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1  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Harsh, harsh criticism request… on: November 12, 2006, 11:57:24 PM
Good teacher...hm.  I'll have to figure that out somehow since I'm a psychology student.  But at any rate, I started working on another song after reading your suggestions.  The counterpoint hasn't improved, but that's probably to be expected for the time being.  If anyone wants to listen to it, and offer suggestions, that would be great.  And if anyone gets fed up with me asking for suggestions, you can tell me that too. On To Graymare
2  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Harsh, harsh criticism request… on: November 08, 2006, 12:34:23 PM
Thank you.  I'm trying to learn how to produce music, and anything less than "harsh, harsh" is not very hlepful in my eye.  You cut to the chase and I am very greatful.  Should you ever listen to it again and have more suggestions, they are very welcome.

If anybody's interested, I'd like to post the updates as I make them.

Lastly, what are some good reads for learning counterpoint?
3  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Harsh, harsh criticism request… on: November 06, 2006, 10:13:50 PM
Working on a soundtrack for a game, and you guys have always been helpful.  If I may be so bold as to ask, could you check out "Grand Opening" at this link: here and offer some suggestions?  Thank you!
4  Music By Jason Forums / The Round Table / Jason's "Night Elf" themes used in Anti-Buddhist D on: September 12, 2006, 12:05:59 PM
Kind of Annoying.  Take it easy if you're Buddhist yourself.

Thought I should let someone know.
5  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Silly Music on: September 03, 2006, 11:23:29 PM
I played that very song here at the university.  Fun stuff, but the only humerous pieces I've made were, well, unintentional, and were only due to my less than fabulous composing.  Smiley
6  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / My first real composition on: September 02, 2006, 11:21:51 AM
Now this is getting ridiculous, you draw too? Smiley

Looking forward to your updates.  Does the game have a site?
7  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / 'Senior Project' on: September 02, 2006, 11:17:19 AM
That's tough mate, and you need to get this by the end of the school year?

I'd of course check with your band teacher if you haven't already, see if you can arrange some time where you could work with him/her on some basic stuff.

The reality of the situation, though, is the amount of theory you will be able to learn in the time you have may not be as much as you're hoping for.  My advice would be to listen to music like mad, and if you can find a large amount of music in the style you hope to make your composition, then all the better.

Composition, for me at least, is quiet time.  Don't try to hurry the process or start a project with enormous expectation, or you'll create nothing but wicked frustration for yourself.

I was given the opportunity to write a song our band would play at my high school graduation.  Wonderful experience, really, just as this project you're about to undertake will be for you.  One thing I had to keep in mind was my peers would be playing it, and I know that's not the case for you but this may still be helpful: because my friends would be playing it, I was strongly encouraged to make each part worth playing, and avoided too much repetition.  In the end there was plenty of repetition, actually, but it was much less because of that gentle amount pressure I had on myself.  So consider something like that to keep you motivated and writing to the best quality you are capable of.  Nobody would expect any less, because nobody will expect anything greater than what you are capable of.

Cheers dude
8  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / My first real composition on: August 02, 2006, 12:12:13 PM
You know, I hope all this praise you're getting doesn't go to your head, but dude, I wish my hobbies were as productive as yours are.  :lol:
9  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / My first real composition on: July 17, 2006, 04:59:25 PM
Well good luck to you then.
10  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / My first real composition on: July 16, 2006, 10:31:57 PM
who the devil is this guy...somebody get a game company on the phone!
11  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Inspired to write!...crap. on: June 23, 2006, 03:38:32 PM
lol *shrugs*
12  Music By Jason Forums / Q & A / What's your normal plan of attack? on: June 23, 2006, 03:37:10 PM
That's really an interesting concept, thanks man.
13  Music By Jason Forums / Q & A / What's your normal plan of attack? on: June 21, 2006, 05:44:33 PM
So your saying to make a picure, like a graphical representation of the music?  Or are you saying to start writing notes down on the graph paper?
14  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Inspired to write!...crap. on: June 21, 2006, 05:41:52 PM
Try writing in a diferent location.  Say drag your laptop to the park or something.
15  Music By Jason Forums / Q & A / What's your normal plan of attack? on: June 14, 2006, 05:26:14 PM
I decided to try and use both the notation program and live recording from the keyboard.  I'm hoping it will take out some of the difficulty by making the computer play the back-up lines (I sometimes compose things I don't yet have the skill on the piano to pull off on my own), while I play the melodies with the kind of style and expression I want to hear on the keyboard.  I'll let you guys know how it goes.  Thanks again for all the help.
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