Lara Poe replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"Sometimes I just spontaneously get ideas that I quickly record onto the computer (if it is next to me), or a piece of paper.  Other times I have to think hard until I get an idea that I am satisfied with, and then I write that down. After that, I…"
Apr 27, 2012
Tombo Rombo replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"For me, at different stages of a composition the attention to each note varies.  Sometimes I think in phrases or splashes of color first and then go back through and add motivic links, pay attention to clashes or consonances that sound off and use…"
Apr 2, 2012
Jonas Aras replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"I can explain why I wrote every single note I put onto the page. I have been trained in linear composition techniques whose basis is the overtone series, and I compose "one line at a time". With this as the foundation, orchestrating becomes rather…"
Apr 2, 2012
Gavin Brown replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"I'm mostly a tonal composer so I am always paying attention to each note and how one note or chord follows another. I've long felt that every single note must be paid attention to and its relation to its neighbors or the music suffers. Yet I can't…"
Mar 19, 2012
Sam Umar replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"When I'm writing my music, I never really think why I choose this note and that note and neglect some other notes. I just sit on my keyboard and write. Thanks to MIDI technology that I'm able to make an instant music writing. Just like most of…"
Mar 19, 2012
Olmnilnlolm replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote

This is an excellent question, one for anyone who takes the whole problem of musical composition seriously.  For an absolutely FANTASTIC BOOK on the whole subject, I recommend James L. McHard's "The Future of Modern Music:  A Philosophical…"
Mar 15, 2012
Andrew Gleibman replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"Because I know only these seven notes  :-)"
Mar 13, 2012
Noah Fraioli replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"I just close my eyes. Then, when I have a song, I write it down. (I kid)

Actually, my music takes hours upon hours to write because I have to listen to the damn piece over and over and over again from a MIDI playback until I like it. My longest…"
Mar 12, 2012
Chad Sir Wick Hughes replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"Two composers l love and listen to on the regular, Ravel and Mendelssohn 
Two composers who I don't listen to but they know the craft, Webern and Berg.

All of the above meticulously cared for every note on the page.  Need I say more?"
Mar 12, 2012
Michael Staff replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"That's a very good question to ask yourself, rather than simply being content with writing whatever simply sounds good (although that works for some, and that's great). The 2 composers I have studied the harmonies of most extensively are perhaps…"
Jan 19, 2012
Rus White replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"^ Yeah, I think where most object to learning theory is thinking that you have to spit-out what you used - not to mention how and/or why you used it! (In the simplest of terms of course)

But yeah, something as simple as knowing the circle of…"
Jan 19, 2012
David Stowell replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Art Song / Lieder
"Jon Corelis said:
Many modern serious composers seem not to pay enough attention to the sounds of the lyrics -- not just accent, but things like alliteration, assonance, hiatus, and the use of liquids or sibilants.....My advice to someone setting a…"
Nov 13, 2011
Tyler Hughes replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Art Song / Lieder
"Good questions:
The main tip I have for you is being very careful with your text setting. Make sure all the strong syllables are on strong beats and weak syllables are on weak beats. Its always a good idea to even highlight all the strong syllables…"
Nov 13, 2011
Kevin Bryson replied to Brian Cooper's discussion Rhythm practice
"I use conducting to transcribe the rhythms that I come up with.  Now, don't get me wrong, I am nowhere near being a professional or even useful conductor for an ensemble- it's all about figuring out the patterns for each time signature.  Then you…"
Nov 12, 2011
Kevin Bryson replied to SEDstar's discussion Getting started with polytonality/bitonality...
"I first started experimenting with this by playing scales from two different keys in parallel.  For example the left hand would play Cmajor scale while the right hand plays Eflat major.  This produces interesting variety of intervals as you play the…"
Sep 18, 2011
Kevin Bryson replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"The one thought I have had, is that if I understood the theory behind what I'm doing a bit better, It might make composing a bit faster.  Right now writing by ear can be a slow process at times...
 
Funny you should mention the Brain hemispheres- I…"
Aug 28, 2011
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