Video game composer Winifred Phillips shares expert strategies from her GDC 2017 talk, Homefront to God of War: Using Music to Build Suspense. Part 1: Ominous Ambience, with discussion of adrenaline, eerie sound design, & David Lynch. The 1st of a 5-part series.
From a perceptual perspective, phrase may be the most important musical element that a music educator teaches. While pitch and rhythm are perhaps the most foundational, and while there can be no phrases without pitch and rhythm, people perceive and understand music aurally in groups of sounds, not from individual notes. Even in instances where […]
In this composer symposium, I sketch and complete a short piece for piano while answering questions and discussing my process of music composition.
Director of Recording Arts and Sciences Scott Metcalfe will release a book titled Creating Sounds from Scratch: A Practical Guide to Music Synthesis for Producers and Composers on February 2.
I didn’t warn my students they’d be composing. I was pretty sure they’d feel intimidated, so I simply asked them for favorite holiday phrases. When they asked why, I said, “You’ll see.” And once they heard the glimmer of a secret, they were hooked. Here’s what we did. STEP 1 “Think of one or two…
Zachary Gulaboff Davis, doctoral student studying with faculty artist Michael Hersch, won Chamber Music Amici’s 2016 Composition Competition with his composition Piano Trio #1. He received a $1,000 commission for the world premiere of his new work, Piano Quintet No.1, by Chamber Music Amici in Oregon in August of 2017.
Over the course of my teaching career, I have had my students do a variety of things under the guise of creating or composing music. Too often, I have expected them to go further with composing than than I had prepared them to go. Part of the the problem for me was that I confused exploration, improvisation, […]
I wrote a short piece for today’s post, scored for flute and piano.I based it on the arpeggiated chords presented in my Post-Tonal Harmony Ideas (1) post. Those chords were constructed by superimposing different harmonic structures found in tonal music, such as an F# major triad and C major triad, a combination used by Stravinsky…
Passions of Spirit
Incarnate their Essence,
An Alchemy of Sound.
A Waltz of Beauty Ensues,
A Moment’s Rapture,
Stirs the Dancers’ Delight!
It is Romance of the Night.
I have composed a passi0nate
Waltz for String Orchestra.
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This video accompanies the lesson on how to compose a minor pentatonic piece here http://blog.mymusictheory.com/2014/ho…
A pentatonic piece is built on just five different notes. A minor pentatonic scale uses the notes D, F, G, A and C (or those notes transposed to another key), and the keynote is D.
It’s really simple to compose a piece based on the minor pentatonic scale, because all the notes blend together harmoniously. It doesn’t matter which note of the minor pentatonic scale you write against another, it will always sound pleasant, with no harsh clashes or dissonances.
To make an effective pentatonic composition, use a nice combination of instruments and focus on using a variety of rhythms. Use cross rhythms (syncopation) for an interesting effect.