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  1. Hello everyone! I work for the music publisher Universal Edition. The company is pleased to announce that an excting new project that may be of interest to young composers is (hopefully, Covid -19 allowing) being launched by the end of the year. I am currently collecting the contact details of anyone who is interested in finding out more about this exciting project. Further information will be sent out as the project progresses. If you would like to be included, please send your name, address and email address to me at Londonsales@universaledition.co.uk Thanks for your attention! All best wishes Tracey Connell - Sales and Marketing Administrator
  2. There you go, that's the two bars idea I came up with. It isn't harmonized or anything on purpose, the idea is to have every individual composer make a one minute piece out of this idea the way he sees it. We can mix them all together or make a piece with a few parts based on this idea. Good luck, I'm off to compose my own version of it.
  3. Hi Young Composers, In my latest article, I discussed about why most modern game soundtracks are boring and lifeless and how to remedy it. And this has actually very little to do with composer's technical skill as most would think. Take a read and see if it make sense, or if you have encountered circumstances as discussed in the article. Also, it'll be helpful if composers(you guys!) in this forum can have a discussion if you agree with me or not. :) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-most-modern-game-soundtracks-lifeless-marvel-symphonic-yoa/ Being an experienced composer/audio specialist for visual media with over 10+ years of experience and have worked on projects with over $85 million in the box office and multiple other award winning projects. I've worked with all kinds of people - both high and low, nice people and assholes. Through my personal experience, I know what's truly plaguing the industry and am offering my insights of how to improve it for the benefit of the community. Thanks and if you find this article helpful, do give it a like and share it to others :) -Kian Music Composer | Visual Media Audio Specialist www.kianhow.com
  4. Hello everybody, Since I am Dutch, I am very interested in Dutch art, like architecture, painting, design and... music. In the Dutch Golden Age (17th century) Holland ruled the seas and the painting art, theater and literature flourished. Holland was the place to be. Vermeer, Rembrandt etc. Also after this period, Dutch artists were very succesful both nationally and internationally. Think about Van Gogh, Mondriaan etc. However, I suddenly noticed that Dutch composers are not very well-known (or succesful). Germany has Bach, Mendelssohn etc, Russia has Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky etc., Austria has Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert etc. France has Bizet, Debussy, Ravel etc. And so on... The only well-known Dutch composers are Sweelinck and Andriessen. Why are there so few famous Dutch composers?
  5. Hi fellow composers! My name is Kian, a Shanghai, China based composer and visual media audio specialist. I'm a graduate of the world prestigious Berklee College of Music and have had more than 10 years of industry experience working on a range of projects including AAA+ games such as Eve Online, Dishonored, Spec Ops: The Line, Dust 514 and block buster Chinese films notably Wolf Warrior. You may find more information about me and my works through my website: www.kianhow.com After more than 10 years of being in the industry and having spent considerable time working in the East and West, I have accumulated much highly valuable experience which I believe will help composers navigate through their careers with much ease. And considering the rise of the economic powers of Asian countries in recent years, there will be more opportunities for composers to explore in this region and I will have highly valuable information that can help aspiring composers intending to exploit the growing markets of the east. I have written a series of articles with the specific purpose of assisting composers achieving their goals. If you find my articles to have provided any value to you, do share it to others as sharing is caring and if there's any questions or topics you'd like me to write about, do get in touch with me :) https://www.kianhow.com/single-post/2017/08/08/Truths-About-Being-a-ComposerThat-You-Should-Know-1-Understanding-the-realities-of-being-a-composer https://www.kianhow.com/single-post/2017/08/08/Truths-About-Being-a-ComposerThat-You-Should-Know-2-Understanding-the-function-of-a-“work-for-hire”-composer Thanks and I wish all of you the best of luck with your careers! -Kian Music Composer | Visual Media Audio Specialist www.kianhow.com
  6. Greetings YC Family! It's been a long time since I made a post and visited the forum. For those of you who may recognize me, you know that I was once an administrator on this site. My years on here have aided me in my ventures within the past decade. One of these ventures was the setup and creation of an online radio station devoted solely to promoting the works of new and emerging composers. This post, thus, serves two purposes: 1. To promote Et Lux Radio and encourage each and everyone of you to listen to the music of your peers as it is broadcast 24/7. and... 2. Make a formal call for live, or rendered, recordings of your works along with a signed affidavit giving Et Lux Radio permission to include the works within its broadcast. Submitted recordings need to be downloadable and in .mp3 format. They can be for any instrumentation and must be under 25 mins in length. Please include in your submission a brief biography and any related program notes for your works. Submissions can be emailed to jaowoodr@gmail.com! Thanks and I look forward to hearing your works!
