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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Romantic-Impressionist; Classical; Baroque
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Maine, USA
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 basically self-taught, which means I learned how to compose in non-traditional ways. Some of my favorite composers are J. S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius, Debussy, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Vaughan Williams, Faure and Durufle. Some favorite pieces: Mozart's 40th, Sibelius' 7th, NRK's Scheherazade, the Requiems by Faure and Durufle; Ravel's Tombeau Du Couperin; Copeland's Appalachian Spring, and pretty much everything by Debussy. I began composing in the mid 70's, strictly on amateur basis. Necessity of earning a living has limited me to 5 completed symphonic works to date, but I hope to expand this when I retire. (Note: now retired). I use a very basic setup: small midi keyboard, Cakewalk By Bandlab (what used to be Sonar), Garritan, East West and Vienna sound libraries, and recently I added Cinematic Strings. And even more recently, Appasionata Strings.
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michael diemer's Discussions

Nice Online Radio station

Started Jan 19 0 Replies

I have been listening now for several months to Venice Classic Radio. The playlist is excellent, with a lot of Baroque and Classical period pieces, plus a smattering of Romantic stuff. And the sound…Continue

Le Rocher Perce

Started this discussion. Last reply by Suzanne Munro Feb 3. 9 Replies

I am posting this here for several reasons. One, no one has posted here yet, so somebody has to be first. Two, the length of the piece (16 minutes) means few will listen to it the whole way, and…Continue

Flash Player Reaching End Of Life

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Jan 5. 4 Replies

Anyone who still has the Flash Player running here, take note:https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.htmlDo…Continue

Posting Your Music On Your Home P:age

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Jul 17, 2020. 6 Replies

Does anyone know of a way to post one's music on their home page, other than using the Flash Player? Flash is one of the worst security risks out there, and is either no longer supported even by…Continue

Latest Activity

michael diemer replied to Charles Holt's discussion RIP Bob Morabito
"Wow, that's sad news. any loss of a fellow composer is unsettling. I hope his family and friends are doing OK. Losing someone under the current circumstances is even harder that it would otherwise be. They are in our thoughts and prayers."
Feb 10
michael diemer replied to Gav Brown's discussion Composers Forum Upgrade is Coming
"I'd be glad to help out, Gav. This place has needed a refresh for years. Getting the audio player alone will be worth the price of admission so to speak.  Let me know how I can be of help!"
Feb 10
michael diemer replied to Suzanne Munro's discussion Music Titles and "The Waltz"
"It's that thing with the second and third beats. And supposedly some kind of lilting rhythm or slight delay in one of them. Or something like that. It's definitely a metric-feel type of thing. "
Feb 6
michael diemer commented on Suzanne Munro's video
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The Colne Valley in Winter

"Very beautiful piece, Suzanne. Both the poem as well as the music. Both were performed well, too! The delicate, crystalline beauty of a Winter day was captured perfectly, frozen in time forever. There were some very nice chord changes in the middle,…"
Feb 3
michael diemer replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Talk about VSL service!
"My understanding is that Studio One comes closest. They have pretty tight integration with Notion, from what I've heard. although I've never tried it. I do use Notion, but only when the piece is complete. when I have it sounding the way I…"
Feb 3
michael diemer replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Talk about VSL service!
"Yes. When did it become a thing that you had to hide skills such as reading music, expressing yourself clearly in prose, etc, for fear that someone might feel inferior? "
Feb 3
Suzanne Munro replied to michael diemer's discussion Le Rocher Perce
"Oh, thanks, always interesting to know what others use. I set out with Sibelius, as was told it could read 70% from a scan of pre- exiting well-handed-copied music. I simply wanted to get all my scores in a format that could be easily reproduced…"
Feb 3
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Le Rocher Perce
"I use "Notion" for notation. It has at least par-for-the-course sounds. but I use them for proof-reading, to mix sensory modalities. A long time ago, late 90's as I recall, a guy in a music store sold me an old edition of Cakewalk…"
Feb 3
michael diemer replied to Dane Aubrun's discussion Talk about VSL service!
"They're good if you contact support directly, yes. I've had some less than pleasant experiences from the forum, however, from questions which never received even one reply, to outright flippant remarks. Like many such forums, there is an…"
Feb 3
Suzanne Munro replied to michael diemer's discussion Le Rocher Perce
"We completely sympathise ! I use Sibelius, and the strings are ALWAYS  pretty bad.... although not as bad as the clarinets (flutes quite reasonable) I cannot even get a timp roll which does cause problems. No, I agree, it is definitely easier…"
Feb 3
michael diemer replied to Rob J Kennedy's discussion Your Compositional Technique
"To quote Clint Eastwood: "Whatever Which Way You Can.""
Feb 3
michael diemer replied to michael diemer's discussion Le Rocher Perce
"Thank you Suzanne for your very kind words. I'm so glad that you and your husband enjoyed the piece. "About to investigate your website further." Uh oh, I have to warn you, tread carefully. I recently discovered that most of my recent…"
Feb 3
Suzanne Munro replied to michael diemer's discussion Le Rocher Perce
"Well, I have just finished listening to your "Le Rocher Perce," all through, right to the last note. No way am i going to "critique" it here, as I know you do not wish that (and I actually don't really like doing that much…"
Feb 3
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion BBC Symphony Orchestra CORE update
"Never mind, shortly after I posted I figured it out. Here's how I got the keyswitching working: 1. Unlock the little padlock figure on the right of the interface. 2. Change the keyswitch keys from C2 through D#2, to C0 through D#0. This does it…"
Jan 20
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion BBC Symphony Orchestra CORE update
"Tim, I have the Discover version. I can't get the key-switching to work. I have looked at the manual but to no avail. My midi keyboard is a small one, just 49 keys, so that could be a factor. I see how you scroll the keyboard down on the…"
Jan 20
michael diemer posted a discussion

