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Um...yeah. LOL

What I meant was, the themes are great, but maybe too great...er...too plentiful...read my second post?

Anyway I liked the finale. ;)

EDIT: Wait, I know: Han Solo and the Princess. I cannot fathom what significance it has to Episode III...since it is 2/3's Han's theme, and Han doesn't exist yet, as far as we're concerned. Seems like you just got carried away with quoting Williams there.

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OK, I've finally decided to share my songs. All two of them. Before you listen, keep in mind that I had to use Finale PrintMusic sounds, which was limited on basically everything. And it's not a clean recording, because it was recorded with my friend's LEGO Studios camera. (Don't ask....) They're short songs, but I think they're alright. I'm very new at composing, and like William Hung said: "I've had no professional training". <<or something like that. Well, here they are:

http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?songs...s=349826&T=5632

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Yay :folder: I finally recorded my song live! I was using a 32 piece high school orch with reduced strings for my recording so it is not that good. my mixing is a bit off /not good balance (i'll fix it over the week). but here's a demo of the song, Aurora. Tuning was...well...um, this is where i wish i had a 60 piece orchestra that was in tune. And i was stupid when i recorded the vox. I wanted to be professional so i stuck the mike from above, but it turns out that the mike was a condensor and basically, i picked up the sound off the floor instead of from the mouth, hence hte voice is super echo. oh well. enjoy.

http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?PID=507168&T=574

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^Tony, I added you to my Favorite Artists list at ACIDplanet. And I certainly understand problems with sound quality. (have you heard my songs? lol) But I like that song, echo or not! The 16th note strings are cool.

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I've finally finished my First Task track, but is it possible that someone could transform my crappy midi file into something half decent? I have no sample library, not as of yet anyway (I should really get a job...)

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Yay :folder: I finally recorded my song live! I was using a 32 piece high school orch with reduced strings for my recording so it is not that good. my mixing is a bit off /not good balance (i'll fix it over the week). but here's a demo of the song, Aurora. Tuning was...well...um, this is where i wish i had a 60 piece orchestra that was in tune. And i was stupid when i recorded the vox. I wanted to be professional so i stuck the mike from above, but it turns out that the mike was a condensor and basically, i picked up the sound off the floor instead of from the mouth, hence hte voice is super echo. oh well. enjoy.

http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?PID=507168&T=574

FANTASTIC COMPOSITION. The subtle way Williams has influenced you is clear to me - and it's great. Bit unfortunate about the tuning and inexperience of the instruments in the middle parts, but excellent climax!!! and gorgeous, "sweetest" melody :mrgreen:

Very appropriate for a musical, and I agree it's touching in a Lion King/Lil Mermaid way. Nice.

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Excellent composition. You've got some nice harmonies in there, real feeling. May I suggest if you have some software like sound forge applying normalisation to the piece. This should bring out the dynamic ranges in the music and make it more audible :folder:.

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For thoughs that are interested here is the soundtrack I wrote for a student film called Warriors of Destiny:

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Soundforge? I used adobe audition to attempt to fix it. well i have a new mix (it was my fault for levels haha). i'm going to upload it soon.

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As I've already said some time ago, I really enjoy that piece (and the film) :| BTW after listening to it for some time I found some details of the orchestration I really like :D (Like in measure 4 and 8 of the theme the loud low brass chord in the accompaniment followed by the cymbal crash :)

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For my first "task" in my composition course at uni this year, I have to listen to and analyse string quartets and ultimately have written one of my own by May-June.

Does anybody have any tips on string quartet-writing? My teacher's suggested I listen to Debussy, Ravel, Bartok (no.6), Shostakovich (no.8), and for additional historical perspective, anything by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven (particularly Op.18). But do you have any specific tips you've picked up - what's the best way of achieving that sort of effortless four-part switching and swirling and development, etc, that I find fascinating and extremely hard to write myself.

