Steve Chandler replied to Marcus Tristan's discussion Any Competition?
"I understand your reluctance to part with your hard earned dollars to enter a composition competition. I am not directly involved with any such competition, but as a board member of a community choir we've contemplated calls for scores. If you want…"
Sep 2
Steve Chandler replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Only One Life-Organ, flute and string section
"Your tutti organ drowns out the strings. I think I could hear the flute, but not very well. Bach certainly would have registered the organ part to mix better with the other instruments. For organists registration is the art of selecting stops on a…"
Jun 4, 2019
Daniel Krausz replied to Steve Chandler's discussion String Quartet Competition that's not a young composer competition
"My bad. I could have sworn it said something else... Victor Eijkhout said:
No, it says "May have been performed". Other competitions insist that they have the premiere so this clause makes it more accessible rather than less. Daniel Krausz said:…"
Dec 28, 2018
Victor Eijkhout replied to Steve Chandler's discussion String Quartet Competition that's not a young composer competition
"No, it says "May have been performed". Other competitions insist that they have the premiere so this clause makes it more accessible rather than less. Daniel Krausz said:
It’s too bad one of the prerequisites is that the piece needs to have been…"
Dec 28, 2018
Jim Tribble replied to Steve Chandler's discussion String Quartet Competition that's not a young composer competition
"Sadly just for American composers."
Dec 11, 2018
Steve Chandler replied to Steve Chandler's discussion String Quartet Competition that's not a young composer competition
Dec 8, 2018
Gavin Brown replied to Steve Chandler's discussion String Quartet Competition that's not a young composer competition
"Hi Steve,
Is there a link?
Gav"
Dec 8, 2018
Steve Chandler replied to Ingo Lee's discussion How can I learn to write atonal music?
"Given your description of your background I find myself wondering if you're ready to compose atonal music. OTOH, atonal music is very different from composing tonal so maybe being ready should not be a concern. In my mind you should be comfortable…"
Mar 16, 2018
Steve Chandler replied to Steven S. Billings's discussion Long Form Rock Composing
"Progressive or Art Rock by groups such as Yes, Genesis and King Crimson were an influence on me in my youth (giving away my age here). There may be bands doing this kind of music now, but they're not well known or you wouldn't be asking the…"
Nov 17, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Bob Morabito's discussion A Basic Guide to Orchestral VSTs
"Thank you for the offers of help. My current project is a musical that incorporates a wide range of styles. Some borders on classical, but not with extensive orchestration, some borders on heavy metal. I do need good brass. I have Project SAM…"
Nov 13, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Bob Morabito's discussion A Basic Guide to Orchestral VSTs
"As someone whose recently migrated to both Kontakt and Logic X (and from PC to Mac) I found this article of great interest. I have older orchestral sample libraries from when I used Gigastudio, but it seems Kontakt only recognizes some of the old…"
Nov 12, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Lennart Östman's discussion Celebrating the forum restart
"I like it, but the high strings seem to get lost in this recording. Is this a rendering from notation software or a DAW? There has to be a way to bring out the violins. Or maybe you're a cellist and biased! ;D"
Nov 10, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Julie Harris's discussion Introducing Julie Harris
"Hi Julie,

Thanks for joining us. You're quite the story teller. I enjoyed your piece The Singing Lesson immensely. I look forward to your continued presence here."
Nov 10, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Bob Morabito's discussion 10 Great Fugues NOT by Bach
"Back to you Bob,
You ask,
"WHAT is the allure of fugues? Is it the sense of accomplishment of having written one? The physical sound?Both?
Or something else Im totally missing?"

