Composers of Stage32, I was just wondering what kind of music you write when you are not writing film scores. I usually write (mostly) atonal chamber or orchestral works, or things with alternative melodic/harmonic systems. What about you?
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Hi Brian,I am a fan of string quartet.. So that's my current favorite when I am writing non film music..
Study study study!!
I am a Metal guy who besides having released Metal records for years I've been scoring for films for the last two decades because I can really experiment with many various styles of music and sound. Currently I am composing for a ballet. Always something different and exciting!
I write jazzy stuff mostly, but also melancholy pensive tunes.
Vijay, I love string quartets. I even wrote one for my wedding! Mark, do you study books, scores, both? What are you reading right now? Jonathan, that's a pretty hardcore. Mike, I feel you. Before I started writing "classical music" I was in a punk band, there is always something good in any genre of music as far as I am concerned. Ken, I have noticed that a lot of people who write for film write jazz too. I would say as far as genres go, I think jazz is my weak point.
Brian, I got into jazz at an early age, at 10 because my older brother was into it, and of course it ruined my career! Just kidding - I've learned a lot in the pursuit of it - it's full of every other kind of music, including classical, blues, even country and rock overtones, and it's always a work in progress. I was raised on Dave Brubeck (in my opinion one of the greatest composers), and Paul Desmond, who to me is the best soloist ever. I don't like the super-avant-garde stuff much, but the more organized and well thought-out compositions and players. If I could ever find the place to post music here, I've got a jazz/classical suite I'd like to share. Anybody know where that is? KG
Trying to post a tune -
Anything modern when time permits...Persichetti's book is great for ideas
Hey Ken, if you go to your profile you can add a link to a SoundCloud track, or a video to your post and we can see it there. I'd like to hear it.
I write for live musicians mostly jazz big band, jazz small ensemble lead sheets and arrangements of other pop/jazz material (mostly lead sheets) from the 1920s - 1940s - usually something not already in the Real Books. Sometimes I write non-jazz for jazz instruments on request such as my sax quartet performed two weeks ago by the kenari sax quartet (https://youtu.be/6Bv17gYtHnI). I am in the back row - left in the picture. A lot of original live material is in my youtube account. I am also a professional videographer so I shoot my performances with three cameras and the dolby 5.1 mics on the front two cameras produce much better separated sound than the rear camera mics (without my having to set up external mics patched into a sound board/mixer).
David, I love Persichetti's 20th Century Harmony book! His treatment of the modes is the best. I was super upset when the only books of mine that got ruined in a hurricane was that and the Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns from Slonimsky.
Prog Rock. But I rarely have the time.
Here's a link to 13 or 14 of my tunes and charts. Maroo is by far my most extensive piece, kind of a jazz/classical composition. The others are tunes my band Solid State plays at gigs. I'm playing trumpet, guitar, and about half of the bass parts. Hope you guys like it!To download, go to this web address:http://www.800east.com/ken/solidstate/To download for Windows PC, right-click and "Save Target As" to your computer drive.For Apple Mac, option-click and "Download Link To Disc" to your computer drive.
Orchestral, metal, everything that can be epic :-D The next thing I want to do is to develop darkness without falling in black metal clichees. So, really scare with sounds with a metal touch. Let's see how it goes. :-D
Oh, that's a loaded topic :) If you listen to my library from the beginning you would run to the hills screaming in agony ... truly! I'm still in discovery of music and all it's form and boundless themes. I've learned after 5 years now to just take what makes me feel good in composing a basic rhythm and melody-line and I enjoy playing around with differing band styles. When I hear it, then I make a commitment to finish it off to broadcast quality. I take time to focus on chords, progressions and having fun with timing. One piece of my music may be jazzy and the next is a classical. It's all in what I feel in my home life mostly because my musical pieces take about a month to create so my emotions come through in the music.
Running to the hills screaming in agony seems like a good piece of music :-D
Before I got into film music, I was heavily into the music of the second viennese composers. I still am to an extent. I love writing in the twelve tone method.
I write mostly downtempo electronica, most often with an orchestral element to it (i.e. lush strings, warm trumpets, etc.)
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