Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Gavin Brown's discussion New Feature - Composers Talk
"Very fascinating to read through your interview and learn more about you Stephen! I kind of half-suspected your career  before I read it because I had one or two friends at college (Maria Grey in Twickenham) who later followed a music career in the…"
May 19, 2019
Socrates Arvanitakis commented on Thomas Chase Jones's blog post Having connection to the Creative Pool.
"Like Gav, I am not sure what the question(s) is. I cannot agree that "what other people think" is one of the biggest road blocks. To me it is part and parcel of the whole affair and I'm rather grateful for it, if I claim that I don’t write just for…"
May 7, 2019
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Haiku setting (1'15")
"Hi Dane,
I note a departure from the traditional 5-7-5 syllable haiku norm, which I cannot know if it is a result of the translation(? ) Was it with a different number of syllables in the original text? If yes, here we can have an example of how…"
May 4, 2019
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WYSIWYG 2-BETTING-WYSIWYG 3 (overture)
"Thank you very much, both Dane and Colin for your comments and appreciation.
 
Dane, I am slightly confused about the PDF of the score being available. I made only the video available (I was hoping). At the moment I am upgrading my site, HELICON.GR…"
May 4, 2019
Colin Dougall replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WYSIWYG 2-BETTING-WYSIWYG 3 (overture)
"Hi Socrates
I really enjoyed this - very well crafted, dramatic, and great melodies. I can appreciate the sentiment being expressed in the music but I have to say that this is not mirrored in the english language prose which, to my mind, is of…"
Apr 30, 2019
Dane Aubrun replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion WYSIWYG 2-BETTING-WYSIWYG 3 (overture)
"I listened to this last night. It isn't a genre of music I empathise with but it's certainly a solid piece and brave of you to set that entire poem. The interplay between part-singing and instrumental phrases was clever, a sort of statement-response…"
Apr 30, 2019
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Keith Theodosiou's discussion So Blue (Guitar Instrumental)
"Very nice melody and chord sequence! Thanks for sharing."
Apr 20, 2019
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Scott Andrew Hutchins's discussion Specific goal in tricky time signature
"Makes perfect sense, Gregorio!
32/3 = 10,6667 demi-semi quavers
If we turn some of these demi-semis (or whatever) to 32nd note triplets and tie them to the rest (or untie them, as the case may be, I see no problem :-) )
gregorio X said:
so you…"
Nov 9, 2018
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Scott Andrew Hutchins's discussion Specific goal in tricky time signature
"Hi Scott,
I just had a quick look through this thread and I note the problem and the advice given which I found quite helpful. Because in my life I write a lot of text + vocal music to go with it, I familiarised myself from a very early age with…"
Nov 9, 2018
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Colin Dougall's discussion Musical analysis
"Thanks Colin, very interesting lecture!
If we are living in today's musical world, we can miss such expositions only at our peril."
Nov 3, 2018
Em Coston replied to Socrates Arvanitakis's discussion MODULATION (up a tone starting with La Folia)
"Hey Socrates. It's October now and I'm wondering when this thread will resume. 

I also have a question I've been wondering about this summer that may make for  a good splinter topic:
Are there any uniquely Greek approaches to rhythm and time…"
Oct 3, 2018
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"I copy-paste strait from Wikipedia's article on atonality:
Mostly I agreed with all criticisms expressed. My own idea/suspicion is that it has served to camouflage a lot of bad music and lack of real compositional skill. Any music that has an…"
Sep 10, 2018
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Thanks for your thoughts< Michael!
I only know a song called "Leventopetho" (brave guy) by Yiannis Papaioannou, I don’t know if we mean the same. It belongs to the rebetiko tradition (putting its death at about 1955). I played it very often amongst…"
Sep 8, 2018
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.
"Hi Michael, I was too drunk to respond the previous two nights (not that I'm any different tonight, but anyway), I am also a London, Cypriot wedding gigging musician (in winter time only), but also a scholar of Zeibekiko rhythm, which I find the…"
Sep 7, 2018
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.

Hi Bob, thanks for your thoughts. I agree up to a point with the musician/composer differentiation, as in every summer I'm trying to be an all-round gigging musician (including my music), but in winters I devote my time solely to composition, to…"
Sep 4, 2018
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Bob Porter's discussion Socrates, I'm up for some good-natured debate.

Thanks for your replies Bob and Roger.
Yes, Bob, there are special steps and you've got to know them in order to dance correctly and not make a cake of yourself, in all rhythms apart from 9/4 where you can improvise as the rhythmic cycle is too…"
Sep 2, 2018
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  • Solstice was not intentionally composed as theme and variations, but I can see why you might think that. As for the other two, only Skating is up there yet. I'm going to rework that, and then revise the third movement, Late February. thanks for listening.

  • Socrates, the music for Solstice is in my player on my page. you need to have Adobe Flash Player installed to run it.

  • Welcome Socrates!

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