Inside the Composer's Workshop: Whirlwind: From Sketch to Score

12 thoughts on “Inside the Composer's Workshop: Whirlwind: From Sketch to Score

  1. Could you please tell me what brand manuscript paper you are using? It looks like 30 staves. I love the space on the right and left sides.

  2. What kind of computer monitor is that??? And… what printer are you using to print out that large page? Thanks :0

  3. Very interesting! I wrote my first symphony in the early eighties, in a manner much like what you described here. I then took an almost two decade hiatus from composing, instead working with AI research. I wrote my second symphony two years ago, doing each and every aspect of it on my computer. I've recently let the computer do much of the more menial aspects of composition, including generating themes and motives, harmony, voice leading (if applicable), and basic counterpoint. (I understand that Hans Zimmer has automated aspects of texture creation and orchestration.) I then rework the material (the computer doesn't understand how music affects emotions), sometimes to the point where the end result is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike the starting material. But occasionally, the verbatim computer output forms the smash hit portion of the music. This has radically cut the time needed to write a composition, especially since the material can be directly integrated into my music editor, and this approach really does not lessen the joy of writing music. My long-term goal, as an AI researcher, is to have an entirely computer-generated piece of music win a major composition competition. To the Deep Blue and AlphaGo teams, I misquote Bruce Lee: "Boardgames don't hit back!"

  4. From an utter novice with hopes of setting orchestral music onto a page for the first time, "Thank you," is not enough. I'm so grateful for youtube and especially your use of it. This video is helping to bolster my growing hope and even some growing confidence that I can do this ….. I'm now off to print out some staff paper for sketching…… These ideas growing in my head need to find a home, quick! Thanks again!

  5. Thank you for the video Rob. The continuity score is an idea that I have been looking for. I will use it.

  6. Very interesting walk through. The continuity score is an awesome idea. I also liked your idea of marking up the score with shapes and orchestration indications. I find myself doing this in a seperate note pad and ultimately forgetting that I even wrote down my ideas there.

  7. Hi Rob, great video! I like your idea of a "continuity score," that's quite different from what I've done in the past but I may adopt it for my current project and see how I like it. Glad to see things going well for you in Edmonton. Cheers!

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