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Gustav Johnson

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Gustav Johnson last won the day on March 31

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About Gustav Johnson

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    Advanced Composer

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    https://transcendaudio.weebly.com/ https://soundcloud.com/transcend_audio
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    I teach 5-12 grade band in El Paso-Gridley school district in Central 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.
    Please visit my website or soundcloud to see my recent work, and feel free to message me!
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    Minonk, 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, Ableton Live 9 Lite
  • Instruments Played
    Bass Clarinet & Woodwind guru, although I'm well versed in all concert band & jazz band instruments for teaching purposes

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  1. I'm in for whatever role is most needed, judge or composer
  2. I'll judge 😁😁😁 Or compose, if there are plenty of judges?
  3. Loved it! I agree it's an unusual instrumentation, but I love it so I'll definitely have to try it sometime. Good composition, bummer you couldn't finish it 🙂 Congrats on fatherhood, btw Gustav
  4. I LOVE THIS GENRE OF MUSIC! I listen to this stuff all the time, so I can't wait to get into it. So far so good. I love the string entrance at 0:50! Something about the piano "smacks" seem a little strange to me. Are they being sent to the reverb? Maybe they feel dry to me... IDK. awesome synth at 1:50. Maybe build that phrase to the end of it. The synths you have going at the drop (2:30) are super well done. I found myself wanting more of a volume build going into, though, like how they BLAST our ear drums on the radio or with trailer soundtracks. Nice "siren" synth in the background around 3:00-3:30, I like how it never really settles into key or anything, a nice touch. More electronics to balance the strings and brass? BIGGER drums?!? Especially the snare, I really want that to punch through. Your best moment of drums starts at 4:14. Everything there could probably be more articulate. I haven't the foggiest how you'd accomplish that, since I don't have good sound libraries... I'd just tell my strings to dig into their strings more aggressively, but computers don't understand that haha. A great track! Really the things I mentioned are opinions more than anything. Great! Gustav
  5. I'm having a hard time following the motives, sadly, but I think that's because I'm not used to analyzing music in this style and I'm not the world's greatest music theorist... 😞 But I did enjoy it! 🙂 Definitely an engaging piece to listen to. Gustav
  6. Hey guys! First, BIG thanks for your comments! I worked for more days than I expected to revise this sketch, here's the final product: (pdf should be attached also)
  7. Thanks that guy 🙂 still working on it, more to come as I progress haha
  8. Thanks morgri! This was a brainstorming exercise in AB form, just to get me out of a slump since I haven't composed in a couple months 😞 thanks for the feedback, I'm working on tuning up the piece and I'll keep your thoughts in mind as I work 😁
  9. Hot dang! I'm glad you're on the road to recovery, hope you stay well
  10. Thanks yall 🙂 Monarcheon thanks for the tips I'll see if I can puzzle out that transition especially! P.s. Luis did I hear something about you being sick recently?
  11. Hi! For solo piano, based on two children's melodies (I bet you'll never guess 'em... 😜 haha). Thoughts about improvements are super welcome! (PDF included) #GettingBackToMusic
  12. I love the experiment. It's especially helpful to me to hear the same theme in different modes right next to each other, as I play with re-moding melodies all the time. The one thing I wish was different was that the everything felt very measured, meaning the harmonic changes were always symmetrical and predictable. Don't be afraid to extend or shorten part of a phrase within your theme to keep the momentum from growing stagnant. A good exercise 🙂 Also decent work with the DAW 🙂 Gustav
  13. Love it 😄 The ending was unexpected, didn't feel quite final. Not bad by any means, just unexpected! I love that this is sort of a play on a piano trio (violin, cello, piano). I'll have to try this instrumentation sometime. Gustav
  14. I quite enjoyed it! I think each part works really well with itself, but sometimes things feel funky between parts, almost as if there was an unintentional dissonance for the sake of keeping the line as intended rather than adjusting to suit the moment. Sorry that's kinda vague! 😕 Anyway, I do quite like it! Gustav
  15. Nice! Hope to see more from you 🙂 Gustav
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