John Summers replied to roger stancill's discussion The Heart of Music and Frequencies
"True, Arixostenus (a Pythagorean) transmitted the basics of ancient Geek atomic theory, which was based on the intervals of fifth and octave forming the basic molecular structure of the universe.
For detailed analysis and extrapolation of…"
Sep 3, 2017
John Summers replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Good Internet Resource on technique.
"Thanks, Dave: filed away for reference!"
May 14, 2017
John Summers replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Good Internet Resource on technique.
"Thanks, Mike, very helpful!
I also came across this two weeks ago:  http://orchestrationonline.com/

I bought Thomas' book "100 Tips", and have been marvelling at its precise and practical approach from a composer with a lot of studio sessions under…"
May 13, 2017
John Summers replied to Mark DuBerry's discussion Writing for choir
"Some good points from Lawrence, though I'd say you can be much more flexible with lyric timing, to include melismas, canons, one or two parts held over other parts that are moving, etc, in order to get independence of lines, just as in instrument…"
Feb 23, 2017
John Summers replied to Mike Hewer's discussion The way forward?
"Dave;
Christian Morris at Composition Today is currently running an evaluation of Dorico on his blog: one current, and the first trial last November.
http://www.compositiontoday.com/

John"
Jan 13, 2017
John Summers replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Basic Guitar Questions
"Most accessible keys are C, G, D, E, A, Em, Am, Dm, but she can always use a capo, which allows you to play in the more usual piano keys of Eb, Ab, Bb, etc.

John"
Dec 5, 2016
John Summers replied to roger stancill's discussion Playing with different instruments
"I hear a wind quartet"
Nov 19, 2016
John Summers replied to Mariza Costa-Cabral's discussion All you can eat composition competitions
"Also: www.compositiontoday.com (though you have to sign up as member - cheap - to access opportunities)
www.musicalchairs.info/composer/competitions"
Dec 16, 2015
John Summers replied to Michael Lee Moore's discussion Approaches to structure
"I have an online composition tutor at the moment, and he is very insistent on structure. My last completed piece was also a result of this insistence, and I found that,despite my initial resistance, it helped the process enormously.
In this earlier…"
Mar 9, 2015
John Summers replied to Andrew LeFevre's discussion Compostion Timeframe?
"Without motivation (for example, a commission) - besides the root level motivation of wanting to write (desperately) -  I find it difficult to finish large projects. So, for the second time now (I did it in 2009-10) I have enrolled in an online…"
Jan 26, 2015
John Summers replied to Greg Monks's discussion Posting Scores
"Greg;
The movie is out there - well, a documentary - by Werner Herzog, titled 'Gesualdo, Death for Five Voices." Its set in his castle. Not only Gesualdo, but the whole town is crazy. The music is sublime. Greg Monks said:
His sister-in-law,…"
Jan 5, 2015
John Summers replied to Gavin Brown's discussion "Winter Music" Contest - DEADLINE OVER, CONTEST CLOSED, VOTING HAS BEGUN
"Gav, is there any option of extending the 5-minute limit? Maybe I'm just too verbose, but I have some winter poems which, set to music, are likely to exceed this by a minute or two.
Puh-leeeezzze, pretty please??

John"
Nov 23, 2014
John Summers replied to Gavin Brown's discussion "Winter Music" Contest - DEADLINE OVER, CONTEST CLOSED, VOTING HAS BEGUN
"I'll be in it"
Nov 3, 2014
John Summers replied to Tyler Hughes's discussion Part Two of the Dying Orchestra: Survey
"1. My situation is different, in that I record a lot of concerts (orchestras to small ensembles). So I'm working when I'm there, but I get to hear it all, and take it home afterwards. I also go to concerts to network for future gigs. About 20 events…"
Oct 22, 2014
John Summers replied to Olmnilnlolm's discussion What are some distinct differences between the Western and Arab musical minds?
"Ondib;

Yes, I've seen that clip. I have found that one of the best sources of G's music is the ECM label.
This also led me to Siwan - an album by Jon Balke: Jon is a Norwegian composer, the singer, Amina Alaoui (sublime!), is Moroccan, and also a…"
Sep 16, 2014
John Summers replied to Olmnilnlolm's discussion What are some distinct differences between the Western and Arab musical minds?
"Roger;
The shruti intervals fit in with sacred geometry, its just that you need to derive them gradually from first principles to see how they fit in.
Ms deWhitt's books are available on Kindle (Amazon), though I'd recommend getting the printed…"
Sep 15, 2014
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