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Music Theory = Intuition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russell Bell Oct 25, 2010. 49 Replies

This one should be posted under the "why don't we just all...get along?" category. I had a running debate with a good friend, phenomenal guitar player, who was very anti-music theory.  He would point to great guitar players like Wes Montgomery and…Continue

What was the first computer music program you used?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nigel Keay Dec 17, 2010. 43 Replies

My first music program was something called MED for the Amiga computer, back in 1990 or 91.  It could play up to four parts, using vertical columns for the parts with 64 rows for rhythms.  You could assign whatever value you wanted to the rows (say…Continue

Open Source Composition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Brantingham Mar 15, 2012. 16 Replies

I started thinking about this today.  Successful song writing partnerships stretch back to Lennon/McCartney and I'm sure much further (Rodgers/Hammerstein comes to mind) but I can't think of any composing partnerships.  For instance, Mozart and…Continue

Kick in the pants

Started this discussion. Last reply by SEDstar Aug 25, 2011. 14 Replies

Its been 7 months or so since I have written a lick of music.  I have some good opportunities to receive performances if I could just write something but...nope.  Every idea seems like "been there done that" or "well whoop-dee-freakin-doo another…Continue

VI Community

Started this discussion. Last reply by Raymond Kemp Dec 9, 2013. 13 Replies

A friend recently recommended I go to this site (sort of a back handed way of telling me "Your samples suck buddy"  I did already know that by the way :)…Continue

Schenkerian Theory

Started this discussion. Last reply by SEDstar Oct 4, 2010. 13 Replies

I have always been skeptical about Schenker's urlinie.  It seems as though you can fudge the data to get any line you want (3-2-1, 5-4-3-2-1).  One of my old proffesors told me, with a far away look in his eye, that he used to think the same as I do…Continue

Critiquing Music

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beth Patterson Jan 10, 2011. 11 Replies

I used to write for an ancient website called "epinions".  It actually still exists but became irrelevant once social networking really took off.  My username was Fartzarellah for any who are interested.  Anyways, many of the music reviews written…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Tombo Rombo Dec 9, 2013. 10 Replies

This one's a work in progress, the recap needs to be reworked and I'm not very happy with the middle section yet, but the A section is pretty much in place.  It's for piano trio.  It does stuff and goes places.  My plan was to write something…Continue

Attack of the Hippy Robots

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Oct 6, 2011. 10 Replies

A good friend from my high school days has a sound cloud page that gets plenty of "likes".  In thinking about why, I decided it is because he uses hip hop beats.  So, my thinking was, put a beat to anything and people will like it.  I was wrong ;…Continue

Get to Work!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Godden Oct 8, 2010. 10 Replies

This is an article I wrote a few years back on how inspiration is over rated.  The Bottom Line The hell with inspiration! I have been "writing" songs (the earliest were not written down, thus the scare quotes) most of my life (about 23 of my 28…Continue


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    Jiggidy Müllerin
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    Introduction and Need for the Study
  • 3.
    The Emancipation Quartet: I. Of the Consonance
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    The Emancipation Quartet: II. Del Monstruosos Verdes
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    The Emancipation Quartet: III Of the Funk
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    A Little Fright Music
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    The Eternal Moment
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    Chessicals: I. Capablanca vs Prokofiev 1914
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    Chessicals: II. Kasparov vs. Andersson
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    Chessicals: III. Einstein Vs. Oppenheimer
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    Chessicals: IV. Fischer vs. Spassky
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    Meditations on Medication: III. Enzyte

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Web, Small Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Progressive Rock
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Heidelberg, Germany
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 am someone who composes because it is what I like to do. Hopefully, one day what I like to do will coincide with how I make money. I write songs, classical compositions, jazz tunes, electronic mash-ups, basically whatever my creativity demands of me. Everything I have posted here (with the exception of the Brown Bottle Flu songs) has been written or recorded since May 2009, when I had a revelation or something. I need to learn more about writing for actual instruments, as well as get some better recording gear and music software, but hopefully you will find my music entertaining, witty, and bizzare.

