My name is Paul Frederick West, and I compose neobaroque music. I guess I'm looking for a place where I can discuss and share this kind of music in a mature setting, free from undue criticism and heavy-handed opinioning. Seems there are not too many music forums on the internet that offer this. I live in Texas, USA, and have been composing for over 25 years. I play intermediate-level classical guitar, and most all my pieces (including the concertos and other chamber works) are conceived intially on this instrument. I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and I give God glory for any talent I may possess in the realm of music. By profession, I am a Mortician and not a composer - which is a good thing; I'd starve otherwise
I find contemporary baroque compostion a good method of stress-release and a way to "wind down" after work. I find the baroque idom a very large ocean and sufficiently (if not anachronistically) accomodating for a modern composer to express his or her ideas while maintaining a level of individuality. For those interested, some of my pieces can be heard on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Jalapablo. I am interested to hear others' music, even if it is not baroque.
For what it's worth, I am also the co-founder of "The Society of Contemporary Baroque Composition" which is an assembly of modern composers who utilize the baroque idiom as a vehicle for their artistic expression. All skill levels are welcome, membership is free, and no one is ever discouraged from writing modernly in the baroque style: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Society-of-Contemporary-Baroque-Composition/187989391214979?v=wall
I look forward to spending some time here, and getting to know many other composers. It looks like a great place.