Streaker Ofinsky replied to Henri Vartio's discussion How to build "non tonal" harmonies?
"Re the other comment, limiting "atonality" to serialism hardly reflects common social practices in music, including academia, and it's also not the way that many people hear various approaches to pitch content. It is definitely one type of atonality…"
Oct 18, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Henri Vartio's discussion How to build "non tonal" harmonies?
"Henri Vartio said:I'm sorry my opening post was not really explaining my motives behind the question... The reason for the question was that I find it fascinating how other people interpret the music they write... what is their explanation for "why…"
Oct 18, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Jack Pickett's discussion Is there a key you have never written anything in?
"SEDstar said:when i say my favorite key is Cm... i should add that Eb, as the relative major key, makes me like that a lot too, out of association i guess...A lot of times when i voice the simple melody I make in 1,4,5... If I like sound in C and D,…"
Oct 15, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Henri Vartio's discussion How to build "non tonal" harmonies?
"SEDstar said:I always wonder if I'm missing out on something great by noot appreciating non-tonal music . . . I just dont want to be missing out on something great . . .

"Great" is subjective. Something is always great or not to someone. It will be…"
Oct 15, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Henri Vartio's discussion How to build "non tonal" harmonies?
"Salvin Cransby said:There are so many different sounds, i think you really just have to experiment and listen.I usually stick to chords I know: triads, add6, M7, b5, half diminished, quartal...

I take an opposite approach there. When I'm composing,…"
Oct 15, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Henri Vartio's discussion How to build "non tonal" harmonies?
"Tombo Rombo said:I don't believe there are any composers who write music they think sounds horrible unless they are writing an academic excercise to please their teachers. Telling somebody to use their ear and do what they think sounds good when…"
Oct 15, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Tombo Rombo's discussion Music Theory = Intuition
"Simon Godden said:"If you going to write a piece for twenty musicians which lasts 15 minutes you will need to know how to score it .If you are going to call yourself a 'composer' as opposed to a songwriter, drum and bass producer, jazz improvisor…"
Oct 14, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to SEDstar's discussion dual tonal?
"SEDstar, check out Elliott Sharp's piece called K!L!AV! (KLAV with exclamation marks between the letters). An inspiration for it was the work of Conlon Nancarrow, who is worth checking out, too."
Oct 14, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Henri Vartio's discussion How to build "non tonal" harmonies?
"Well, when I write something for my own pleasure, I do not try to write tonally or atonally/non-tonally. Whether one hears something as tonal, atonal, polytonal, etc. is subjective, anyway (although certainly there are some clear trends there). Lots…"
Oct 14, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Tombo Rombo's discussion Music Theory = Intuition
"Simon, that's the "quirk of a historical approach" I mentioned. I've met no theory teacher who has said, "This is how you should compose", or no student who approached it that way. For that class (or those classes, as they often last a few…"
Oct 12, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Simon Godden's discussion What makes music good?
"Whole lotta bs there in my opinion, unfortunately, Eric Fuentes, but the main thing I want to stress is that it's not possible to experience something consciously, at any rate, without interpreting it. You're positing many things that are only the…"
Oct 10, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Tombo Rombo's discussion Music Theory = Intuition
"Simon: ". . . composers that have learned it are always referring to it during the process of composition."

That is trivially false, as there are many counterexamples there.

Simon: "on the whole, when people learn the rudiments of basic tonal…"
Oct 10, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Tombo Rombo's discussion Music Theory = Intuition
"I agree that if one is writing or playing music, one is going to know theory in the sense of having some theoretical understanding of what one is doing with an instrument. It might not resemble any standard way to think about theory, but it's really…"
Oct 10, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Adrian Allan's discussion Can Drugs aid the process of composition ?
"Michael Tauben said:Shakespeare and Beethoven, to name a couple of artists, don't seem to have suffered from lack of experience. Some say the Bard never even left his hometown. Yet his plays, and Beethoven's music contain the whole world.



. . .…"
Oct 8, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Simon Godden's discussion What makes music good?
"What makes art, including music, good is simply that you have a favorable assessment of it (and likewise, what makes art bad is that you have an unfavorable assessment of it), for whatever reasons that you do. Favorable assessments are usually a…"
Oct 8, 2010
Streaker Ofinsky replied to Adrian Allan's discussion Can Drugs aid the process of composition ?
"I think that it's valuable for any artist to experience as much as they can, including various states of mind, so yeah."
Oct 8, 2010
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