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  1. I am looking forward to hearing an orchestrated version. One thing you may want to consider is that with a keyboard you'll never be *exactly* in time. I'd recommend a free program like http://www.anvilstudio.com/ to help you. You can play the music with the keyboard connected to the computer, then fix up the notes on the screen (or just enter the notes into the computer directly). If you use a program you won't have to worry about mixing the different instruments manually. If you want to make a bigger investment (bigger than free, that is), a software synth would be a good idea.

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    I'm actually working on laying down some synth/orchestral tracks, my MIDI keyboard is one you can play on the computer and it comes with a lot of instruments, everything except cymbals and snare drums, which is what I need as part of the orchestration. I have to layer everything on top of one another and record them separately. When I'm finished, I'll put some samples up on my page. I am working on the shorter versions because it will be easier for me to arrange everything. I'm glad you liked everything, and please let me know how you like these newly orchestrated versions.
  2. I would love to hear a fully orchestrated version of this theme. Do you have a software synth?

    Anyone have any comments on the piece I posted above, http://web.mit.edu/stransky/Public/st/7-23.mp3 or its thematic companion, http://web.mit.edu/stransky/Public/st/mitwe.mp3 ?

    If anyone would like to listen to what I composed, please click on the "Original Music" section of my webpage. The name of the piece is called "The Olympiad".


  3. He definitely signs things and takes pictures with his fans after concerts (at least he does after the Boston Pops concerts). I got my "40 years of JW film music" CD insert signed, and the concert program, in addition to 4 pictures with him.

    Try waiting by the stage door after the concert; you may be waiting upwards of an hour (he tries to wait before coming down so there will be fewer people left).

    Good luck!

  4. The "infamous quote" must be at 24 seconds in. I really love the ending of the piece and just wish that there was a nice JWesque gliss at the end (after your last notes and a very brief rest).

    Here is my newest creation. It's 3.5 minutes, definitely inspired by JW. I also make use one of the themes that I used in the piece "mitwe.mp3" (posted on page 7 of this thread).


    Comments are definitely welcome, and encouraged.

    Also, some of my music was featured on CNN Headline News last Friday evening during a short documentary about some MIT students. I'll see if I can get a videocap of it.

  5. Yes, I'm guilty. The reverb was set at 127 out of 127.

    Reverb is good yes, but too much of it (like scotts piece "endcredits") makes it sound more fake than it needed to. But it helps disguising samples of course :angry: It doesn't sound like a real hall when used in this amount.

  6. Yes, I stayed around. He came into the north-east side of the lobby (indoors this time, even though the weather was much nicer) just before 11pm (an hour after the show ended). He signed things, talked to people, and took pictures with fans. He did not take "normal" people up to his dressing room tonight. Then he met a few more fans outside on the way to his BSO1 ride.

    I got two more great photos with him thanks to gates2 (plus the 2 from last week):



  7. Chris, it's very James Bond-y! Especially the first part. And I love the ending.

    Here is a little 3 minute fanfare/march that I just composed for fun (it is very different than the other piece I posted). There are two main themes. There are a few variations of the first theme, then a few variations of the second theme, then the first theme makes a brief return, followed by the climax, which uses both themes at once. The first couple bars might make you think "oh, this is going to be Indiana Jones" (I used a similar background at the start), but that's definitely not the case -- though, of course, I'm inspired by JW's music)!


    Comments are very appreciated, please.

  8. Since he has a later concert that night, you may want to ask the stage managers what he will be doing. You should find out if he will actually be leaving before you go outside to wait.

    Thanks Scott!  If I can muster the courage, I may give it a try on Saturday afternoon.
  9. The best bet is to wait around the stage exit door (north side of the hall) after the concert. You'll be standing out in the cold (45 F), damp, misty (or rainy, depending on which day you go) weather for an hour or so before he comes out. The past years I did this, but he came out, said he was too tired, thanked us for waiting, and then left. This year, he spent about 10 or 15 minutes with the 25 or so "die-hard" fans that stayed. He shook everyone's hand, signed things, and posed for photos.

    ps. how'd you find john williams for the photos? since i'm coming from toronto, it'd be quite amazing to have the opportunity to meet him while there.
  10. I'll be there this Thursday and next Tuesday. I'm planning on showing up really early to see if I can find JW beforehand (this almost worked two years ago -- he went inside 1 minute before I got there!). And of course, I'm staying afterwards, to see if he will take pictures / sign autographs. The past years he has been too tired.

  11. I wrote this "End Credits" cue for a friend's student film (an allegory of current political events, set in ancient Arabia -- hence the use of a number of augmented 2nds). The film premiered last weekend, and I composed this cue in a couple days the previous week. It is synthesized with the "Edirol High Quality Orchestral Synthesizer".


    I would appreciate comments! (I know there are parts that are a bit repetitive, but that's because I only had a couple days to write this.)

    I have enjoyed listening to the other cues posted in this thread.

    Thanks for listening,


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