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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 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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    Irony
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    Berceuse (Lullaby And Good Flight)
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    Skating

michael diemer's Discussions

Esoteric Question: Detache vs. Mezzo-Staccato

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Oct 21, 2019. 15 Replies

Something that has puzzled me a long time: How to notate a wind passage say, for horns, when you want to show the grouping and phrasing with slurs, but want the notes separate from each other. Mezzo…Continue

Non- Jazz Use Of Saxophones

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Sep 7, 2019. 2 Replies

Does anyone have an idea of how likely it is to get a non-jazzy rendition of a saxophone part in orchestral music these days? I occasionally use them in my music because of their unique sound,…Continue

Berceuse (Lullaby And Good Flight)

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Apr 13, 2019. 13 Replies

This is on my home page here, but because there is a brief pause between the second and third sections, someone could easily think it was over when the pause occurs. So I wanted to make sure people…Continue

Vienna Enemle Pro & Epic Orchestra?

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Feb 25, 2019. 11 Replies

Can anyone comment on this? I currently have Vienna Special Edition 1, plus GPO5, EWSO Gold and Cinematic Strings2. Using Cakewalk for my DAW (formerly Sonar). Would this be worth my while? Is the…Continue

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michael diemer replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Has anybody used Sonatina Symphony Orchestra with Cakewalk?
"Ali, Kontakt will let you load 16 instruments, although it may be better to have 2 or 3 instances of Kontakt than one. It all depends on your system.  Yes, Cakewalk is a complex piece of software. There is a learning curve, no getting around…"
Monday
michael diemer replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Has anybody used Sonatina Symphony Orchestra with Cakewalk?
"Ali, if you can't get Sonatina to work with TTS-1, I believe it will work in the free Kontakt Player. You can get the free KP by itself, and it is also included in NI's Complete start, which comes with a bunch of free sounds (but is not…"
Saturday
michael diemer replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Has anybody used Sonatina Symphony Orchestra with Cakewalk?
"Just wanted to add: A better alternative to the Plogue sforzando may be this: https://www.tx16wx.com Apparently sforzando also has problems, according to the Cakewalk forum, but I have never had trouble with it. The https://www.tx16wx looks…"
Saturday
michael diemer replied to Ali Riza SARAL's discussion Has anybody used Sonatina Symphony Orchestra with Cakewalk?
"Hi Ali, the TTS-1 is a general midi set, and comes with many problems. I had to give up on using it in Cakewalk.  You will get much better sound with a full orchestral library. Sonatina is not bad for a free program, but spending a little money…"
Friday
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Great Mid Level Composition Libraries For The Budding Composer
"Thanks, I knew it was something along those lines, although I wondered if it might be some even weirder ethnic instrument, known only in Transylvania or something. "
Mar 14
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Great Mid Level Composition Libraries For The Budding Composer
"I loved your reminiscences about your childhood, Tim. They kicked off two things for me: The first is that I sometimes dream of old cars I used to have. Sometimes they get stolen, and I see them going down the street and try to contact the police so…"
Mar 14
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Great Mid Level Composition Libraries For The Budding Composer
"Since we're on a bit of a digression: One film I wish I could watch, but cannot, because of the music: "The Third Man." I like Orson Welles alright, but the constant background of whatever that stringed instrument was, is just inane.…"
Mar 13
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Great Mid Level Composition Libraries For The Budding Composer
"Tim said " You name it. It's becoming more automated, more A.I. and seems to be in everything like Michael says." Yep, the idea that machines are taking over the world is no longer conspiracy-theory material. It's actually…"
Mar 13
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Great Mid Level Composition Libraries For The Budding Composer
"Dane said: "My bottom line feelings about film music (which I've said on this forum before) are that I wish the music was put on a sub-channel so that I could turn it off.  With little exception I just don't like it! Once cinema…"
Mar 13
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Great Mid Level Composition Libraries For The Budding Composer
"Dane, I think the most important factor in your decision is whether you like the EW sounds. If so, the ilok is just a one-time expense that, as Tim said, you will almost certainly never even think about, unless you happen to break it, in which case…"
Mar 12
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Great Mid Level Composition Libraries For The Budding Composer
"FYI, East West is having a 50% sale."
Mar 11
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Great Mid Level Composition Libraries For The Budding Composer
"Dane, if Vienna Pro is still on sale, it's probably worth it in the long run. for me, I have gone back to the free ensemble player, as it always works. whereas, after a power failure for example, and I have not shut my computer down, I have a…"
Mar 4
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Great Mid Level Composition Libraries For The Budding Composer
"Of  dongles and fees... I have no problem with dongles, they are a way to prevent piracy, which is stealing and should be beneath all real artists. It's a small one-time expense. I've been using East West Symphonic Orch. gold for…"
Mar 1
michael diemer replied to Timothy Smith's discussion Great Mid Level Composition Libraries For The Budding Composer
"I would add the Vienna Special Edition 1. The sounds are a cut above any of the ones listed above, and it is priced at an affordable level. Get the standard version, not the Synchron one (where you need an instance of the Synchron synth for each…"
Feb 28
michael diemer replied to William Maxwell's discussion The Carousel- tune from a new member
"The way you use woodwinds reminds me of Copland. There are also some nice suspensions and shifting tonalities, which again remind me of Copland. A beautiful piece , easy to connect to and stay with. The only thing that grabbed my attention is the…"
Jan 27
michael diemer replied to Jan Paul Wolff's discussion Chromatic Counterpoint | Intermezzo
"Some original chord progressions make this an interesting piece, as I never could predict exactly where you might go next. So it held my intention, even expressionism is generally not my cup of java. On the more critical side, I could have used more…"
Jan 27

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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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