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An Unlikely Source of Composing Advice

You know who's great at giving composing advice? Authors. They know a thing or two about...
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Film Composers: Compromise or Adapt?

I just came off the phone from an interview I had been conducting a 'Hollywood Film Composer'...
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Problems and solutions in learning music

Music is a highly beneficial part of education, because not only does it divert and entertain,...
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If You Can't Hear The Difference, Does It Matter?

For composers, the choice between recording real musicians or using electronic instruments has...

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  • The location of the imagination

    Dr Nick Redfern Musical Composition Teacher (Leicester) Picture That there remains a distinct bafflement in the comprehension of the mind is evident. That there remains a gargantuan void in the understanding of consciousness, the cognitive ruminant, the deliberation and its very location within a physical self, is perplexing. Indeed, that the flesh can...
  • There Are No Wrong Answers Editor's Pick

    Dr Nick Redfern Musical Composition Teacher (Leicester) Picture "…of all the virtues related to intellectual functioning, the most passive is the virtue of knowing the right answer. Knowing the right answer requires no decisions, carries no risks, and makes no demands. It is automatic. It is thoughtless." (Duckworth 1987 in Robson 2006, p.3) To ponder the...
  • If You Can't Hear The Difference, Does It Matter? Editor's Pick

    Jonathan Sims Musical Composition Teacher (South East London) Picture For composers, the choice between recording real musicians or using electronic instruments has become increasingly difficult. This was brought into stark relief in 2010, when the following piece of music appeared on the website 'spitfireaudio.com':...

 

  • L’aprés-midi d’un Faune

    Jade Brightwell Musical Composition Teacher (South East London) Picture “Ces nymphes, je les veux perpetuer” “These nymphs, I wish to perpetuate them” It is an interesting way start to a poem, given that it is not really a start at all. “These nymphs”? Which nymphs is he talking about? There is evidently something that has been happening, but it has only...
  • Forget Everyone Else With Music Composition Editor's Pick

    Kemal Yusuf Musical Composition Teacher (North London) Picture One of the biggest lessons I have learned with composing is to be independent. The writing of music is, above all, a profound act of self expression and if one attempts to remove one's own inclinations and intuitions in favour of another's, then the music is inherently compromised. This may be...
  • Why learn to play the piano?

    Joshua McConville Musical Composition Teacher (South East London) Picture Why learn to play the piano?   Here are 7 reasons to learn the piano. Many of these reasons apply equally to learning other instruments.   1. Piano playing is one of the most accessible forms of music making. The pianist doesn't need to worry about tuning pegs, embouchure, or reeds; to make an...