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  1. http://www.youngcomposers.com/music/4065/formen-88-keys-challenge/
  2. Here are some pieces of mine for solo piano that aren't very difficult to perform: Prelude 1.pdfPrelude 2.pdfPrelude 3.pdfPrelude 4.pdfPrelude 5.pdfContemplation amidst the golden spheres of the universe.pdfIlluminated Meadows.pdfOn the Verge of Extinction.pdfMemories of a Dying Man.pdf I was planning to compose something for a piano duet so I might get back to you when I have something...
  3. Here is the analysis of the chords. I used a Sibelius plugin to identify them. Harp Prelude - Full Score.pdf
  4. Floating Light Audio Written for the harp, but can also be performed on the piano.
  5. Interesting competition, but I just noticed it, lol... Anyway, good luck to the participants!
  6. Menuet (score) Audio I didn't check the score for any errors in harmony.
  7. Of course she doesn't need any knowledge, but then again everything she will compose will most probably only be of personal value. There is art which can only affect the creator and there is art that its effects can be "universal". And I think that what we talk about here is creativity and not hidden codes and formulas that Marzique suggests are found in our deeper consciousness. In relation to the second did I say that my mother cannot compose. If there was such information in us, then I assume that anyone could inherently compose music which would be of an adequate level the same way anyone can breathe and move his muscles because such information is found in our genetic material. Anyway, it is kind of confusing and I don't think there is any way to find out if what Marzique says is valid and how much it affects our ability to compose.
  8. Yes, the same way I can draw or dance, but what I was trying to say is that she doesn't follow any codes, formulas or whatever. She doesn't know what minor or major is, cadences, orchestration etc. She only has her ear as her guide and that is where things start to differentiate for different people. If she counts on her hearing and what she thinks sounds nice for her, how can we say that this process is done on a deeper level of consciousness?
  9. You can be and do anything you want in art. Be methodical or totally spontaneous, follow a system or create freely. There are really no set of rules, only a differing appreciation of beauty. In this sense, there is no error. You are not breaking any natural laws, you are not putting anyone in danger by creating in a certain way. You are not erring in any way; you are just creating. Furthermore, the context you are using to talk about the brain and the mind is as if you are certain they are distinct and what their distinction is. Perhaps, subconscious/unconscious or superconscious mind would be more correct in this case. I don't think that we tap on knowledge hidden on some deeper level of consciousness to produce music, though being spiritual I do believe in music "divinely inspired". If you sit at the piano and you play a scale, you will have created music. You are seeing music with a certain mysticism. I will agree that its effects can be profound on the human mind and psyche, but other than that I fail to see any formulas or hidden codes hidden in our deeper consciousness, DNA or whatever. Even if it is true, I can't possibly know...
  10. I don't think there is such thing as error in art. Styles do have a set of rules, but not art in general. For example, I could say that I write a piece of music and use perfect fifths in parallel movement and I could also say that I write a piece of music in the Baroque style and use parallel fifths and be wrong. From your post, I get the impression that what you are really asking is what music really is. My answer is: I don't know.
  11. The waterphone, the cristal baschet, the rackett and the octobass.
  12. It sounds like a fujara. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QiuRDUVuSw&feature=related
  13. Hmm... I should look up what Jeppesen says on that. Will do so later...
  14. You can only have one leading tone. As Morgri said, 4ths as well as 2nds and 7ths are not allowed. Contrary motion is preferred, but it is always convenient to use parallel motion when the interval is that of a 3rd or of a 6th. http://www.box.com/s/lie1jchjnbis9f4do44e
  15. I just harmonised three melodies I came up with just for the purpose of showing you how I usually harmonise a melody where I let counterpoint show me the way. The first two examples are written that way while the third is loosely based on the first as far as the bass is concerned whereas the other voices move more freely. You will still notice however that the voices are not jumping up down, but rather move mostly diatonically. Of course, the voice movement depends a lot on what character you want a piece to have. Also, in the third example I worked vertically adding all the voices at the same time starting with the bass. It is always good to start with the bass making an interesting bass line which will guide you regarding the harmony. Using 7ths, 9ths, 11ths depends a lot on the style your piece has. If it is a piece written in the Baroque style 9ths and 11ths will not be used often for example... Example 1 Example 2 Example 3
  16. I usually write the bass in that way so that an interesting counterpoint is created between it and the soprano line and then add the other voices. I may post an example and show you what I mean...
  17. I am really fond of Rautavaara's first piano concerto. Here is the first movement:
  18. I would say that the element of space hasn't been explored too much either.
  19. In approximation, I use both of them very often on the piano, but if you have a good tuner then it's not so hard to reproduce them on the guitar or other instruments which can be retuned easily (remember if n is the fundamental's frequency then the second harmonic will have a frequency of 2n, the third one of 3n, then 4n, 5n etc.). There are also many audio examples on the internet, plus you can always hear some spectral music to get a feel of the overtone series. Also, I believe you can also use MIDI tuning, but I am not familiar with it...
  20. Both are a few cents off - the 6th overtone (or 7th harmonic) more than the 4th overtone (5th harmonic). I hope that is clear enough.
  21. Minor 7th, fundamental to 4th and 6th overtone interval, slightly off unison.
  22. I kind of like this performance of the Greek anthem; it has a rather archaic feel (there seems to be a problem with the lower voice, though)... Just wondering if there is already a planetary anthem or are we still too busy playing divide and conquer?
  23. Ok, this is in my humble opinion totally awesome. A crystal radio device (whatever that is) invented by Tesla that can do all kind of things like producing sound from light, various other sound effects, functioning as a storm detector etc. Watch the video:
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