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    opus 1 for pipe organ
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    symphony of strings
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    the blue petal waltz
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    march of the machine elves
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    mental suicide
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    till you talk to me
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    meaning of love
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    another routine day
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    imagine nation

Rick's Discussions

I’m Looking Down

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Feb 23. 23 Replies

This is a popish sort of tune I made up in Sonar 8.5. I know, I know, it would have fit in back in the late 60’s or early 70’s. But that’s the pop music I love. I’m interested to hear opinions on…Continue

Tags: melodic, Pop

Life is Like a Flower

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Smith Feb 5. 28 Replies

Here’s another piece I wrote on piano. Yes, it needs a vocal, but you’ll have to settle for the flute-y thing.There’s a lot going on in places and I’m not good at measuring dB levels, clashing…Continue

Tags: pop, Melodic

Which of these 2 pieces to choose?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy Smith Jan 27. 6 Replies

I’m thinking about entering a song writing contest but can’t decide which one of these two pieces to use.I think I’ve posted both of them here in the past for critiques, but now I just want to know…Continue

Tags: pop, Melodic

What Do You Know

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Aubrun Jan 25. 16 Replies

Okay, I admit this one is Beatle-y. How is the balance? And is the bass too loud?I realize most of my stuff is “pop-ish” and that so many composers here at Composers’ Forum read music and are more…Continue

Tags: pop, Melodic

 

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Rick replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion "Falling Petals" Piece for Ensemble + Soprano 2'20"
"Hi Dane, This again evokes wild imagery in my head. Why is it your music is best enjoyed with eyes closed? I don’t understand the musical structure but I know it works as the type of music it is. Strange how rather than stimulating my emotions…"
Feb 26
Rick replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Yup, Revolver was a seismic shift from the mop-top sound with Harrison’s eastern influence, Lennon’s psychedelic sound imagery, and McCartney’s solid grounding in traditional western melody and let’s not forget Ringo’s…"
Feb 23
Dane Aubrun replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Trouble is, by the time he got on with Revolver he was less a Beatle than Paul McCartney. If my reckoning is even partly right, he was the push behind a more progressive, adventurous music that ended up with Sgt Pepper (surely one of the greatest…"
Feb 23
Rick replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Wow! You weren’t kidding?! This is bizarre to say the least! You mean that Paul McCartney the greatest musical composer in the known universe has been known to take public transit? But he’s freaking Paul McCartney! A Beatle for shits…"
Feb 23
Disconnectica replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Yeah I kind of agree with the others.  It's a bit too MIDI sounding.  I do everything virtual as well, and mostly use virtual versions of real instruments rather than synths, so I know it's hard to get it sounding natural. …"
Feb 23
Dane Aubrun replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Well, he owns properties all over the place, several in the States, but his "home" is in a village just outside Rye, 45 miles from me on the A272. No doubt when he's performing he uses more appropriate transport but I promise you he…"
Feb 23
Rick replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Dane, You're kidding right? You're just f*ing with me about McCartney living just down the street from you. Tell me you're pulling my leg. And that he takes public transit. No... know I know you're just messin' with me. You…"
Feb 22
Dane Aubrun replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"No problem with that. I haven't posted anything for a while now. Trying to finish a project I haven't had much time myself. I'll put up this thing for soprano and ensemble (not really a song) shortly - once I can take a…"
Feb 22
Ingo Lee replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Ideally you would have an EQ plugin and a compression plugin on every channel.  That will give you a lot of control over your instruments. The plugins typically have presets that handle a lot of situations for you.  What you are looking…"
Feb 22
Rick replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Ingo Lee, Thanks for the advice. I didn’t know that about the lows building up as more instruments get added. Do you mean adding an EQ plugin for the whole mix as in sending all the channels to a dedicated EQ bus? That sounds easy enough, or…"
Feb 22
Ingo Lee replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Hey Rick, you mentioned overloading your DAW when you've turned up your faders, I'm just wondering if you have done any EQ on your tracks?  Samples and instruments tend to build up lows and low mid-range frequencies and there is not…"
Feb 22
Rick replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Dane, Wow, nice words indeed! I know exactly what you mean about McCartney's short adventure into classical music. I still to this day cringe if I try listening to it... and I'm like his biggest fan! Feed McCartney bean burritos and…"
Feb 21
Rick replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Ingo Lee, Thank you for your feedback. You're very kind. It's funny you would suggest adding some drum fills (Ringo style) because I'm currently up-ing the drum volume and one reason is because the fills kind of got drowned out by…"
Feb 21
Dane Aubrun replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"I can only repeat myself, Rick. If indeed you're at an early stage of reading music you have a remarkable command of harmonic progression/harmony/balance. You do a surprise, daring key change then get back to the home key so naturally that…"
Feb 21
Ingo Lee replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Hi Rick, I like your song, it's fun to listen to and it does make me think of music of a certain era which is cool also.  As far as production, as you say there is a lot that you can do with midi so how far you go with that is up to you,…"
Feb 21
Rick replied to Rick's discussion I’m Looking Down
"Tim, Thanks for the feedback. Yes, the "sameness" and "almost too perfect timing" are hard for me to overcome working in the virtual environment. I thought if anything was a dead give away as to it being real as opposed to…"
Feb 21

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Beatles, Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Puyallup, WA
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'm an amateur composer and just want to share my music with others. I don't know any musicians. I play guitar, piano, and bass. Since discovering the world of virtual instruments, I can now do with a mouse what I do with real instruments.

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