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  1. A suspense action music I made for the walking dead attack scenes of my game, "Space Anomaly" where a rescue team is sent unto an orbital research compound when they received a distress call 48 hours ago. They then found no trace of the crew but found some blood stains in the floors and the walls. What they don't know is the crew was infected by an alien virus that came from the artifacts they obtained from planets, eventually turning them to walking dead. Accompanying videogame for the music: The music is orchestral, accompanied by electronic ambient effects and a subtle vocal choir.
  2. Hey , firstly stoked to be part of this community , so i recently composed this piece for an inspirational video. if you got a minute , do check it out here and lemme know what you think about it ! Cheers :D
  3. A short, tense Bagatelle in D Minor for String Orchestra (+ Triangle), the second movement of a Suite still in progress. The form is roughly A-B-A, with the A parts in Agitato cut time, D Minor, and the dreamy B part Assai Meno, written on the contrast between mute sustains and pizzicati/short sforzandos. Apart of some notational distractions (I forgot the 8vb in the Violas, last bars and to write divisi in a couple of Vl.I passages, let me know If you note some scoring errors (I'm not a string player). Audio and score: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0E-f7GmxXE
  4. The 29th sketch was supposed to be an exercise in an older style for either quartet or chamber orchestra. Near the end you can tell I got bored of that, and ended with a very obviously not-older-style ending. Not entirely convinced by it myself, to be honest. Enjoy!
  5. A fiddling piece for string orchestra with an adventurous twist to it. Yeehaw! :D
  6. Here's my 1st composition, which is based on a story I made up of a band of folk musicians gathering together to play music. I wrote music before; this one happened to be what I consider the first "complete" composition which can be called that. This is a gift to my middle school music teacher, who is really fond of fiddling music. Please share me your thoughts on this if you can!
  7. Here is an elegy for string ensemble with solo violin and cello parts. Enjoy, and I appreciate your feedback.
  8. This is an edit I did to a piece I wrote for school. I wanted something a little more professional sounding and not so humorous. I added a prelude to the fugue to give it some length and more opportunity to show my writing. I plan to use this as part of my portfolio for college, so any suggestions are welcome. Doesn't have to be about the piece, could be about what else to include in the portfolio. Sheet music is also available to see any engraving issues. There's probably a lot.
  9. Some work I composed. Always looking for new opportunities. www.carldoesmusic.com
  10. Following in the spirit of Jaap and Daniel, I post a recent work of mine in honor of this place coming back. Here I have a string quartet read by the jack quartet and that was a winner (my first award ever!) of the Ruth and Emil Beyer Award for Composition in the chamber division. I Watching a sunset is an interesting experience. Because the sun seems less bright, you can essentially stare straight at it without worry of injury. There is a moment of brief excitement when, just before being enveloped in darkness, the sky chances colors from blue to orange, and finally, a mixture of purple and pink. Already the Sunlight Fades is in one movement and uses triptych form to emulate the sun setting, the colors in the sky changing, and the onset of darkness that follow.
  11. This is a work written a few years ago as a submission to a call for scores. I did some reworking on it since then and would appreciate any comments, criticisms, or suggestions you may have. Thanks in advance.
  12. This was the second piece I composed for my degree after the Choral Fantasy, but I don't feel like it's quite up to par. I feel like it's mostly there but there are things that need to be cut in certain areas and/or reworked. This is intended to be a second movement for a larger work. I'll post both the Sibelius Essentials and the live recording from my recital but the live recording has a considerable amount of errors in this one, so do keep that in mind. I would love to know what works and what doesn't with this piece. I can't seem to decide if I like how lush it is in the beginning, or if I need to keep it more simple and make it more harmonically dense later on. And then there are some developmental parts which I'm just not quite satisfied with. I decided to post this here though instead of in the Incomplete Works forum because I feel like any cuts and changes I would make wouldn't be all that major. Please let me know what you think! Suite For String Orchestra Mov. II (c) 2013 Jair W. Crawford
  13. This is quite an old piece -- approximately a year old; it is relatively short and simple, and it relies primarily on the harmony, as opposed to a melody. {{I realized the continuo-parts (guitar and harpsichord) myself}} Nonetheless, I think it is a fair piece of music myself, and I thought I should share it. Let me know what you think, and do remember this is from a while ago! :)
