Paul H. Muller replied to Greg Ryan's discussion Is there enough exposure for serious composers and performers of neo-classical music?
"Maybe the problem is that it is a competition.  Why not just have a place people can post a realization of what they write and let a community form around that?"
Dec 14, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Father Jason Emerson's discussion Choral Setting of Psalm 13
"Fr. Emerson:

This is a fine piece - a very modern setting and evocative of the text. I think we need church music that is both contemporary and dignified - and this is the case here.That said, I sing in a church choir of middling ability so here is…"
Dec 14, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Spiros Makris's discussion Bandcamp-another online store for musicians.
"I have a bandcamp page and use it to distribute albums for my netlabel Ventura Contemporary Music.  You can include a bandcamp page as a subdomain and make it a seamless part of your website.  I like bandcamp a lot, but I am not trying to sell my…"
Sep 28, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to vincenti zghra's discussion Fear of posting for musical feedback.
"I mostly agree, but would make this observation:  Using my PC I can write, realize and distribute my music world-wide directly to the ears of any listeners -  in a matter of hours.  Those composers writing for acoustic instruments (and of course…"
Sep 21, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to vincenti zghra's discussion Fear of posting for musical feedback.
"I believe that if you are serious about writing music you must seek out the opinions of other composers.  We are lucky to have the Internet and sites like this to facilitate this process. 
 
That said, put up your best effort when you have gone as…"
Sep 21, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Chris Merritt's discussion Your Music is Still YOURS!
"I typically upload files to my website and then place links elsewhere - .ning sites like this one, Facebook, G+ etc.  That way if you want to take a file out of digital circulation you can simply delete the file on your website and any link to it…"
Sep 12, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Clark Nichols's discussion Any other synesthetes?
"Realization of the score "Bleep Hertz", by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen // Video & mix by Steve Layton // Musicians: Jérôme Poirier, Lee Noyes, Tom Izzo, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Steve Moyes // As part of ImprovFriday, Oct 2010
 
http://youtu.be/-riCwPsWOQc…"
Sep 8, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Allison Danielle's discussion Percussion Ensemble Composing Competition
"I have entered a few competitions - and here is the criteria I use to decide if I should enter.
 
1. No entry fee - a philosophical thing with me.
 
2. It isn't really a competition - I prefer to respond to a 'call for scores'.
 
3. It plays to my…"
Aug 31, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Paweł Jeleniewski's discussion Self-marketing: slow, or fast version?
"Facebook is good for networking and this can take two forms.
 
1. Network among your peers who have the same goal.  You can offer/receive advice and comments and this helps to keep you going.  You can also network with film makers who are in the…"
Aug 29, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Tyler Hughes's discussion Lessons learned from performances
"Clark - In my experience best practice is to have one or three instruments on the same note.  Two instruments - especially in the treble cleff - will invariably sound out of tune one to another.  So one louder or three together are going to be a…"
Aug 24, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Victor Atanasov's discussion Publishing Companies For Composers
"It has been said in different ways in the comments here but a publisher will only be interested in you when you are big enough not to need them.  Publishers also get a big royalty so the case for self-publishing has become compelling for those of us…"
Aug 18, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Jason C.'s discussion Any Advice?
"You might consider doing a double-major in college.  The odds of becoming a successful film composer are pretty daunting.  Having two skills is a good idea.  I knew someone who went to Univ of Rochester and graduated with a degree in engineering and…"
Aug 12, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Chris Rodier's discussion Composition Patterns
""Why not ADD to the repertoire of the Baroque period?  The Renaissance period?  The Classical period?  
 Work in a style, but make it your own!"
 
Well, fair enough.  If you get fulfillment from writing in one of the historical forms then write on. …"
Jul 25, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Chris Rodier's discussion Composition Patterns
"For a while I was writing barque cantatas for church - and I love the form.  There is recitative, chorales, the chorus and arias - all very organized.  I wrote over a dozen and what I realized is that if Bach himself were to speak to me, he would…"
Jul 25, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to David Jacques's discussion How do you get out of a rut?
"I find that my best work occurs a few weeks in - I have to write my way into a 'zone' and then everything clicks.  This means about 2/3 of what I create will not seem satisfactory, but I know eventually I will get to the good parts.  So I write each…"
Jul 24, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to Tyler Hughes's discussion Social Media for Musicians and Composer: For us or not.
"I am a big believer in social sites for composers.  I am part of ImprovFriday - a site similar to this one where musicians post their work each week.  We have developed a real sense of community and this has allowed me to seek comments and advice…"
Jul 21, 2011
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  • HI Paul , very glad to see you here!!!
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