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#1147352 - 05/26/06 04:00 PM Post New Compositions Here
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I haven't seen any new postings in "Composer's Lounge" for awhile.

So I'll get this started with "Turkish Fantasy".
http://www.artistcollaboration.com/~johnny-boy/Turkish%20Fantasy.mp3

Feel free to add your new compositions on this thread - please!

Best, John
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#1147353 - 06/02/06 11:36 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Sounds like film music to a harem scene. Sounds like you had fun putting it together.

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#1147354 - 06/02/06 12:16 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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A nice magic carpet ride, good work!
The bass drum is a bit agressive tough, i´d make it gentler. So the listener never wakes up ;\)
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#1147355 - 06/02/06 01:58 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Thanks guys. It's always good to hear that other musicians like your work.

Best, John \:\)
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#1147356 - 06/02/06 05:39 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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sweet stuff, reminds me of the music in the aladin sega game i used to play about 15 years ago. real nice.

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#1147357 - 06/03/06 04:32 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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John,

This is a very strong piece of music. The concept is very clear, attractive and appealing. I'll put this into my iPod. \:\) Thanks for sharing it.

Sincerely,
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#1147358 - 06/03/06 01:23 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Jun Yamamoto:
John,

This is a very strong piece of music. The concept is very clear, attractive and appealing. I'll put this into my iPod. \:\) Thanks for sharing it.

Sincerely, [/b]
Couldn't be a better compliment than putting my music into your iPod.

Thamnks, John \:\)
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#1147359 - 06/04/06 07:57 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Hello i'm a new composer myself. I don't practice much as I should, but i've worked with music enough over the past several months to take a stab at making an original song. It's pretty short but I think it has potential to grow. Excuse me for the obvious background interference, but i don't record in high quality untill i'm sure I have a finished product. The song itself can be heard quite clear so no worries. ;\) I would like criticism, comments, suggestions, or whatever you feel like saying. I would love feedback, thankyou!

http://www.snelserv.org/~jason/Aurions%20Song.mp3
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Just incase no one has gotten around to review my composition. Here is an updated version of the one above recorded live with a crappy mic, xd! Thankyou for your time, it is much apreciated!

http://www.snelserv.org/~jason/Aurion.mp3

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#1147360 - 06/08/06 09:49 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Aurion, links don't seem to work...
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#1147361 - 06/08/06 10:59 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Hey great stuff Johnny-Boy!

So how did you record it? Where did you get the instruments from? Or did you use MIDI instruments? Or an electronic keyboard with the instruments on it?
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#1147362 - 06/11/06 10:13 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Hi,

I have a composition I would like to share. If you'll excuse my playing and some occasionally obvious editing, hopefully you will enjoy it!. I think it has a lot of potential, but I've probably taken it as far as my skills go for the moment.

http://www.savefile.com/files/2384680

Stephen

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#1147363 - 06/11/06 02:45 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Stephen - I thought your piece was nice, however it was a bit too repetetive for my taste. For virtually the whole piece (minus the middle section) you stuck to a-minor, against the A-G-F#-F progression. Unless it was your intention to write this piece as a passacaglia, I found it too repetetive. I think a little harmonic variety could help it as well. I did enjoy some of the variants you used on top of the bass, and the middle section (while still somewhat harmonically limited) provided some nice contrast.

Good piece - while it wasn't exactly to my liking I did enjoy it.
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#1147364 - 06/11/06 05:55 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Hi 8ude,

thanks for listening and commenting! I agree, it does use that chord pattern a little often, and given I've never come across the term 'passacaglia', I won't claim to have tried to have written one! I think I'd like to pull it out in a year or two when i'm more experienced and rework it.

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#1147365 - 06/11/06 07:38 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Nice, I look forward to hearing more.

Incidentally, a Passacaglia is a old musical form which contains variations played over a repeating bass pattern. It's similar to a chacconne - though to be honest I'm not exactly sure what the difference is. I believe passacaglias tend to be in the minor mode whereas chacconnes tend to be major, but there are exceptions to that. Anyway, if you're interested, some good examples of this form are Pachelbel's Canon (it's not a canon, it's really more of a chacconne), Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor, Bach's Chacconne in d minor (which has been transcribed by a bunch of composers), and the last movement of Brahms' 4th symphony.
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#1147366 - 06/12/06 12:35 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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In a chaconne, the repeating line may move between voices, wheras in a passacaglia it stays in the bass.

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#1147367 - 06/12/06 08:37 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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#1147368 - 06/13/06 10:54 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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#1147369 - 06/13/06 10:51 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Johnny Boy,

I don't know enough classical music to say whether that was a classical piece, but it certainly was a classic! (i sensed a bit of blues at times) I really enjoyed that!
Great use of the pads to.

BTW Is that the Art Vista Virtual Grand Piano you spoke so highly of in a digital thread?, it really sounded tremendous. I think I'd like to get that product.

