David Owen replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Nothing Belongs to You forever (Choral version) 4 min.
"this is a rather affecting piece --- it's a shame you haven't got a better choir sound to render it. I'm afraid discussions about parallel 5th etc leave me completely cold. If you have a musical ear and know what you're trying to express, then it's…"
19 hours ago
David Owen replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Little Rondo for a piano concerto based on a Beethoven sketch
"OK, I don't know Finale at all well unfortunately as I've never used it. There are certainly other Finale users on this forum who perhaps could give tips if needed. With Dorico, I can't think of a situation where I needed to manually correct the…"
Thursday
David Owen replied to Gerd Prengel's discussion Little Rondo for a piano concerto based on a Beethoven sketch
"there are certainly some inconsistencies in the notation. bar 8 is missing a quaver (8th) rest in the piano right hand and bar 9 in the left hand, despite being rhythmically identical to bars 8 and 10, show three single quaver rests. Of course in a…"
Wednesday
David Owen replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion Contemporary Classical Music on the radio
"young people in general don't listen to classical music anyway -- us oldies who make up the majority of the audience do still listen to good old fashioned FM (or DAB radio) to a surprising degree. Soundcloud is OK when you get a specific link there…"
Jan 24
David Owen replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion Contemporary Classical Music on the radio
"Where I currently live in Germany, all radio stations are regionalised and (unless of course you listen through the internet) you can only pick up the local one. SWR2 is a typical example --- it is a sort of hybrid general culture and current…"
Jan 24
David Owen replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Secret Garden
"this is certainly not what I would have expected from you. Not only is the instrumentation highly original but the harmonic palette is in places more adventurous than is normally the case. Most interesting! Are there any specific birdsong imitations…"
Jan 20
David Owen replied to Javier Medina's discussion "Christmas Pranks"
"as you say, it will be interesting to see what NotePerformer 4 brings to the table though this already works better than many in NP.
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Jan 20
David Owen replied to Javier Medina's discussion "Christmas Pranks"
"this piece is full of charm and deliciously orchestrated. I particularly like where the tinkly bells start to come in at 52" -- an absolutely delightful touch. Did you try this out with MuseScore 4 as well, out of curiosity?"
Jan 19
David Owen replied to Frank Paul's discussion Bells Fugue in C major - Bach meets Bill Evans (?)
"Hi Frank -- just to answer your question, I don't study with Mike Hewer or anyone else for that matter. But he picked up on one or two of my works in the past which he was impressed by (particularly the "War Trilogy" of symphonies and recent 15th)…"
Jan 18
David Owen replied to Frank Paul's discussion Bells Fugue in C major - Bach meets Bill Evans (?)
"If I may, I second the recommendation of the above-mentioned Mike Hewer who is still very active helping composers (including myself) if not currently on this forum. He's certainly one with a solid formal grounding and a track record of commercial…"
Jan 18
David Owen replied to Brandon Schwab's discussion Psychosis for Solo Alto Saxophone, Saxophone Ensemble, & Percussion. Feedback is always appreciated.
"I actually found this work fascinating and very atmospheric. I can't think of anything else which is similar. However, NotePerformer is not known for its saxophones and I'd certainly think about investing in a dedicated sax library if you're really…"
Jan 17
David Owen replied to Gwendolyn Przyjazna's discussion Hello all!
"of course you are right, Gwendolyn - although I don't want to put an empty bar at the beginning of the score unnecessarily, one or two could just be put in temporarily for the audio export. That's as easy a method as any, I guess if I don't have any…"
Jan 15
David Owen replied to Gwendolyn Przyjazna's discussion Hello all!
"Just asked about Polish as I was once married to a Pole and learned at least some of the language!
Glad you enjoyed the String Quintet -- it was written about two years ago in fact but is probably my favourite chamber work despite, or perhaps…"
Jan 14
David Owen replied to David Lilly's discussion Are Virtual Instruments (VSTs) going too far?
"The Star Wars theme has had endless mock-ups and it's not the sort of thing I'd choose to demonstrate a library as the music itself has no real content -- it's simply a virtuosic showpiece. In my opinion of course -- if your ambition is to write…"
Jan 14
Gwendolyn Przyjazna and David Owen are now friends
Jan 13
David Owen replied to David Lilly's discussion Are Virtual Instruments (VSTs) going too far?
"most of the problems you list here are due to the quality of the sample libraries chosen and are present to much less of a degree with top quality sampled libraries where phrasing is more expressive and transitions are sampled and repeated notes are…"
Jan 13
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  • Hi David, this is a response to your latest post under my introduction, which I was unable to post there for some reason.

    Thanks, David.  This is valuable information.  I am not a novice when it comes to composing (I've been at it for 25+ years), but in terms of the current technology available for performance simulation, I'm a bit uninformed.  I spent many years with an early 21st-century version of Cakewalk and the basic MIDI sounds it offered, content to fill in the limitations with my imagination.  I eventually upgraded to Finale and Garritan, though as I've learned, Garritan is also now quite dated.

    Much as I like NotePerformer, I have found the piano and winds to be a little weak -- though I suspect I'm probably not doing something right in terms of the notation or the sound mixing.  I'm going to try to get all this locked down before I submit any works here for consideration.        
  • Welcome,David!
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