topic: composition

Everything I’ve written on the subject, from the beginning of this version of the site.

I may also have written on this on earlier versions of my website:

  1. 2006 – 2011 (link coming soon!)
  2. did not have a blog!
  3. 2012 – 2013 (link coming soon!)
  4. 2014 – 2019
  • 2020

    • May

    • Nov

      • 07

        • 16:56 — NOTES

          A thing I’m extremely committed to: any orchestral sample libraries I buy must absolutely pay royalties to the musicians they recorded the samples with.

      • 08

        • 15:56 — NOTES

          A thing I would love: Logic Pro on the iPad and a rich instrument sample library ecosystem to go with it. I love working on my big iMac, but I’d also love to be able to work in Logic and with great sounds on my iPad.

      • 26

        • 10:59 — NOTES

          Sooooo much to learn about Logic Pro and the new virtual instruments I got via early-Black-Friday-sale… but I’m having a ridiculous amount of fun with it. (Good samples make a huge difference!)

    • Dec

      • 06

        • 20:14 — NOTES

          I’m in an archival mood this evening, so I’m exporting all my old Sibelius files into MusicXML and MIDI: proprietary formats are bad for long-term storage!

          Along the way, I’ve discovered music I wrote in the 2000s that I had completely forgotten about. 🤯

      • 11

        • 11:01 — NOTES

          Getting ready to upgrade my main machine to macOS 11. First things first, though: I have a ton of musical scores in Sibelius format, I’ve since moved to Dorico, and my old version of Sibelius doesn’t launch on Big Sur. So: spending my morning exporting everything to .mxl.

      • 27

        • 18:36 — NOTES

          Dear Apple: would it have killed you to include a headphone port on the iPad Pro? Using it for music production would be a lot easier if you had.

          cables, ugh
      • 29

        • 11:38 — NOTES

          I would love a study score of Ludwig Göransson’s Come With Me” from the closing credits for The Mandalorian Chapter 16. (Hint hint, Disney+ — there is money to be made here!)

  • 2021

    • Jan

      • 18

        • 09:44 — NOTES

          Status: not far from the point where I just sell my iMac in favor of running a 5k monitor off of my M1 MacBook Air, which is literally twice as fast.

          Only thing holding me back is RAM, which does matter for large music productions.

    • Apr

    • Jun

      • 01

      • 19

        • 20:41 — NOTES

          StaffPad is quickly becoming my favorite tool for composing. Its handwriting recognition is far from perfect, but it’s the best thing I’ve found for writing music (much the way I would on paper!) while still having digital affordances.

          Bonus: pair it with the Spitfire instruments… 🤩

    • Jul

      • 13

      • 15

        • 10:37 — NOTES

          Don’t ever let anyone tell you that music theory isn’t helpful for composition. I’m sitting here formalizing what I sketched out on a keyboard, and my ears did not mislead me: but now I understand where my ears led me and therefore can work much more intentionally with this idea.

      • 16

        • 16:07 — NOTES

          This day did not go as I expected and I feel uninspired.” I’m sitting down to compose anyway because: that’s now how art (or anything in life, really) works. Inspiration” is nice but doing the work is the important bit.

        • 20:05 — NOTES

          In the process of publishing a master of my Fanfare for a New Era of American Spaceflight”. At last! 😅 One lesson learned from working on this off and on over the last 8 months: next time, I will not use a MIDI export; I’ll perform it into Logic.

      • 18

      • 28

        • 16:20 — NOTES

          I realized, in the midst of working on a mockup in Logic, that I needed to make a small, but meaningful, tweak to the score for the piece I’m writing (move a series of notes forward by one quaver) as it stands in StaffPad… and… cannot? (This is trivial in Dorico!)

        • StaffPad Versions — JOURNAL

          Making it easy to keep track of your composing history in StaffPad.

      • 29

        • 13:21 — NOTES

          The more time I spend with other apps (looking at you today, StaffPad), the more persuaded I am that Doricos model, where notes are primary and measures are arbitrary, secondary groupings — layered on top of the notes — is both more correct and more useful design than the bars-first approach nearly every other notation software takes.

      • 31