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After my last piece was uploaded here i got some useable feedback regarding getting more out of my themes and having a structure that is more musical and less spountan. I tried to get that into this composition: https://instaud.io/17YS What do you think? Also do you hear any "mistakes" regarding sampling and sounds and mixing? I've been now hearing it for a while and for me it sounds okay so far, but I'm getting to the point where I heard it too often.

Thanks in advance!
I really enjoyed this piece and the Summoning. I can tell that you've been working on form, it seems more well thought-out this time. Did you make changes to your reverb or anything else related to stage presence? It seems like this one has a much more crisp sound.

I can definitely relate to "heard it too often", every time I start a project I get a few minutes in and then have a hard time finishing because I have heard it so much, and can't tell anymore if it sounds good or not.
Cool piece! I'm hearing pirates, sword fights and swashbuckling adventure on the high seas rather than dancing though Smile

This one is definitely more "together" in terms of flow and development, in fact I think you've done a great job making a 5+ minute piece that stays in the same mood/pace throughout sound varied, interesting and like it's going somewhere.

Midi-wise, some machine gun staccatos and synthy phrasing in the trumpets during the first minute detracted a bit from the overall experience, but aside from that nothing really struck me as sounding wrong. The syncopated part at 3:53 is kind of "moused in/hard quantized"-sounding but then again it fits the overall feel of the tune so I dunno. Really love the little embellishments with glocken and piano and whatnot, and the staccato strings overall are great! Not just the samples, but the arrangement as well.

Can't really comment on the production/mixing as it's late here and I'm listening to this at a low volume.
(07-27-2017, 05:08 PM)Michael Willis Wrote: [ -> ]I really enjoyed this piece and the Summoning. I can tell that you've been working on form, it seems more well thought-out this time. Did you make changes to your reverb or anything else related to stage presence? It seems like this one has a much more crisp sound.

I can definitely relate to "heard it too often", every time I start a project I get a few minutes in and then have a hard time finishing because I have heard it so much, and can't tell anymore if it sounds good or not.

Thank you! More thought-out is excatctly what I was aiming for and what I wanted to hear Big Grin Yeah, I've stopped using very intensive high shelfs and made the panning more extreme, but the probably most important change is, I stopped using the Modulation-parameter of my reverb (so basicly a chorus). It really made it everything very lush and dense, which was cool for the Summoning, but I wanted a more realistic sound and less "darkness". Also I changed the Decay from from 4 seconds to 2-3 seconds. Basicly I brought the orchestra from a Cathedrel to a Concert Hall. I guess crisp is a good thing, right?

(07-27-2017, 09:35 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]Cool piece! I'm hearing pirates, sword fights and swashbuckling adventure on the high seas rather than dancing though Smile

This one is definitely more "together" in terms of flow and development, in fact I think you've done a great job making a 5+ minute piece that stays in the same mood/pace throughout sound varied, interesting and like it's going somewhere.

Midi-wise, some machine gun staccatos and synthy phrasing in the trumpets during the first minute detracted a bit from the overall experience, but aside from that nothing really struck me as sounding wrong. The syncopated part at 3:53 is kind of "moused in/hard quantized"-sounding but then again it fits the overall feel of the tune so I dunno. Really love the little embellishments with glocken and piano and whatnot, and the staccato strings overall are great! Not just the samples, but the arrangement as well.

Can't really comment on the production/mixing as it's late here and I'm listening to this at a low volume.

Thank you Smile I was actually somewhat afraid, that it is tooo much in the same mood and has too much jumpiness and is basicly just aggressive and hyped up most of the time. Yeah the beginning sounds especially very Pirates of the Caribian-like, especially with the spiccato Cello Big Grin Do you have any idea how to avoid that artifical phrasing? Maybe increasing the attack and release on the sampler to make it sound more legato? And maybe play more with the Volume Envelope? Regarding the part at 3:53, I think you're not wrong, I think i might drag some stuff kind of to the side and build in some "mistakes" to make it sound more human, especially in the high percussion. As you said, I think it fits the piece right, but it might not hurt to try it.

Thank you, I really like using this tinkely sounds, I'm glad you appreciate them!
I liked this from beginning to end. Very dynamic, lots of action. I have no suggestions and certainly no criticism. I imagine a choreographer would really like this.
Wow impressive piece congratulations. Just when i thought it was about to get into a rut, you threw in something new to keep it fresh.
I have no idea how you solid composers can write a five minute non-repeating musical piece. A minute is my max.
My only thought would be that I wish maybe it built to a bigger climax in the last 45 seconds or so?
I love it! Yes, it's very very Pirates of the Caribbean, and it's hard to imagine anyone dancing to it. But overall it's just an awesome piece of music.
(07-28-2017, 10:58 PM)Paul Battersby Wrote: [ -> ]I liked this from beginning to end. Very dynamic, lots of action. I have no suggestions and certainly no criticism. I imagine a choreographer would really like this.

Thanks a lot!

(07-29-2017, 02:35 AM)bigcat1969 Wrote: [ -> ]Wow impressive piece congratulations. Just when i thought it was about to get into a rut, you threw in something new to keep it fresh.
I have no idea how you solid composers can write a five minute non-repeating musical piece. A minute is my max.
My only thought would be that I wish maybe it built to a bigger climax in the last 45 seconds or so?

Oh damn I thought the climax was already pretty big Big Grin Thanks anyway, are you stating that as a compliment or would you want some advice? I might give you some tips, that could help you a bit with getting more material.

(07-29-2017, 04:14 AM)peastman Wrote: [ -> ]I love it! Yes, it's very very Pirates of the Caribbean, and it's hard to imagine anyone dancing to it. But overall it's just an awesome piece of music.

Thank you! I actually kind of associate pirates with dancing to a certain degree, but that might just be Alestorms fault.
(07-29-2017, 04:54 PM)Viktor Wrote: [ -> ]Thank you! I actually kind of associate pirates with dancing to a certain degree, but that might just be Alestorms fault.

I used to listen to Alestorm a lot. I hung out with Chris a few times, too. Much drunkeness! I think most things I'd comment on have been covered by others' comments so I don't have much to add other than to lend my support in general. I really enjoy your stuff, so keep it coming!
(07-29-2017, 06:04 PM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]
(07-29-2017, 04:54 PM)Viktor Wrote: [ -> ]Thank you! I actually kind of associate pirates with dancing to a certain degree, but that might just be Alestorms fault.

I used to listen to Alestorm a lot. I hung out with Chris a few times, too. Much drunkeness! I think most things I'd comment on have been covered by others' comments so I don't have much to add other than to lend my support in general. I really enjoy your stuff, so keep it coming!

Thanks a lot, sounds like great times! From what I heard, he seems to be a pretty cool guy.
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