My idea is to do the following, to show my frustration at the two "polar opposites" of the orchestral music world, and how I'm drawn to one but not the other (though I will try to write both to the best of my ability to see which one "wins", fairly):

String Quartet 1 ? ?Film Music Versus Concert Hall?

I ? Dual Prologue

II ? Action Sequence

III ? Quiet Character

IV ? Climax & Revelation

I was thinking about actually temp-tracking them like four film cues, cutting up and alternating between a film score and string quartet, and using them for structural inspiration, but refining the use of themes to suit. I will need to come up with a theme that is both film-score thematic conforming to quasi-structureless hypothetical imagery, and also introspective and abstract, conforming to and unto itself. The revelation I guess would be where these ideas merge and there is no winner...?

What you think?

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I would also recomend Michael Tippett´s String Quartets, Stravinsky´s Concerto in D, Three Pieces and Apollon Musagéte

(the Stravinsky pieces are for string orchestra)

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For thoughs that are interested here is the soundtrack I wrote for a student film called Warriors of Destiny:

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This is better than anything I remember from the entire The Two Towers. In fact, it's extremely inspiring. Thanks.

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Have you checked out the corresponding film by Forge's brother? If not, click the link in his signature. I find the movie entertaining and well-made in repsect the the available means :| And the scoring is spot-on (like the timpani roll when the wizard's staff pounds the ground in close-up :D)

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Hi everybody!

It is great to be able to hear your great pieces!

I have a little problem. Everytime I try to attach a midi, rar og zip file it tells me that the maximum filesize has been reached. I find that a little strange since the file I am trying to post is around 8-18 kb in size....

What can I do?

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I just finished some action music to accompany Marian's space game. It's recorded with EWQL Silver (not perfect, but it works ;)). You can listen to it here:

MaxFighter - The Asteroid Belt

/edit: If someone did download it before this edit, please reload :) I've done lots of tinkering the past few hours, including some rerecording of instruments, and done a proper stereo mix (with the orchestra panned out more realistically).

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Is someone readily available RIGHT NOW to just pop a simple 4:00 string quartet sibelius file into their garritan p.o. or whatever excellent sample system they've got set up, record it and send it to me back at bowiescores@hotmail.com?????

I'd love to hear whether what I've written works with "realer" instruments :(

If anyone can do this in the next hour or two, please let me know asap, here, and i'll send the file wherever!

Thanks in advance Mysterious Stranger.

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well, in the given timeframe I don't have time, but if you send it to me anyways, I'll try to record the violin parts myself tomorrow, so you have a real recording of those :(

Greets,

Chris

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Yeah it's just a draft - don't wanna disrupt Max Fighter - computer sampling is more than enough... so never mind.

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No worries... it's not like Chris has an exclusive contract with me or something... and I'm still working on the game for a while anyway.

Marian - LOL

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Yes, that's no problem, if you'd like a real recording of those parts, feel free to mail me the music :(

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Did nobody listen to my "Asteroid Belt" piece? :P I'm really curious what you think about it! (Even if you bash it - as long as it's constructive criticism ;))

Obviously Star Wars was one inspiration to me (hence the title of the cue - although the game setting practically asks for it ;)), but I tried not to carbon copy anything, just create orchestral action that is engaging and diverse enough not to fall onto the players nerves too soon (as it's looped in the game).

I appreciate any comments :D

-Chris, now busy coming up with a main title

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A friend of mine tested Max Fighter today... first thing he said was he doesn't think we'll have the right to use that music; he actually did believe it to be The Asteroid Field at first (he's a bit of a JW fan himself).

He kept playing the game for a while and said the music is *really* good.

Marian - :P

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Did nobody listen to my "Asteroid Belt" piece? :joy: I'm really curious what you think about it! (Even if you bash it - as long as it's constructive criticism 8O)

Obviously Star Wars was one inspiration to me (hence the title of the cue - although the game setting practically asks for it ;)), but I tried not to carbon copy anything, just create orchestral action that is engaging and diverse enough not to fall onto the players nerves too soon (as it's looped in the game).  

