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    Default I want to produce symphony/organic type music.

    My name is cronodevir, and i have recently decided i want to produce my own symphony type music. I have been produceing psytrance and exprimental music for the past 3-4 years. And i use mostly FLS6 and recently i have aquired Garritan Personal Orchestra...and i love it completely. I have even made an orchestral type track with it already called Abscond [ www.soundclick.com/cronodevir , click music, then Mp3 to download Abscond] Which is my first completely organic track.

    But i feel it is not a very good symphonic track , composition wise, i have no idea about composeing symphonic type stuff, how the instruments should go together..etc

    And i have been searching for a place to learn this kind of stuff on the net, and this is the only place i could find, so i have decided to finally post here and see what i can learn from those here who may have expreinse with this kind of stuff.

    I suppose the best thing would be for someone to hear my track and tell me right off he bat, some things i could fix up a bit.

    Anyways, if anyone can help me in learning to compose more orchestral/symphonic/organic type music, all help would be greatly appreciated.

    edit: better link for the track here: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...?bandID=543223

    and if anyone wants to hear my other stuff you could go here: www.myspace.com/cronodevir

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    A basic understanding of Western Music Theory is rather essentially to composition of symphonic work... So, I guess step 1 is go and find a teacher.

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    You want to write music? Awesome! For me, I have learned a lot about writing classical music by use of the internet, but even more so, by listening to the works by the great composers. Go to the store, or amazon.com, search classical music and find some that you like. Here is a great site for discovering great music.
    http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/classmus.html

    It provides short clips from different pieces of music, giving you a small idea of whether or not you would like to purchase it. It is much like flipping through pages of a book before checking it out of the local library. And here is a site with links to sites for downloading free music.
    http://www.classiccat.net/

    Another site with free music downloads.
    http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/584

    Now after purchasing or downloading some great pieces that you like, you should purchase the full score for that piece off the internet. I bought a couple of score for Mahler Symphonies 5 & 6, and had an awesome time of following along with my recordings, lots of fun! This will give you an insight on the composer's style of writing, and many different ideas of melodies and harmonies. And then, as stated above by IAmKing, you should look for a teacher and study things such as counterpoint and musical structure. Also, if you do not currently play an instrument you should consider that as well, because playing music can be a great way to learn how to write music, as well as learning notes, scales, etc. These steps should help you on your journey of becoming a composer. Hope this helps!
    “If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.”

    -Gustav Mahler

    Check out my music at Icompositions.
    http://www.icompositions.com/artists/mahlerfan

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    Music is one of these things that the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. With composing it's the more experience you gain, the more fluent you become. It's up to you how high you set your sights initially - symphonies, yes, but bear in mind you're talking orchestral and enough knowledge to develop structure...so be ready to revise and reqork a bit. You may not need to but most people do. You may instead go for a symphonic suite, a collection of separate movements loosely connected in some way or another.

    Many students consider composition and orchestration to be separate stages but I personally think that if you're composing orchestral music, you think orchestrally from the start as it's part of the composing process. For that, as Mahlerfan has just said, studying scores is the only real way to learn. You can get a book about instruments and their techniques, but that won't teach you orchestration. So choose something not too complicated - a Mozart or Beethoven symphony (or if you like more modern work, a Mahler score, Debussy or something), get a recording and study them together until you can recreate the sound in your mind of what's on the page. That may sound difficult, hence starting with something easy, but it's surprising how much progress you'll make.

    It takes time - a composer's life's work is an expression of her/his inner life. So don't expect to be out-Maherling Mahler in your first couple of years. Hard but extremely rewarding work.

    Just as a start, this book is a bit old now - Rimsky-Korsakov's Orchestration - and he self quotes but he knew what he was doing all right. Contains playable examples!

    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...splay.php?f=77

    All the best with it.
    Last edited by Frasier; Apr-09-2007 at 22:32.

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    Yes, that is also a great site as well, Frasier. I have been there before.
    “If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.”

    -Gustav Mahler

    Check out my music at Icompositions.
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