Forums

  1. Board

    1. Announcements and Technical Problems

      Check here for the latest news, report technical problems with the board, or submit your suggestions

      8,366
      posts
  2. Upload Your Compositions for Analysis or Feedback

    1. Orchestral and Large Ensemble

      Upload compositions which use an orchestra or a large ensemble (defined as one requiring a conductor)

      273
      posts
    2. Chamber Music

      Upload compositions written for a small group of instruments (including works with piano), or for solo instruments (other than works for solo keyboard)

      307
      posts
    3. Choral, Vocal

      Upload compositions that extensively make use of one or more singers, whether in the form of a soloist or a chorus

      138
      posts
    4. Piano Music, Solo Keyboard

      Upload piano and solo keyboard works

      359
      posts
    5. Incidental Music and Soundtracks

      Upload video game music, film music and other forms not primarily intended for the concert stage

      72
      posts
    6. Jazz, Band, Pop, Rock

      Upload Jazz, Band or Pop/Rock compositions

      36
      posts
    7. Electronic

      Upload music which makes use of electronic resources

      33
      posts
    8. Incomplete Works; Writer's Block and Suggestions

      Works here must be attached using the forum's attachment method. Incomplete works will not be categorized in the network.

      29
      posts
  3. Competitions and Collaboration

    1. Competitions and Challenges

      Please use this forum to submit all your competitions and challenges.

      2,853
      posts
    2. Competitions

      The place for all non-monthly competitions!

      619
      posts
  4. Technological

    1. Finale and Sibelius Help Desk

      Post questions about Finale or Sibelius here

      613
      posts
    2. Software and Hardware

      Discuss notation software, sequencers, wave editors and other software packages, or ask for advice about keyboards, sound modules, General MIDI, sound cards and other music hardware

      567
      posts
    3. Sound Libraries

      Discuss different sound libraries. This is also the place to talk about software samplers, such as EWQL, VSL, GPO, Kontakt and Gigastudio

      201
      posts
  • Works With Few Reviews

  • Posts

    • I like it. It sounds in the style of rag, although I don't know this type of music very well.
    • Progressive Rock is an awesome genre, nice to know that there are composers who aren't afraid to write for it! My advice, especially for a genre & composition this complex, find the "hook" you want and let that carry you through. For example, if you feel like the harmony is the "core" of the piece, then find ways to spotlight that as you write the other stuff. Or if you want the drum riff to be something that carries the listener, work that into and around some of the other things. There are endless possibilities, and that's the cool thing about this genre and how it works. Think like this, "In 50 years, when I'm famous for this song, what do I want people to start humming this song and everybody immediately knows what they're humming?" So to answer your question straight out, it's hard to tell whether a piece is "going somewhere" until you let it take you all the way to the intended destination. Sometimes it turns out to be nowhere, other times it's where you expected, and other times it's not even remotely where you'd thought but it's cool anyway. I guess I'd say go for it - pick your focus and have fun, and let the music "guide you". I feel like a jedi from Star Wars... "Use the force... Let the force be your guide..........." Gustav Johnson
    • Last year i wrote "Pleiades" for the Portuguese Guitar and Mandolin Orchestra. It was a challange, but it was also lots of fun!

      My inspiration was the mithological story of the Pleiades, the 7 daughters of Atlas. I didn't try to write program music about their story, rather i wrote the music about the feelings and emotions i feel when i read the story of the Pleiades.

      It was premiered by the Portuguese Guitar and Mandolin Orchestra in Portugal in 2015 and it has been on their repertoire ever since. They also recorded it on their CD last year.

      "Pleiades" is composed in a kind of experimental form, with ideas and developments coming one after another, without great regard for tradicional musical forms. I experimented a bit with textures and instrumentations because i wasn't really sure how a plectra orchestra would sound, so i thought it would be fun to put the melodies and motivs in different instruments.
      Since the piece was premiered the orchestra has had only one Contrabass, so actually the bass part is sometimes hard to hear or feel, and some parts now don't work anymore like i inicially intended.
      But overall i am happy with the result and it has been well received both by the musicians in the orchestra and by the public. 

      You can listen to it on SoundCloud: or on YouTube:
      It is my first piece ever to be recorded and i am really happy!   =D
      I would love to know what you think about it!
      Thank you
    • Hey guys, I recently started writing Prog-Rock songs and before continuing this one, I wanted to know if I was going somewhere with it.   Thank you for your feedback ^^
    • This is a fugue I wrote on Bach's name, which in the German musical alphabet is "Bb, A, C, B". There are a couple pretentious quotations thrown in there, but what can you do. Please leave a comment and tell me what you think! Should I add a prelude? Should I quit composing? I want to know
  • Topics