Michael Staff replied to Jan Kuhr's discussion My website as a composer
"I thought your website was very well done and easy to navigate. From what I understand, one of the most important things about a site is being able to have your name as the domain name so that's obviously a plus for you as well. In fact you gave me…"
May 18, 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 20, 2012
Michael Staff replied to Jay Toul's discussion which is the best score/notating software to use?
"I've heard good things about Finale although I use Sibelius and love it. It can do just about anything and the newer versions even have a feature to record an audio file once the score is notated."
Dec 13, 2011
Michael Staff replied to ZeroZero's discussion A good source for violin technique for the composer
"Thanks for the excellent resource. I'm not a violinist either so this will help a great deal!"
Nov 20, 2011
Michael Staff replied to James Wise's discussion The end of the research period...
"I know it seems boring or frustrating to use older forms in newer music but I think that's what gives music its logic. If I am writing a larger work I often start with Sonata-allegro (adding a coda at the end makes it very interesting!) and go from…"
Aug 14, 2011
Michael Staff left a comment for Peter Daley
"Hi Peter its great youre experimenting with different styles. The more we expand in doing this the more balanced we are. I started studying piano actually when I was 13 and my teacher also taught me theory and harmony. I later went on to study…"
Jun 5, 2011
Michael Staff replied to Michael Staff's discussion Concert Piece
"Thanks guys! I appreciate your feedback very much. I recorded it at Jungle Room studio which is in Los Angeles but since then Ive purchased a Tascam DP-02 digital portastudio (I highly recommend one) and I always use 2 mics when I record (one for…"
May 29, 2011
Peter Daley commented on Michael Staff's blog post First Fugue
"First fugue, go ahead with the challenge :-). I've been on and off working on one myself."
May 25, 2011
Tyler Hughes replied to Michael Staff's discussion Concert Piece
"Its a very good piece of music. I dont feel that the themes lend themselves to a very strict form, though the themes themselves can go either which way in this case.
There were some moments that were had a very mysterious quality which I enjoyed…"
May 23, 2011
Michael Staff replied to James Wise's discussion The end of the research period...
"Have you thought of using several shorter movements to form a sort of suite? Ive found this lends itself to 12-tone music as in music by Schoenberg. How long is the composition supposed to be?"
Apr 21, 2011
Michael Staff commented on Michael Staff's blog post First Fugue
"Thanks for your experience! I always enjoy hearing about other composer's experiences and I'll also definately check out Hindemith's fugue mentioned"
Apr 7, 2011
Ansgar Kreutz commented on Michael Staff's blog post First Fugue
"if you interested in more "modern" fugues, you should study "Ludus tonalis" from Hindemith"
Apr 4, 2011
Peter Daley commented on Michael Staff's blog post First Fugue
"Great to see you exploring various musical styles."
Apr 3, 2011
Michael Staff commented on Michael Staff's blog post First Fugue
"I've actually already written the exposition as of this morning but there seems to be little direction as far as the episodic development. Nowhere have I read about a recapitulation or conclusion to the fugue."
Mar 28, 2011
Michael Staff commented on Michael Staff's blog post First Fugue
"I studied counterpoint for 2 years early on in my studies but know only a little about Messiaen. I have written canons, inventions, and other polyphonic works but a fugue is more complex and my intention is to use it as a movement for a larger work.…"
Mar 28, 2011
Ansgar Kreutz commented on Michael Staff's blog post First Fugue
"what experiences or studies do you have in counterpoint? do you know the meaning of Messiaen about the importance of fugue for music of today?"
Mar 27, 2011
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  • Just listened to your Somnambulist piece.  Very enjoyable!  From the sound of the page turn in there it seems you actually played it as well, which is certainly refreshing round these parts.  Very consistent, solid, entertaining composition.  Bravo!

  • Hi Michael,

    I started by playing in piano/keys/Hammond organ in my local church, Bethel United, Apostolic Pentecostal Church. It was a hard slog as the competition was great but healthy. My training started there, I learned to play by ear, improvisating, arranging, playing hymns, conducting, MDing, even leading the choir and vocal training. I soaked it all in and immersed myself in music as much as i could. I spent hours practicing everyday and was encouraged to got to college and university. There were many discouraging times but i persevered as i new that music was and is what i want to do. I have a degree in Composition where i learned orchestration and writing for various instruments/ensembles, such as string quartets, big-band, running a gospel choir and incorporating horn sections and even eastern instruments, as well as African idioms into my music. I like to cross genres when composing and producing wherever possible, as it brings out new flavours all the time. I have a Masters in World Music which involved studying various kinds of music genres, Cross Cultural Studies & Music Philosophy; oh and loads of assignments...but i'm glad i did it in the end :-). I work with a variety of artists/groups/projects/organizations now nationally and internationally. I've just produced an EP for http://gershombrown.com another artist on my record label http://anotherkeyrecords.com.

    Currently i'm working with an African writer who is writing a play to be shown in theaters from September 2011 and I'm working with an international artist on a Jazz/R&B project, plus a bit of teaching- i like to keep busy.

     

    What future projects do you have coming up, or planning?

    http://gershombrown.com/
  • Interesting music. I appreciate your performance ability.
  • Hi Michael, thanks for the friend request. I like Dreams of a Somnambulist composition. I want to study a little more in the 12 tone genre, starting with piano then moving on to an ensemble. How did you get started in music?
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