  7. Here is a link of 22 great quotations from composers: http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/inspiring-composer-quotes/ Let's discuss some of these at least. I think many hold great truths about composition. But some are debatable and we might not agree with what is said. In particular: 1. What do you think about the Benjamin Britten quote (No. 18 in the series of slides)? I don't agree with it. Inspiration often keeps me up at night and I don't think that that is mere loss of sleep. Who said that had I slept and put away my inspired state of mind, I would have been able to continue it in the morning. Besides, there is the silence at night which would be conductive to composition. So to me at least, night is often conductive to composing. 2. I don't agree with Elgar's quote (No. 7). I think that art elevates man and brings man closer to God. At least, I believe that this would be true of the greatest artistic works, the greatest compositions. Had he said "Some religions are against art", that would have been true. What are your opinions? Feel free to voice your opinions about any of the other 20 inspiring composer quotes in the link, or to discuss them in general. You might even add to the 22 quotations in the link other great composer quotes that haven't been included and give your opinion about them.
  8. Hi all, Thought I'd share a chat server we've got goin on using Discord (great app!). The server was set up initially for members of Vi-control.net, but I'm opening it up to anybody who finds it relevant. You can only join by invitation, and here is yours: https://discord.gg/0vF7cfyHaTBsMeEM At the moment we have a handful of TV, film, and video game composers, as well as students and hobbyists. Get feedback, opinions, talk about software, chat about anything! Cheers
  9. Hi. I've come across a deal like this: coupon for a 15% discount on any sheet music at MusicaNeo All you need to do is enter the code SAVEME15 at the checkout. Honestly, I have never used coupons before (to my shame) and I'm wondering if there are a lot of musicians who do it regularly? Taking into account that performers always need the sheets, is it a good way to save some pennies?
  10. Now you can vote for each of 20 composers named at least once in the Overrated-Underrated thread, listed in no particular order. This way we can see how many of our fellow YC members have similar opinions on said composers. Please note that I would have liked to list every single composer named in that thread, but that would have been too many questions. The options are very simple: tell us if said composer is, in your view, overrated, underrated, neither, or if you've never heard of him at all. Enjoy the ride!
  11. Hi Guys. We have started a publishing company in germany, and are currently looking for composers in concert band music, symphonic wind music, to sign up with our publishing company. In europe is a huge market for wind orchestra music and ensemble work for winds, as we have thousands of amateur and professional orchestras always on the look for new music. Please send us a work, in midi or sibelius format, and we will have a listen. If your work is accepted, a publishing deal will be discussed and all works will be recorded by our inhouse orchestra. please email me at idicusmusic@gmail.com if you have interest in our offer, and for more details please feel free to ask We are looking for new composers to add to our German catalog Wish you well and all success in making music!
