Hello all. I just discovered this forum, and am happy that I did!
I've been composing for years and years, but have only recently become more ' serious ' about it. I would appreciate some feedback, if at all possible. I am using Notion and have a web site that can be accessed here:
Your website is difficult to read. There is little or no contrast between the text and the background. Have mercy on us older folks whose eyesight may not be the best. Put your text in white on the present background or in black on a light-colored backdrop.
Also, your Contakt link doesn't seem to be working. (Or perhaps you need to explain to everyone how to use it.)
your website is very nice, although some of the features appear not to work or link to pages where no instructions are left as to what to do (like the contact page, as Larry pointed out).
Your musical samples (I was unable to hear the clarinet concerto sample in the Blog page) are brief and to the point. You appear to have a good grasp on a variety of styles, however, there is no sense of your take on form and development. Do you plan on having longer recordings of your works? Is your main motivation concert music? or film music?
While appealing, your website does leave us wondering "who is this person?", with very little information to go on. (btw, when I hit a website that starts with music, I tend to either leave immediately, or hit one of the links to see if the music will stop. So your initial text should maybe also be on the "about" page).
Thanks for the feedback. Sorry about the web link; the site isn't 100 % done, so I likely shouldn't have url'd it yet.
I am using Notion exclusively and have been doing so since May of 2005. Despite some of the negative reviews on this site about Notion, I am finding it suits my needs to a T.
I've been writing music since I was 10, but have only recently begun to write more seriously if you will. I have been quite prolific in the past year or so and have written perhaps 6 hours of orchestral and chamber music in that time.
In response to motivation -- I am not so sure myself. I have always written music out of the simple need for creative expression but have never really pursued a career in it.
I'm now in my early 40's and am looking at film music composition options. However, I am very comfortable in my 'other' career and realize full well that the world is littered with film music composer hopefuls. It's a tough business to be in.
I have a B. Mus. from a Canadian university in Performance(Clarinet). I took (if I remember!) 2 university courses in composition. Other than that, I am pretty much self taught--although I still read a lot of musicology and orchestration stuff.
I am tending these days to write more conventionally--old age I guess. However, I like the challenge of working within tonality to create music. I still produce the odd atonal piece though. Just finished this yesterday: http://www.terminus1525.ca/node/36981
Anyway, I am glad that I stumbled across this forum. I'm impressed with the level of musicianship here. Thanks for the warm welcome!
I took some time to listen through a number
of your orchestral studies.
Some excellent writing -- quite accomplished,
and a truly able hand at orchestration.
As a general rule, it's probably best to devote
a single post to each work, though -- so folks
here can focus more specifically.
On Notion -- and other sound products: There
is certainly no prohibition, here -- indeed, the
explicitly stated views of Garritan are that the creation of music is not a competition...
and you can and should use the tools that
bring the music home for you the best.
As courtesy to our host, though, it's general
practice here to have some element of a
Garritan product in your rendering -- GPO
(Garritan Personal Orchestra), JABB (the
Garritan Jazz And Big Band), the Garritan
Stradivarius, and so on.
I most definitely hope we hear much more
from you, John -- what I've had time to listen to
thus far bespeaks great promise.