For me the allure is something that developed fairly early in life. I…"
Nov 7, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Bob Morabito's discussion 10 Great Fugues NOT by Bach
"Thanks for posting the article. As usual when someone expresses their opinions I find I like some of them and others not so much. I can agree that the fugues by Shostakovich, Bartok, Mozart, Handel and Beethoven are worthy fugues (though I would not…"
Sep 28, 2017
Steve Chandler replied to Philip Daniel's discussion Choralvorspiel über "Jesu, meine Freude" (on Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ/Sonus Paradisi Doesburg)
"The rendering sounds very realistic, but it's hard to hear the cantus firmus."
Jul 25, 2017
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  • I find your prelude and fugue in g minor a wonderful piece, very impressed.
  • beautiful work.
  • Most of my videos were edited/rendered through Adobe Premiere Elements 7. The music tracks were recorded using a portable digital recorder - sometimes using mics, other times via a Yamaha keyboard using MIDI. The WAV files are easily to work with in PE7.

    While I am not all that successful, I think that making videos and using your own music is a good way to publish music so it can be listened to by anyone. ...s
  • I listened to the America piece: the chord choices you made did not suit the soprano and alto, which were often quite traditional. And so the rhapsodic piece seemed to have idiosyncratic chord choices (which is common, usual, okay): but I did not feel "convinced."

    I am listening to your Rhapsody. It has some smart moments in it. The digital performance makes the music harder to stick with. I like the ideas. Again, I am not sure about the harmonic language: it goes from traditional to atonal. I feel a lot more convinced in this work. I like the last few minutes a lot.

    The Wobbly Waltz is nice. I follow it easily, and understand a direction. Really good work.
  • Done - (at least an hors d'oeuvre.) . I hope to put more up soon.
  • Hi Steve.....and a happy Christmas to you.....Got my computer up and running properly again now. I did contact Jeffrey Beigel thank you on Facebook and he has replied..........not had any further comments yet....waiting with anticipation......lol. I couldn't sned the MP3's for him as they were too big for my ISP to allow but did point to my webpage where I've posted the Concerto on a Player........the link is as follows.....there's a couple of choral things on there too. I'd be interested in your own comments on the Lyrie which was a challenge to write with electronic voice samples but did work in the end.

    Now I'm up and running I intend to get round this site a bit more again now.....starting with some of your dots.....Thanks again for the contact.....hope Jeff can find time to listen.......will get back to you soon
    Many thanks
    Andy.S
  • Thank you Steve for your kind comments. I've sadly been without computer for 8 months following major problem and this is first day back up and running (limping actually) so was great to get your email. I will certainly contact JB as you suggest. I have unfortunately not yet scored the Concerto and it will probably take some time but I'll certainly point him in the right direction.....I'll be very very interested in his comments. Thank you again so much for this contact.
    Andy.S
  • I've listened to yer symphony 3 times. I like it.

    Since I'm far away---you can believe it's the truth. If I was around in person you might think I was just saying that so's you wouldn't use yer martial arts skill on me---heh, heh.

    But really, impressive work.
  • Thanks Steve. The Doh, Ray, Me thing was accidental, honestly. When I studied music, I never used that nomenclature, but in describing the motif of the finale, it seemed more appropriate because had I called to account the actual notes it would not have related to later instances of the motif in different keys. (I could have said, tonic-supertonic-mediant, but some people might not have understood it). Therefore, I was never aware of the spelling (I probably got it from the spelling associated with ''The Sound of Music'' song, although Do would then have been Doe).

    As far as the samples are concerned, I agree, but I'm not about to blame my tools because I know that my production skills need improving, and any orchestra libraries out there that are better than the ones that I have now are also a hell of a lot more expensive. And as I am primarily a concert composer (wannabe) as opposed to a cinematic one, production isn't by any means as important as it would be if it were be transposed directly to film. My biggest desire, obviously, is to have my work played live. That is what I strive for.

    It used to be that one could shuffle one's playlist. However, whilst other aspects of this great site are evolving, it seems that this particular service has now been disabled. If you thought you were listening to my symphony after having listened to 'Spirit of the Stour' ('Stour' is the name of the river in the city of Canterbury), Alphabet Green and Flanders, you must have thought I was a pretty inconsistent composer. After you've familiarised yourself with the order of play, I'd love to know how you liked the whole symphony.

    Thanks again
  • Michael...listening to the prelude and fugue..interesting colors and very well developed..congrats
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