Emily Bond replied to Emily Bond's discussion New Piece: Reflections of an Evening
"Thank you Timothy  Your comments are perceptive and appreciated!"
Nov 19, 2018
Timothy Smith replied to Emily Bond's discussion New Piece: Reflections of an Evening
"Hi Emily,

I like the way this develops. Nice 5ths over the harp arpeggio? Definitely a melancholy work. Very reflective. Nice use of pads. Uncluttered mix. Clean and straight forward. I didn't have the technical issues listening on my system…"
Nov 19, 2018
Emily Bond replied to Emily Bond's discussion New Piece: Reflections of an Evening
"No, I don't use score, just DAW.  I'm always trying for a finished recording.  Kevin riley said:
Emily is there a chance of viewing a score at all?"
Nov 18, 2018
Kevin riley replied to Emily Bond's discussion New Piece: Reflections of an Evening
"Emily is there a chance of viewing a score at all?"
Nov 18, 2018
Emily Bond replied to Emily Bond's discussion New Piece: Reflections of an Evening
"Huh.  I wonder if it's because you have a different sound system.  I know I should probably check it out on other systems - I only use two.  Because when I play it on my system I hear it fine, right up to the end."
Nov 17, 2018
Gavin Brown replied to Emily Bond's discussion New Piece: Reflections of an Evening
"Hi Emily,
The piece on Soundcloud is 4:01 in length, I see that it starts to dimuendo around 3:49, there is about 5 seconds of sound after that during which there are almost no notes playing, and then the last 5 seconds or so is quiet. It has the…"
Nov 17, 2018
Emily Bond replied to Emily Bond's discussion New Piece: Reflections of an Evening
"Thank you Gav.  I am actually puzzled about what you heard at the end - not quite getting what you meant.  What I put there was that minor six chord, a slight ritard, then I it diminished into the resolution tonic chord.  Very quiet.  I'm wondering…"
Nov 17, 2018
Gavin Brown replied to Emily Bond's discussion New Piece: Reflections of an Evening
"Hello Emily,
This is an evocative work which envelops one in the sound and moodiness of it. The picture on your Soundlcloud of a snowy winter's evening seems to me to match the mood quite well. A memorable melody and a sweet and simple approach to…"
Nov 17, 2018
Bob Morabito replied to Emily Bond's discussion New Piece: Reflections of an Evening
"This is the correct link below--the one above doesnt work. Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

https://soundcloud.com/emilymillerbond/reflections-of-an-evening"
Nov 17, 2018
Emily Bond replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Composition- Ride On The Wind
"I loved the rich texture of many instruments in this piece.  In addition to the pedal point, which I agree, the ear loves to hear, the Celtic 6/8 rhythm is always going to appeal.  Nice work!"
Nov 17, 2018
Emily Bond replied to Graeme Helliwell's discussion Symphony No.1 - Timanfaya
"I listened to all of Furioso and find it a very compelling piece of music! you have conveyed the terrifying destruction that nature is capable of.  I especially liked the deceptive quiet that literally erupted into a massive explosion at 4:37. Nice…"
Nov 17, 2018
Emily Bond replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Blossom for String Quartet
"I loved the whole composition, it was consistent throughout.  Especially liked the marcato repeated note opening, it drew me right in.  Also, starting at M. 42 the whole note melody in the 1st violin on top of changing, surprising harmonies…"
Nov 17, 2018
Emily Bond replied to Christophe Heroufosse's discussion variation on a theme by Ali Farka Toure
"Loved the syncopations!  Nice instrumentation!"
Nov 17, 2018
Gavin Brown commented on Emily Bond's blog post Resolve
"Hi Emily,
Nothing was attached?
Gav"
Oct 11, 2018
Emily Bond replied to Emily Bond's discussion Resolve by Emily Bond
"The film was for student purposes only, so it's not legal to post the film, which is a shame, because it's one of my better scores.  Oh well. Timothy Smith said:
Nice work! I agree the delay adds positively to the track. Do you this attached to the…"
Oct 8, 2018
Timothy Smith replied to Emily Bond's discussion Resolve by Emily Bond
"Nice work! I agree the delay adds positively to the track. Do you this attached to the film? Or can I find a link to the film as well? "
Oct 8, 2018
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  • Greetings Emily,

    I like your music very much. Nocturne is very beautiful. Nice chord changes. Thanks for sharing.

