Jonathan Metz replied to Henri Vartio's discussion How to build "non tonal" harmonies?
"Sure, send it along, would love to see it. I too am a theorist.

Nick Capocci said:
just a thought, have you read my thesis on this subject - ie.tonality/atonality? will send link if interested. cheers nick
Jonathan Metz said:
Someone said it above,…"
Aug 24, 2011
Jonathan Metz replied to Henri Vartio's discussion How to build "non tonal" harmonies?
"Someone said it above, but in a similar way an approach I use is keeping the intervals and/or sonorities uniform in some way, but it really depends on what I want to communicate. My approach changes every time. A fun thing to try that my composition…"
Aug 23, 2011
Jonathan Metz replied to Andrew Gleibman's discussion What are music genres today?
"As a composer, I been thinking lately of Genre in the same way I think about pitch, rhythm, timbre and other musical elements etc.--it's just another tool to use to create something outside a genre, or something inside a genre. You're the composer,…"
Aug 19, 2011
Jonathan Metz commented on Doug Lauber's blog post Please- No Story Behind the Music!!
"I think that, like everything else in a piece of music, the ultimate decision should be up to the composer. Usually I agree--that a story behind the music can be a distraction from the listener's experience. There are sometimes situations though…"
May 12, 2011
Jonathan Metz replied to Jacob Royal's discussion Your FIVE favorite composers.
"1. Stravinsky
2. Messiaen
3. J.S. Bach
4. John Adams
5. Joseph Schwantner
6. Verdi (sneak another one in there ;)"
Feb 14, 2011
Jonathan Metz replied to Lori Sweeney's discussion A Fugue or not a Fugue?
"In the end, I think that the fact that you like your composition is what it ultimately comes down to. It is very enjoyable and I congratulate you. 

Lori Sweeney said:
  My goal was to write a fugue and whether I did or did not, I like my end…"
Feb 9, 2011
Jonathan Metz replied to Kirk Williams's discussion New Member - Looking for feedback
"Very energizing. I agree that there could be more going on at the climactic moments, adding another part in there maybe? Also, perhaps suddenly cutting the percussion for a brief second before a climactic moment would really intensify the surprise.…"
Feb 9, 2011
Jonathan Metz replied to Lori Sweeney's discussion A Fugue or not a Fugue?
"You are exactly right. A fugue is really more of a process than a form. A fugue is about what happens to the musical material, not how it is laid out in structure. Though because inevitably structure is married to process you do end up with…"
Feb 9, 2011
Jonathan Metz replied to Beth Patterson's discussion Feeling like you've heard this somewhere before...
"I had the privilege once of hearing the personal testimony of a composition professor at the University of Michigan about his encounter with George Crumb--a very famous post-avant garde composer (famous for "Macrocosmos" and "Black Angels"), and…"
Feb 8, 2011
Jonathan Metz replied to Minseo Park's discussion Doraji Fugue - A Fugue based on a Korean Traditional Theme
"Fantastic! Very enjoyable and intriguing. I love the fusion of genre: traditional German form meets Korean folk tradition. Marvelous! And you execute it in a beautiful manner. The piece has a way of really bringing me in. I would echo the comment…"
Feb 8, 2011
Jonathan Metz replied to Lori Sweeney's discussion A Fugue or not a Fugue?
"Well Lori, it looks like you have received mixed opinions about whether or not it is a Fugue! I've put in my two cents... I personally do think it's a fugue and I still hold to my argument above... but as you have mentioned, it's been almost two…"
Feb 8, 2011
Jonathan Metz replied to Lori Sweeney's discussion A Fugue or not a Fugue?
"I would have to disagree with both Josef and Michael. I do believe it is a fugue, it does not matter whether it is polyphonic or not. One can state a theme and then state that theme in another voice without continuing a polyphonic texture in the…"
Feb 7, 2011
Jonathan Metz left a comment for Aaron Spotts
"Hey man, came across this and wanted to share it with you... it's some of the most incredible music I have heard from our favorite composer :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMG07mv4Jyw&feature=related"
Mar 17, 2010
Jonathan Metz left a comment for Michael O'Brien
"Yeah, I've seriously been considering switching to Mac. I hear Macs are better for what composers do in the first place, but I'm torn because I prefer the windows operating system. Maybe you could give Wondows 7 a try, I hear it's good."
Dec 1, 2009
Jonathan Metz left a comment for Michael O'Brien
"Hey nice Fugue. I like it's energy. I am reminded of Holst when listening to it. I like how throughout you keep the prominent rhythmic motif going, but keep the harmonic movement interesting!"
Dec 1, 2009
Jonathan Metz left a comment for Aaron Spotts
"Hey, could you click on my fugue and see if it works for you. There was someone who was trying to listen to it but it didn't work for her. It works in my computer, but I was wondering if maybe something is wrong when others try to click on it. Let…"
Dec 1, 2009
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  • Thanks so much! I appreciate the thoughtful feedback.

    I finally dredged up my backlog of fugues I have on the other (older) computer. So, I will (probably tomorrow) upload another.

    The older computer is XP ... my newer computer is Vista ... seems a bunch of things work with one, but not the other .. including my older sequencing software ....

    duh, ... my favorite oxymoron: "MICROSOFT WORKS"
  • Yeah, the audio on your fugue is plays on my computer.
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