Greg Monks replied to Mitch Newton's discussion Atonal music and naturals
"Interesting. I use the same methodology in atonal music and that using floating tonality."
Nov 13, 2017
Darrell White II replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"I had listened to a Dave Pensado vlog/interview with an industry professional film scorer whom said he is paid 100k per 3 hours. His words, not mine. I do think you should consider all the work you do on your compositions and then add a dollar…"
Mar 18, 2017
Greg Monks replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"Well, you can make even a very dull process seem exciting, with editing and television legerdemain.
For example, if you show a person standing in front of a blank manuscript with an ink pen, you cut away to something else- a clown juggling cats, a…"
Oct 24, 2016
Greg Monks replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"Well, the writing part always gets me reflecting on how the composition world was, back in the day. On the one hand, the station in life you were born into was a determining factor. Connections were a big deal. On the other hand, in Beethoven's…"
Oct 22, 2016
Mike Hewer replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"Hi Greg,
People will only part with their money if the quality and/or celebrity is there. Not that these 2 criteria together guarantee value for money, but it's all in the marketing.
How do you choose who writes what, are you thinking about starting…"
Oct 22, 2016
Greg Monks replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"Well, where composition and sweat is concerned, the numbers never do add up, do they?
I'm not sure what else Dicky Strauss was working on when he wrote Zarathustra. I used to know in detail, but that was many years ago. Keep in mind that he was a…"
Oct 22, 2016
Greg Monks replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"Well, despite all the music I've written over the years, and been paid for, I do not have the first clue what the music is/was inherently worth. I know how much one gets paid for writing jingles, as does anyone in the business of making commercials.…"
Oct 22, 2016
Greg Monks replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"Too funny! Yes, we composers are gluttons for punishment. That said, for all the years I worked in commercial advertising, I was able to make a living from writing classical music. Indirectly, yes, but don't forget all the young guys out there…"
Oct 22, 2016
Greg Monks replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"Well, that's bung Bologna too, because it's a matter of conflating one particular tradition (movie music concerts go back to the 1910's and the days of silent movies) with marketing. I worked in advertising for many years, and put together…"
Oct 22, 2016
Greg Monks replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"Heh- well that is a tub of bung Bologna, and no mistake. Yes, composers did crank out barn-burners for public consumption. You must've missed the chapters on von Suppe, Rossini, Dick Strauss, and all those other composters who aimed for popularity.…"
Oct 22, 2016
Joseph Harry replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"Bob- You wrote "About the only way to get the general public to listen to an orchestra is to write film score."

Celebrity status would work too. If Bieber conducted an orchestra people would come and the concert would be televised worldwide…"
Oct 21, 2016
Greg Monks replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"It is and always has been about the money and who has it. If you have the money in place, you simply pay to have music performed. The audiences will attend.
The Winnipeg New Music Festival is a good example. They put the Festival on, people come.
If…"
Oct 21, 2016
Greg Monks replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"The demand is there, just as it has always been. It's that all the infrastructure has completely crapped out since the early 1960's.
In the early 20th century, the well-to-do prized education above all and supported the arts. Today's ilk are louts…"
Oct 21, 2016
Greg Monks replied to Greg Monks's discussion Go Fund Me a possibly new music strategy?
"I mean figuring out how much to pay a composer for a 20 minute work, using Go Fund Me to pay for the music and the performances, ordering a bunch of overtures from a selection of composers, and going right to it. None of the usual nonsense. The…"
Oct 21, 2016
Greg Monks replied to Paul Halley's discussion Emotions : Highs and lows
"I write as the need arises. Emotion plays absolutely no part in my composition. Composition is a craft, like making oak desks. Emotion is a needless distraction. You go to work, punch the clock, and get to it.
I wrote and performed music as a…"
Dec 10, 2015
Greg Monks replied to Greg Monks's discussion Funny How The Mind Works
"Hilarious! Musically, it reminds me a bit of something Monty Python might have done. The mention of a doppelgänger might be a little over the heads of a non-university audience, but the playful motif and the cutting lyrics works for me.
Satirical…"
Dec 8, 2015
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