I appreciate any comments :D

-Chris, now busy coming up with a main title

I personally haven't had time. Been busy with uni and composing. It's perfect. Again, the instrument samples don't do it justice, but the composition itself is fine and definitely sound suitable to a computer game, and presumably Max Fighter is as such.

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Hey Guys! :D I've just purchased Opus 1 (Vienna Symphonic Library) and I'll be getting a new computer soon, so I'll be composing lots!! :joy:

I look forward to posting some stuff here 8O

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Simon, what kind of reverb do you usually use on the orchestra?

On all of these, I used Waves IR-1 with a Sydney Opera House impulse.

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Thank You, Simon.

I have a question for you. I think that you already work with a real orchestra. So do you find, like me, that is very difficult to recreate the depth of the orchestra. Another thing is the symphaty between the instruments. It is really difficult for you to think the dynamic like a real orchestra when you orchestrate on your midi system?

I am very sorry if my question is confuse...English is a little nightmare for me....

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Thank You, Simon.

I have a question for you. I think that you already work with a real orchestra. So do you find, like me, that is very difficult to recreate the depth of the orchestra. Another thing is the symphaty between the instruments. It is really difficult for you to think the dynamic like a real orchestra when you orchestrate on your midi system?

I am very sorry if my question is confuse...English is a little nightmare for me....

It's ok. Well yes it isn't an easy thing to do, but like so many things, with years and years of practice your learn to get better:) And some knowledge about orchestras and instruments is very helpful as well. I have never recorded any of my stuff with an orchestra, but I did record my own samples. Of course I would prefer to get all my stuff recorded by a real orchestra - any day - no matter how good a MIDI version you do, the real thing will always have something extra. At least if you get a decent orchestra to play.

Also, the composition, orchestration and balancing means 90% - the technical stuff is only the last 10% of the realism. If your stuff is bad, you can't make it sound good/real.

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Very nice music, Simon! :D

Just curious, what kind of film is that for which you wrote the first 4 tracks? Sounds a bit like a scary/horror-drama or something *g*

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Absolutely Amazing! You are truly Talented :D

Is that the VSL? ( Sounds like it to me ;) )

If so, What package do you have and what sort of PC do you have? Also, do you use GigaStudio with Cubase?

Thanks :)

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Absolutely Amazing! You are truly Talented :D

Is that the VSL? ( Sounds like it to me ;) )

If so, What package do you have and what sort of PC do you have? Also, do you use GigaStudio with Cubase?

Thanks :)

Thanks. No, not much VSL, if anything. Solo woodwinds are sometimes VSL, but violins + cellos are my own private samples. The rest of the strings are Sonic Implants, the brass is SAM and Sonic Implants, the percussion EWQLSO, maybe with some SAM True Strike.

I have 7 PC's... Used 4 on this one. One for controlling it all/sequencing using Logic, 3 running GigaStudio and one running the picture.

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Very nice music, Simon! :D  

Just curious, what kind of film is that for which you wrote the first 4 tracks? Sounds a bit like a scary/horror-drama or something *g*

Thanks. It is for a H.C. Andersen story called "The Story About a Mother" - it IS about life and death/good and evil to some extent yes.

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Absolutely Amazing! You are truly Talented :)

Is that the VSL? ( Sounds like it to me :P )

If so, What package do you have and what sort of PC do you have? Also, do you use GigaStudio with Cubase?

Thanks ;)

Thanks. No, not much VSL, if anything. Solo woodwinds are sometimes VSL, but violins + cellos are my own private samples. The rest of the strings are Sonic Implants, the brass is SAM and Sonic Implants, the percussion EWQLSO, maybe with some SAM True Strike.

I have 7 PC's... Used 4 on this one. One for controlling it all/sequencing using Logic, 3 running GigaStudio.

Er. OK :D

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