Loudness's iconic tune "Crazy Nights" uses the F# Phrygian scale in the opening riff.
Broader thoughts on applying to musical score calls and competitions.
A survey of composition competitions every composer should know.
Composer's Toolbox looks at ASCAP and BMI score calls and competitions.
Your go-to guide to score calls and competitions on Composer's Toolbox.
Upcoming posts and news on Composer's Toolbox for February 2018.
How does one deal with interruptions? We need to get our work in. We still have our own deadlines. And we do need to interrupt others, too, because that is how life happens.
Piano music depends on how you hit the keys; Organ music depends on how you let go of them.
We will all be forgotten long after we pass. And that is precisely why you have every reason to live the life that will make you the most fulfilled.
This work is an exploration of a Zoroastrian text from The Zend Avesta, Part I, translated by James Darmesteter in1880.
As a composer and an arts administrator, I work by hand on both musical scores and countless documents at the office. Over the years, I have come to rely on certain pens.
Here is a look at some tools I am currently using as part of my "audio toolbox", and some tools I am looking at myself.
Ryan Carraher just finished a new work for solo tenor trombone entitled Alazia. "I figured I would share some thoughts and formal processes I had during the composition process."
Exercise Music is an album designed specifically for use while exercising (as the title states). It is a mix of progressive rock, electronic dance music, and minimalism.
I have tried out Finale's part-making capabilities in version 25, and used linked parts for the first time. Here are my notes.
I have finished engraving the score to my latest orchestral work. I will be scanning and re-scanning it for a while, but for now the score is done.
As noted in my last post about this, my current work centers around engraving the score of an orchestral work composed in Finale version 25. So far I have 6 pages engraved, with 3 more pages of music and 2 more pages of cover/title information (the cover and inside cover will be made in Microsoft Word).
This book could occupy all of your time if you wished. It is an essential read for every composer, containing the manual that nearly all great classical composers learned from. Contemporary composers still use it today both as a way to learn and a tool for teaching their students.
My go-to studio monitors for years have been a pair of Yamaha HS5 powered studio monitors. They have helped me produce 3 albums, hours of electroacoustic music, and listen deeply to mixes I love so I can understand them.
I wanted to provide this score so we can evaluate the areas that need engraving. Here is a laundry list of things that need to be changed. You can go through the score and see how chaotic things are pre-engraving, and how much work needs to be done to make the music playable.