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MAR 2023: This month (March 2023) I am doing a project at a remote location with limited internet access and data transfer rates. Therefore processing book purchases and information requests may take a bit longer than usual. Please be patient, I do read all mail messages and will respond as soon as possible. The situation has returned to normal by March 22, 2023.
FEB 2023: The Patreon Companion Document Catalogue (see image bottom right) presents an overview of all PDF documents published and uploaded for my Patrons over the years 2020-2023. These go with specific YouTube music composition video tutorials. You'll find a document set with a total of more than 450 pages. Read more >>
JAN 2023: YouTube thumbnail for the Sketching with Schillinger Part 1 video tutorial Watch the four-part video tutorial series Sketching with Schillinger: Orchestral Cue (Part 1 Introduction and Overview, 2 Melody and Rhythm, 3 Harmony, 4 Melodic Figuration). YouTube viewer request triggered this series where the creation of an orchestral composition from an elementary 'melodic cell' using various Schillinger System techniques, is demonstrated in detail. Read more >>
SEP 2022: In the YouTube video upload YouTube thumbnail for the Combining Riemannian Harmony with Polychords and Arpeggio Melody video tutorial Combining Riemannian Harmony with Polychords and Arpeggio Melody the starting point is a set of chord progressions, from which extended harmony and melodic motifs are derived. The combination of techniques is demonstrated in a short example composition for synthesizers and orchestral instruments. Read more >>

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AUG 2022: Spitfire Audio Scoring Competition 2022. YouTube thumbnail for the Spitfire Audio Bridgerton Scoring Competition Here's my competition entry with a new score for the video clip from 'Bridgerton' Season 1, Episode 5. The instrumentation for this historical-romance series (Netflix 2020) set in Regency era London is a late Baroque, Classical period chamber music ensemble, with a concertante clavichord, a wind quintet, brass section, timpani and string quintet. Read more >>

Has 'Peak Popularity' been reached? Image YouTube 3333 Subscribers Recent YouTube video uploads: Combining Techniques: Theme Imitation, Diminution, Hocket and Harmonization (17'43), Hoquetus Technique: From Isorhythmic Motet to Tchaikovsky and Michel Legrand (16'58), Composition With Melody and Harmony Derived From Pitch-Class Set 6-7 (20'22). Read more >>
MAY 2022: YouTube video uploads: Schillinger Rhythm: Binary Synchronization Fundamentals, YouTube thumbnail for the Schillinger Rhythm: Binary Synchronization Fundamentals video tutorial an introduction to the Theory of Rhythm from the Schillinger System of Musical Composition. Plus an instruction video on the Articulation Keyswitch Selector Design with Hexler TouchOSC. Companion booklets for many YT tutorials are available for my Patrons.
FEB 2022: The combination of Riemannian Transformation chord progressions YouTube thumbnail for the All-Interval Tetrachord Meets The Riemannians: Combining Two Harmony Systems video tutorial and Pitch-Class Set harmony is discussed in a YouTube video tutorial. A short example orchestral piece with eight sections demonstrates techniques for obtaining a smooth connection between the two systems.
JAN 2022: Last month I participated in the Westwood Instruments Scoring Competition. YouTube thumbnail for the Dies Irae, Two Hexachords and a Pedal Point: The Lost Piano Score tutorial After uploading the entry for the "The Lost Piano" short film I created a YouTube video tutorial "the making of", discussing the musical elements in the score and excerpts from the soundtrack.

DEC 2021: There was a recent request for a tutorial on Schillinger Instrumental Forms. YouTube thumbnail for the Schillinger Instrumental Forms Introduction video tutorial So now there's a YouTube video with an introduction to this subject, with an overview of the techniques, and instrumental form examples applied to strata harmony.
OCT 2021: There's an additional tutorial on Schillinger Strata Harmony YouTube thumbnail for the Schillinger Strata Harmony Voice Leading video tutorial with a focus on the Voice Leading aspect. Independent new parts are created from chordal functions in the existing harmony layers. The process and options are demonstrated for both diatonic and symmetric harmony systems.
SEP 2021: This YT video, Audio Modeling SWAM Solo Brass V1.6.4 performing Mvt. 3 Jack of All Spades for Brass Sextet, YouTube thumbnail for the Audio Modeling SWAM Solo Brass V1.6.4 performing Mvt. 3 Jack of All Spades for Brass Sextet video is a testcase for the July 2021 update of their solo brass instruments bundle. Watch the performance of this composition for 2 trumpets, horn, trombone, euphonium and bass tuba, and read along with an annotated score and comments.
AUG 2021: Learn about Schillinger Strata Harmony YouTube thumbnail for the Schillinger Strata Harmony and Orchestration video tutorial in the YouTube video tutorial. The ternary form example orchestral composition process, based on multiple layers of diatonic and symmetric harmony and a set of instrumental forms, is discussed in detail.

Also on YouTube there's my entry to the YouTube thumbnail for the Spitfire Audio Stargirl scoring contest video Spitfire Audio Stargirl Scoring Competition 2021 with a score for the school bus scene from this DC Entertainment series.

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