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oingo86

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About oingo86

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    starving symphonist
  • Birthday August 5

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  • Biography
    composer, singer
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    York, PA
  • Occupation
    organist, musical director
  • Interests
    movies, composing
  • Favorite Composers
    John Adams, Danny Elfman, Stravinsky, Messaien
  • My Compositional Styles
    Sort-of-Post-Minimalism meets rock, jazz and musical theatre?
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Sibelius
  • Instruments Played
    Keyboards, guitar, voice

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  1. Who has Perfect Pitch? Does it help you?

    Perfect pitch is helpful in practical situations, I would think, only if one has the knowledge of theory or basic harmonic principles to correctly interpret what you are hearing. Is there a benefit to being able to pick one or more notes out of thin air if you don't know the context in which the sounds are being used? If you are trying to describe, say a four-note chord, and use all four note names because you can hear them independently and identify them - isn't it more useful in a practical way to just say 'it's a dominant 7th chord', without being able to identify the key it's in? This is from my experience in a music conservatory: Freshman year at Peabody, I was placed into the 'Perfect pitch' Ear Training class, along with my horn player friend and about 20 piano or string players, all who actually had PP (I did/do not). I quickly learned that perfect pitch does not equal good musicianship. The professor would start every lesson with note-guessing exercises, which the PP students were great at (I only did well after it was revealed what the first pitch was, because I have good relative pitch, but not PP). But, when challenged with identifying chords or intervals, they struggled greatly and I succeeded because of the practicality of relative versus perfect in that situation. Perhaps my success in the latter type of challenges was more because of my history with theory, but I couldn't help but notice that PP only really helped them identify pitches in the air and not how they were being used. I hope I haven't offended anyone with this story or my sentiments, like I said, this is just my experience!
  2. Birthday Duo - Celesta and Viola

    Thanks, Luke! Sibelius Sounds 7 surprises me sometimes with actually decent string sounds! Monarcheon - Just looking at the first page - would you consider making bars 3, 6 and 9 be 3/4 and 4, 7, 10 2/4? I guess that would make more sense, starting the viola on beat 1 (where it started) and having that extra beat be written into the previous measure. I'll tool with it tonight. Thanks for your insight! EDITED - new score! How's this?
  3. Etude for Flute and Vibraphone (Birthday Contest)

    I love your harmony and how you brought back the main theme at the end - what a lovely 6th chord to end on! Well done writing for vibraphone, also.
  4. This is a piece I composed for the Birthday challenge. August 5 got me Celesta and Viola. I call the piece 'A Viking's March to the Ice Kingdom'. It is hard to write for celesta without thinking of snow and ice... Enjoy!
  5. Birthdate Composition Challenge

    August 5 - Celesta and Viola.
  6. At ms. 66, I did start borrowing from the minor mode here, perhaps it sticks out a little too much considering I barely used that technique elsewhere. As for C-D, I couldn't bear just repeating the same harmony since the theme was being presented for the 2nd time. I knew that at the end when the main theme comes back, I wanted the traditional harmony and to keep it tonal and clear, so when I was writing the 2nd 'verse', knowing that the last time it would be traditional, I felt free to experiment. The harmonies came out slightly jazzy, which is how I re-harmonize in general. I also like to use voice-leading to create some harmonies that aren't even functional, e.g. beats 3+4 of ms. 25, and playing with major/minor in opposite fashion of traditional harmony. So, I guess I'd say that was exactly what I intended, if only for the break of monotony regarding the traditional harmony that is repeated. Thanks for your insight - I was always a little let down by how the big transition at G came out - I think you nailed it on the head when you described it as (paraphrasing): a failed symphonic attempt. I guess sometimes my musical brain forgets what ensemble I'm writing for until I orchestrate - I really did hear strings and winds and bells when I conceptualized this transition, and perhaps it feels weak because the intent was a larger sound than what I had to work with. Thanks!
  7. This is an arrangement of one of my favorite hymn tunes, SALVE FESTA DIES by R.V. Williams. As a church organist, I know and play a lot of tunes and this one has always been an Easter favorite of mine. Although, as a United Methodist organist for the past 7-8 years, I never got the chance to play it. Until this past easter when I had a brilliant idea - if the Methodists don't want to sing my favorite Easter tune, I'll just arrange it for organ and brass and present it to them as a prelude! This is what I did, and it went very well, although I got the sense that no one in the congregation had ever heard the tune... Here is my arrangement of 'Hail Thee, Festival Day', by one of the great English hymn-writers, Ralph Vaughn Williams. Notice the fanfare intro - it will return! Also, in the B section I attempted to create a brass quartet sound, using a tuba stop on either pedals or manual left hand. Listen for the 3rd them to pop it's head in again towards the end! Comments and criticism welcome. I'm glad to be back to Young Composers Forum, and also to have some music to share! I'm Nick, by the way. :)
  8. Butterfly Dance (flute quartet)

