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GUEST BLOG - TOP TIPS FOR ASPIRING COMPOSERS - FROM THE MAKERS OF MUSIC NOTATION SOFTWARE DORICO

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TOP TIPS FOR ASPIRING COMPOSERS - FROM THE MAKERS OF MUSIC NOTATION SOFTWARE DORICO

BY DANIEL SPREADBURY, DORICO PRODUCT MARKETING MANAGER
For young musicians, finding a way to break into the world of classical music and build a career as a composer can be difficult.

Here, we outline our top tips for aspiring composers – from familiarising yourself with music composition software to learning how to promote your music. 
PERFECT YOUR PORTFOLIO

A solid body of work, presented in a professional portfolio, can work wonders in a field as fiercely competitive as the world of professional music. Assembling your portfolio should be something that you put time and consideration into. This, after all, is the demonstration of your work so far, but also of your potential and talents as…

HUDSON TAYLOR

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Hudson Taylor are Irish brothers Harry and Alfie and hail from Dublin.  I first reviewed this band in 2013 after only a couple of E.P.'s.  The article was published on the website of California's Music Insider Magazine.  Their sound of Simon And Garfunkel and Everly Brothers harmonies and melodies captured my ears.


Within a year of moving to London they signed a record deal wth Polydor.  They released a 3 E.P.'s which included songs such as the brilliant "Chasing Rubies", "Care" and "Holly".  The duo released their debut album, "Singing For Strangers" in 2015 which is inspired by their busking days.  The two young lads I reviewed a few years ago have matured both in musical ability and songwriting.  

The album is a mastery of 60s, 70s and Rock Pop with a distinctive Irish Folk vibe.  There are classic tracks such as the positive message of "Weapons" and the almost anthemic "Battles" which reminds me of Wall Of Voo…

REQUESTED SINGLES REVIEW - ALEXIS - "SWEET ANGEL"& "HOLD ME CLOSE"

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ALEXIS

"SWEET ANGEL" & "HOLD ME CLOSE"

By Andrew Goodwin for NEW MUSIC EAR www.newmusicear.com.

SUMMARY - Alexis Gerred has been around the music business for over 10 years and has appeared on stage in various musical theatre.  American Idiot and Dreamboats & Petticoats are two of the notable productions he has appeared in as well as being semi finalist in the Let It Shine TV programme and runner-up in Eurovision-Your Country Needs You.  Now Alexis is going it alone and becoming the star turn as he plans to release his debut album later this year.  Some of his influences include Goo Goo Dolls, Rod Stewart and Queen and you can certainly hear elements of those in the single "Sweet Angel" and the as yet unreleased second single "Hold Me …

SHEPPARD

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Sheppard are an indie rock band from Brisbane, Australia which consists of siblings George, Amy and Emma Sheppard.   Added to the sextet are Jason Bovino, Michael Butler and Dean Gordon.  The family were raised in Papua New Guinea but once they relocated to Australia they flourished with incredible musical talenst.


I actually wrote a mini review on the band in 2015 just after the release of their debut album, "Bombs Away" featuring the blistering single "Geronimo".  They were the first overseas band to actually take the time to thank me on Twitter for a great review.  I absolutely love this band, hearing the preview singles from the forthcoming second album, "Watching The Sky" they have blown me away.  This band are one of the reasons I do this blog, finding outstanding new talent but also finding new favourite artists that I actually play often.


Sheppard can move you to tears with their ballads and make you sing and shout and look at life in a positi…

REQUESTED ALBUM REVIEW - JEFF McCALL - "NIGHT LIFE"

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MUSIC ARTISTS? WANT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE(S) REVIEWED TRACK BY TRACK PLUS FREE PROMOTION ON NEW MUSIC EAR AND SHARED TO TWITTER, LINKEDIN, INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK? IF YOU LIKE THIS REVIEW, PLEASE CONTACT ME :)
JEFF McCALL

 "NIGHT LIFE"

By Andrew Goodwin for NEW MUSIC EAR www.newmusicear.com.
ALBUM SUMMARY - "Night Life" is a great album for those who love the 80s Electronica and Synth Pop bands.  Jeff has made an album that takes you back to those great musical times.  With every song, every listener will find something new that reminds them of a certain artist of that era.  There are elements of Erasure, Human League, Heaven 17, Thompson Twins, Kraftwerk, New Order and many more.  Jeff has used his vast knowledge of the genres to create something very special.  It is like an 80s time capsule in musical form.  Jeff is a great singer as well as a songwriter and this perfect retro album will have you reliving those nostalgic memories of the best music decade. &quo…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - BILLY JOEL "AN INNOCENT MAN"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
BILLY JOEL

