting contrapuntal developments in the piece. Keep it up!...
  • Hi August,
    Your Rose of Sharon is lyric, very sweet and beautiful music.
    In respect of Rhapsody I would expect something more agile
    with Neapolitan accords harmony. But it is also pleasant.
    Regards,
    AlexBG
  • Welcome! May the time you spend here listening be rewarding. Feel free to post any comments or questions. Your opinions are valued and invited.
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