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Ken320

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Ken320 last won the day on October 14

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About Ken320

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    Seasoned Composer

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    Mr.Ken.Nickels

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  • Biography
    I studied percussion, piano and music composition at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where I got my B.A. Now I am composing full time. I have experimented a lot with synthesizers and sound design. Though I still use sound as a thing in itself I find myself working more and more with basic musical ideas that are used to elicit emotional connections in people so that the work may be remembered. I am not a fan of deconsructive music though I appreciate the efforts. I usually find it forced and uninteresting. I am more of an eclectic artist, relying on intuitition and the creative process to yield results. The process of discovery is essential to me. I like to work on longer forms now because that's what I think will UP my game.
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    Male
  • Interests
    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
  • Instruments Played
    Piano and Synthesizers

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  1. Thank you, I appreciate the thumbs up!
  2. It sounds like you manage a team of people that are not familiar with your libraries. Speaking as an individual I have wished for something like this, but after some time I became familiar to the point where I don't need such a system and it would have required a considerable amount of time to analyze and build and input - not to mention, maintain. It would be best spent just using the libraries until they are ingrained. Now, to serve a team, you will quickly find the shortcomings of Excel. is not a relational database management system, and your endeavor could become a full time job.. The Kontakt player has a Database tab, which I have never needed to use, and for the same reason: I'm just an individual. Have you looked into that?
  3. You know, Maggie, I've been thinking about what you said about rushing. I hear it now in several places where a cadence is not given its due. Christ ti's all over the place! Oh boy. Thank you for pointing that out to me.
  4. Thank you, Luis. It is more enjoyable if you take it as a whole. Although the music was written a year before the video was added. A recent trip to Wyoming inspired me to marry the two. People measure distance by the hundreds of miles out there. It's too big to express in a photograph, but adding music helps.
  5. I see what you're saying. I think we're talking about tiny amounts of time. Maybe a second or two. Not saying it wouldn't make a difference.
  6. I'm not sure the places you're talking about. Could you give me some @ tmes please. Thanks! Glad you liked it!
  7. I had taken my girlfriend to see Into The Woods when it first came out in New York. And it really stuck with me. It's the only Broadway show I have ever seen. But I thought what a fantastic art form where you can make people cry, and then turn on a dime and diffuse it with a laugh. He is a very generous man when it comes to talking about his work and he always approaches it in the most logical way possible, yet he is an artist the way he solves 'musical problems' is how he puts it.
  8. The only thing I've heard of Britten is The Young People's Guide which was featured in the film Moonrise Kingdom, a cool film. But this seems very appropriate for its stated goal. It has lots of drama with relatively straitforward harmonies and a good use of first inversion chords so that the bass players have something to do. And the persussion section. Really nice.
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    Abschiedslied

    Fair enough. I should have added - but practice is. If you don't mind me asking, are you in graduate school? Where?
  10. Ken320

    SUMMER 2018 Competition: Results

    It would have been nice if you had stayed in. The site is only as good as its contributors.
  11. Ken320

    Abschiedslied

    Ennui is rarely becoming for a composer.
  12. Ken320

    Owls, magic shop (vocaloid)

    Very nice! It's almost perfect on its own, given the length. But even so you should give more attention to varying the harpsichord part. Not necessarily the lines, but maybe the volume and character because there are times when it is on its own and naked. It sounds like one of those things the composer left on auto pilot for too long and didn't think anyone else would notice.
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    Child of stars

    It's cool, it's got energy. It's just a little muddy and undefined in the low end.
  14. Ken320

    How to deal with doubt

    It's healthy and useful to compeete with others. But you can only compete with people you know, not phantom applicants. So don't worry about that. When you go for your interview and auditions, just be in the moment. Enjoy yourself. You deserve to be there because you have already reached a plateau by commiting yourself to a rigorous education that most people don't (and I assume you've convinced your parents of this and they were probably apprehensive.) It's going to be a heck of a lot of fun - even the nerves. Especially the nerves.
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