  12. Music Candy is a production music library based in the UK. We are again looking for new composers for the catalogue. We're especially looking for quirky music which could be Jazz, Funk, Pop....anything but with a unique, quirky edge. We've found that our albums that have an eccentric feel to it have a long shelf life and are very popular with clients. Please visit www.musiccandy.com - go to the contact page and send Tim links to your best work. Thanks, Music Candy
  13. Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble 2014 Emerging Composers Competition http://cerddorion.org/2014-emerging-composers-competition/ The Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble is pleased to announce its second annual Emerging Composers Competition, designed to foster the creation and performance of new works for mixed chorus. Submission Guidelines Works must be: Scored for SATB a cappella (some divisi acceptable); or Scored for SATB and string quartet; or Scored for SATB and solo violin, viola or cello, or any combination of these instruments Approximately 3-5 minutes in length Unpublished and unperformed Submission of midi realizations is encouraged, but not required. Works will be premiered in March 2014 as part of a program entitled Language of Birds, featuring a piece by the same title for choir and string quartet by Veronika Krausas, as well as Janequin’s Chant des Oiseaux. Some preference may be given to pieces that fit this theme. Eligibility Composers should be in the early stages of their professional careers, without substantial publishing credit, national awards or commissions. There is no age limit.
  14. Hi guys! I was not quite sure where to post that but I decided that it's something that would belong to composers' headquarters :) (let me know if I should move this topic somewhere else) SO, there is that curious music project - "Maestro-in-the-Making" http://www.musicaneo.com/music-for-children.html The idea is to hold an international competition among modern composers and encourage them to create fun and engaging music pieces for children that would be published in a music book and sent for free to music schools all over the world. They are raising funds right now at IndieGoGo to bring that to life. If the goal is reached in time, the whole thing will go live. I personally think it's a great - and quite tangible - idea! Huh? Thought spreading the word about it would help! What are your thoughts? :rolleyes:
  15. There is something that has been bugging me for the past few months. Ever since I started attending college a year-and-a-half ago I have constantly had professors skip over pieces such as Beethoven's Fifth, Beethoven's Ninth, Pachelbel's Canon in D, etc. etc. etc. Their reasoning for this is always "We have all heard, played, and analyzed these before in high school, no point going over it again." But here's the problem, we didn't; or at least I didn't. In high school I was always told that we didn't play pieces such as that because that is what we would do in college, so we always played obscure pieces in high school, now we play obscure pieces in college because we supposedly already played all of these standards. So, is this just me going to weird schools? Has anyone else noticed this? Is it a disconnect between the school systems? Between generations? Or what?
  16. 2012-13 New-Music Consortium International Call for Scores Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/USFNewMusicConsortium. Application Deadline: 2013-01-15 The New-Music Consortium, University of South Florida School of Music’s student-run contemporary music organization, is pleased to announce its first ever New-Music Consortium International Call for Scores. Two works will be selected, with one winner each in the categories of acoustic and electronic composition. Selected compositions will be presented at concerts during the NMC’s Spring New-Music Concert, taking place on April 6, 2013. Selected composers will not receive a cash award and will be expected to provide professional performance materials by March 1st. Although a stipend for travel and lodging will not be provided, the winning composers are encouraged (but not required) to attend the performances. If the composers choose to attend the concert, the NMC will assist with travel arrangements to and from the airport in Tampa and provide lodging discounts through USF where possible. Composers of all nationalities under the age of 35 are encouraged to apply. There is no entry fee, and works may have been previously performed (further stipulations