Abraham Fabella replied to James Wise's discussion The end of the research period...
"You seem to have a 40-bar "theme" already.  Perhaps, write a set of variations?"
Aug 14, 2011
Michael Staff replied to James Wise's discussion The end of the research period...
"I know it seems boring or frustrating to use older forms in newer music but I think that's what gives music its logic. If I am writing a larger work I often start with Sonata-allegro (adding a coda at the end makes it very interesting!) and go from…"
Aug 14, 2011
Tombo Rombo replied to James Wise's discussion The end of the research period...
"There's always good ol ABA!  You can still do sonata form too (which is really just a fancified ABA), nobody will know or care if you break the row."
Jul 6, 2011
Andrew Gleibman replied to James Wise's discussion The end of the research period...
"Development by definition is exploring new combunations of the material already exposed. Here you should not be afraid of breaking the structure (series, mode sequences etc). You can even contrast some traditional harmony chords with heavy …"
Jul 6, 2011
Jonas Aras replied to James Wise's discussion The end of the research period...
"I would just opt for a through-composed piece that has some kind of dynamic arc. Try to attach yesterday's forms to today's compositional techniques seems like an exercise in frustration.
 
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Jul 6, 2011
Michael Staff replied to James Wise's discussion The end of the research period...
"Have you thought of using several shorter movements to form a sort of suite? Ive found this lends itself to 12-tone music as in music by Schoenberg. How long is the composition supposed to be?"
Apr 21, 2011
Streaker Ofinsky replied to James Wise's discussion Composition Degrees
"Some schools will specify what they're looking for in your audition/work samples. If they do not, learn something about the school and the faculty. What are their areas of specialty? What are their philosophical outlooks on music and teaching? What…"
Aug 25, 2010
Rachel Lockwood replied to James Wise's discussion Composition Degrees
"Hiya. I'm studying postgrad at the RNCM and would highly recommend it ;) In terms of performance provision I think it is the best institution around (I may be biased...). I did a degree in music elsewhere first, which worked for me, but if you're…"
May 25, 2010
James Wise replied to Joe Schacher's discussion For my first post...an orchestral piece
"It's very good. I have to agree that it doesn't show any clear form, but that said, in this day and age, it doesnt really have to in my opinion. I enjoyed listening to it and hope to hear more of your work."
May 9, 2010
James Wise replied to Jacob Royal's discussion What (if any) Music notation software do you use?
"It's hard to write with a crayon...

Ansgar Kreutz said:What is to say against using paper and crayon. But I think such discussions should have a little bit more quality."
May 9, 2010
Andrew Gleibman replied to James Wise's discussion Help with MIDI
"You need a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation, e.g. Reaper, which is freeware) and some virtual instruments (VST technology; VSTi). There exists a lot of free VSTi. Other members of this forum can recomend specific VSTi; you can google and find some…"
Apr 30, 2010
André Ruiz commented on James Wise's blog post Pondering my options...
"An advice, have always a notebook around for any ideas that came up when you never expect. I usually have one when i don't write music for a period of time."
Apr 28, 2010
James Wise replied to Ariel Ramos's discussion Decoding the Circle of Vths
"That is extremely impressive! Well done, and thank you for sharing it! I can garuntee that this will come in handy!"
Apr 27, 2010
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Apr 26, 2010
James Wise replied to Jonathan White's discussion Musical Inspiration
"I have several places I go to for musical inspiration. I love to walk and also visit the gym regularly. I find that time, when I am alone with just my thoughts is very fruitful and many of my ideas for composition come then (or ideas for what to do…"
Apr 26, 2010
James Wise replied to Jacob Royal's discussion What (if any) Music notation software do you use?
"I use Sibelius 6. The thing is, while the quality of the GPO sounds is good, but because it is sampled, I don't really rate it much higher than the general midi sounds..."
Apr 26, 2010
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