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True sounds

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Sep 20. 13 Replies

Hi all,I had an interesting visit from my eldest brother yesterday and we got down to talking about my compositions and how they are reproduced electronically. I compose using Sibelius software and…Continue

La Folia

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines May 2. 43 Replies

I must confess I have added the following discussion to another website but hope you also find it interesting.La Folia (pronounced lah foh-LEE-ah) which literally means madness, folly or…Continue

Quietude

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Apr 24. 8 Replies

Clearly this is a play on the words 'quiet' and 'etude'. After publishing 'Orion The Hunter' my wife commented: 'Can't you write something a little less bombastic and masculine and aim for the female…Continue

Orion The Hunter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Apr 19. 9 Replies

I was inspired to compose this after listening to a couple of horn pieces on another site. Any suggestions for improvement would be very welcome. Many thanks in advance. Continue

 

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Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Stephen, After re-reading your OP, here are some additional thoughts. Because you are talking about piano, in this case, it doesn't make much difference if you mix with headphones, monitors,PA system, or cans connected with string. If your…"
Sep 20
Bob Morabito replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Also if youre using a later version of Sib which can export mp3 format directly,  you’re  able to set a bit rate anywhere from 80 to 320 kps. For myself I would use the 320 kps setting.  If your version of Sib doesnt export mp3…"
Sep 20
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"To reiterate what I'm seeking - simply something(?) that will produce a better MP3 sound than the current standard - I know  perfection won't be achieved - the only thing that will reach that standard will be live, human performance.…"
Sep 20
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"There appears to be some interesting reading here...I'll find some time to read through them, thank you."
Sep 20
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"I don't own or have room for a stereo or anything that could power monitors. Sure, good monitors, which ain't cheap, are the accepted way to go. But there is also the old adage about mixing for your target audience.  Stephen, mix in…"
Sep 19
Bob Morabito replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Very recently , for a special project, I started looking into this. Its all very new to me, so I pass on the following as a way to look into this further. Im not able to vouch for these articles, but looking at them is helping me to see a possible…"
Sep 19
Paul Ritchings replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Hi Stephen, I think the key statement on this comes from Bob: I grew up listening to what I now know to be really poor quality recordings of real orchestras. I still liked, and continue to like, the music. There is no substitute for performance and…"
Sep 18
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Thanks for your reply Bob....it seems we are all suffering from the same problem. I heartily agree that I do not consider this recording to be the be all and end all and wholly agree that only a human playing on a decent piano could ever do it…"
Sep 15
Gav Brown replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Hi Stephen, even though I take the approach of trying to produce the best sound possible, that it might not be enough for some is just something I have come to accept. I produce using Finale and NotePerformer, and highly recommend NP, it is a…"
Sep 15
roger stancill replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Mr. L- I'm kinda glad to read that someone else has the same frustration with current technology. I have written a few pieces that I simply refuse to post because the 'sound's' are not near to what I hoped they would be. I…"
Sep 14
H. S. Teoh replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"I don't have a good solution either, because I'm suffering from the same problem. Thankfully, I get to listen to my music on several different systems: my mother-in-law's PC with screen speakers, my home PC with el cheapo discount…"
Sep 14
Bob Porter replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"Hey Stephen, On my system this piano sounds a little tinny. As a result, the attack seems a bit much. A little like a harpsichord. But hardly rotten noises. I grew up listening to what I now know to be really poor quality recordings of real…"
Sep 14
Charles Holt replied to Stephen Lines's discussion True sounds
"A problem I'm becoming familiar with myself so I feel for you. Monitoring speakers is what you need and certainly not headphones! Monitors colour the sound minimally or not at all and therefore allow you to mix the sound without being…"
Sep 14
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True sounds

Hi all,I had an interesting visit from my eldest brother yesterday and we got down to talking about my compositions and how they are reproduced electronically. I compose using Sibelius software and enhance the sound with Note Performer - I haven't the time, money or inclination to go down the DAW route and am very happy with the way the sounds are reproduced via my PC (with good quality earphones). I record my pieces as MP3s via the standard facility on Sibelius.Because he (brother) has what I…See More
Sep 14
Stephen Lines replied to Gav Brown's discussion PROPOSED CONTEST - “Animals”
"Count me in please Gav."
Sep 14
Stephen Lines replied to Fredrick zinos's discussion Most important composition
"Ummmm I think I have Fred.....what was Em's decision, I can't find it on this thread. (I'm interested because of a dialogue on another thread, Fred, nuff said)."
May 13

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Hampshire, England
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 attended the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall as a Pupil in 1967-68 studying french horn under Alf Cursue - Alf was a specialist 4th horn player and a member of `God`s Own Quartet` which included Dennis and Aubrey Brain. On completion of the course I was appointed principal horn of the regimental Band of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. I again attended Kneller Hall (as a Student Bandmaster) from 1975-1978 after which I was appointed Bandmaster of 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. Just 6-years later, because I perceived Army music at that time to be undergoing a rapid decline, I took voluntary redundancy.

After retraining I was appointed a member of the Directing Staff at the British Police Staff College (Bramshill) where I became responsible for running Simulated Operations Training of senior police officers from around the world in Critical Decision-Making Under Stress.

Whilst associated with the Police I studied for a Masters Degree in Police and Criminal Justice Studies and an Honours Degree in Psychology. Subsequently I was recruited by the Defence Evaluation Research Agency - now called QinetiQ - where I worked as a senior consultant within the Centre for Human Sciences.

I now compose full time in various genres but see myself in future concentrating on orchestral music and writing for the french horn - a second concerto has recently been completed.
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www.scoreexchange.com/profiles/Stephen-Lines

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English Folk Song Suite No.1 & American Folk Song Suite No.1

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 2:14pm 2 Comments

These have been published elsewhere on CF but I thought some members might be interested in (and perhaps comment on) the contrast and appeal of these two arrangements. The American piece has been improved somewhat thanks to Bob Porter's input, for which many thanks.

(English)

https://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/184944.html

(American)…

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Richard Wagner

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 7:47am 2 Comments

Richard Wagner's answer to a question was: "9 - W"

Can any of you bright sparks out there stretch your minds and tell me what was the question?

Enjoy!

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At 9:38am on May 1, 2016, Ingo Lee said…

Hi Stephen, you're right about needing friends, but friends with talent and helpful ideas like yours are especially welcome, so thank you for that!

At 4:01am on August 27, 2015, Richards Viveknath said…

Glad to.
It was a good recommendation.

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