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About KJthesleepdeprived

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    Advanced Composer
  • Birthday 05/05/1995

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  • Biography
    Just an amateur pianist that happens to compose music quite painstakingly. Negligible music education/formal training, but I'm tryin' real hard not to suck.
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    Board games, card games. Any game that isn't a first person shooter basically.
  • Favorite Composers
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Edward MacDowell, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, Jeremy Zuckerman, and um oh yeah a lot of folks actually on this site
  • My Compositional Styles
    I don't know, man.
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Finale, although paper's been lookin' fine lately
  • Instruments Played
    Piano and some other things that I'm bad at

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  1. I lack the higher level of music education that a lot of y'all have, so my thoughts aren't based on knowing a ton of music history or advanced theory. I do have an opinion, though. It's already been said, but if we define 'originality' as some metric of how 'brand spanking new' something is, then nothing is truly original. We're always drawing influence from ideas and sounds we've already observed or experienced, musical or otherwise. That's why I don't like that way of thinking. There's definitely some merit in being able to accomplish your goals by doing something bizarre or unusual with your music, but no one should be surprised that most listeners aren't flocking to hear that stuff. Using your musical abilities and adding your own ideas to pre-existing styles and forms (like what @Monarcheon was talking about) can be a good way to find originality too. Not to say modernism is a bad thing, but over-asserting its importance as a way of advancing music seems silly to me. Personally, I'm finding it very fulfilling to reharmonize and re-arrange music for my church, giving it more color and energy. I don't do it as a way to be original. I just do it because I like it and I think worship music these days is really lackluster. Originality is a worthy goal, but it's not one that I'm interested in chasing. Instead of seeking it out, I'm hoping that honest effort and an open mind will bring me there naturally. Also sorry, but cojones means balls.
  2. I love this! Not only for the music (which is very nice) but because its encouraging to see someone complete older, unfinished work after so long. I guess writer's block can't last forever! Pretty cool, and the final result is very enjoyable.
  3. Another lovely piece! This was beautiful and delicate. Although, I was thrown off a bit at measures 24-29. I'm not sure I'd have been able to correctly interpret the dramatic changes in tempo on my own if I were reading it without having heard it. Not sure if thats just my inexperience with sight reading/interpretation or if there is a clearer way to communicate that on the page. In any case, it's really delightful and I think I'll try to learn it!
  4. @bkho Thanks for your comment! For measure 27, I wanted those three notes to be included because they're in the orchestral version. I put them as octaves so they'd be heard clearly but you're right the two hands do run into eachother, and I hadn't noticed until you pointed it out. I'll have to reevaluate that bit. As far as measure 29, I'm not concerned about the right hand. I have no issues playing that line. It's a leap for sure but since everything in the right hand is in octaves, it isn't too bad. Being able to keep ones hand in the same shape helps with things like that. If anything, I thought you'd tell me you were skeptical of the left hand arpeggios in that section. I'm still unsure about them to be honest. I suppose I should also get advice from the other pianists I know. Thanks for the feedback though!
  5. I was thinking more along the lines of "light and delicious like a cucumber sandwich" for my description. But yes, this is a very graceful. It's energetic and relaxing at the same time. Excellent work, thanks for posting!
  6. Well, it's been a while since I was on this site. I haven't written music in a couple years, but I've been playing piano in church so I'm not totally out of practice. Decided to hop back into the wonderful world of composition with something easy, so I did an arrangement of something instead of trying for an original work. I had two different versions of this theme in mind when I adapted it for piano. I'm including them both below in case anyone wants to hear what material I was working with. I'm looking forward to posting more on this site and hearing/reviewing as well. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed listening to the music that gets posted here! (EDIT: Check the bottom of the post for the score if you're so inclined!) My Piano Arrangement: Original Version: Symphonic Version:
  7. It's not too short at all. The melody is pretty creative and I totally got the impression of snowy surroundings from listening to it. You delivered just the right tone and atmosphere. I really enjoyed this! Good job!
  8. This is awesome! Looking forward to checking out more of your stuff!
  9. It's been so long since I've listened to one of your choral pieces and it was such a lovely one to come back to! I like the way you write because the care you put into it is evident. So good to hear your music again. Wish I could hear it sung!
  10. Hi there! I like the overall tone of this piece. I think I'd enjoy playing it since it's quite Octobappropriate for the season. I saw in another post that you said you only work with MIDI and don't have scores for your music? Because of this, I may have to learn this by ear because I'm really fond of it. Keep it up, I've heard your other music and it's very enjoyable!
  11. What an atmosphere! I'm not hugely into guitar but I'm a real sucker for novelty. Bowed guitar checks that box for me, this was nice!
  12. Oh Luis, your video starts at 36 seconds instead of at the beginning. Not a big deal, just letting you know. Anyway, I really enjoyed this. I know it's to be expected at this point but your writing is lovely and your dogs are adorable!
  13. Hopefully, this video embeds properly. I tend to have bad luck with that. Oh and hi, long time no see everybody. This isn't a typical classical post but I think it's really good and I need more of it in the world.
  14. @Monarcheon My computer troubles have resurfaced and made it impossible to get any work done for this. Actually my computer is totally unusable at this point. I would have said something sooner but frustration drove it from my mind. I look forward to participating in these classes when this issue of mine is resolved. In the meantime, I'll still be checking out the threads on my phone and playing around with these ideas on my own. If I get a chance to somehow post my exercises on here, I will. And if it pleases her ladyship or anyone else to do so despite my lateness, I'll graciously consume any feedback that comes my way. Anyhow, my apologies for leaving you hanging Monarch!
  15. WELL I AM GLAD YOU ASKED ... *contains sudden enthusiasm* He's actually had quite a lot of his work performed and recorded. His record label (New Amsterdam Records) in New York specifically aims at putting out contemporary music like this. Their Soundcloud page has some of his work there and he has a personal one as well, though I discovered him through Spotify's Indie Classical playlist. There's a ton of good work by other composers as well, so I'd recommend checking them out. If you'd like I can recommend specific works/composers but I want to keep this particular thread on topic since we're talking about Judd Greenstein. Which reminds me... Interesting bits of info: He's a member of the NOW Ensemble and their albums typically include one of his compositions. In my opinion his stuff is usually the best part. He initially wanted to go into Hip Hop music and hit the streets rather than study music. He's been quite vocal in calling for more frequent performances of living composers and for other reforms within the musical community. These are my other favorites of his. If I had to pick an absolute favorite from him it would be one of the four I've shared in this thread. I can't narrow it down any more. https://soundcloud.com/newamrecords/now-ensemble-city-boy https://soundcloud.com/ymusic-official/clearing-dawn-dance https://soundcloud.com/newamrecords/jasper-string-quartet-four-on-the-floor-composed-by-judd-greenstein-1 His personal Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/juddgreenstein
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