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  1. I don't know if you are familiar with the 15 seconds project of Olivia Jageurs, nor do I know whether it is still ongoing, but there is this lovely London based harpist offering to play and comment on a snippet of 15 seconds of harp music. I wrote 3 little pieces for it, one of which even aired on BBC3 The sound files can be found here: http://www.jaapcramer.com/music/2016/01/27/irks.html
  2. Chopin asked a bunch of older members (which made me revisit the site) looks good. I see old and new names :)
  3. whoa. I liked it. The tonal language is nostalgic sounding early 20th century. You write often for the higher range. It works, although I think at times you can hear the performers are a bit uncomfortable in that range. You say it is 5 years old. How do you feel about it now? Love to hear the other movements if they are available
  4. +1 for Barber RRR Although I guess I would pick Barber (1st) symphony in 1 mvt. Especially the 3rd slow movement of that 1 movement work (haha). There is in the 1st symphony of Einar Englund a moment where I almost tripped, due to the sense of floating, soft gentile divine. I have the same with the 2nd movement of Ades' Asyla (not so much for the 3rd mvt). Or Lutoslawski's immensely profound 4th symphony... And all things Brahms I am no conductor. never stood before an orchestra. I imagine I would like the power, but feel I lack the leaders-qualities it takes. As a kid I imagined conducting the Chopin piano concerti. That was a phase... Can't stand the pieces now... Fascinating to see who want to go for the powerful frenzied and ecstatic pieces, or rather the slow soothing or lamenting ones...
  5. like it. there is somethng very rewarding and accessable in your harmonic language. i love the timbre of the high range, it sounds pure in an overtne way, if that makes sense... for me this forum usually is about helping, obviously you dnt need that :) although appreciation does.
  6. Thank you all for the kind words. I am still not sure if the right mp3 is player. It seems cropped on my safari (OSX Yosemite). so just to be sure I refer you to my site, that includes the link to the box.net-folder.
  7. What makes Brahms interesting to me is the way he accepts the confinement of his time, yet stretches the possibilities. The first intermezzo of his op119, motivic build on stacking thirds, he explores common practice harmony, but really to the limits. Near the end he manages to play in effect an F major triad over a B major triad. Tritone apart. (and an added G) Love this moment so much. There is functional use of harmonic tension in the form, as it is the last moment where the tuplet-variation of his motive occurs. But the idea of getting here by just play falling 3rds, and vary upon that, is just brilliant.
  8. i do listen to my music, with different effect. In a nostalgic mood i can appreciate early work in an endearing manner. ah... cute what i did there. it is not working, but young me was trying :D There is also the, what has been called, narcissitic side. I like to call it healthy pride in what I was allowed to do. And yeah it feels pretty good to have a folder in my itunes with my own name. I think everyone who does something, really as general as ths sounds, can have some pride :)
  9. This indeed is clearly inspired :) The first think I notice on hearing is a bit of a minor nuisance to me. Bar 5 - 10, (and repeated sections) the bass part and the melody notes on the downbeat, move in parallel fifths. Now is there nothing wrong with a little common era bashing, but this sounds like it could use some more counterpoint to me.
  10. jrcramer

    Unusualities

    Ok, then curtesy naturals are in place, because a conductor or performer could be confused. I think we tag along so nicely because we both have and have been in the process of developing an harmonic language and expand on personal preferences. Keep on :)
  11. Just as Ravel said, that ending isn't working for me. Besides the lush and pretty mood you evoke, things get lost in multiple swells and sudden soli. This trick has been played out for me, so isn't rewarding for a fulfilling finish. As for tips to spice up harmony, try one of the following polytonality (the V-I pitfall isn't a problem anymore, because the I isn't the I another layer) modal music (Messiaen, if you dare you could pick a mode that does not contain perfect 5ths. Truth to be told, I like to cheat here, and pick ones that I can emulate traditional harmony, or something that psychologically works the same for me) twelvetone music
  12. I liked this. I think what you explored the most is the melodic properties of the row. Do you use it also to form chords out of it, groups of 3 or 4 at once? At first glance I thought you did not. The organum tool you used P0+p8+p2 is interesting. In fact I liked it a lot. But it felt a bit like cheating on the principle of 12tone music. That said, I like it, because it enhances harmonic implications of the melody, and anything that defies the total emancipation of notes, and gives some ground, I usually like. tonal atonal music :) (Like Berg)
  13. The theme song of Weeds is an older song by Malvina Reynolds. It stuck in my head, I liked the text a lot and it seemed funny to me to treat an 60s protest song as a church hymn and write an old-fashioned choral prelude to it. So for a contest (that I didn't win anything in and forced you to write for a funny combination of instruments, with at least on harpsichord) I made this little ditty. In celebration of the getting alive of this site I thought to share some of my work :) This one is mainly for fun and pretty weird
  14. jrcramer