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#1147370 - 06/14/06 06:38 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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John,

I think the title should change from "Till Death Do Us Part" to "And Death We Did Part".

The Middle I found very Strong, and the background melody was a very nice touch as well.

I wouldn't be able to critique it as I would probably be wrong. But very enjoyable nonetheless.

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#1147371 - 06/14/06 10:51 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Johnny Boy,

I really like your "Till Death Do Us Part"! Your background is perfect, what is that sound? Is it a gm on keyboard? You obviously are an excellent musician and composer.

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#1147372 - 06/14/06 11:05 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Thanks to all! I appreciate the comments.

This is a live recording using a Yamaha Grand (acoustic).

Best, John \:\)
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#1147373 - 06/15/06 10:51 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Johnny Boy I love them!! especially the second one "till death do us part". bravo!!
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#1147374 - 07/02/06 07:28 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Bravisimo! Absolutely top notch music, sir--until now, I had not heard any music from a contemporary that I wish that I'd written myself. This piece should only have come from my pen.

What a moody, majestic waltz...I'd say that it is styled somewhat as from the Romantic period--post Schubert. The cascading chromaticism and ultimate resolution work incredibly well.

Awesome work!
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#1147375 - 07/02/06 10:41 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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I think Im ready for constructive criticism. This piece im posting is the first movement of Flute Concerto No. 1 in D minor by me Tyler Menzel. Keep in mind the instruments might not sound great cuz it was recorded using finale realization. This recording is flute and piano because the comp could not handle the orchestral version(the live recording). Hope you like it.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/j72g56
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#1147376 - 07/03/06 05:33 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Originally posted by J.S.Bach VI:
Bravisimo! Absolutely top notch music, sir--until now, I had not heard any music from a contemporary that I wish that I'd written myself. This piece should only have come from my pen.

What a moody, majestic waltz...I'd say that it is styled somewhat as from the Romantic period--post Schubert. The cascading chromaticism and ultimate resolution work incredibly well.

Awesome work! [/b]
So glad you enjoyed it J.S.Bach VI. Yes, I love the Romantic Period.

Best, John
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#1147377 - 07/03/06 05:34 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Originally posted by Kianna:
Johnny Boy I love them!! especially the second one "till death do us part". bravo!! [/b]
Thanks Kianna! I appreciate that.

Best, John
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#1147378 - 07/03/06 09:53 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Nice sounds Jonny Boy in "till death do us part". Is the strings also a live recording? One of the drawbacks of the song is its too short lived. after i finish listening to it I forgot what I listened, it didnt have any lingering melody or musical phrases its hard for me to remember what i just heard in that piece.

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#1147379 - 07/03/06 11:04 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Originally posted by Tonic:
Nice sounds Jonny Boy in "till death do us part". Is the strings also a live recording? One of the drawbacks of the song is its too short lived. after i finish listening to it I forgot what I listened, it didnt have any lingering melody or musical phrases its hard for me to remember what i just heard in that piece. [/b]
Thanks Tonic.

The strings are synthesized but played "live".

Best, John
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#1147380 - 07/03/06 11:04 AM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Originally posted by bruce-san:
In a chaconne, the repeating line may move between voices, wheras in a passacaglia it stays in the bass. [/b]
Hi All,

This information is incorrect, as anyone who is familiar with Bach's Passacaglia would know. Spend a moment with Wikkipedia and you'll figure it out. A passcaglia is a set of variations over a ground bass, but that melody does not have to stay in the bass. A Chaccone is a set of variations of a harmonic progression. There are other "rules" and even exceptions to these. Obviously composers are of an ilk likely to break rules as much as make them.

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#1147381 - 07/04/06 08:00 PM Re: Post New Compositions Here
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Originally posted by Tyler:
I think Im ready for constructive criticism. This piece im posting is the first movement of Flute Concerto No. 1 in D minor by me Tyler Menzel. Keep in mind the instruments might not sound great cuz it was recorded using finale realization. This recording is flute and piano because the comp could not handle the orchestral version(the live recording). Hope you like it.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/j72g56 [/b]
Hey Tyler, not bad. I'd advise you to work on more key modulations: you seem to hang around on the tonic alot, and where you do change key, like into your middle section with triplets in the accompaniment, the change is abrupt. Same as you come out of that section.

This music seems more thematic and rhythmic rather than having a melody. The little rhythmic figure you use is quite nice, but it doesn't allow you much scope for development, so you end up doing a lot of scales and stuff. If you can have a longer theme then you have more scope for interesting development.

Perhaps you could also consider some more interaction between the instruments: it's very much a flute with accompaniment for the majority of the piece, and I always think it's good to have some sort of interplay between the solo instrumnet and the accompaniment. It may be that this just doesn't come across in the way it's been recorded.

Incidentally, I saw your other post on accepting commissions and I think that's an excellent idea. Is this sonata typical of your style would you say? Or is this piece modelled on a particular style and you would normally write in a different way? Good luck anyway with your composing career.
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