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  2. I am sketching a piece in baroque style, but some people say it sounds awful. I don't think it is that bad, but I really would like to know your SINCERE opinions. Thank you It's not completed, it's only a draft (sketch? sorry, I'm not english)
  3. Inspired by Hans Zimmer's theme to the BBC documentary Planet Earth II. Composed/exported in Sibelius 7, finished in Ableton Live 9 Lite. Happy Sunday all! Gustav
  4. HowieFletcher

    Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

    That's an excellent reply and some really good advice. Thank you! What do you think about the other 3 pieces?
  5. I am a musician who has just recently been introduced to the world of composition. I have a few works I am already quite happy with, but am hungry for more knowledge and words of wisdom. Christmas is coming and I’d like to put some composition-related books on my wishlist... does anyone have any recommendations that would be good for someone just starting to dip their toes in the water? Any help is greatly appreciated!
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  7. NRKulus

    Midwinter Poem (wind ensemble)

    Thanks, Stewboy! The specific bar numbers you gave are especially helpful--thanks for sharing your perspective. I love John Mackey's percussion writing in 'Aurora Awakes' (although if I wrote for band with a 10 percussionists at this stage in my career, nobody would play it!) And it's a good point: vibraphone and marimba generally blend a lot better and have a less piercing tone than glockenspiel, which is why they can work for extended passages. I've even seen composers use marimba rolls as sort of a substitute for a whole tremolo string section... although this only works when the rest of the band is scored thinly and quietly, of course!
  8. jazznerd15

    Walking the Dog Larry

    Hey, i would like to know what you think about my second Instrumental tune on this album. Shound i add intruments such as Piano or sax when playing live. Should i change the arrengement? Thanks Guitar player from Denmark https://open.spotify.com/album/553GRL9n4HU0FsdptfWEXI
  9. I agree. He could have stayed on the lazy/elitist/disigenuous points. But apparently he's other gripes. And also, he's a 'personality' selling content. Personally, it has taken me a long time to realize, without guidance, that experimentation is only as good as my ability to assure a coherent payoff. Still, with the odds being low, I champion experimentation, as you do.
  10. Gustav Johnson

    HELP!! Ableton/VST plug-ins...

    Here's the brief: I"m trying to use VST plug-ins for the first time, and I'm trying to set them up with Ableton Live 9 Lite. I'm running into problems, and any help would be greatly appreciated. See attachment for details (with screen grabs!). Thank you all!! Hashtag technology_problems_rock...
  11. Greetings friends, This is the third file of basic reharmonization, Reharmonizing V Chords. This work is from Levine's "The Jazz Theory Book" and is fundamental to understanding jazz reharmonization. The link below is a mus file (Finale 2012) which can be opened with the FREE Finale Notepad program and also can be opened with newer Finale editions. Previously, I attached musx files (Finale 2014.5), however we discovered they will not open with Notepad. The next section, Reharmonizing I chords, will complete basic reharmonization and we will proceed to Advanced Reharmonization which has some very interesting and useful techniques.
  12. Rabbival507

    Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

    @HowieFletcher Ok I'll give it another listen now. Yes, Luis is right. You repeat yourself way too much. Changing the background won't answer the need for the change in the melody. Even a little change, not too much. He thinks about the same woman, but remember her in different memories. So Keep the general idea and play around with it, but do NOT repeat the (or almost the) exact same sentence over and over again. I mean, in certain kinds of music that's exactly what you have to do, but "emotional" music requires some development. I don't say that you have to get to an emotional climax, not at all. Think about it though, he remembers the same woman from different times (I think?)
  13. Monarcheon

    Do You Have A Style As A Composer?

    I don't myself have a problem with modern art as long as there are processes to the craft. Schoenberg, Boulez, Xenakis, Stravinsky, Webern, and Prokofiev all had ideals that let the art actually emerge from process and the results can be very effective (emphasis on can). I don't want to sound as though pushing the envelope in art is a bad thing, as it's a natural progression. Schenkerian theory is, for example, a retroactive modern approach to tonal harmony. The piece you wrote for this last competition is an example of the progression of art and music into a modern setting, through evolved harmonic and sonic processes. I saw some of the other videos by this guy and he has some trouble articulating his arguments when he throws around words like "SJW" for no reason when his argument could be a lot more articulate. In this particular video, I think he pulls the correlation/causation argument fallacy and presents connections as evidence. Not all the time, obviously, but often enough to make me notice. He has a point though, I'll give him that.
  14. I've improved since my last topic for posting my incomplete works, so I'm starting a new one. I'm aware that there a couple of awkward spots in these, but I'm still interested in getting feedback.
  15. In that vein, here's an explanation of the subversive aspect of modern politics that inserts itself into art. I just now came across this. https://youtu.be/PRWJcrRO0GM
  16. Thank you very much, Luis. It really makes a difference to see and hear everything together, doesn't it? The Chinese dulcimer helps it sound exotic in addition to the minor modes and diminished scale. The last cue is the most tender of the music that imparts the puppets with a little bit of humanity. You can still find the original score on youtube. I'd be interested in your opinion on that.
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  18. HowieFletcher

    Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

    That's an excellent point. I completely forgot about the score. Here you are.
  19. Luis Hernández

    The Secret Life of Puppets

    I really love this work! The music is beautiful, a bit exotic to my ears. The work on synchronicity is great.
  20. Luis Hernández

    Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

    The music is sweet (the one on youtube). I think the motive, which is simple is overused. In the final part it goes up in the register, but at that moment I've listened to it 7 times, at least. I think it's nice work.
  21. Luis Hernández

    A Letter - Four Hands

    It's very sweet and well written.
  22. What do you mean by "the switches are too harsh"? Modulating from Gmaj to Emin is the softest modulation you can do because the two tonalities share 7 diatonic chords. You only have to introduce B7 as the dominante to Em . Surely there are many other ways to make this particular change, and they'll be original but I don't think they'll be softer.
  23. I agree with you about the ideals of Modernism.They were clear enough. But I'm not sure that Postmodernism had an ideal to begin with. It's unclear whether Postmodernism is an extreme continuation of Modernism or a repudiation of it, so says the article. By politics we don't mean "parties" or platforms, right? But more of a pressure to conform to an external will. Because why would we compose music if, in the end, it didn't conform to something? Something already established. However, the question remians - who's will? And what for?
  24. I have a 2018 MacBook Pro that just randomly loses wifi connection. Well it doesn't lose it. it says that it connected, but all internet communication stops. Thought it was my wifi, but it happens anywhere I am. Have to turn wifi off and then back on for it to start working again. Any recommendations? Its pretty annoying
  25. Hi all! Not sure where to post this, hoping I can be lead in the right direction by you fabulous folks. My boyfriend is a composer who uses FL Studio 10 to make his jazzy tracks. However, he has issues properly rendering his music. He tells me his computer can't handle it and he often gets pops instead of strings or it will just refuse to render portions of the track or sections of the strings etc. I'm trying to figure out what I can purchase for him, sound card, processor, etc., in order to make this problem a thing of the past! I hate seeing him get stressed over having to re-render tracks over and over just to hear all the instruments. Sorry for not knowing much or being able to use helpful jargon, I'm still learning and I hope it isn't too distracting. Let me know if there is a better place to post this question or if you have any suggestions so I can narrow my search. Thanks in advance!https://fetlife.vip/ inro.in/mobdro/ https://inro.in/tutuapp
  26. I’m writing a composition for an orchestra at my school and I’ve broken it up into 3 parts: an intro, the minor section, and a reprise to the intro. The intro and reprise are in major, and the middle section is in minor. I’m wondering if there’s some smooth way to blend the two together (I’m going from GM to em) by a chord progression or some other method. Right now, I feel like the switches are too harsh. Thanks!inro.in/lucky-patcher inro.in/9apps inro.in/vidmate
  27. Rabbival507

    A Letter - Four Hands

    A short four hands piano piece, nothing new or better really. Just thought you might want to give it a listen and criticize it. Maybe I'll develop it further next time I come back home. Reasons as to why I composed this: 1. I was at a festival two days ago, where one of my best pieces was performed (I'll upload the performance as soon as I get a high quality version of it). In this festival I heard a beautiful piano piece made by another young composer and remembered that I haven't composed a solo piano piece in a long time. 1.5 At the same festival I met a four year academy music student who recommended composing something for one instrument. 2. I have a very small collection of four hands pieces (around five or six I think), and they're all at least year and a half old. 3. Someone told me that since I'm not home much I should write something short and simple. 4. I wanted to write a piece about a letter received from someone the character haven't spoken to in a long time.
  28. Rabbival507

    Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

    @HowieFletcher Can you please upload the score? You might consider that a musical disability for a composer, but I can't deeply review someone's piece just by listening to it. Reading the notes would help me understand what you did there. I believe that most of the reviewers here could say the same thing.
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