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  1. In my opinion not enough variation of melody/harmony, and too much dominance in the violins. Eg b17 you should maybe give the melody to woodwind, which should be more contrasted to the original melody, and should now start in a related key such as Db or Ab. Always consider alternate keys for all notes, it may often lead you to great things, for instance it would be really nice if in b2 you put Bbminor under the Bb, and in b4 if you put Gmajor under the G, just as top of the head suggestions. Well done tho Shawn, thanks for sharing, and you certainly do not suckatcomposing lol..! Mike p.s. I really like the opening melody, just played it on the piano but on the second bar I did Ab 2nd Inv to Bb 1st Inv under your tune. Its really nice!
  2. Very well done! Are u keeping tags on how realistic it would be for a real person to play the piano part? I get carried away sometimes because it's just a computer! Also if u can muster up £100 get yourself NotePerformer3, it will really sound like a real orchestra. Check out my Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra for an example. Many thanks for sharing.
  3. Composed some years ago, written in both contemporary and jazz styles. Hope you enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV76RLRVce4
  4. Its great to listen to, def worthy of any action film! The rhythm you set up at the beginning is great, well thought out and well placed. Personally I thought your melodies could be simpler, less jumpy and more repetitive in order to really drive it into peoples minds (aka Pirates of the Caribbean is really simple and repetitive so people really remember it). Well done Dustin, thanks for sharing, I enjoyed it.
  5. Hi guys, just finished my new piece Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra. Rhapsodic in form but really each new melody is a variation on the first. Hope you enjoy. Many thanks!
  6. Just started this recently, so rough around the edges. Title should change in time lol. Work in progress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSRfQCh_-Yw Cheers
  7. Variations based on the Italian folksong Bella Ciao made popular by the Netflix series La Casa de Papel, or English dubbed version Money Heist. Hope you enjoy. https://youtu.be/VdrUpOrgoOM Mike
  8. Managed to get the 1st and 3rd movement previews onto youtube. Hope you enjoy. 1st Movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBoGoXC7sQ8 3rd Movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH7xAy98weI Cheers Mike p.s. my website is https://mikebat321.wixsite.com/michaelbates https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/publishers/michael-bates-sheet-music... and https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Bates%2C_Michael
  9. Hi sorry haven't posted for ages, been busy! Here's the 2nd Movement of my Piano Concerto. I composed it when I was younger, but decided to re-work it. Will be uploading 1st and 3rd movements onto youtube soon. Hope you enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVs3_spSBD8 Mike
  10. Little ditty I did years ago for piano & double bass. Hope it makes you smile! Cheers Mike
  11. Here's Shifting Tones II for Piano I did some time ago, hope it relaxes you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrMmLjZSz_U Mike
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    Hi guys here's a 9min preview of my new piece Emotude for Piano & Cello. Full 16min recording is available at https://mikebat321.wixsite.com/michaelbates, also soon released on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc. Hope you like. Thanks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zyh0E8JI-yw
  13. No3 and No9 stuck in my head the most. Very lovely playing, many thanks 1981.
  14. I love the tune at the beginning, very sweet. I feel you need some more change of keys to keep the freshness (F#major, or C..), also its a bit of shame that the tune is often lost because of the mechanical playback (Sibelius?), I know its a lot of work but it would improve vastly if you can actually play it in bit by bit with your expression. I personally use Pianoteq and Reaper, which are both free. Btw are you familiar with the Final Fantasy Piano Collections of Nobuo Uematsu? Thanks Skylighter.
  15. This is a piece I wrote years ago, for some reason I was reflecting on all the needless poverty in the world and this bubbled up. Sorry if it depresses you! Mike
  16. Monarcheon you are wrong that 'notes' or music generally has no worth. Maybe you are speaking for yourself at the moment, which is fine, but you just cannot generalise for the rest of us that music has no worth in our own lives. It has beauty, therefore it makes us feel good. Just like colour, aromas, tastes and other aesthetic things which please us greatly. Indeed each one has its own 'therapy', which help a great many people in this world. Music-therapy is a huge thing and is actually part of many University and Conservatoire curriculum. Really anything that is created that has great depth and beauty pleases us and therefore adds value to our life, because what is 'value' in life, other than 'happiness'? Beautiful music makes us happy, makes lovely memories, therefore adds value to the spirituality of our lives, which is really what it boils down to.
  17. Yes I dont think music is really meant to convey the feelings of the composer, as a composer myself I write music in order to be beautiful, but that beauty I think is a seperate thing from myself. It exists as a seperate beautiful thing. Like having childen I guess, yes they come from you but they quickly end up being very much their own person. As a composer you have to intrinsically love and admire the sounds of music, and want to discover more about it, but it is not part of you, it is not yours, like you somehow own it. Like a chef loves and admires food, and wants to know more about food and all its workings and combinations, but the food is not part of him, his or her creation is a seperate thing.
  18. I know this is a rather untenable question, but do you think it's at all possible to equate how much money Beethoven has made the world over since his death? Do you think it's fair to assume that it's vastly much more than someone like Elvis or Michael Jackson? There's a website called www.celebritynetworth.com, and you can enter anyone you like and get their estimated net worth. I put in Beethoven but nothing of course. They do have deceased famous people though, for instance they put Elvis' net worth at £300million, and Michael Jackson at £600million (although there's another entry that says his music has earned £2billion since his death!). I also realise that the further you go back in time it becomes more complicated as you have to adjust for inflation, I think the most succesful film of all time is Gone With the Wind, if adjusted for inflation. So do you think it's at all possible to even estimate a figure of Beethoven's earnings thus far, or do you think this is absolutely impossible? Mike
  19. Hi guys, just released a raw edit of my new epic piece Emotude III for Piano & Orchestra, hope you enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awF9bZ2HpFA&feature=youtu.be Many thanks.
  20. Very expressive. Impressive sounds! Sounds like real musicians! Is it? If not what sounds did u use..? Kontakt?
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    Hey guys, just a short snippet of what Im working on atm, Emotude for piano and cello. It's still rough around the edges, but Its gonna be epic, about 30mins long. Wish me luck! Mike
  22. Here's a piece I did years ago, which I recently put onto Sibelius. It's Baroque/classical(ish) but with extreme orchestral minimalist bashes. Its very rough and def needs tweeking, but whaddya think? Hope you enjoy Mike
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