    Very best,

    Larry Elliott

  • Better late than never - I use Ilio Entertainment's "Symphony of Voices" - it has lots of choral venues. "Spectrasonoics" may be another name for this.

  • Thanks so much Emily. It's always nice to get encouraging words from you, as I really respect your opinions and enjoy your thoughtful comments. This is the first piece I've finished since making the transition to Sibelius a few months ago. The piece is written in Sibelius using EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Platinum, I exported the audio from Sibelius three times, first using the close microphone positions in EWQL, then using the close mics, then the surround mics. I then mixed the 3 tracks in Sonar into a combined audio track and applied some compression. I also used an English Horn instead of an oboe, because I'm not very happy with the EWQL oboes (too bad - I love the instrument). I'm looking forward to listening to more of your work. Happy New Year!

  • Hi Emily

    Thanks for listening to my PIANO CONCERTO - Mvt1 and for your comments.  I am obviously pleased you liked it and hope you have the time to listen to the other 2 movements

  • Hi Emily, I think "Ancient One" is a lovely work - especially the counterpoint.

  • For me atonality is quite not the correct description though it is also a part of humanizing..

     

    Both free and strict atonality contribute to humanization. There are certain involuntary aspects in music those get lost when composers rely more on computers. ( Now we do have algorithms to impart humanization. that is different). incorporating those involuntary aspects into our compositions is what I call humanizing. A simple example is this.. 

     

    When you play piano, not all notes are of the same velocity. Those variation in velocity and sustenance makes it real!! This is what is realism. This is what is human. If all notes are of same velocity then that would seem robotic and unreal. 

     

    In certain cases, unlike pianos, we might have to impart these human aspects. And that is what is called humanization. this is my idea. I would like to know how you differ or agree upon this... Awaiting your comment...

  • I love the realism in your piano... Are you interested in Indian classical music?!? I have always tried to compose both in unison. I dont know how people perceive this but I wish I could share some knowledge on this with you!! Thank you
  •    "Lament" is a very restful and lyrical piece. I really like how all four voices weave in and out together. I also enjoyed the haunting flute during the middle section (1:40). Beautifully done.

       "Weird Waltz" begins with wonderful melodic interplay of the 2 flutes. The piece appears to have 3 sections, followed by a repeat of each. I wondered whether the piece could be sharpened by having the 2nd part be more of a contrast to the others.

       "Soaring" is one of my favorite pieces. The first theme is beautifully done, haunting and somewhat medieval, the repeated with a rich harmonic background. For me, the pinnacle is reached starting with a new theme at 1:01. It builds to a beautiful resolution at 1:13. Great music!

       I especially enjoyed the structure of "Ancient One". The contemplative initial theme, piano shadowed by cello, is very moody and somewhat dark. Then, at 1:35, the second theme ripples in softly, transposing me to a more hopeful, still emotional, mood. I liked how the intensity built in waves. The repeat of theme 1, after the contrast of theme 2, created much more meaning. Very well done!

       "Shape Shifter" has to be my favorite. I love the intensity of the rhythm and the mysterious air it provokes. It is reminiscent of a Hitchcock film.

       "Lonesome" reveals your influence from Satie. Beautiful and haunting first theme, then a very nice 2nd theme with oboe (and guitar?) with a nice interplay of flute at 1:35.

       In all these pieces it is evident that you are a wonderful pianist. Even though piano is not necessarily a lead in all pieces, it provides a strong underpinning to all. At the same time, all your melodies are very lyrical and enjoyable , while the harmonic textures are rich. You're a gifted composer - I enjoy all that you write.

  • Hi Emily. Thanks for your very supportive and generous comments about "Frankenstein at the Dance". Your suggestion about breaking it up into a suite of dances is a good one. However, I'm in this somewhat intractable frame of mind where I've intended this piece to be in "semi-scherzo" form, the results of which may be questionable. I've ended up with A-B-A*-C-A. As you've probably guessed by my cryptic naming of the last 2 pieces, I'm in the middle of composing a second symphony. "Frankenstein" is intended as the 3rd movement. Thanks for listening and thanks for your kind words. I've been listening to all of your uploaded works lately and will be commenting on them in a little while.

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