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About LayneBruce

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  • Birthday 11/07/2001

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  • Biography
    12th grader attempting to start a career in composing
  • Gender
  • Location
    Austin, Texas
  • Occupation
  • Interests
    composing, traveling, watching and listening to live music, adventuring, learning, creating, movies
  • Favorite Composers
    Bartók, Maslanka, Bach, Rautavaara, John Adams, Michael Daugherty, Ivan Trevino
  • My Compositional Styles
    Contemporary classical, various chamber ensembles, percussion ensembles, concert band, piano, marching band, drumline
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Musescore, handwriting
  • Instruments Played
    Percussion (drumline and concert percussion), Piano/synthesizer

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  1. It is simply to make reading easier, sure there is no urgent need for it, but it's easy to implement and may speed up the learning process for some performers and aid in sight reading - which is especially important for composers who only get their pieces sight read. (AKA many college students)
  2. One thing you can do that I have found to be effective is to set some kind of hard deadline. You will be forced to come up with something, and often a time limit inspires more creativity/problem solving than really thinking about something with no clear goal in mind. The more you do this the better your ideas will become. This is the reason many musicians/engineers/writers purposely set deadlines despite not REALLY needing one.
  3. First time I noticed it was measure 33, I think bass drum could help drive the momentum forward, and then in measure 71 some loud bass drum hits will make the arrival more dramatic. it sounds great as is, it’s just rare to see bass drum excluded from percussion instrumentation, especially when there is a snare drum. Might help keep everything together tempo wise as well (not that this was really an issue)
  4. It sounds great! my only suggestion is that it seems a little underwritten for percussion (I’m probably biased as a percussionist) Maybe adding bass drum to the percussion instrumentation would help this. It seems like a lot of the impact moments would benefit from this.
  5. In this recording the feedback is set to 75%. I didn’t post the notes page of the piece but it says feedback should be at least 75-100%, but at performers discretion.
  6. Well, I meant it in a more rubato kind of way. It’s actually supposed to be performed with a click track but the rhythms can be played somewhat freely within the context. Also the performer can go a faster or slower tempo if they please.
  7. Just wrote this insanely fun piece for amplified violin. The trick to the piece is that the violin is delayed throughout creating an echo effect. This allows for fun horizontally formed harmonies and an overall nice atmospheric mood. Let me know what you think - also the score may have some slight differences to the audio. Perspectives.pdf
  8. I don't think you quite understand the meaning of atonality (which is a very abstract term that you need to define more in this post). Atonality is generally absence of tonality, so thus this simple definition rules out polytonality due to the fact that there is... multiple tonalities. Also this idea that there is no harmony in atonal music is a little ignorant to the definition of harmony, not all harmony has to be a cadential figure, in fact harmony can be more than just vertically aligned, and interval series could be considered harmony as well. Also just because something sounds unstable and dissonant doesn't mean it is atonal, there are plenty of key centers in Mars and the Gymnopedies despite their RELATIVE dissonance. Tldr- using a lot of tritones and minor 2nds doesn't make something atonal if there is still a key center.
  9. Im assuming this is based on Handels Passacaglia in g minor considering it borrows ALOT of ideas from it. I think it does well in this context, however I would consider slightly changing parts such as m.46 in which it uses the exact same pattern as seen toward the end of Handels Passacaglia. It's always okay to borrow ideas, I just think it might be good to change it slightly so you don't end up recreating a piece, knowingly or unknowingly. Otherwise sounds good!
  10. Hi! I wrote/arranged this piece for the Lake Travis High School Indoor Marching Percussion for their show entitled Ghibli. Very challenging drum parts, source material is the soundtrack to the movie Spirited Away. Enjoy
  11. Had fun writing this crazy piece. Probably not the finished version.
  12. Enjoyed measure 13, wish you elaborated more on the pizzicato section there. By far the most coherent piece i've heard from you. Nice!
  13. Haha exactly what I’m trying to figure out, I think if do a consonance to dissonance progression into the 2nd half it will blend better. I don’t know of any textbook ways to go from tonal music into like contemporary blues, etc. Maybe just a guessing game until I find something that I think works.
  14. A sentimental piece capturing Christmas time in my home city of Austin. Austin is well known for its music seen, nicknamed the Live Music Capital of The World. Austin is most known for it's heavy blues seen, which I attempted to incorporate into my piece through the use of blues scales and a drumset part in the percussion. Right now it is pretty short, might develop more material later. Thanks
  15. Small chamber piece I did for fun. Let me know what you think. (note that this is for beginners, not supposed to be super complex) A nocturne for marimba choir.pdf
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