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Destination wedding in Orvieto, Italy, shot by BBN Photography (Grain Valley, MO). Music written and recorded by Ryan Chapman (Twelve Notes Music). For more ...
Feb 28, 2012
Ryan Chapman left a comment for Lennart Östman
"Hey Lennart,
 
I appreciate your comments.  Walking Nights and Christ He Loves You are some of my favorite of yours.  I think you would find much inspiration from Michael Talbot.  Celestial Ballet was written to describe the majestic nature of the…"
Apr 8, 2011
Ryan Chapman replied to Lennart Östman's discussion What to do with the inspiration
"For me the title of a piece is important for me to figure out before I think of going from the simple melody phase to the completion of a piece.  I, like you, have melodies just sitting on my computer waiting to be plucked up and worked on.
I tend…"
Apr 8, 2011
Ryan Chapman left a comment for Chris Rodier
"Beautiful music.  I'm not very well versed into using percussion yet but admire those that can accomplish what you did with week 1.  The piece is is very melodic, flowing and energetic.  Isole reminds me of Aaron Coplands writing for Appalachian…"
Apr 1, 2011
Ryan Chapman replied to Cari Live's discussion Composing in my own style
"Excellent questions!!  I am very much a novice at the art of composition and if it weren't for my wife I probably wouldn't be doing any compositions at all.  About 4 years ago, I decided for our fifth wedding anniversary I was going to write her a…"
Mar 31, 2011
Ryan Chapman left a comment for Norbert Oldani
"Hey,
I enjoyed your musical compositions.  Silverlake reminds me of Vangelis.  When you compose, do you have preconceived notions as to what you will write or is it an experiment with sound until you come across something that peaks your interest to…"
Jan 25, 2011
Ryan Chapman left a comment for Eric_P
"Hey Eric,

Welcome.

I use Cubase 5 with Halion and Halion Symphonic sound fonts.
I would love to save enough scratch though and little by little build my symphonic library with Vienna Symphonic Library samples.

I'm up in the KC area, what part of…"
Nov 1, 2010
Ryan Chapman replied to Russell Bell's discussion Newbie alert ! Some compositions + hello from me
"Not a problem.

I am working through similar struggles as yourself as far as finding an identity for ones music, but I think the most important thing to remember for every composer, is that there are many thousands of different directions one single…"
Oct 27, 2010
Ryan Chapman replied to Russell Bell's discussion Newbie alert ! Some compositions + hello from me
"Love the music!!! I don't know if "Zimmer World" is an ode to Hans Zimmer or not, but it definitely has the feeling of a Hans Zimmer piece. I enjoy the developments and the layering of your music as well. I appreciate hearing the main theme and then…"
Oct 27, 2010
SEDstar replied to Ryan Chapman's discussion New piece written for two pianos.
"I enjoy listening to it... softer and slower, louder and faster... I like the sound of some of the "runs" in there... really cool..."
Oct 7, 2010
Ryan Chapman replied to Ryan Chapman's discussion New piece written for two pianos.
"Hey,

You're right in that a majority can be played by one pianist, but I don't really know (ignorance) how you define a piece of music as requiring more than one person. Certain sections in this require two people (maybe two minutes worth) and…"
Oct 3, 2010
Tyler Hughes replied to Ryan Chapman's discussion New piece written for two pianos.
"Its a good piece of music but I felt that it lack something. When I think of pieces for two pianos I think of melodic lines and range on the piano that can not be done with one, this piece however sounds like most of it can be done with one piano.…"
Oct 3, 2010
Ryan Chapman left a comment for Sylvester Wager
"Hey,

Rhapsody in C is a great listen, especially at the end, in which you play the final chord only twice. At first my mind was screaming for that third strike, but when I realized it wasn't to be I relaxed and accepted the resolution.

As far as…"
Sep 16, 2010
Ryan Chapman replied to Bill Ricci's discussion How much imperfection should we allow in "perfect" music?
"I struggle with the same question. I write solely in midi, therefore I can align the notes up and craft the velocities exactly as I think they should be. I worry though that it can be, as Tyler stated, "robotic". However, I finally came to the…"
Sep 12, 2010
Ryan Chapman replied to Jacob Royal's discussion Your FIVE favorite composers.
"1) Copland (He was the first composer that made me interested in symphonic music.)
2) Holst (St. Paul's suite is an amazing 15min journey.)
3) Mussorgsky (He had many flaws, but I think he was struggling just to be heard and appreciated.)
4) Ravel…"
Sep 10, 2010
Ryan Chapman left a comment for Sylvester Wager
"Hey,

I've enjoyed listening to your music. I have a question as to what you consider art music?
Also can you describe your initial inspiration moments. Do you have a preconceived melody or emotion you want to convey before you start writing or do…"
Sep 9, 2010
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  • Thanks for adding me Ryan- and thanks for listening! 

  • Thanks for adding me on the friends list Ryan! And thanks for the encouraging words about my music.
  • Hi Ryan

    I've listened through your playlist and found a lot of interesting music. Overture in Orvieto is my favorite. I'm an old Cubase dude myself. I started with Pro24 which later became the first Cubase version. Now I'm using Garageband, on my way to Logic. But Garageband is still better than my old, old, old version of Cubase.

     

    Keep up the good work!

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    "Hey,

    I enjoyed your musical compositions.  Silverlake reminds me of Vangelis.  When you compose, do you have preconceived notions as towhat you will write or is it an experiment with sound until you come
    across something that peaks your interest to develop further." Thanks!

     

    Both: it often depends on the audience but with purely electronic pieces I usually do a lot of improvisation or experimentation.
    Nice work here on your profile page!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Hi Ryan!
    I also use Cubase 5 :) I have HSO but do not use it anymore since I've moved to the 64bit version of Cubase which isn't compatible with HSO :(

    From what I've heard, VSL is a great library!

    Cool, I currently reside in St Louis

    Eric
  • The Overture should work well for its purpose. You like consonance, and you make the most of it. I found I was interested in what comes next.

    "A Distant Shore" is relaxing, nice. I felt it ended too soon.
    "A Mother's Hope" is perhaps a little too minimalist for me to say much about. It sounds pretty, and that seems to be its goal.

    Nice work. - sylvester
  • If I commented already, sorry. Art Music is a subjective term that I recently came across that helps me describe what I try to do. "Classical Music" is the usual designation. "Serious Music" is often seen. And then, more specific things, like "Avant Garde," "Serial," etc. Sometimes "Modern Music" is seen.

    None of it will mean anything, in the fullness of time. I like "art music" for this reason: I spend a lot of time planning my work; calculating proportions; justifying my musical actions. After all this thought, I hope that I have created "art" through my "skill." I hope that it means writing music that demonstrates skill.

    Process: usually I do not have a preconceived melody in mind. If I do, it is the result of a skectch, made on some old score paper. I consider my emotions, but can override them. Most of my music today is made for a particular reason - usually to accompany a YouTube quality film.

    The films came first. I was a composer many years ago. I underlaid films with famous composers, which I played on piano. Then, I began to use my own music. This is where I stand. Sometimes the music comes first, and it sits about doing nothing. But lately, I compose for a reason. This gives more push, a better argument to it: I think.

    Listening to music, reading biographies of musicians, practicing theory (Jazz or classical), improvising - these are all ways to get something going.

    Do you have any special way of coming to inspiration? I'm eager to learn what others do before they write. ...s
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