Johan Halmén replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Animals Contest - ENTRY DEADLINE PASSED
"If I send a Youtube link, I'm afraid my name will be visible somewhere on the Youtube page. Is that a problem?"
Nov 3, 2018
Johan Halmén replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Animals Contest - ENTRY DEADLINE PASSED
"I'm in."
Oct 5, 2018
Johan Halmén replied to Mitch Newton's discussion Atonal music and naturals
"I guess most of us agree that there be no different rules for different styles of music. But the rules of accidentals apply on what happens inside one bar. What happens in the next bar is not that much about rules, but about conventions. Should we…"
Jan 18, 2015
Johan Halmén replied to evan's discussion Trying a symphony in G minor
"Don't record with Audacity something you playback in MuseScore. Instead you can export from MuseScore to a wav file, which you can open in Audacity. It's quicker and you'll get a cleaner sound to operate with - if you really need to do anything to…"
Jan 10, 2015
Johan Halmén replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion What are Your Compositional Goals for 2015?
"Compositions "mature" after the composers' death, too. It's a known secret that famous conductors share tips with each others how to make enhancements in orchestrations. Even such great orchestrators as Stravinsky have had their scores edited by…"
Jan 10, 2015
Johan Halmén replied to Mitch Newton's discussion Atonal music and naturals
"There are more reasons to die for conventionally written English than for conventional notation. Take it as a joke, I'm very fond of English and I have no problem with how the written text is miles from the phonetics. But I hope you see the point.…"
Jan 4, 2015
Johan Halmén replied to Jenny Leigh Hodgins's discussion Your Feedback on Piano Composition
"Very beautiful. I bet you are pleased with it yourself. Or could you point out anything that you are not satisfied with in the composition itself? I listened to it twice and on both times I went like "wait, what was that... oh, I get it" on a few…"
Jan 4, 2015
Johan Halmén replied to Mitch Newton's discussion Atonal music and naturals
"they told me that I should not use them when composing atonal music because it is presumed that the notes are naturals when not shown with a sharp or flat. I have also heard people say the you shouldn't do it because it bring around the idea that…"
Jan 4, 2015
Johan Halmén replied to Johan Halmén's discussion I won't reveal what this song is about
"Paul Smith said:
I'm going to guess the lyrics came first, then the vocal melody, then the piano.




You got it right. The lyrics are written years ago. I wrote the melody to the lyrics completely without structuring any harmony or accompaniment at…"
Jan 2, 2015
Johan Halmén replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion What are Your Compositional Goals for 2015?
"In December my wife and I published 25 new Christmas carols, all in Finnish:
 
https://www.facebook.com/joululaulukalenteri
 
Some of them were very small sketches. My intention is to turn them into complete songs and write some more of them to fill…"
Jan 1, 2015
Johan Halmén replied to Minseo Park's discussion Grace on Ice
"I'm writing things that I don't analyse. Therefore I'm not sure if I can fit it in the theory I know. But I have a feeling I could relate it to various things, if I'd start digging in it. I have also a feeling I could write my own theory, where I…"
Dec 31, 2014
Johan Halmén replied to Jason Sioco's discussion Melody Question?
"There is an average. And yet the question might be completely meaningless. In the world there is a finite number of 4/4-melodies. And they have a finite number of bars. An average of the number of notes in the bars exists. Practically it's…"
Dec 30, 2014
Johan Halmén replied to Johan Halmén's discussion I won't reveal what this song is about
"By pure absolute music I only meant that the musical expression in the melodies and rhytms would be completely unattached to any meaning in the lyrics or the name of the song.
In this song I'm very satisfied with the lyrics and how they musically…"
Dec 30, 2014
roger stancill replied to Johan Halmén's discussion I won't reveal what this song is about
"Hi Johan, to my ear/sense the lyrics were written to accompany the music.
As long as the vocal was converted to another instrument, I think it could
absolutely hold it's own ( I'm not quite sure what you mean by pure absolute
music.)  For all I know…"
Dec 30, 2014
22b8n9x97ddrd replied to Johan Halmén's discussion I won't reveal what this song is about
"I'm going to guess the lyrics came first, then the vocal melody, then the piano. Probably I'm wrong, but, regardless of that, it's a very beautiful piece; to my ears a little mournful, but also comforting, almost like a lullaby. And, yeah, being in…"
Dec 30, 2014
Johan Halmén replied to Minseo Park's discussion Grace on Ice
"One shouldn't need a score to understand (and further "accept" or something) a modulation or whatever thing happens in music. I found the modulation interesting. I know a lot of music theory and I could perhaps analyse it from the score, but I've…"
Dec 30, 2014
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