Liam Harvey replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion Question for Tech Savvy Computer Composers
"Hi,
I don't know if your mac has the right ports, but some of ATI and Nvidias new card have the ability to use 3 monitors. There are certainly several cheap cards around that will do that nowadays. However it does depend on whether your motherboard…"
Feb 22, 2012
Doug Lauber replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion Breaking the Ostinato habit- Help with compostitoin
"I love using ostinatos, and I find that a good way to get away from them is to design chordal melodies, a quick succession of chords that avoid repetition."
Feb 15, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion Breaking the Ostinato habit- Help with compostitoin
"Great topic, Jeremiah, and it's admirable that you were able to pick out what it is you didn't like about your composing, as that is the first step towards improving it.  Along with the other advice given by other composers, I would emphasize…"
Feb 14, 2012
James G. Watson replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion New Film Score Piece- Prepare for Space Launch
"I thought it was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. I only listened to it on small speakers, so I can't say much about the mix."
Feb 3, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion New Film Score Piece- Prepare for Space Launch
"Ah, that makes sense.  It thought it was a muffled timpani, rather than a different drum."
Feb 3, 2012
Jeremiah Edward replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion New Film Score Piece- Prepare for Space Launch
"Hmmm... Yeah, I see what you mean about the gaps. I'll try to tweak it a bit.
As far as the drum, It's just a "gran casa bass drum" according to my library. Were you thinking it could use some reverb? I didn't want to saturate it too much... I just…"
Feb 2, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion New Film Score Piece- Prepare for Space Launch
"I thought the outro for the song was excellent, and the best part of the piece.  Frankly, my first impression was that there were too many sound gaps throughout the course of the song to give the piece enough of a sense of continuity.  To me, this…"
Feb 2, 2012
Jeremiah Edward left a comment for Beth Patterson
"I'm glad you dig my stuff, Beth!  To be honest, I wish I could write more "classical" sounding pieces like your music. I've recently started trying to write for smaller ensembles, but It grows into something huge and over the top. My new piece…"
Feb 2, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion New composition for Film
"I like it, though I can relate to where Jack's coming from with saying it sounds a bit generic.  Of course, saying something is generic is not very useful without attempting to explain what makes it generic.  One of the things that I noticed while…"
Jan 26, 2012
Michael S. Weber replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion Breaking the Ostinato habit- Help with compostitoin
"This is a great idea! 
As has been stated already in this thread, anything I can do to get into a different compositional frame of mind (such as picking up a different instrument I'm not familiar with, moving to a new notation/recording medium,…"
Jan 24, 2012
Michael S. Weber replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion Breaking the Ostinato habit- Help with compostitoin
"Agreed, ostinatos are NOT bad.  The point of the thread, however, isn't to bash ostinatos, it is to discuss ways to stray away from them when you find yourself using them as a crutch.  Whenever I find myself developing tendencies, it helps to spend…"
Jan 24, 2012
James G. Watson replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion Question for Tech Savvy Computer Composers
"I know this is an old topic, but in case you still need advice...
Do you have an HDMI port? Perhaps with a splitter you could power multiple monitors through that. I would also suggest identical monitors to avoid any resolution or alignment issues.…"
Jan 19, 2012
Art Hughes replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion Breaking the Ostinato habit- Help with compostitoin
"Here is a technique I sometimes use with a DAW to break out of an ostinato rut... negative space. In the DAW, I will lay many random tracks of random lines in random meters on the score layout ( I use Fruity Loops, way fun, way easy). Then sit back,…"
Jan 19, 2012
Rus White replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion Breaking the Ostinato habit- Help with compostitoin
"Ostinatos aren't really bad thing though as from them we get themes and variations! The whole idea that every single phrase has to be different (which isn't saying it's wrong to think that) is ridiculous though!

It's the same when writing lyrics.…"
Jan 19, 2012
Johan Blixt replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion Breaking the Ostinato habit- Help with compostitoin
"You can also try to write a practice piece where you make up some rule for yourself.
Example:
1. No ostinatos, your not allowed to repeat a single figure.
2. You can not repeat the same chord until you have made at least 2 chords in between and no…"
Jan 17, 2012
Jeremiah Edward replied to Jeremiah Edward's discussion Breaking the Ostinato habit- Help with compostitoin
"Thanks for all the replies!

I have since started writing by hand and have found it completely liberating! I am having a ball..

Also, I'm glad to hear others say steal  a style (at least in the beginning).  I wasn't sure if that was a faux pas.. so…"
Jan 15, 2012
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  • No, I'd definitely prefer to be able to write big as you do. Your music has such a presence - awesome. I tend to blame my amateur software ;)

  • Loving the music! Kinda epic...

     

  • Hey there!

    Thanks a lot for your comment! Most of those drum samples come form EWQL's "Stormdrum 1".

  • Hey thanks for comment! I play the violin so I record and layer. I also use Vienna library, but I only have the basic articulations. 

  • Love the music Jeremiah.  In all your pieces I can see a movie going on with it.  Great work!

  • Welcome to the Composers' Forum

     

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