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Ken320 last won the day on August 15

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About Ken320

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    The process of musical discovery is essential to me.
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    Photography, reading, traveling, conversing about The Universe and the big old world around us..
  • Favorite Composers
    I have no favorite composers.
  • My Compositional Styles
    Improvisational, cinematic, experimental, methodical. genre-blending.
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Sibelius 7, MOTU 9.51
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    Piano and Synthesizers

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  1. Depends on the DAW. I use Digital Performer and mostly do them by hand or sometimes by phrase. Based on selections, I have functions for 1/setting a vel. 2/setting a limit, 3/ Plus or minus by percentage, 4/ raising only the lowest. Or I can draw them via a line shape tool. Straight, free, random, whatever.
  2. The phrases are unclear as is the meter. I'm not sure if this is intentional or not. Do you have the score to post here - it would help.
  3. It would. It's mono thematic. I think of Stravinsky's Symphony Of Psalms in contrast where he simply wrote Hallelujah for the choir to sing. But maybe that was more for musical punctuation.
  4. Really nice, Maggie. Your aesthetic choices are solid and there's a good arc to it as well. A good psalm for communion.
  5. You may be approaching this the wrong way. Rather than focusing on incidental things, like register or major/minor, focus on how you yourself feel being lost. Have you ever really been lost? If not, how will you convince the listener? Even better, what pieces that already exist evoke feelings of being lost to you, as you see it? Analyze them and copy them. I am confident that in the end you will have something more true to your emotions and it won't sound like you copied it if you put a little thought into it.
  6. Stormdrum2 has several drum sets, each with a full set of cymbals. Ministry of Rock has many sets but also has individual cymbals of various types.
  7. I would say that the first triad of any mode represents its "tonic," which I put in quotes because they don't always get there with a ii-V-I cadence or a subdominet-dominant cadence. But they are tonal centers nonetheless.
  8. The diatonic steps for the Dorian mode are 1,2,b3,4,5,6,b7 .. You would use those intervals regardless of your starting note.
  9. Actually, now that I think about it, Mark's covered everything and a few I hadn't thought of! Stormdrum has an ADSR, so I might shorten the release, along with EQ to remove annoying resonances, and a low velocity. At a lower tempo I've had good luck with using CC11 surgically to rein in the tails of the timpani, for example, to simulate my hand on the drum.
  10. Maybe I can help. I use both of the EW libraries you speak of. But I need a precise definition of your terms like ghost notes and med snare and low snare in order to help you. I am also a percussionist.
  11. This has a nice melody and a good accompaniment. It's lovely throughout. I would suggest not stopping the rhythm at bars 10 and 42. Just keep it going. Also, you have a nice modulation going at bar 56, but a break in the melody at this point is disconcerting. You might consider holding that D for two more bars until it overlaps with the clarinet's entrance on F. And then continue with a brief harmonization of it. Something like that, just to make things flow better.
  12. Mark, I can always use mixing tips because I just don't have the right critical ear for it. You mention the fadeout, which is interesting, because the piece was originally written for a strict three minute length and the fade was short and a bad fade. So subsequently I added another twenty seconds to it by way of looping the existing ending. If you listen closely you can hear the loop. You may also notice that I stole some of the chords near the end from "Where Were You When I Needed You" by Stevie Wonder. Thank you for your comments!
  13. Not bad. It has a lot of energy. What does it mean?
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