H. S. Teoh replied to Mike Leghorn's discussion Back on the forum -- sorry it has been so long... and a new musical journey
"Just to provide another side to what Bob said, many of my piano pieces are based on improvisations. I start off improvising, and when I hit upon a good idea, I would do several rounds of improvising based on that idea, and this way something begins…"
Jul 29, 2016
Mike Leghorn replied to David Stowell's discussion Prelude 131010
"I like it a lot. The first part reminds me of Turangalila. I like the clusters in the bass ostinato (sounds jazzy, sort of reminds of Bernstein). Nice use of the chromatic scale."
Dec 19, 2012
Mike Leghorn replied to Sam Umar's discussion Are You A Full Time Composer?
"Thanks Sam!"
Jul 25, 2012
Mike Leghorn replied to Mike Leghorn's discussion The Planets -- arranged for synthesizer
"Bob, thanks for those good points. 

Just to name a few examples:

A. Used folks songs they didn't write.
Vaughan Williams, Kodaly, Bartok

2. Used themes or entire movements from someone else.
Mahler. Check out Liszt's 1st piano concerto, then…"
Jul 16, 2012
Dav Lauberito replied to Mike Leghorn's discussion The Planets -- arranged for synthesizer
"Mars sounds awesome.  I feel like I'm watching an uncut version of the 80's Flash Gordon movie.  Great work."
Jul 15, 2012
Mike Leghorn replied to Mike Leghorn's discussion The Planets -- arranged for synthesizer
"Thanks Terry. I'm pleased with how Venus turned out. Terry Jones said:
I just had a quick listen to "Venus" and I have to say I'm pretty impressed! I've always been a big fan of the original orchestral suite but this is an interesting take on it…"
Jul 15, 2012
Mike Leghorn replied to Mike Leghorn's discussion The Planets -- arranged for synthesizer
"Thanks Charles. Saturn is one of my favorites in the set. Charles Greco said:
Very much I enjoyed listening to your transcription/arrangement of Saturn in its entirety. I feel it was extremely well done while showing utmost respect for Holst's…"
Jul 15, 2012
Mike Leghorn replied to Mike Leghorn's discussion The Planets -- arranged for synthesizer
"Yes, I'm very familiar with Tomita's work. I have all of his albums, including The Planets. My favorite of them all is Snowflakes are Dancing.  Kevin Riley said:
Have you listened to Tomita's work at all?"
Jul 15, 2012
Boneman replied to Mike Leghorn's discussion The Planets -- arranged for synthesizer
"Have you listened to Tomita's work at all?"
Jul 14, 2012
Terry Jones replied to Mike Leghorn's discussion The Planets -- arranged for synthesizer
"I just had a quick listen to "Venus" and I have to say I'm pretty impressed! I've always been a big fan of the original orchestral suite but this is an interesting take on it with some really nice use of synth techniques. I'll try to listen to some…"
Jul 14, 2012
Mike Leghorn replied to Gavin Brown's discussion Describe your music in one word
"Inferior"
Jun 28, 2012
Mike Leghorn replied to James Mulvale's discussion Space Hero Theme... feedback please :)
"I liked it. It's a fun sounding piece. I imagine it going very well with a kid's science fiction cartoon. The main theme is catchy, and I like the tongue-in-cheek harmonies.
I get the impression that you're aiming for good sound, i.e. your…"
May 11, 2012
Mike Leghorn replied to Minseo Park's discussion “Bach Arirang No. 2” - A Bach-inspired fugue based on Arirang theme
"I liked it! It's an interesting mix of syncopation, pentatonic / eastern sound, and baroque style, and these different elements are balanced well. The piece has a nice overall balance. The length seems right. Has good momentum throughout. Density is…"
May 11, 2012
Mike Leghorn replied to Lara Poe's discussion Piano Concerto
"Lara, I listened to the midi version -- and tried to look past the poor sound quality inherent in the midi.
My observations:
There is no shortage of ideas in this piece. They don't always mesh well together, but the good news is that you have a lot…"
May 11, 2012
Mike Leghorn replied to Michael T's discussion Good or bad? Searching for objectivity in composition.
"I think judging music objectively is difficult at best, and probably impossible. Being objective involves stepping outside of what it is you're judging. If you step outside of music, you totally miss the point of it. I've read about how the leaders…"
May 2, 2012
Lara Poe replied to Mike Leghorn's discussion Looking for constructive criticism for my new piece: Reflections
"Really liked the contrasting ending there.  All in all, I found it quite interesting to listen to."
Apr 25, 2012
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  • Hey Mike! I like your music. Being a synth nerd myself I really appreciate your handling of sounds that goes beyond imitating acoustic instruments. Great works!
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