    Using the Alto Flute's pedal Dflat at bars 114-122 under the shifting harmonies of the other flutes creates a pretty smooth transition back to F major, because it acts as a sub-dominant, leading us to C (usually C7), then to F. Although, the fact that once it resolves to C we are not hearing C7 but instead Cmaj7 creates an uneasy feel, and begs the question - where are we really going with this? Your use of flat 9's in the next measures (and the addition of a Bb - the 7th) give us more of a feeling of dominance than the Cmaj7 did, and as such you have created a perfectly viable modulation. Your piece is very playful! I especially enjoyed your use of counterpoint and countermelody - giving every flute a chance to take up the melody and shine! I love the interplay between Flutes 1 and 2 in measures 97-111. Well done, and great work on the score!
  9. This is a good "statement" song. Your best achievements are your creation of a strong melody, an infectious rhythm and belting opportunities. Your harmony is very static and repetitive, although I love how you've created many opportunities for a talented tenor to really use his voice. There was a point going into the 2nd verse (1:06) that I was thinking could have used a key change to build drama but the vocal line took him way above the staff and I realized, "Oh, that's what he was planning!". I was surprised to hear the vocal line riff a little bit but that built the drama just as well as going crazy with key changes and sudden changes. Sometimes restraint pays off, especially with a gifted technical singer. Good work!
  10. Music you never want to hear again

    John Adams wrote 'On the Transmigration of Souls', which you're right, isn't his best work. I don't like to say I 'hate' any type of music or even composer. That would make me not want to listen to it at all, and if I've never listened to a piece I can't really say I don't like it, right?
  11. Music of the 20th, 21st century

    John Adams - Chamber Symphony (1992) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEebugUD2dw G. Ligeti - Chamber Concerto (1970) O. Messaien - Oiseaux Exotiques (1956) My favorites of the chamber music repetoire ever, really.
  12. is excited to see some changes on YC!

  13. is excited to see some changes on YC!

  14. Collaborative Opera Project?

    Just letting you guys know - I haven't stopped working on this project!! I've just gotten REALLY busy all of sudden. In a week or so things will slow down for me again and I can continue writing. But please, other people write!! We'll get this damn thing rolling along eventually!
  15. Collaborative Opera Project?

    I would have made a thread like what you're describing already, but YC gives me an error message each time I try to, so please go ahead! It will help out a great deal, especially for newcomers. As to newcomers joining in and writing, that's really not something I'm prepared to let happen. People can't just waltz in and expect to write part of the opera - they MUST be heavily involved in the WHOLE process. And everyone needs to remember to have patience - writing an opera is something that takes time, and a lot of it. Here's where I am - I'm still working on finishing the libretto for the 1st scene, and I've begun composing the 2nd half of that scene, where the Maid enters. Oh! Here's the orchestra I'm using: 2/1/2/1-4/2/2/1-tmp, perc., hp, pno, strings 1st Flute doubles Piccolo, Oboe CAN double Eng. hn if needed, 1st Bb Clar. doubles Eb, 2nd doubles Bass, Trumpets in C
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