I think the sound of the Warm Synth is very good, and I wish this was the default sounds - - with a few adjustments - - to the group string sounds, i.e., Violins, Violas, Violincellos, Contrabasses. Please have a listen!
I have heard this question asked many times during my early professional career, and each time I recoil when I hear it. The fact is, this question is just a way for composers to point an accusatory finger because their art was not met with the glowing reception they crave. Although the question is inherently selfish, the sentiment behind it is legitimate; people do not respect new “intellectual” music anymore. That said, the question approaches the issue from the wrong angle. Composers should instead look inwards to search out what they could be doing to make the listener’s job easier, while at the same time not sacrificing their sense of artistry.
It is the opinion of the author that all music lies on a spectrum of purely popular to purely intellectual. Although these definitions change with the times, all music, contemporary and ancient, fall on this spectrum. For instance, Katy Perry’s newest hit single would fall as close to the “purely popular” side of the spectrum as possible. This ensures that she has as much popularity as possible, but it limits the intellectual nature of the art. Similarly, Milton Babbit falls as close to the “purely intellectual” side of the spectrum as possible, crafting highly complex music that the average music lover would not enjoy. There is certainly a place for those composers in this day and age, and maybe someday that music will be accepted, but since the academic composer of the last eighty years has met with little success in this area, it would be a safe assumption to say that this scenario is unlikely.
To get to the source of the issue, we must ask ourselves: “what is the role of music?” This question is deceptively simple, but ask the academic composer and the average listener alike, and they will come up with answers that may seem the same on the surface, but are in reality very different. The academic might say: “music is for the expression of the inward thought processes, shaped by personal experience and self-growth, managed by our interpretation of those experiences through our intellectual compositional paths,” while the average listener will probably say “music makes me feel good.” This satirical comparison aside, you can see that the listener listens to music to feel, while the academic thinks to compose. This is the author’s opinion of the state of the art. Composers have invested so much in their ability to think up something that no one has thought of before, while ignoring the listeners who love listening to a genre that bases itself upon music that is mostly creatively stagnant and alike to itself.
The question composers should be asking is not pointed towards the audience, but rather towards themselves: “what can I do to reach the audience while not sacrificing my intellectual identity or artistic style?” If the academics ask themselves this question, they will begin to make a connection with the listener, even if the two do not agree completely on style, for at least then, the composer is working for the listener, and not the other way around. When classical music was at its peak, this was the preeminent mindset of the composer. There was no guaranteed second performance of their newest piece, so they wrote to please their audience, but in the case of Beethoven (and others), he still adjusted the musical language for his intellectual purposes. This is why classical music (referring to music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) and jazz are still the most popular recital hall concerts – the genres balance intellectual pursuits of the composer and the desires of the listener.
New music of any intellectual degree will never eclipse the popularity of Katy Perry or the Rolling Stones. That is a given. However, when the composer removes himself from the listener, claiming that it is the listener who owes him and not the other way around, music will never again make a true connection with the listener. Only when the academic composer decides to reach out to the listener will the listener reach out in return, meeting each other in the middle, experiencing music through both the creative lens of the composer and the emotional heart of the listener. Until that happens, the listener owes the composer absolutely nothing.
This work is taking the piece called ''Reminiscence'' by @romain_gandillet (link here:
) and creating a melody that sits on top of the piece, thus creating a new piece. The idea is inspired from the comment section of the gandillet's piece, where @Jenne Van Antwerpen commented how the piano sounds like Bach's prelude C major from WTC band 1 and that one could try adding a melody on top like Gounod did for Bach.
(This is for a School Competition)
Mine is my rondo for a sonata collab
I will update this weekly
Group is created today! Woohoo! *confetti and stuff falls from sky*
Eek! I forgot to do this yesterday. The group is already dying, so uhh… :o
@Jaybird1 is one of the first truly active members, I told him I would give him a shoutout here, so here you go :P
I haven't updated this in a while, this group is blowing up now...
Holy cow, this group is blowing up. 8 members in 4 days, wow...
Hmm...Starting to die again...
Welp...I was wrong...
I was very wrong, this group is really blowing up, welp
So I had to kick a member (Indy500) for spamming a link to an unsecure website. Sorry, but spam for no purpose is not tolerated.
I am wondering if someone could make a strings arrangement for "That green gentlemen" by panic at the disco. That would mean a lot. Thanks!! I don't care what instruments or parts, just do what you feel is easiest. :)
Hi I am new to composing - anyone got any advice on how to start?
Hey, I have uploaded my first composition, and I need feedback on it. Would you please come have a look at it. The only thing I will say," I know" with a little annoyance is that it isn't finished, so if you are going to comment on it, please don't, I am well aware that it isn't finished and am currently working to finish it.
Let me know what you think!
Hi all, I am new here! This is one of the few songs I have started writing using this software. I love this piece and hope you will too. Please give me any feedback particularly with spelling on the piano line. Thanks! https://musescore.com/user/19397031/scores/5508951 If you have any questions or would like to contact me directly please email me at Skylaraderthick@gmail.com!
String Quartet No.1 in F minor
Please leave me some feedback! This is my first attempt on string quartet! Please subscribe my channel if you like my compositions!
I've composed a Viola Sonata (1st movement, part of an incomplete collab), and hope that y'all could check it out and give some comments!
Gimme your best!
Please check it out and leave feedback! Thanks! :D