  14. Re-uploading this from the archives if it's alright. I have a real recording, and a Sibelius Essentials recording of the piece. The real recording was recorded at my senior recital and there are some technical flaws, but it is still a performance I will never forget. This piece is for Choir and String Orchestra... I put that in the title because, it is more than simply a choir piece with string accompaniment, the choir and the strings are equally important and complement each other. The piece is a religious work, but stylistically it takes a lot of film music influences. The piece is set to text from Psalm 139, my favorite chapter of Scripture, and this is probably the most personal piece I've written so far. Here's a little bit more about the background of this piece (copy/pasted from the comment archives): I wrote the essentials of this piece during the summer of 2011. I'd been tweaking it since then up until April 2013 when I had my senior recital. During the summer of 2011 I was going through a lot of anxiety, and one of the reasons was, I had finished my third year of college as a composition major, and I had basically completed nothing as far as compositions. I was almost booted out of the composition department at the end of the school year because of it, but, after a day my composition professor changed his mind and decided we would give it another try. He had me going back to the basics and was sending me some exercises over the summer, cause I didn't really feel like I knew what I was doing... While all this was going on... I thought to myself that I had always wanted to try to write something set to the text of Psalm 139, my favorite chapter in all of the Bible. So I sat down, and, I thought... I wanted it to start off sounding a bit uncertain... but then when the words come in I want it to sound like coming to peace. And, well I just can't explain it, I started writing the intro and I shocked myself. It was better than anything I had attempted for string ensemble in the past by a lot... and then the "O Lord' ostinato just came to me after the intro closed, and I wrote the music up to "You perceive my thoughts from afar". So I had that much of it done, and I sent it to my composition professor along with the first exercise. He said "forget about the exercises, keep working on this." Enjoy, and please let me know what you think! Choral Fantasy For Choir And String Orchestra - A Meditation On Psalm 139 (c) 2013 Jair W. Crawford
  15. Interesting new format for the forums.... I've posted this awhile back, but it remains one of my better works, I think. It's a harpsichord concerto in the Baroque style, though incorporating my own idiosyncrasies within it. I initially transcribed a movement of an older piece for violin duet (the last movement) as a harpsichord concerto movement and liked the result so I composed two new movements to go with it. I hope you enjoy it.
  16. I Creation is pleased to support the 1st I Creation/ Mivos Composition Prize for Chinese Composers 2013. The competition is designed to promote the works of talented emerging Chinese composers. The winner will receive a US$1000 cash award and a performance by Mivos Quartet in New York during 2013-14 Season. The prizewinning concert will take place on Oct 31st 2013 in Hong Kong. Application Guidelines Eligibility Emerging Chinese composers are invited to apply. There are no restrictions on candidates’ current country of residence (N.B., candidates residing in the United States who are eligible for the Mivos/ Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize are also eligible for the I Creation/ Mivos Composition Prize for Chinese Composers, however candidates may only apply for one (1) of these competitions each season). Mivos Quartet defines an emerging composer as a composer who is in the early to middle stages of developing an international career, and for whom this prize would represent a noteworthy career opportunity. Application Fee US$40. Payment will be accepted online via Paypal or credit/debit card. Please visit mivosquartet.com to proceed to the payment page. Application Instructions Applications will only be accepted via email, to icreationprize@gmail.com Composers should include the following application materials as email attachments: Cover letter, pdf or MS Word format (must include applicant’s name, address, phone number, and email, plus the title, duration and year of the composition) Artistic resumé or CV Program notes* Full score (do not include parts). Files must be in pdf format. Composers name should not be included in the score (scores will be reviewed anonymously). Audio recording of the piece (MIDI rendering is acceptable). Files must be in mp3 format.* * not required, but strongly recommended Compositions must be scored for 2 violins, viola and cello, and may not exceed 30 minutes in length. Works involving electronics and other media will not be accepted at this time. Submission Deadline Submissions must be time-stamped by August 30th, 2013, 11:59pm EST. ( Deadline Extended ) The first 200 applications will be accepted. Announcement of Results The competition will take place in two rounds. A maximum of 5 finalists will be notified via email by September 15th, 2013. The competition winner will be announced by October 1st, 2013.
  17. Is there some place online (not YouTube!) where I can listen to the various bowing techniques in strings. For example, for someone who does not play a string, it is hard to understand the difference in marcato from spiccato fom martellato.
  18. Hey everyone I have written a nice sounding string piece and some parts have 6-8 notes with big 7/9th chords and a few of the notes in multiple octives. I wrote it using a string ensemble patch so I didn't have to worry about what instruents played what, but now I want to redo it writing it properly for the seperate stringed instruments but I'm struggling to spread the big chords out. I like the chords the way they are so I don't want to have to take some notes out. How do you spread huge chords across the strings? I'm struggling to decide which strings should play multiple notes. At the moment I'm doing it from a sound direction perspective, so for example if I want it to sound thicker to my left I'll assign more notes to the violins. There must be a better way about deciding which instruments should play mutiple notes? I'm tempted to just scratch scoring for sepeate strings and stick to full string ensemble patches, seeing as it's easy to play huge chords. But I am trying to learn orchestration and would prefer to be able to score for the strings seperatly. Thanks for your time
  19. Hi. How can I use some very fast strings ( ), like for an action scene. is there any particular VST for this ?Thanks.
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