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Ken320 last won the day on August 12

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About Ken320

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    Seasoned Composer

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  • Biography
    I studied percussion, piano and music composition at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where I got my B.A. I have played professionally with ensembles, mostly popular music, in both Chicago and New York. Later I got involved with microprocessors and telecommunications in Wall Street, then relational database design and back end web support. I enjoy composing more than anything else, recording and learning new possibilities, keeping up with fantastic new music technologies.
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    Photography, reading, traveling, conversing about The Universe and the big old world around us..
  • Favorite Composers
    At this point I have no favorites anymore. Although I never tire of baroque and good popular music. I also enjoy many modern film composers, and cinema.
  • My Compositional Styles
    Improvisational, cinematic, experimental, methodical. genre-blending.
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Sibelius 7, MOTU 9.51
  • Instruments Played
    Piano and Synthesizers

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  1. Ken320

    Ruining the Grass

    You obviously know what you're doing, so there's no point in soliciting suggestions that you don't pay attention to anyway. And ... why should you? 🙂
  2. Ken320

    Ruining the Grass

    I liked the minor tonality. It seems appropriately brooding for the lyrics. I would change bar 12 to be 4/4 and the bar after to 3/4 because shed gets four beats just like made. Wouldn't it be clearer for the singers and conductor if they ended a long word on beat four instead of beat 1? Then with the next bar as 3/4 you could easily change it to 2/4 if you wanted to tighten it up a bit. I would also re-write the syncopated bars with the 16th notes using ties, unless you're comfortable that singers prefer it as written.
  3. Ken320

    The Emissary

    Yes! That would be a good idea, and that's the place to do it. But I guess I had the finish line in sight and it is a fragile thing. I didn't want to lose it due to an unplanned tributary. Because the trouble with tributaries is that they lead to other tributaries.
  4. Ken320

    A short study

    I don't mean to be cruel, it's just that the MIDI performance was so bad to my ears that I could not even comment on the lines you wrote. I'm very sorry.
  5. Ken320

    A short study

    Don't you think that it's a little mechanical? These MIDI things do require a whole lot of finnesse to sound good.
  6. Isao Tomita is a genius at the Moog synthesizer. He's done The Planets, Debussy, The Firebird and many others.
  7. Ken320

    SUMMER 2018 Competition: Submission Link

    I hope that you will like my little end of the world story. Here it is.
  8. The_Emissary_-__8_6_18.mp3 This is to be my entry for the latest competition, End Of The World. I'm working up to the wire to meet today's deadline, so I'll have to upload the story and the rest of the score as soon as I can. Hopefull my internet connection will last until Midnight. ******* Note: I would advise everyone to read the story before you listen to the music. It won't make much sense otherwise. Thanks!🙂 I forgot to mention and acknowledge the sound effects courtesy of the BBC Sound Effects Library and Symphobia. ** If you have a problem where the music stops mid-song, please use a browser other than Firefox. Thanks.
  9. Ken320

    Piano Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 3

    Great work, Mr. Servin. You are fortunate to have such good players performing it!
  10. Ken320

    Hop On The Bus

    It's just an odd thing to say is all. It's like a baker not liking bread.
  11. ... about just how expressive and pin point accurate music can be with regard to human emotion, please check out Sibelius's Valse Triste with Bruno Bozzetto's interpretation in animation. Sibelius illustrates in music through the simple use of minor and major just how close are sorrow and joy. And how the juxtaposition of the two can be unbearable and joyous at the same time.
  12. Ken320


    Well, this is a very nice piece and I would describe it many ways, such has happy, uplifting, even jaunty. Never sad. But hey, you're the composer! 🙂
  13. Ken320

    My Life in a Nutshell

    I do this sort of thing from time to time, but I didn't know that there was a proper name for it. It's a good way to generate new material in a very economic way. I'm not sure what you mean by different tempo for each instrument. The way you've written it is clear and effectively sounds that way as is. The overall mood is very calming and contemplative, which I liked a lot.
  14. Ken320

    I Don't Want To Think

    His songs always tell a story. Rare in pop music. Well, there's Meatloaf I suppose.