below). Composers who have graduated from the University of South Florida after the year 2007 are not eligible to apply. A panel consisting of members of the New-Music Consortium will evaluate the pieces and choose the winning entries. USF Composition Professor Baljinder Sekhon will facilitate the competition. All applications must be completed and received by January 15, 2013. The winning entries will be announced by February 15, 2013. RULES AND GUIDELINES Individuals may submit one work to each category. ACOUSTIC: The submitted work should be between 5-15 minutes in duration. The number of performers must be between 3-9 players. The instrumentation may be a subset of the following instruments. Works that require a conductor are acceptable. (2) Flutes/Piccolos Oboe/English Horn (2) Clarinets (Bb, Eb, or Bass Clarinet) Bassoon/Contrabassoon (2) Saxes (Alto, Tenor, and Bari) Horn (2) Trumpets (2) Trombones Bass Trombone Tuba (2) Percussion Piano (2) Violins Viola Cello Double Bass ELECTRONIC: The submitted work should be between 5-15 minutes in duration. Submissions of electronic works may be composed for audio playback up to a 5.1 speaker array. Submissions may be composed for any combination of audio playback, live electronics, and up to 4 performers (instrumentation should be selected from the list under ACOUSTIC guidelines). If necessary, a score, graphic representation, or other sufficient performance instructions must be included in the submission. OTHER: ~Works of any style, aesthetic, and notation will be accepted. ~The work must not exceed fifteen minutes in duration. ~The work may also call for an “unusual” (e.g. folk, traditional, rare, Partch) instrument. In such a case, the composer must provide both the performer and the unusual instrument for all rehearsals and the performance of the piece. NMC cannot assume any expenses for this performer or instrument (e.g. travel, accommodation, per diem, insurance). ~Only one entry per composer for each category (acoustic/electronic) will be accepted. ~A jointly written work will be considered a single entry. ~Submissions may have been performed previously, but pieces that have been played and/or recorded by a professional ensemble should not be submitted. ~No information that indicates or suggests the name or affiliation of the composer can appear anywhere on the entry work score or mp3. SUBMISSION PROCESS The submission process is entirely online. Please follow the directions below to ensure that your application is successfully received. ACOUSTIC: 1) Prepare an anonymous PDF score (TITLE.pdf) and an anonymous MP3 recording (TITLE.mp3) of your work. All indications of the composer’s identity, affiliation, or performing ensemble should be removed. 2) Include a form with the composer’s name, contact information, and one paragraph biography. (Biographies will be used when announcing the winning composer.) 3) Please send the above items as attachments to NMCSubmissions@gmail.com. 4) Please make the subject of your email “Last Name, First Name - Title of Piece.” It is imperative that the total size of these attachments be no larger than 20 MB. 5) Submissions will be handled by a third party. For questions and information, please write to: BSekhon@usf.edu. ELECTRONIC: 1) Prepare an anonymous PDF score (TITLE.pdf) if applicable, and an anonymous mp3 (TITLE.mp3) of your work. All indications of the composer’s identity, affiliation, or performing ensemble should be removed. 2) Include a form with the composer’s name, contact information, and one paragraph biography. (Biographies will be used when announcing the winning composer.) 3) Also include a tech sheet listing all hardware and software required, as well as a routing diagram. 4) Please send the above items as attachments to NMCSubmissions@gmail.com. 5) Please make the subject of your email “Last Name, First Name - Title of Piece.” It is imperative that the total size of these attachments be no larger than 20 MB. 6) Submissions will be handled by a third party. For questions and information, please write to: BSekhon@usf.edu. PUBLISHED DATE: 14 Dec 2012
  17. How would you like one of your compositions to be performed by a major orchestra? Well here is how you can, and you can even help out children in need while doing so. http://composersforkids.wordpress.com/ Check out the website, and spread the news to all composers you know.
  18. How would you like to be a part of a collaboration designed to help build a school in Africa. Here is how you can: http://composersforkids.wordpress.com/ Spread the news. Cheers.