    Unusualities

    Hi Daniel. Interesting. I feel like you have developed over the time I haven't been listening to you work. Yet at the same time there are qualities in your work that show continuity. There is constant sense of suspense. Added with blocks of chords, embellished with trills and stuff. Halve way I thought, is he going to write all tutti all the time, but then you didn't. Good. The harmonic language has a sense of continuous suspense. Augmented triads and no resolutions. Yet, the harmonies do sound less static than what I remember from earlier work by you. For my taste I would love to have some more ground, direction, center, but thats taste :D btw, quickly screening through the score I think the final chord misses some F sharps (right hand of both the hammond and the piano) right???
  15. I already loved this quite some time ago when you showed this the first time. But since I have learned to appreciate Lutoslawski, so much more is falling in place. Great work!
  16. I find these subdivisions quite interesting to read, although I can well imagine the way the Reddit-populus responsed; the derogatory terms "dead end" and even "clones" in the list you deem valid, sound quite 'Wagnerian' (ie full of yourself, which I think is a dead end ;) ) kidding aside, I was glad to see this topic. I'd love to see whether the lists of prv and shadowwolf can be harmonised. But its always hard to refelct on your own time. It requirers you to stand above it al, which implies an objectivity (or at least a solely descriptive role), something I believe to be impossible. To p7rv I'd like to ask, why do you want to map this time? Why do you want to get a sense of the scene? (to be clear: I want it too, and I find your (or shadowwolfs) categories helpful. Not that I think that it is the definitive reflection on the scene, but in the sense that it is how you perceive it. )
  17. I'd like to add a Dutch guy, who recently won some awards like the Grawemeyer: Michel van der Aa. And yup that's his real name, not a pun to get on the first page of a Musical Encyclopedia :D I think he's interesting for blurring the lines between music and the way he uses other media.
  18. rehearsal tomorrow. the motets organ part on the huge, real thing. Over the moon

    1. SYS65

      SYS65

      mine is all busted :( somehow the atmospheric pressure changes in these spring months and somehow it affects the pneumatic sommier terribly, all gets stuck like an organ with sustain pedal... I hope one day I have the money to replace the whole thing with magnets.

    2. Austenite

      Austenite

      And now you're getting another live performance at Paul's festival! You're surely getting things going your way, congrats!

    3. jrcramer

      jrcramer

      thanks robert :) yeah. I'm over the moon.

  19. I guess this is a good exercise, because it is good practice to be not-reliant on software audio playback capabilities. But, if that is the thing you want to challenge those who need that challenge with; how do you control that? It is not in the criteria you provide by which the piece will be judged, because it can't be... Basicly this challenge boils down to writing a CPE piece, which you will judge on its CPE-ness. That is fine of course, but the whole concept of writing a piece only by inner ear and imagination (for which 'deaf' is a real misnomer) gets lost...
  20. This is a good question. And because of that it has been raised many times here. Why don't you look in the forums archives. The other advantage is that you can narrow by topic, say harmony, and take your pick. Because what is essential (which is, due to its vagueness not a way of narrowing it down to a more manageable amount) is not an objective standard, but depends on your knowledge and interests...
  21. The progression reveals that you are comfortable going from Ab to D in terms of harmonic root. And rightly so, it is a nice move. But this also reveals that apparently your inner ear has passed these classicist schoolbook worries.
  22. writing an (auto)biography

    1. xiangyik

      xiangyik

      Bit narcissistic, no? Or is this just for the pleasure of writing? In which case -- have fun and good luck with it.

    2. jrcramer

      jrcramer

      Indeed, it feels odd, but my publisher made me do it :D

  23. as far as I know, there there are no hidden rests needed. Neither in the official pickup-measure-option (because Finale takes care of this), nor in the change-time-signature-option (because the measure is is full allready) my guess is that you told finale to fill the pickup measure with 4 beats (or 3, depening on the time sig you are writing in), in stead of 1, (to remain with the given example)
  24. You can do multple things; there is a pickup option within finale. You just have to say how long the pickup is. The measure numbering is adjusted (ie the first measure does not count) Alternatively; you can cheat by alternating the time signature of one measure, say, to 1/4, but display it is 4/4. There is checkbox that opens up these extended posibilites. In the measure settings you could choose to let not that pickup measure count in the numbering. I hope this helps, Jaap
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