Timothy's Blog

A personal blog by Timothy Grindall

Old-New Song 2.0

April 11th, 2019 by

So I wrote this song to communicate sadness and heaviness. I thought before that it was an old song and the first part is, but I’ve added to it and now it’s a new song. Hence the title. This song is inspired by a memory of mine which is very sad, so I guess that’s my inspiration.

Overall it uses entirely diatonic chords meaning in this case that it uses no ‘black’ notes on the keyboard. But I think it sounds fine in spite of that. Part of this song is in 6/8 time but most of it is in 4/4 time which I think lends it an interesting quality (the combination of the two).

Tell me what you think about this song in the comments!

Sonatina in F Minor

February 24th, 2019 by

So I wrote my first song on my new keyboard controller for my PC. I used a program called Reaper and some VST (synthetic) instruments that came with my piano keyboard. Overall it turned out pretty well.

I thought I was writing the piece in C Minor right up till the end because that’s what key it started in but I know its in F Minor now (funny how chromatic chords can mess you up). I expect to start writing music for The Super Rocket soon, unless I think of another reason to procrastinate 😁!

Now I’m not sure if it’s right to call this piece a sonatina but it has a recurring a section and kinda a development section in the middle so I’ll call it that.

Originally I wrote the piano piece first and chose the flute to go along with the piano because me and my sister Grace used to play pieces together (her on the flute and me on the piano), though that happened only every looong once in a while. Anyways, I enjoyed playing on this keyboard and I’m sure it will serve me well for years to come.

I would like to try out some real sampled instruments sometime. I’m even considering recording my piano parts for The Super Rocket on my parents grand piano, but that’s just a dream (I may end up using different instruments).

Rondo in C

February 17th, 2019 by

So I began my first foray into musical Rondo form today. I spent just over three hours composing this thing. Overall I’m pretty happy with it. Rondo means the music is made of 5 or 7 sections (in this case 5) labelled ABACA or ABACADA (7-part rondo). There are also ‘re-transitions’ between the sections which add to the length.

I really should learn to use a program such as Pro Tools or Reaper so I can do a proper recording with professional samples. Also, this music has no dynamics (it’s the same loudness throughout). There are some things you can do in MuseScore to adjust dynamics but I totally forgot about it.

I just bought a piano keyboard and I’m planning on getting Reaper which is a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) which will allow me to record music in much higher quality with better dynamics and phrasing. Pretty excited about that.

I’m pretty happy with the progress I’m making in music composition and I think this is an interest that will stick with me for years. Tell me what you think about this music in the comments!

Victory is When The Dawn Breaks

January 14th, 2019 by

So I’ve been learning to write music and got sidetracked and wrote this short piece of music. Sorry for the poor audio quality, I just exported straight from MuseScore so it’s a pretty simple MIDI composition. My Mom thought the title didn’t go with the music which is in a minor key but I explained to her it’s the victory that comes before we know it. I could have developed this a little more but decided I didn’t have enough time. I think the music is very similar to a song I heard a long time ago but I don’t know if I can really help that. Anyways, tell me what you think!