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Inside the Community – Nathanael Iversen – How to Find a Musical Theme

Inside the Community – Nathanael Iversen – How to Find a Musical Theme When accessing the Creative Pool, one must vary the approach based on what one needs. That is why it is easier to go back repeatedly than to get everything at once. Let us first consider getting a theme for a new composition. A good theme most often contains a few simple notes. Long complex themes full of syncopation and odd rhythms aren’t usually good themes because

March 15th, 2019|

Inside the Community – Nathanael Iversen – My Process of Gathering Material

Inside the Community – Nathanael Iversen – My Process of Gathering Material When starting a new piece, it is easy to be overwhelmed with what to do first. So, I break it down into lots of simple decisions that I make one at a time. I start with decisions that have no musical content like how long do I want it to be? What time signature will I use? How many measures will I have to write? I write

March 1st, 2019|

The Consumption Behavior of Music

The Consumption Behavior of Music Most certainly most of the representatives of the young generation didn’t manage to see how a tape looks like unless there are some lying around at their parent’s house. Even more than this, let us not forget that our parents used to listen to music on the radio or with the help of vinyl records, at least those that had a pickup at home. But, these days, everything is changed. There’s no need for

February 15th, 2019|

How to Turn 4 Bars of Music into 60 Minutes

How to Turn 4 Bars of Music into 60 Minutes Ok, this seems to be a very hard task! And it actually is, when you don't know how to tackle it. The good news is that there are as many correct ways to solve this problem as there are composers out there. But all of these ways have something in common - and that's a methodology or a process! This is one of the good reasons why you should

February 1st, 2019|

The Impact of MTV on the Music Industry

The Impact of MTV on the Music Industry MTV aired in August 1st of 1981 during the midnight. This TV channel started its transmission and played a big role not only in the music industry but also in music history for two generations. As a very fulminating statement, MTV’s first video was ‘Video killed the radio star’ by the Buggles, after a message that said “Ladies and gentlemen, rock’n’roll!” A new era in the music world was just starting

January 15th, 2019|

What is your personal WHY?

What is your personal WHY? In this article, I'd like to get a little emotional as it's the beginning of the new year 2019. I won't get into any new year's resolutions, though, but instead answer a question publicly that I got asked quite often over the last few weeks. Without dancing around, here's that question right away: "Why do you spend that much time and effort to build M.I.T.A.? And what keeps you going?" If you look from

January 1st, 2019|

8 Ideas to Motivate your Child to Practice

8 Ideas to Motivate Your Child to Practice Motivating children to improve their skills is not a simple job, even less in these times when there are so many distractions, implementing habits of discipline represents a challenge for parents and teachers. It's a fact that you can’t force children into something they don’t want to do, however, there are non-invasive methods of persuasion and motivation to guide them into the musical discipline. First of all, we have to bear

December 15th, 2018|

Focus on the Application, not Knowledge

Focus on the Application, not Knowledge This time I'd like to spend a few minutes to write an experience report. It's about a pattern that I start seeing in the development of our composers in training (CITs). When one starts with the M.I.T.A. composition course, very often the examples that are being sent in are complicated, very complex and totally overwritten. Early starters tend to put way too much information and too many musical ideas into their work. They

December 1st, 2018|