The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity
By Jon Brantingham: Composer and Music Composition Teacher
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Jon Brantingham talks about everything related to music composition, music theory, and creativity, to get you started on the right foot while learning to compose. Discover what you need to be doing to consistently grow as a budding composer, what tips and tricks will make the process a little less painful, and most importantly, what you can do to find your own composing voice. Jon is a composer, music composition teacher, business owner, former Army helicopter pilot, father and husband. He doesn't enjoy long walks on the beach, but instead prefers to jump in and surf. Whether you like to write in a classical or romantic style, like Jon, or you like to write 4 minutes of bleeps and bloops and call that music, or maybe you are a singer-songwriter, the Art of Composing podcast will be your guide to learning the art and craft of music composition.
||CleanAOC 013: William Caplin and Analyzing Classical Form - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||In episode 13 of the AOC Podcast I talk to William Caplin, author of Analyzing Classical Form. This book, and his previous book have been instrumental in my development as a composer.||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 012: Samuel Adler and The Study of Orchestration - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||An interview with Samuel Adler, author of The Study of Orchestration.||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 011: Partimenti and the Secrets of the Greatest Composers – An Interview with Robert Gjerdingen - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||We interview Robert Gjerdingen, author of the book "Music in the Galant Style". We talk about Partimenti, the tool used to train the greatest composers from Mozart to Debussy and Stravinsky.||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 010: Understanding Harmony - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||Harmony is one of the core elements of music composition, but it can be difficult to get your head wrapped around the subject. In this episode, you'll learn about the fundamentals of harmony, from we get chords to creating chord progressions.||1/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 009: My Principles of Orchestration - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||Orchestration is a tempting thing for any composer. The excitement of conducting your own piece in front of 80-120 players, bringing the audience to tears... it's hard to beat. But are you ready for it? In this episode,||3/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 008: Understanding Musical Form - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||Musical form is a tool that has been used by every great composer from Bach, to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, and even living composers. But what is musical form, and how does it work? In this episode learn the fundamentals of classical musical .||11/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 007: Creativity and Music Composition - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||Episode 7 of the Art of Composing Podcast. In this episode, we look at creativity - what it is, how to find it, and how to explore your creative boundaries.||10/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 006: The Pathway to Mastery, Part 3 – Beyond the Apprencticeship - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||Having a mentor can really help catapult your apprenticeship and speed up your process of mastery. But how do you find a mentor? And how do you take advantage of that mentor-protege relationship? Find out in this episode of the Art of Composing Podcast.||5/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 005: The Pathway to Mastery, Part 2 – The Ideal Composer Apprenticeship - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||Episode 5 of the Art of Composing Podcast. In this episode, I cover the next stage of your pathway to mastery, the apprenticeship. Find out about why an apprenticeship is so important, the different phases of an apprenticeship,||2/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 004: The Pathway to Mastery, Part 1 - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||Episode 4 of the Art of Composing Podcast. This episode is all about starting on the pathway to mastery. What is mastery? Well, it is the state that you achieve, where you have almost magical powers of control over your chosen field.||12/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 003: So You Want to Become a Composer? - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||Episode 3 of the Art of Composing Podcast. In this episode, I talk about what it takes to start composing immediately. What is in this episode: The mindset you need to learn to compose music. How to approach the act of learning to compose.||12/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 002: The Process of Composing Music - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||Ever wonder what the process of composing music is really all about? Are you confused about how to even start composing, let alone, how to develop a piece of music and when to stop? Find out about the process I go through when composing,||11/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOC 001: What is Music Composition? - The Art of Composing Podcast: Music Composition | Music Theory | Creativity||In this first episode of the Art of Composing Podcast, I talk a little bit about who I am, why I started artofcomposing.com, and the Art of Composing Podcast. Next, I go into what music composition is and the stages of learning to compose music...||11/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
If you’re interested in music composition, this is a great place to start!
This podcast is very well done. Jon explains his ideas very clearly, and they make a lot of sense. I’ve been composing for years, but still learn from The Art of Composing blog every time I read an article.
If you’re interested in music composition, this is a great place to start. I look forward to future episodes!
For those interested in exploring the 'Craft' behind Music Composition
Jon brings a very intelligent, concise, and logical discussion about the issues and tools anyone interested in musical composition must consider.
It is geared toward 'common practice' era ideas. This is good for building a foundation in studying/writing the most recognized stylistic music of the western tradition or simply 'Classical' music.
It is the method currently used in our college classrooms 'Theory I-IV' classes
If you are not a beginner, you may find it interesting to listen to, to compare already formed thoughts on the issues of 'creative' and 'craft' based composition.
As most established musicians have students of their own still finding their way to their voice and craft, it helps to get an outside view on how to teach and approach something as deep as this subject.
What is also very much appreciated is the very friendly and positive attitude that Jon brings to the discussion. Not intimidating in the least but welcoming.
Great advice & perspective on composing. Posting 5 stars in hopes of more episodes. Just starting my first film score, so I look forward to that subject being addressed more in future episodes. Keep up the good work John!