"AN INNOCENT MAN"

I had heard a lot of Billy Joel songs, "Piano Man", "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me", "Just The Way You Are" and a few more so I knew about him.  Upon research I gained more respect for the man, from humble beginnings and a few upheavals he remains one of the best singer songwriters of all time.  In 1983 I heard "Tell Her About It" and the mega hit "Uptown Girl" and for the first time I bought a Billy Joel album.  In 1983 I was open to all genres of music so when I had "An Innocent Man" I pretty much played it to death and bought his Greatest Hits Vol 1 and 2 set soon after to hear more of the man.  The album had Soul, M…

THE SPASE

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The Spase hail from Widnes in Cheshire in the North West of England.  The duo of Andy Forrest (vocals/guitar) and Peter Walker (bass) were actually featured in one of my articles "Cheshire Rocks" a few years ago which was published by INCheshire and Prestbury Living magazines.


After appearing in several bands together they created The Spase in 2012.  They steadily built a loyal fanbase around the Cheshire area and released their debut album entitled "On A Cloud" featuring gems like "The Shooting Star" and "A Roaming Son".


The Spase bring a great Acoustic style Indie Rock with harmonious melodies and vocals.  The pure "live" sound they give on their songs is something I really like.  It is always better when, in headphones you feel like you're really at a gig.  They cite U2. The Beatles and REM as their influences but there are also elements of the Madchester era of the 90s sound like The Stone Roses and Inspiral Carpets.


The band h…

THE FIREFLYS

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The Fireflys are a band from my hometown of Runcorn, in the North West of England.  Playing a brand of Indie/Americana Rock with guitar driven songs and harmonious melodies.  Since finding this band I have also reviewed a live concert and their previous album on New Music Ear as well as having an article published in California's Music Insider magazine so they are always on my radar.


Since forming in 2007 and a few band lineup changes they have released four albums all to critical acclaim.  The last album "The Illumination Of Everything" brought the band to new heights and their single, the brilliant "Branches" was played on a myriad of radio stations and Internet playlists.  I described the song as "a lilting mixed masterpiece of sadness and hope" and this is what the songs give, plenty of emotion.

I had the pleasure of meeting the two mainstays of the band a few years ago, songwriter and frontman Lee Wylding and drummer Andie Packer who were very hu…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - BILLY IDOL "REBEL YELL"

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THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
BILLY IDOL

"REBEL YELL"

Billy Idol was one of those crazy, proper full-on Rockers.  The drugs, the booze and the near death experiences were all that made the headlines after he went solo from the great Punk band Generation X.  That aside the guy made some fabulous Rock records! I had heard of that band through songs like "King Rocker" and "Valley Of The Dolls" but Billy caught my attention with a re-working of "Dancing With Myself".  The self-titled debut solo album was a more mature Gen X with a New Wave spin.  When "Rebel Yell" came with the brilliant Steve Stevens' guitars and musicianship more to the fore and Keith Forsey's amazing production Billy was promine…

REQUESTED ALBUM REVIEW - THE BESSER 3 - "TIME TRAVELS"

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MUSIC ARTISTS? WANT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE(S) REVIEWED TRACK BY TRACK PLUS FREE PROMOTION ON NEW MUSIC EAR AND SHARED TO TWITTER, LINKEDIN, INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK? IF YOU LIKE THIS REVIEW, PLEASE CONTACT ME :)

THE BESSER 3


"TIME TRAVELS"


By Andrew Goodwin for NEW MUSIC EAR www.newmusicear.com.

ALBUM SUMMARY - "Time Travels" is the brainchild of New Zealand composer Jonathan Besser.  This is a Classical Jazz concept album and is produced by his long time friend Victor Levine.  Enlisting the capable Christopher brothers, Daniel (bass, electric guitar) and Drew (drums & percussion) as the rhythm section it was a perfect blend.  Jonathan's piano parts are played on an old 1928 Knabe parlour Grand, restored in 2003 and really encapsulate the "big" pure sound beautifully.  Non-Classical lovers don't be put off by the tag "Classical Jazz", there are experimental elements of Funk and Blues here and it is an engaging listen, to g…