Nice Online Radio station

I have been listening now for several months to Venice Classic Radio. The playlist is excellent, with a lot of Baroque and Classical period pieces, plus a smattering of Romantic stuff. And the sound quality is excellent. I wish they played more Debussy and Sibelius, but I'll take all the Bach and Mozart they want to broadcast. Enjoy!  https://www.veniceclassicradio.eu/en/See More
Jan 19

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At 1:24pm on February 23, 2019, David Carovillano said…

Michael,

Just as honoured to share some great conversations with you.  We're all lucky that music is part of our lives, to whatever extent we pursue it.  Thanks for your kind words and much continued success with your work :)

At 11:12pm on January 23, 2019, Gav Brown said…

Welcome back, Michael!

At 10:57am on July 26, 2016, Art Lowell said…

Thank you for the welcome, Michael. I have actually been a member here for a couple of years, and I have posted all of my tunes. I'm not sure what location on this website they appeared in, but people did respond, so I know they got heard. I posted them in Music Analysis And Critique. I have enjoyed the input from the members here. 

At 3:26pm on January 8, 2015, Tim swanger said…
Thank you! I'm hoping to post more soon. I'm enjoying listening to others work, though I'm traveling at the moment and I can't access many audio files from my phone.
At 11:09pm on January 3, 2015, Greg Monks said…

Skating is a fabulous little piece, reminiscent (to my ear) of some of Jongen's works. It would make for an excellent National Film Board score.

At 10:03pm on January 3, 2015, Greg Monks said…

Thanks, Michael, I'll post there once I have the equipment/software for making PDF's of my music.

I can see now that I'll have to learn how to use Finale or Sibelius or both. I've had both for years, but have taken only a cursory look at them.

At 11:47am on December 25, 2014, Simon Hamel said…

Can't wait to trade fours on feedback man, I'll post some music soon. 

At 3:05am on November 8, 2014, René Torenstra said…

Thank you for welcoming me to the site and getting me started, Michael. I'm sure I'll see you around in the comment threads! Cheers, René

At 2:28pm on November 7, 2014, Pekka Vermasvuo said…

Thank you for your encouraging words Michael!

At 4:39pm on October 26, 2014, Pekka Vermasvuo said…

Thank you Michael!

I have already taken my time to read a number of interesting threads and blogs and get used to this forum. I will be posting some music at some stage - whenever I'm ready. 

I'm currently working on a very short virtual piano+strings+choir thingy which I hope to get to a stage when I can call it ready (not finished as they never are). I am still learning the ropes of "virtual  orchestration" and proper production practices. At the same time I'm  trying to learn how to properly structure the music and develop my usually shortish ideas to a longer pieces of music. I find it extremely challenging to get the musical balance right, especially with strings. Well, I think like with real instruments, it just takes a lot of time and requires practice and more practice to get it right. 

Pekka

 

Michael diemer's Blog

On "Skating"

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:30pm 9 Comments

Revised as of 1/28/15, Skating is my most finished piece to date. It's from a three-movement work called Three Winter Scenes.  It's an impressionistic piece, intended to depict skaters on a frozen pond or river, and attempts to capture the exhilaration of being outside on a cold but beautiful winter day, as well as the elements of snow, sun, clouds, etc. Sounds are Garritan, Vienna, Cinematic Strings2 and EWSO Gold, as well as some sounds from Sonar. While I strive for transparency,…

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Solstice

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

"Solstice" is the first movement of "Three Winter Scenes." It was written after a poem I wrote in my twenties called "Winter Sunset." The poem was about watching a beautiful sunset on a very cold day, and wondering where my life was going. The last lines were "Where were the clouds hurrying to? Their motion in that dark sky was all I saw." The music tries to capture the cold beauty of a winter sunset, and also the slow ticking of time down to the moment of the Solstice, the first…

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