Jon Brantingham replied to Renan Javier Cabrera's discussion Anybody doing Hans Zimmer's composing challenge?
"Thanks Ray, thats a good point I didn't think of. I guess I was trying to cram as much as possible into two minutes. Raymond Kemp said:
Jon,
I like the brass but I'm completely thrown by the ethnic voice samples. Just an opinion of course but a…"
Feb 23, 2014
Jon Brantingham replied to Renan Javier Cabrera's discussion Anybody doing Hans Zimmer's composing challenge?
"Here is my entry. I must say, I had fun composing this and using the stems."
Feb 22, 2014
Jon Brantingham replied to Johan Roeraade's discussion Fantaisie Russe ( for piano)
"Johan,
I have to say, this piece is really good. I found the structure to be very clear, and easy to follow, the harmony is great, the melodies are singable, and the overall style to be very coherent. The only improvement I recommend, is continue to…"
Feb 5, 2013
Spiros Makris replied to Jon Brantingham's discussion New kind of iPad notation software on Kickstarter
"but still they can be very, very powerfull, even if the numbers don't look like that. The tablet and smartphone community has seen some impressive 3d graphics lately, and those do require a lot of firepower, I'd say much more than a notation app.…"
Jan 17, 2013
Jon Brantingham replied to Jon Brantingham's discussion New kind of iPad notation software on Kickstarter
"I think the point of getting it on kickstarter is they need the funds to get it working. And they can't really show a working app, if it hasn't been built. I know there have been failures on kickstarter.
It's a judgement call, and at $170,000 I have…"
Jan 17, 2013
Terry Jones replied to Jon Brantingham's discussion New kind of iPad notation software on Kickstarter
"It's the same app Bob:
http://www.sibeliusblog.com/news/makers-of-music-handwriting-app-vi...
Obviously you'd expect them to mock-up the possibilities of the app to some degree in order to sell the idea to investors so that doesn't worry so much. If…"
Jan 17, 2013
Jon Brantingham replied to Bernard Duc's discussion Miniature - For piano
"Great piece! I like your philosophy that every note has to be essential. Definitely keep up the good work.
Bob, I disagree that every composer tries to make every note essential. It is far to easy with notation software or a good daw, to copy and…"
Jan 17, 2013
Jon Brantingham replied to Jon Brantingham's discussion Orchestral Work in Eb Major
"Thanks everyone for the comments."
Dec 18, 2012
Tyler Hughes replied to Jon Brantingham's discussion Orchestral Work in Eb Major
"Their were good elements and some good orchestration. The moments where you have the first violins go from a middle C to a C 2 octaves above will be a stretch and I would consider changing that. 
The only main issue I had is that it feels like two…"
Dec 18, 2012
Kevin Keating replied to Jon Brantingham's discussion Orchestral Work in Eb Major
"Very nice. I particularly like the adagio first 3 minutes. The beginning of the transition is ok, but as Bob said, I'm not sure if both pieces go together without some development. I like the abrupt changes in dynamics in the allegretto. I liked…"
Dec 16, 2012
Jon Brantingham replied to Jon Brantingham's discussion Orchestral Work in Eb Major
"Thanks for the comments.
Really for this one, I just wanted to orchestrate something. I feel like I don't do it enough. I probably should have put more effort into the transition.
Retrospectively looking at my piece, I feel like I have a long road…"
Dec 15, 2012
Dust Composer (Ronald Hutasuhut) replied to Jon Brantingham's discussion Orchestral Work in Eb Major
"Nice melody! I like it."
Dec 14, 2012
Jon Brantingham replied to Kevin Keating's discussion Books on theory and composition
"I would highly recommend Classical Form, by William Caplin. The subject matter is form focused on Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn, but the concepts can be used in many other styles."
Dec 11, 2012
Jon Brantingham replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"I don't have the exact quote with me, but Ravel said something to the effect of, "you'll never be able to predict the results you'll get from unintentional infidelity to a model." This has proven very helpful for me. Working with a model you will…"
Jun 8, 2012
Jon Brantingham replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"Personally, I find using models from other composers to be helpful. While it doesn't seem to gel with the idea that music should be spontaneous or flow naturally, the fact is, it can be difficult to organize a work that is 5-7 minutes long, without…"
Jun 7, 2012
Jon Brantingham replied to Tom Readmond's discussion Constructing thematic material?
"Tom,
I am with you, I like to have a clear plan when I am trying to write something a little longer. I have gotten bogged down and ended up feeling like my longer pieces were not reaching their potential. I've done a lot of research on sonata form…"
Jun 6, 2012
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