  19. I was having a conversation with our very own Mr. Lidell (aka Morivou) about a month ago when we started talking about the Australian composer Carl Vine. Morivou tells me that his music is known to only a handful of people where he comes from, but here is Australia I don't know any classical musician who has never heard of Carl Vine! I had been wondering after that conversation how many people outside Australia know any of our professional composers at all, so I decided to make this thread to see how many of you are familiar with these people and their music. These are probably the top six most famous composers in Australia I can think of. No. 1: Ross Edwards. Edwards is famous for his "maninya" style of dance-like music. He is well known in Australia particularly for his Marimba Dances, Dawn Mantras, and his violin concerto subtitled "Maninyas." This is the third movement of that concerto: No. 2: Peter Sculthorpe. Born in 1929 Launceston, Tasmania, he is the second oldest of the six. His music is heavily influenced on Indonesian Gamelan music. He is primarily known for his orchestral pieces "Sun Music" (there are several of those), "Kakadu," and "Earth Cry." He is also known for his 18 or so string quartets. This is "Earth Cry:" No. 3: Nigel Westlake. I am assuming he is the among the best known out of the composers here. He has written several guitar works that I know and is also known for his film soundtracks. He is most famous here for his "Antarctica Suite" for guitar and orchestra (taken from his soundtrack to a documentary about Antarctica) and his soundtrack to the movie "Babe." This is the best known movement of the "Antarctica Suite": No. 4: Carl Vine. This composer is primarily known for his piano sonatas and six symphonies (but he might write more, you never know). His music can be somewhat more aggressive and dissonant than the three above, but his music is quite popular here. This is the first movement of his first piano sonata: No. 5: Percy Graniger. The oldest (and probably most eccentric) of the six, born in Melbourne (the city in which I am currently residing). He has collected and arranged many English and Irish folk songs as well as composing some highly original compositions such as his ballet score "The Warriors." This is a recording of him in 1908 playing his piece "Sheperd's Hey." No. 6: Brett Dean. My personal favourite of the six. Brett Dean's music is probably the most "European sounding." It is often densely atonal and the least (oh I hate this word) "accessible." He has played viola in the Berlin Phil and his most famous composition would probably be his incredible opera "Bliss" based on the novel by Peter Carey:
  20. My mysterious instrumental music is an unusual mixture of styles and moods. It is constructed by the sounds of flute, violin, piano, synthesizer and guitar. Examples of my works you can listen on the site http://mysterious-music.com My e-mail: denis@mysterious-music.com
  21. Even though this is a public forum, this website is still very educational in its concept. I understand we all have opinions about who we like and don't like. Since one day we'll all be successful, with success comes a price: Our words are forever watched. Therefore, for the sake of eloquence, state one composer you like and WHY you like him/her and expand on that. In addition, state one composer you don't like and WHY you like him/her. Saying that "Composer A sucks" is not enough. Say WHY you don't like him. example: I don't like Bach because his use of harmony for me is not artistically fulfilling. As seen in Brandenberg,I dislike his use of chord structures in particularly measures 60-70. OR I love Bach. His chordal structures or the way he treats homophony intrigues me every time I hear his music especially in "A Mighty Fortress." Let the dialogue begin!
  22. Greetings fellow composers! Each year since 2001, ABC Classic fm (Australia's leading classical, jazz and world music station) have hosted a classical music countdown of the top 100 pieces of music voted by the listeners. Each time the 'Classic 100' is on there is a different genre that the listeners have to vote music for e.g. For the Classic 100 chamber music you would have to vote for your favourite piece of chamber music. This year the theme is music written in the 20th and 21st century. I am pretty sure on what music I might vote for (Michael Nyman's MGV or Hugues Dufourt's l'Asie d'après Tiepolo) but I am quite curious as to what other people's favourite contemporary pieces are which might make me discover some new music that I might like better.
  23. Is anyone entering the BBC Young Composer's Competition for 2012. For those of you who don't know, the BBC YCC is a free entry competition for 12-18 year olds. The entries are judged by top composers and the winners are perfomed at the BBC Proms! Also, all highly commended and winning entries are recorded with a live orchestra, and there are no limitations as to what instruments to compose for. Here's a link, for the website, unfortunately, the BBC haven't updated since 2011, so all information is 'old', but stay tuned :) http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/2010/youngcomposers/introduction11.shtml P.S, if anyone finds out anymore information about the competition, please let us know. Thanks. -Phil
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