Graeme Helliwell replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"I'll post a couple of things soon Gav. I need to move works to SoundCloud or YouTube to fairly share. A bottle of Merlot and a couple of hours to myself will do the job...
You have some talented people sharing work here..."
Jul 21, 2018
Gavin Brown replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Hi Graeme, I posted on this thread when it came around originally, see above if you want to see what I said, which I think is pretty similar to your own thoughts. You might check out a piece of music I posted here recently, “Toy Boat,” which shows a…"
Jul 21, 2018
Graeme Helliwell replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"(I know I'm responding to a two year old question, but as I've just joined the forum as a new user, I'm simply wandering around and getting to know you all)
Sometimes a time signature simply stares you in the face and you find that a common time…"
Jul 20, 2018
Tunio Robobin replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"This really depends. If there's an actual chanfe in rhythm or meter, put in a time signature change. If not, just leave it as is."
Mar 28, 2018
eboats replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion Improvisation
"If there is anybody who is a piece of work on this forum, it's the unhappy man, woman, or child known as "Ray".  It appears all you have to offer to this forum is put-downs and insults.  Feel free to take that elsewhere "Ray". Ray said:
Oh it's a…"
Aug 2, 2017
eboats replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"Thanks for all the tips.   Basically, I want to notate freely without barlines/time sigs when composing and then go back and put that in later when the piece is closer to completion, so will try that approach with the 80/1 idea or plugins. 

I was…"
Jun 5, 2017
Mike Hewer replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"Hi Eboats,
Nice to see you back.
I don't know if this will help you, but have you tried putting in a time signature of something like 80/1 into Sibelius and writing in the usual semis , quavers and crotchets etc. This way, you could probably write…"
Jun 3, 2017
Bob Morabito replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"One solution Ive found to "cleanse ones ears" of the piece you're working on MUCH sooner is to work on 1 or 2 other pieces when composing, and its best if they're different instruments. For example right now I have a string quartet, woodwind quartet…"
Jun 3, 2017
eboats replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"Thanks for this.  I work in Sibelius and tend to write music that results in a lot of time signature changes.  However, during the writing process in Sibelius, I like to work with tempo and feel, and not worry about notating time sig changes…"
Jun 3, 2017
Serenity Laine replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"I agree with Lawrence when he says, "Too much space and the piece is dead and boring.  Not enough and the listener is left unrewarded or unfulfilled. ...  After all the notes are written, all the tempos are adjusted, and all the dynamics are written…"
Feb 7, 2017
Lawrence Aurich replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"eboats,
     I don't think the space between musical phrases, or between sections, or a pause within a section can be accurately gauged until the piece is finished. The length of a pause or space is determined by the tempo.  It all has to do with…"
Feb 7, 2017
Gavin Brown replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"Hi eboats,
You have stumbled on one of the great questions of composition. There is a natural tendency to want to fill every second of time with music. But, as you have discovered, this can lead to a piece with no space in it. I think it also leads…"
Feb 5, 2017
Lara Poe replied to eboats's discussion Letting the music breathe
"eboats, if that strategy works, that's great!  One thing a previous composition prof of mine taught me is to try to sing it and see if the phrasing works or it breathes.  
As far as moving before several ideas too fast (which is something I have a…"
Feb 5, 2017
Stephen Brown replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"If it doesn't fit naturally into 4/4 bars, don't write in 4/4 (obvious exceptions for hemiolas/syncopations within established 4/4 pattern), as the players will try to feel pulses where there aren't any, and the music will fall apart.  A lot of…"
Dec 22, 2016
eboats replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"Thanks for the feedback!  Do bars 1-4 look ok as far as the ties/rests?  And how common are the "beams over rests" like at the end of bar 1?  Seems like it might make it easier for a reader to find the beats, but not sure how often this kind of…"
Dec 22, 2016
Greg Brus replied to eboats's discussion Contemporary new music time signatures
"You can safely replace the tied 16th to 8th with a dotted 8th. Adds up to a full quarter with the preceding rest, so it's clean.
As for the endings... personally I would just extend both notes by a 16th and have only a quarter rest on the last beat.…"
Dec 22, 2016
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