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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.
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michael diemer's Discussions

Berceuse (Lullaby And Good Flight)

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Apr 13. 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. 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

In The Garden

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Feb 21. 18 Replies

This is the first movement of Three Easter Scenes. The garden of course is Gethsemane. A fairly impressionistic work, I attempted to portray the agony as Jesus contemplates His coming ordeal. A…Continue

Panning Multiple Libraries In A DAW

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael diemer Apr 18. 3 Replies

So here I go again, I can not stop obsessing about getting panning right. I've been looking at Mattias Westlund's tutorial on the subject:…Continue

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michael diemer replied to Matt Baker's discussion Piano Composition in E minor
"The recorder is a very agile instrument. If you want to experiment with making this more adventurous, try giving it some more athletic moves, so to speak. some rapid runs, triplets, sextuplets, etc. And some independent melodic content, so that it…"
10 hours ago
michael diemer replied to Christophe Heroufosse's discussion Louise
"I thought this was very good, Christophe. Very nice writing for the violin, especially the arpeggios, at times suggesting Debussy, at least to my ear. If you compose as well for the piano, a violin sonata could be a great project for you, if you…"
10 hours ago
michael diemer replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"I looked the, them, the E-licenser has no info on it. The EW has Rh-os or something (hard to see it), made in China."
yesterday
michael diemer replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Tim, my USB sticks were purchased from EW and Vienna at the time I got the libraries. So no I assume they are not Korg sticks. I am not familiar with Korg in any case."
yesterday
michael diemer replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"My EW key is at least 10 years old and the E-licenser at least 6 or 7. Both sit in the back of my desktop, so I have never have a problem. again, with a desktop, which you're not constantly lugging around, the odds of something happening are…"
Friday
michael diemer replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Vienna uses E-licenser."
Friday
michael diemer replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"I have Cinematic Strings, and they don't sound all that cinematic, which is why I like them. I think you're right Dane, it's mostly just hype, aimed at all those John Williams-wannabees out there. For solo strings, I use Vienna Sp.…"
Thursday
michael diemer replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"I'm still using a few GPO sounds, believe it or not, mostly woods. And a few EWSO sounds. Love that bassoon. But more and more I am gravitating to Vienna. I have the Special Edition I, plus Epic Orchestra, which I got from taking them up on the…"
May 15
michael diemer replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"Tim, I started with Cakewalk Home Studio in the late 90s. My last pre-Bandlab version was Sonar 8.5.3. Never did the upgrade to the X or Platinum series. Tried Reaper for about a year when they put in their notation editor (which is excellent by the…"
May 15
michael diemer replied to Islam Y.Omari's discussion "Modesty" an original piano piece
"It does have a touch of the classical vein, as you say, Mr. Omari. I enjoyed it, it was impeccably played, and I am always impressed by that. By the way, that was a real piano, was it not? Some of the black keys looked a bit worn, like they were…"
May 14
michael diemer replied to Matt Baker's discussion Question about Notation
"Back in the 70s or 80s, when living in Pittsburgh, I went to Carnegie Library and found an old manual on notation, and photocopied the whole thing. Then I went home and cut all the pages in half, punched holes in them and put them in a three-ring…"
May 14
michael diemer replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
"I use Notion for notation work. (I use Cakewalk for my DAW). It's a budget-priced but very impressive program."
May 14
michael diemer replied to Matt Baker's discussion Question about Notation
"Technically I think the first is correct, but Gav is right, the third looks better. I just don't know enough about piano notation. Either will convey the intent. I agree, you need a good manual. but like everything else, there is not 100%…"
May 14
michael diemer replied to Colin Dougall's discussion New Work for Pipe Organ: Banais Am Bana-Ghàidheal (The Gaelic Lady's Wedding) in D minor
"Very evocative music, Colin. Very stately, and suggesting a time and place now existing only in our memories. (Not mine, of course, since I have never been to the Blessed Isles. But after hearing this I can almost feel I have caught a glimpse of…"
May 10
michael diemer replied to Marcel Müller's discussion Lullaby
"Well, I don't feel it is very waltz-like. It's in 3/4 time, but that doesn't make it a waltz. Waltzes have a characteristic rhythmic feel to them, a kind of impelling of the dancer forward. As well as a certain swing. It is a dance…"
May 10
michael diemer replied to Doug Lauber's discussion Choose Your Best Samples
""I believe that the quality of the writing is far more important than the samples you use. Samples are meaningless with out good music. It is sad to me that we live in the age of the fast buck." Couldn't agree more. As for the age we…"
May 10

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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 12:29pm on February 13, 2015, John Hazel said…

Thanks Michael it was suggest to me by Guitarhacker (Herb) because of the higher rate MP3's you can upload.

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 5:13pm on November 12, 2014, Escocia Music Productions said…

Many thanks Michael, best wishes, Pete.

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

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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