spain sun wrote:
Learn to play something yourself?
Buy a synthesizer?
Murder your contract holders?
All good ideas. (1) I could theoretically learn to conduct, for example, in order to produce larger-ensemble works. Sadly my piano compositions are difficult enough that, though I could learn them, it would take forever and not sound good. (2) I would, but no money :/ (3) See (2). Handguns are pretty expensive and none of my knives are sharp enough.
sunshine werewolf wrote:
@SM - well, there are programs like Musescore which can create MID Is
, aren't there? Obviously, it's not ideal, but it is a way of showing your work. I have a friend who composes classical music as well (in fact he's got a place at Guildhall to study it next year) and he uses those to show me things he's written
Yeah, my notation program *can* export MIDI audio files. The problem is that MIDI tends to be a bit too... limited to be of any use whatsoever.
If we take a score that looks like this◊
— okay, so that's an exaggeration, but not a huge one — the only things playing back correctly are some of the notes in the right-hand piano part. All of the other extended techniques and some of the normal ones (none of those percussion sounds are remotely realistic for instance) would only be possible on acoustic instruments. Glissandi, trills, resonance, and a variety of other things also can't be realistically rendered. Microtones can
be but are a bit of a pain.
On the other hand.... if I wrote some stuff that was specifically intended as electronic, this wouldn't be a problem. The only issue there is being clueless about how electronics work. (I'm even pretty clueless about the notation software I do use — wrote entirely on manuscript paper for years, still often have trouble figuring out how to get the computer to do stuff.)