Joel Becker left a comment for Lawrence Aurich
"Hi Lawrence,
I'm honored that you wish to analyze and cite the Boson piece. Please go ahead. 
I'm not sure if the structure is like John Adams, but the ostinati, consonant quartal harmonies, and some rhythmic aspects are, and the angular theme…"
Apr 21, 2017
Joel Becker replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Hi Lawrence,
Oh actually I said that the Boson piece had too many different things, while my "Electromechanical" piece for piano was more minimalist, so it did have coherency, but at the cost of not being very substantial or novel. But the reason I…"
Mar 11, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Hi Laurence--Im a little confused (and intrigued!) by your post above, as Ive never quite heard 'minimalism' described as you do-
FWIW heres my take on it, as, until reading your post I really was quite set in my thinking as to what what minimalist…"
Mar 9, 2017
Lawrence Aurich replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Joel,
I am very leery of the ill defined genre known as minimalism. I don't consider your Boson piece minimalism in that it contains all the necessary elements of music, melody, chords, dynamics, even tonality. A better example would be that of Bob…"
Mar 9, 2017
Ingo Lee replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Thank you Mike H. and Gregorio for posting modern composer lists, very helpful, there are a number of them I need to listen to."
Mar 7, 2017
Gavin Brown replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
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Mar 5, 2017
Joel Becker replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Very good. I want to do this. Bob Morabito said:
Thanks, Bob. Makes sense; I've been thinking, if I'm going to find my particular "voice", then it certainly needs to be something I really like and really believe in.

It makes sense to me again to…"
Mar 5, 2017
Joel Becker replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"I think this is true to an extent! I think standard notation doesn't make the patterns as directly apparent as other representations, such as a typical MIDI piano roll. And then you would also want to capture the nuances of dynamics and instrument…"
Mar 5, 2017
Gavin Brown replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"I introduce a radical concept. There is a loveliness about the physical appearance of musical notes in scores, and that this can be a driver, or at least an influencer of composition. In other words, an interesting-looking score may be a sign of…"
Mar 5, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Thanks, Bob. Makes sense; I've been thinking, if I'm going to find my particular "voice", then it certainly needs to be something I really like and really believe in.

It makes sense to me again to listen to as much 'modern music' as you can and…"
Mar 5, 2017
Joel Becker replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Thanks, Bob. Makes sense; I've been thinking, if I'm going to find my particular "voice", then it certainly needs to be something I really like and really believe in. Bob Forrest said:
I read what you said . I can understand where your coming from…"
Mar 5, 2017
Bob Forrest replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"I read what you said . I can understand where your coming from . I guess now your finished with school so the possibility of a public performance of your works is unlikely unless you have lots of contacts . The list below shows what mediums you…"
Mar 3, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Thanks Mike--on both counts:)
https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito"
Mar 3, 2017
Mike Hewer replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"  'Its a nice example of what can be accomplished  with not very complicated materials/techniques. with the total end result definitely sounding "new".
Well said Bob, a reminder that the 'new' does not have to have complicated justifications in…"
Mar 2, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Hi Joel--yes the sustain give it its special character, and again avoiding any semblance of older tonal music is done throughout. 
Its a nice example of what can be accomplished  with not very complicated materials/techniques. with the total end…"
Mar 2, 2017
Joel Becker replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Fun analysis, Bob, I didn't notice the sustain, but I hear it now.
I just noticed the soprano only has 8 different notes in the excerpt: all notes from C5 to F#5, and A4. And true they avoid triads, and pretty much any thing that implies a triad."
Mar 2, 2017
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  • Joel,

         I was analyzing yesterday and now I'm having second thoughts.  I think you added more melody to the form which is good.  It seems like most/all tonal harmony is abandoned.  I'm having trouble adjusting to something completely foreign to what I have ever composed.  I will probably have some questions.  Don't know yet whether I will tackle this or do something in unusual time signatures.  Thanks.

    Larry

  • Joel,

         I'm finished with my Spacey Odyssey and am looking for my next project.  Would you be opposed to my analyzing your Boson piece and using ideas from it?  I would not use your rhythms or melodies, but the structure.  I want to try composing in the style John Adams etc.  Could I also sight your piece as a source of material?  You really need to get this piece performed. 

                                                                Lawrence Aurich

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