To hear some more of my rock side go to



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At 8:49am on October 13, 2010, SEDstar said…
Introduction and need for the study ---

Thats rather "witty", yes. I noticced in your desription you mention "witty".

Particularly when it says if your about to commit suicide from hearing this, please turn it off and consult a physician...LMAO... Your prolly "amenable" to my constant idea to do a project JUST for humor... kind of a super high brow "humorous classical piece"
At 1:14pm on October 5, 2010, Rudi [Rudolf Schmitt] said…
Hello Tom, thanks for posting the first movement! What are your objections? Just details or fundamental things?
At 1:11pm on October 4, 2010, SEDstar said…
well... glad u liked it. I have absolutely NO idea what a tangerine dream is, LMAO. Are you 100% certain about a "bitchin guitar solo" from 1:15 to 1:50 ?? ha ha... i thought this was a classical piece, lol. (note: I did notice in that section, I DO have a bass heavy mix, and was light on the upper freqs... i was thinking higher pitched string-y classical instruments?)

the guy wants "more textures" in the development area. LMAO, you did hear the last sonata attempt I made? I'm kinda already eating an apple and shitting a fruit salad, LMAO... but I can dig that, just if i can pull that off. I'll work on that...... and work on an ending... thanks for the listen...
At 10:24am on October 4, 2010, SEDstar said…
eh, if you get BORED and wanna waste 6:05 of yer life... I got a rough sketch for my next pitiful sonata attempt, lol. Its on my player on my page. I havent done your "interrupt" - sideline - resume thing yet, though... around 4 or 4:30 is the part I like i was kinda happy with it, i think... had a tiny bit of thunder I'm always trying to bring in... PS - I end off of the thunder ppart with a abrupt drop-out to the B part voiced in parallel home key of c... thats not right, just wanted to hear it, lol... other than that last part, its a rough exposition/development idea... but unfinished... if you get bored enough to try it on my oage-player, its the one called 'SOMETHING3V9'

ps - how do i tak OFF a song on that same player? liek when I wanna update this sonata attempt with the new version?
At 9:42pm on October 3, 2010, Sylvester Wager said…
You are a good listener, or a good writer, or both. Thanks for your observations: yes, everything I do has justice and (a hopeful, intended) direction. I am going to listen to your work now, because I trust you. Your work playing now, "Emancipation Quartet" already reveals a great sense of proportion and direction. That is what Western Music is generally about, I think.
-smart IIIrd Mvt. Bernstein might have done that. "Neat Boys" reminded me of a modern Martin Denny. "Fartzarellah" - Spike Jones. You might really like the Mason Williams Phonograph Record (which had the single "Classical Gas").
I skipped to "Capa(Casa?)blanca [sic] vs. Prok. 1914. I like it. peace
At 8:37am on October 3, 2010, Michael T said…
Entertaining? Indeed. Witty? Definitely. Bizzare? Absolutely!!
Some of your songs make Zappa sound like nursery tunes! A fertile imagination for sure!
At 7:24am on October 3, 2010, SEDstar said…
emancipation quartet I - of the consonance... Iam going to guess its not "tonal". Soundtrack-like piece... reminds me of the "tension" music in a movie. Is that made with a hungarian/gypsy scale or something? it just has a "grating" tension sound to me... I like that sound, that feel... but, I want it to get resolved, I guess tonally... it definitely does something my stuiff cant do, though... that high tension feeling...
At 5:27am on October 3, 2010, Rudi [Rudolf Schmitt] said…
Hi Tom, very interesting, very good stuff you have here. Thanks for sharing! Will you post first movement of Emancipation Quartet? Rudi
At 4:53pm on September 30, 2010, Michael T said…
I like your stuff. Very interesting indeed. Curious to hear your jazz tunes and songs
At 3:06pm on September 30, 2010, SEDstar said…
I started playing with it... pent min is "contained" in C nat. min., so i went with it... ironed out the first subject... fooled around and got a 2nd subject going, maybe... you know, its funny... there are all these rules and rules of thumb, and musical calculus surrounding harmony theory... AND at the same time, everyopne says there "are no rules". I know what you mean, though... lol.

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