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Gustav Johnson

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Gustav Johnson last won the day on August 25 2016

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About Gustav Johnson

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    Intermediate Composer

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  • Biography
    I teach 5-8 grade band in Paris, Illinois. I've been "composing" on and off since my first music theory class in college (Illinois State University!). I enjoy writing in many genres and for many ensemble types, and have even been recognized as the winner of the Urbana Pops Orchestra composition contest in 2010. I'm on this forum to help myself improve, as teaching takes the bulk of my time and I have little left to take lessons or courses in composition. Seeing the dangers of being self-taught with no outside influence, I've started sharing my work online, and finally found this community.
    Please visit my website to see all of my work, and feel free to message me!
  • Gender
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    Paris, IL
  • Occupation
    Band Teacher
  • Interests
    hiking, fishing, teaching, church band, drawing, reading, composing (obviously!)
  • Favorite Composers
    Most modern film composers, and anybody from the dawn of time to present day.
  • My Compositional Styles
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Sibelius 7
  • Instruments Played
    Bass Clarinet & Woodwind guru, although I'm well versed in all concert band & jazz band instruments for teaching purposes
  1. yellow mood - guitar piece + video

    Personally I am a fan of Kaleidoscopes, so the film doesn't bother me. There are things that probably could have been done to make it more effective (on its own and in collaboration with the music), but I don't think it was bad by any means. My advice visually is to have a sense of direction with it - you show mastery of the kaleidoscope effect, now plan ahead so the colors and textures created have a sense of direction as well as the music. Musically I think you did okay as well :) Melodically and Harmonically I don't hear anything clashing or "disagreeing". A few simple things that would make this a more interesting listen - 1) Try a brief change of keys, or something similar, to relieve the fact that we stay in the same tonal/harmonic area for the whole piece 2) Your sounds are pretty treble heavy. That's fine, but grates on my ears after a while - check to be sure your headphones/speakers are giving you an accurate idea of your sound. It's not a bad thing in itself (it can be used nicely for effect), but to me it's tiring as a texture for a whole piece Good work, keep it up! - Gustav Johnson
  2. Despair

    Cool background drone and "heartbeat" stuff. The soundscape you've created is quite effective. Very slow build, which is nice - around 0:55 there's a background hiss or something. The crescendo is cool, but slightly abrupt - sounds like an accident - probably your software playback glitching out. In general (especially at the technical work around 2:40) your left hand is distracting me from hearing what your right hand is doing. Try for more of a balance, unless that's what you were aiming at? There's a nice balance between both hands, work to highlight that, not cover it :) Good work, keep it up! Gustav Johnson
  3. Revive

    Nice! I hear some promise in here. The sounds you're using are nice and fairly well balanced. Your changes and "impact" moments are well spaced and have the right idea, but feel a little underwhelming to me in terms of progression. It feels like I want a bigger difference from what I'm hearing before the transition to what I'm hearing after the transition. Not sure if I want more of a dynamic difference or compositional difference, but that's what my ear tells me. Good sounds, well thought out, but a little reserved. Keep it up :) Gustav Johnson
  4. Paul Stretch Demo

    Wow! You are miles ahead of where I am - this is awesome! It's cool to see the understanding you have of this tool, and the things you can do with it in your DAW. I will keep a sharp eye out for your next videos that you said you hoped to do!! This is inspiring, monsieur, tres magnifique. (I took a few years of French in school , although I have forgotten much for lack of use) Gustav
  5. Paul Stretch Demo

    Just listened - this is exactly what I want to learn more about! How on earth do you do this?!?!?

    Thanks for everything, y'all. This was a growing experience for me and I look forward to doing it again in the future. Judges and entrants, thank you Gustav
  7. Paul Stretch Demo

    Cool! I'll check those out when I have time! Gustav
  8. Paul Stretch Demo

    Thanks Krys! I don't have a keyboard and am limited by my basic editing software, but I would really be interested to see how this could be applied by sampling paulstretched sounds for use with a midi keyboard or even a vocoder.
  9. Paul Stretch Demo

    Hi y'all! A while ago I discovered "Paulstretch", a tool in my free audio editor (Audacity) that slows audio and creates some really cool sounds. After much ado and fussing around I have refined my skills with the tool and focused on using it in my most recent composition for the summer composition challenge. I made a introductory video demo of what the tool is and how I use it. I'd love some feedback about whether this is any good or ways I could use it more effectively!! Thanks and happy listening/watching. Gustav
  10. Soaring the Winds/Working on guitar solos

    Hey that's fine! I challenged myself to do some recording with nothing but my computer's built in microphone to force myself to improve my fundamentals. Might be worth a shot? Whatever you use, make the best use of your tools :)
  11. Soaring the Winds/Working on guitar solos

    Nice to see you post again :) How did you record your guitar? I like your ideas, very good for improvised. Lots of good things, sometimes too much actually - I lost a sense of where you were going several times. Find one main point of climax and a few smaller points, then work everything else to serve those points. Hope all is well, Gustav Johnson
  12. SUMMER 2017, Submissions Link

    Got it, here it is:
  13. Fluid Motion

    My submission for summer 2017 contest!

    Thanks all!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAH I can't wait to share my work! #feelsnice Gustav Johnson

    Hey all! Here's my scoop - I've been working like crazy on my piece but given my teaching schedule it's not looking like I'll be able to finish it. I'm really proud of what I've done and would love feedback :/ Could I post for comments with only three movements finished? #MarchingBandIsAllConsuming... Gustav Johnson