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  1. I used Noteworthy Composer. It's not freeware, but you can download a trial version at: http://www.ntworthy.com/composer/download.htm Morten
  2. I have this piece in my head, but I'm not sure what it is. I only remember it vaguely from years ago. (Is it by Sarasate?) I would like to get the sheet for this, but it's hard without knowing what it is. Here's the beginning of the piece, as I remember it: Thanks, Morten [This message has been edited by ~morten~ (edited 01-15-2001).]
  3. Thank you all for the feedback! Oldbear: I certainly DON'T take offense at your criticisms. In fact, this kind of criticism is the best way for me to learn. Don't take me wrong, it's nice to hear people saying what they like about a piece (which you do), but it's just as nice for me to hear people describing what they don't understand/enjoy/grasp/like, and so on. So for all of you: Please tell me if you think it's crap, but tell me why! JKF: I'm not too into the technical terms regarding this matter, but I'll give it a shot. First, I wrote the pieces in Noteworthy Composer, a relatively simple notation-software where you can assingn a MIDI-instrument to each staff in the score. The software can then play back the written notes in MIDI (i.e. the computer is told what MIDI-instrument to play where, what pitch, volume, and how long to play it). Now, if you have an ancient sound card, you might get an extremely pathetic sound, but you can try to use a so-called software synthesizer, for instance Yamaha XG 50/100 (?). I don't remember exactly how this works, but it sure as **** improves the MIDI sound. I used this with my prevous sound card. Right now I can't remember where to find it, but if you do a search on this I'm sure you will find a place where you can download it. My current sound card is a SoundBlaster Live, and I can have the sound card's synthesizer doing the MIDI playbacks. The sound card uses so-called SoundFonts as MIDI instruments instead of the original ones. A Soundfont is a sample of a real instrument (or a group of instruments, or whatever you may need). You can, for instance, make a sample of your dog barking and use this as a MIDI instrument. The samples are usually looped - they can be played for a longer period of time than the actual samples last. There are a lot of quite good SoundFonts available for downloading. Now, how did I get from MIDI to mp3? I didn't actually *convert* the files, as I implied in my post above. What I did was using Sound Forge (audio editor) to record the MIDI files while they were playing in Noteworthy Composer. Now I had wav files that I could freshen up by adding some reverb and stuff. (By the way, Soundblaster Live has got quite a few reverb variations, or "environmental audio" as they call it.) The most important reason for me to do this is that I can be quite sure that everybody will hear about the same sound regardless of their equipment. This would NOT be the case if I had just given you the MIDI files, as I'm sure you are aware of. Hope this didn't confuse you too much. Oh yeah, I almost forgot: what did you hear in the piece that made you realize that I have not had any formal training? I'm sure there are plenty of things, but could you give an example on one (or more) of these things? Oliver: Yes, it is supposed to be E minor (a bit too much unvaried, though ). Morten
  4. It's nice to see that people are listening to the music. Mu0n, I have no academical knowledge on composition myself (unless you want to call my interest/self teaching/reading/etc. about composing "academical"). Therefore, your advice might be very constructive to me - which it is - when you tell me what you feel about my music. Thank you. ANY comment is useful for me. Even simple things like, for instance, "why did you use bassoons there", "isn't this part a little slow", "there might be too many instruments right here" and so on. Thank you for listening to the compositions and telling me about it. Morten [This message has been edited by ~morten~ (edited 01-13-2001).]
  5. Ach, der alte Deutsch! Es ist nichts mehr für mich, doch. Ich bin eine Norwegischer, und meine deutsch sind sehr bad[sic]. Ist [sic] im Deutsch [sich] oder [sik]? Was glaubt Sie? Javel, jeg måtte bare si noe på norsk også! Dette er det ikke mange som vil forstå, men det er gøy å skrive det, Morten
  6. Thanks for the bump, caleb (and the email). Marie: Thanks for listening. I've sent you an email regarding the score/parts thing. Morten
  7. I've just uploaded some of my latest composing attempts. I really want to know what you think about them. Are they decent sounding or just a waste of time? Oh yes, I'm interested in WHY as well. The pieces are originally MIDI playbacks, but I've converted them into mp3s (because of some messing around to make the sound better - MIDI just isn't very good). I've tried streaming them, but can't seem to get it working with Netscape, only Explorer. It might be the case that my browser (netscape) is messed up... Anyway, here is the link: http://www.isv.uit.no/student/morteno/music.html Thanks, Morten [This message has been edited by ~morten~ (edited 01-12-2001).]
  8. What about dental technician? It's all about shapes and patterns, and you need to be skilled with your hands as well. Morten
  9. Jeg önsker dere alle sammen en God Jul og et Godt Nytt aar / I Wish You all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Morten
  10. The violin was invented in the evening of july 22nd 1537 by a guy from Iceland. His name was Bradivah, by the way. He didn't like his invention very much, so he threw it overboard (you see, he lived in a boat called "Fidvar the Easygoing"). This was the first and last violin he ever made. He was really a blacksmith, and couldn't care less about music. Who knows what strange land this very first icelandic violin drifted to? Italy, perhaps? And then, maybe, some italian guy found this viol-like thing, made a copy of it, and called it "the violin"? Who knows? Morten
  11. Reasoning alone will, as illuminatus say, not teach anyone the right techniques. But reasoning alone is "empty". There has to be information. And today, one can find a whole bunch of information all over the place. There are books, videos, the internet, CDs, radio, tape recorders, etc. Compared to, say, 100 years ago, self-teaching is much more likely to succeed today because of all the available information. Morten
  12. Isn't it all about 1) knowing what to learn; 2) knowing how to learn it; and 3) learning it? The way I see it, self-teaching is just a matter of bringing about 1) and 2). If 1) and 2) are both true, then 3) shouldn't be a problem! Of course, 1) and 2) might be very hard to get, but it is with these that the learning takes place. If you are your own teacher, it is probably smart knowing 1) and 2) while trying 3). Without 1) and 2), people who teach themselves don't learn what they think they are teaching. Morten
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