Stefaan Himpe
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"cadence"-like chord progressions in modal music?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Sep 28, 2014. 29 Replies

In many modern compositions, composers like to incorporate elements from modal music, and to my ears at least, it often sounds very surprising/refreshing. As far as I know (and I may be wrong ;) ),…Continue

 

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About me...

Welcome on my profile page!

I'm an engineer with a passion for software and music. I like to write music (both traditional and experimental things) and I play some piano. I get my inspiration from different things, but poetry is an all-time favorite. Feel free to visit one of my music related web pages:

* music blog a touch of music

* my youtube page featuring some of my compositions (or see the videos grouped by topic)

* my soundcloud profile mostly overlaps with my youtube page, but contains some extras

Here's some music related software I use:

* lilypond, a free music engraving tool delivering outstanding quality

* music21, the free toolkit for computer-aided musicology (from MIT)

* supercollider, a free real-time environment for algorithmic composition and sound synthesis

* ardour 3, a free digital audio workstation

And finally, here's an example of music I've written (and I'm happy with) based on the poem "Twilight" by Samuel Menashe:

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Harmonia left a comment for Stefaan Himpe
"Wow, another year has passed.  Happy Birthday to a great composer and great writer."
Feb 13
Stefaan Himpe replied to Harmonia's discussion What are you listening to?
"Here's this year's discovery for me (although it's somewhat old by now):"
Feb 7
Stefaan Himpe replied to Harmonia's discussion What are you listening to?
"Quite an exquisite recording indeed! Thank you David for introducing us to this pearl."
Dec 3, 2016
Harmonia left a comment for Stefaan Himpe
"Happy Birthday, Stefaan!  I hope your day has been special."
Feb 13, 2016
Stefaan Himpe replied to Harmonia's discussion What are you listening to?
"In short it's music where timbres of instruments and the way they interact are the most (or at least very) important elements of the music. I'm afraid wikipedia can explain better than I can...…"
Jan 2, 2016
Stefaan Himpe replied to Harmonia's discussion What are you listening to?
"One of Belgium's most brilliant composers recently died of cancer. His music isn't "easy" in any possible meaning of the word but it manages to keep my interest. Being a spectralist, he understood like no one else how to make the…"
Dec 31, 2015
Stefaan Himpe commented on Harmonia's blog post * Scary 2015! A composition contest for Halloween
"You're right Johan, in my own "Rancid Light" I also didn't like the cut at the end, but the reverb was quite long and it would have taken away so much of the available time so I compromised on having some reverb and then still…"
Nov 5, 2015
Stefaan Himpe commented on Harmonia's blog post * Scary 2015! A composition contest for Halloween
"The Playground – by Raquel Bouchaya Did You Hear That – by Michael D Jones A Night at the Ruins of the Ballroom – by Themis Vasiliou In 3 Days – by AlexanderPaprotny"
Nov 4, 2015
Stefaan Himpe and Tem-Tem are now friends
Oct 27, 2015
Stefaan Himpe commented on Harmonia's blog post * Scary 2015! A composition contest for Halloween
"Hint: If you use privacy related browser plug-ins (like the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Privacy Badger) you may need to disable it to see the voting form. I too only saw a blank page until I disabled privacy badger for that page.  "
Oct 24, 2015
Stefaan Himpe and A. L. F are now friends
Oct 23, 2015
Stefaan Himpe replied to Harmonia's discussion What are you listening to?
"Vaughan Williams' clever compositions never fail to catch my attention and keep it.  took its inspiration from "
Apr 27, 2015
Stefaan Himpe left a comment for Harmonia
"Thank you for the kind birthday wishes! I've been too busy lately with non-music stuff, but that doesn't mean I'm not doing anything music related at all :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkZYH9fzLb0 ;"
Feb 13, 2015
Harmonia left a comment for Stefaan Himpe
"Happy Birthday to our good friend and contributor Stefaan Himpe - always full of brilliant ideas and new music.  Hope today is memorable, Stefaan!"
Feb 13, 2015
Stefaan Himpe replied to Harmonia's discussion What are you listening to?
"As a side-note: one of the biggest Liszt discoveries in the last year for me was his "Nuages Gris" (I hadn't heard of it until I heard a guitar player (Ray Egea) made a cover of it on his guitar and posted it on youtube!). I cannot…"
Dec 5, 2014
Stefaan Himpe commented on Harmonia's blog post * Scary 2014!
"Congrats to the seven highest ranked composers! Sorry to be nitpicking again: I double-checked the calculations and got different numbers. I left out the "all my fav pieces are in another group" votes, and I get the following…"
Nov 1, 2014

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At 7:13pm on February 13, 2017, Harmonia said…

Wow, another year has passed.  Happy Birthday to a great composer and great writer.

At 9:31pm on February 13, 2016, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday, Stefaan!  I hope your day has been special.

At 3:29pm on February 13, 2015, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday to our good friend and contributor Stefaan Himpe - always full of brilliant ideas and new music.  Hope today is memorable, Stefaan!

At 12:29pm on February 13, 2014, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday, Stefaan!  Have a great day today.

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* Olivier Messiaen's modes of limited transposition

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 6:30pm 7 Comments

After starting a discussion on cadences in modal music on VirtualArtists.com, the subject at some point turned into a discussion of elements of the musical language of Olivier Messiaen (notably his "modes of limited transposition").

After listening to and reading a bit about Messiaen's musical language I was intrigued enough to try and find out why and how his modes work so well with us, the listeners. I wanted to see if there are some things about his modes that are not present in…

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