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Wildell (3:28)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Oct 15. 1 Reply

Hi, all. I didn't get back to the replies from my last submission and I didn't want to bump the thread, but thanks for the compliments and the advice. I always take both into consideration when…Continue

The Roman Coin

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ingo Lee Sep 30. 3 Replies

So...I came to a conclusion after my last song. I'm listening to great composers all the time, trying to learn, and I'm doing them instead of me. I'm comparing my stuff to theirs, which is crazy.…Continue

Sunrise Rhapsody

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Smith Sep 5. 6 Replies

First I'd like to say, I go by Doug.  Douglas was just for the sign up for this site. :)Second, I always feel a little intimidated here.  I've never had formal music training.  Most I can comment on…Continue

Battle In the Forest of Twilight (5:20)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Jul 9. 5 Replies

Hello, everyone!New member here.  Nice to meet everyone and I absolutely love the varying styles I've seen so far.  Very exciting. This is technically my first song for orchestra.  I just started…Continue

 

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Dane Aubrun replied to Douglas Locke's discussion Wildell (3:28)
"Hi, Douglas, I suspect most composers into acute chromaticism and atonality struggle at times, don’t I know it. My ‘obsolete’ folder contains far more false starts, abandoned efforts than my ‘approved’ one. So I feel…"
Oct 15
Douglas Locke posted a discussion

Wildell (3:28)

Hi, all. I didn't get back to the replies from my last submission and I didn't want to bump the thread, but thanks for the compliments and the advice. I always take both into consideration when starting the next project.I've been wanting to experiment more with "not so pretty" compositions. I wanted to do something with more drama, more atonality, more chromaticism, more dissonance. Not sure how much of that I accomplished, but I was struggling with this a bit (I'm trying to develop an ear for…See More
Oct 14
Douglas Locke replied to Gav Brown's discussion Proposed contest: “Colors”
"Interesting!  Looks like you have plenty, but add me in.  I'll give it a go.  "
Oct 14
Ingo Lee replied to Douglas Locke's discussion The Roman Coin
"This is a good sounding, very colorful and expressive piece. You are making good use of orchestra sounds and phrases, harmony and melody.  What's missing here to my ear, as Joost has noted also, it doesn't seem to breathe or ebb and…"
Sep 30
Joost Visser replied to Douglas Locke's discussion The Roman Coin
"Hello Doug, You’re right, relax, don’t force yourself. If you just started to play tennis, it’s still a lot of fun watching the great international tournaments. As long as you have fun writing music it’s “mission…"
Sep 30
Dane Aubrun replied to Douglas Locke's discussion The Roman Coin
"Hi, Douglas, It should always be fun.......... with a few frustrations. And what's the worry about comparing yourself to the greats? I do it without ever pretending to myself that I rank alongside them. They teach me. Being eclectic is…"
Sep 30
Douglas Locke posted a discussion

The Roman Coin

So...I came to a conclusion after my last song. I'm listening to great composers all the time, trying to learn, and I'm doing them instead of me. I'm comparing my stuff to theirs, which is crazy. I've only been at this for 6 months or so. Unreasonable.That last song nearly killed me. I think it took over 2 months to write and I struggled hard. I put tons of pressure on myself.  I wasn't having fun. Why do it, if you're not having fun?It will come. I need to be more patient, and in the meantime,…See More
Sep 23
Douglas Locke replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Should I throw This In The Bin?
"I chop things out all the time.  I never throw anything away - save it in a separate file - even if it's really bad.  I even have a whole folder full of three or four bar snippets that didn't work somewhere or another. …"
Sep 23
Douglas Locke replied to Samuel Joyce's discussion Piano Preludes
"Your chord work is outstanding.  Very complex and creative.  I'm impressed with that.   As Gregorio suggested, more creativity with the left hand  and breaking/changing the rhythm more would take your work from very…"
Sep 21
Douglas Locke replied to gregorio X's discussion Sarabande - for Piano (3'40")
"I'm not a good critic because I think everyone needs to do their thing.  But for my ears, it got a little too "metronome" at times.  Overall, it was very nice.   I love your chord work.  Really good. "
Sep 21
Douglas Locke replied to Saul Gefen's discussion Elves Passing Through The Forest
"At the risk of becoming repetitive...I always enjoy your songs.  They always have a great feel to them, always magical.  Thanks for posting!"
Sep 21
Douglas Locke replied to 8Rivers's discussion Art Rock/Electronic Song ( Urban Conundrum )
"Very nice.  I always like this kind of music that is meant purely to set a mood.  That is what music is all about for me.  You did it well.  I listened a couple of times.  "
Sep 21
Douglas Locke replied to Nigel Campbell's discussion Scoring a short film in 9 hours start to finish
"Very cool.  A fun project too, I bet!  The music was very much star-wars-esque.  Loved it! "
Sep 21
Timothy Smith replied to Douglas Locke's discussion Sunrise Rhapsody
"How do I like Joost's comments? Such a thorough examination any poster would want! Thumbs up Joost! Hey Douglas....look at Scaler 2. I don't use it as a direct composition tool but it's an amazing way to see theoretical…"
Sep 5
Joost Visser replied to Douglas Locke's discussion Sunrise Rhapsody
"Hello Doug, Very well done! It’s a lovely piece! In general I like your orchestration, very colorful. Careful though with Gran Casa and Timpani. It could improve with a wider stereo image. 0:30 Beautiful horn part, well written Between 0:49…"
Sep 5
Douglas Locke replied to Douglas Locke's discussion Sunrise Rhapsody
"Thank you for the comments!   Yes, Dane, one of the things I wanted is to work on (and still want to work on more) revisiting earlier parts of the song, since that was lacking in my first two songs.  I felt it was a little clunky, but…"
Sep 3

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
West Virginia
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I was always musically talented. I taught myself guitar and piano when I was younger and wrote some songs. I would say I "dabbled" in music. It didn't mean as much to me as it should have and I got away from it. Recently, the coming of the digital age has excited me again. The tools and resources we have now are nothing short of amazing. In the Spring of 2020, I decided I wanted to get back to music and see what I could make of my talents. I already owned a copy of Notion software, so I began using that and really putting some work into it.
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At 8:53am on July 7, 2020, Gav Brown said…

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