Graeme Helliwell replied to Rich Townsend's discussion Two Resolutions - comments please!
"As a singer/chorister (Bass), it would really help to have a score to see where the breaks are. What size of choir are you looking at? Notewise, it sounds fine, but I'm not sure about the management of dynamics. 'mmm' sounds are not very easy to…"
Jul 28, 2020
Graeme Helliwell replied to Nigel Campbell's discussion New composition including a felted piano
"Lovely ambient track. Can add anything to the composition, but i did enjoy the overall sound. The piano was very mellow, as you were aiming for, and the light strings gave a relaxing balance. Just what I needed to start my day, thanks"
Jul 28, 2020
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gavin Brown's discussion "DANCING" CONTEST - WINNERS ANNOUNCED
"I'm sure there's no way to regulate it, but voting for your own work is inconceivable in my humble opinion. What's the point of entering yourself if you can't accept that another composers work is better than yours? It defeats the object of personal…"
Mar 9, 2020
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gavin Brown's discussion “Dancing” CONTEST DEADLINE PASSED
"Count me in. It's months since I've created a new piece. Will enjoy the focus.
P.s. it's good to be back.."
Jan 10, 2020
Graeme Helliwell replied to Valerio Dalla Ragione's discussion My first symphony
"My first request is for you to repost as 4 mp3 files so that I can listen when I'm out and about. It's a work that clearly requires multiple listening in order to fully appreciate the sheer scale of the piece.
My second request is for you to keep…"
Oct 24, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Eirik Gisnås's discussion Ghost of Tom
"Very nice indeed. Nothing particularly new or innovative in it, which is a strength for this short piece. The production is great, very atmospheric, realistic and satisfying. I wonder who Tom was.... and if he'll spend more time."
Oct 1, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gavin Brown's discussion How to get comments on your music
"Steven, I will take time over the weekend to represent the work for you, and others. By coincidence, or good luck, a lot has since happened to the music since I first put it up."
Sep 18, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"Just back from annual leave to find the fundraising is making progress. There's 30 from me in the pot, and very happily given as well. This is a great site and deserves so much more support.
Thinking about it, I wouldn't mind if we had to go down a…"
Aug 12, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Should Composers' Forum Continue?
"I'll happily donate if it keeps the site going. I have no objections if you need to find a cheaper provider, and possibly have to change the layout if it's a necessary consequence. Whilst I don't post much, I am an avid reader and listener. I'm not…"
Aug 5, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Imaginary Machines Contest - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
"Well done to everyone who took part and thanks for those who voted and commented, across the competition. It was a hard choice to choose my own favourite this year. Everyone had something unique in their work and I remain envious of the talent out…"
Jul 19, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gavin Brown's discussion IM Contest Interest
"Make it three Gav. I'm in."
Apr 24, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Orchestra Sample, Feedback Sought
"Hi Gav
Nice to see you playing with a larger ensemble. I like the general sound of this. No idea where it's going but it really invokes (in my mind anyway) a wander through a gallery or a dinner party with a load of different images, smells and…"
Apr 12, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Stanley King's discussion Nebula
"I could listen to this all night. In asking, where does it go from here, I think it's already on a journey. You could easily fill another 20 minutes of delightful ambient sounds, with or without a huge dynamic range. I suspect you have the talent…"
Apr 12, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Marcel Müller's discussion Help choosing an orchestration/instrumentation book.
"Whenever I reply here, I'm usually in muse mode, so sorry if I'm vague.
There are no rules. There is no right way.
There. I've said it.
There are, however, conventions which can create a familiar structure. And most of them work. Tried and tested…"
Mar 29, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Jostein Kauserud's discussion Feedback wanted
"Not sure what kind of feedback you are looking for as there isn't much to comment on at this stage. You have a pleasant little melody (theme and variation of Auld Lang Syne?) but not much else to go on. It's a single line, no counterpoint or…"
Mar 1, 2019
Graeme Helliwell replied to Frank Antonson's discussion Scoring for a wordless movie
"I'd suggest there is a clear opportunity for collaboration. There are other discussions on this board about new and old musical and compositional styles. Why is centuries old music played more often than new.
The answer being the comfort factor for…"
Feb 13, 2019
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