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 Sparks is an american band comprising of two eccentric Los Angeles born brothers named Russell Mael and Ronald Mael. They have been making albums for nearly fifty years, and over that time they have made albums scaling various genres including glam rock, arena rock, disco, new wave, techno, classical, minimalism, etc.
[And have been influenced many bands]
The lyrics to their songs are generally witty, smart-arse, and most of the time, hilarious.
(Ron writes the songs, and Russell sings them)

Here is a list of their discography (Studio Albums):
- Sparks (1971)
- A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing (1972)
- Kimono My House (1974)
- Propaganda (1974)
- Indiscreet (1975)
- Big Beat (1976)
- Introducing Sparks (1977)
- No.1 In Heaven (1978)
- Terminal Jive (1980)
- Whomp That Sucker (1981)
- Angst In My Pants (1982)
- In Outer Space (1983)
- Pulling Rabbits Out of A Hat (1984)
- Music That You Can Dance To (1985)
- Interior Design (1988)
- Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins (1996)
- Plagiarism (1998)
- Balls! (2000)
- Lil' Beethoven (2002)
- Hello Young Lovers (2006)
- Exotic Creatures of the Deep (2008)
- The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman (2009)
[Not a Studio Album, but: Two Hands, One Mouth Tour (2012)]
- F.F.S. (2015) [Franz Ferdinand and Sparks]
- Hippopotamus (2017) 

Feedback on my newest work-in-progress?

 
Hello! I'm a self-taught composer, and this is my second full piece (I've written things like character themes for friends that I don't count as full pieces) and, although I've been working on it throughout the summer, I'm still unhappy with it. I'm looking for critiques and tips on how I can improve this piece.
Thanks!  

https://musescore.com/user/26691311/scores/5180188

Summer Competition Results!

So we had a 3 way tie for first, so I had to choose from those 3 as to which was first, second, and third (which also meant changing their scores so they placed as listed below lol)

FIRST! - @Skylighter - 20
SECOND! - @lizzapie - 19
THIRD! - @The Virtuoso Pianist - 18

now the point scale for the rest of you!

@lareinedeslapins - 17
@frncscbrqz - 17
@Thelight OI - 17
@WantaSample - 17
@jmoses - 16
@Kenobiingondolin2019 - 15
@MusicRebel - 15
@Grant Develle - 15
@NobleEwe - 15
@Shadows654 - 15
@pavlos235 - 14
@Deanna140601 - 14
@Okely Dokely - 14
@Msalis - 13
@BeeBunny - 13


Thank you all! it was a good competition around the board!

Summer Competition!

Hey guys!! I might as well start our summer comp, so here it goes!

RULES:

must be submitted by July 15th 

- 1 submission per person
- no longer than 10 minutes and no shorter than 1 minute
- must be ORIGINAL
- it can be for any type of ensemble you can think of from solo Piano to Saxophone,     Viola and Harp ;P

(I haven't decided on how I'll do the judging yet, but once completed, hopefully it won't take me long to get the results out :D)

now go make some music!!!! :D

Orchestration Practice Competition RESULTS

There were a lot really close, so all of the numbers are pretty tight :D
so here they are!

First place - @lizzapie
Second place - @vesteel
Third place - @Grimes Music Press

Scores! (in order of judging)

https://musescore.com/sss5/orchestration-thing
SCORE - 15
https://musescore.com/lizzapie/the-minute-polka--arrangement
SCORE - 20 (1st)
https://musescore.com/owlman142/the-minute-polka
SCORE - 15
https://musescore.com/user/2878026/scores/4999455
SCORE - 18 (3rd)
https://musescore.com/fabian01/the-minute-polka---orchestration-of-robin-m-butlers-the-minute-polka-for-piano-solo
SCORE - 17
https://musescore.com/johnwd/robin-m-butler-minute-p-o-l-k-a---orchestrationarrangement-by-john-donaldson
SCORE - 16
https://musescore.com/user/24959521/scores/5005494
SCORE - 15
https://musescore.com/vesteel/butletminutepolkavesteelorchestra
SCORE - 19 (2nd)
https://musescore.com/user/26997940/scores/5010382
SCORE - 16
https://musescore.com/jmusic1600/robin-m-butler---the-minute-polka-for-orchestra-arr-jacob-evarts-hq-audio
SCORE - 17
https://musescore.com/rookwizard/minutepolka
SCORE - 16


Thank you all! be sure to watch for a summer original competition! :D

*I did average out a little bit the scoring of the scores, so some scores scored higher in caparison to others than what is written, but they all had some really great ideas!!*

I’m updating “Shorts for Trombone” and need suggestions for songs to add

You may have seen my “Shorts for Trombone.” It is by far my most popular score, probably because it pops up if you search  for a lot of popular music. It has not been updated in a while and I would like to add a whole bunch of new excerpts to it. If you have any suggestions, comment them below and I will add pretty much anything.  
I am also interested in creating versions of my shorts for concert pitch treble, Eb treble, F treble, and Bb treble, and a version in bass clef an octave lower than the current version so that more people can play my shorts. I am not pro, so those would be something you would have to ask for.

Here’s the score: https://musescore.com/user/2878026/scores/2800021

Orchestration Practice Competition!!

Well I decided to do a competition here in the spring while waiting for the summer competition :D

RULES!

you must do an arrangement of this polka type piece -
( https://musescore.com/robin_m_butler/the-minute-polka )
using this template -
( https://musescore.com/robin_m_butler/the-minute-polka-template )

You must be creative! this competition is all about being creative with the colors in the orchestra, the winning score will be judged on usages of color and creativity! :D

Deadline: Must submit before April 1st. (unless not enough entries have been made, then I will change it to May 1st)

Have fun Everyone! :D

(put links to your arrangements down below!)

And once the submissions are closed, I will post a score with my own Orchestration :D