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Hi forum people!

Recently I got interested in rescoring some intros of the series I watch so I begun with Westworld which was one I enjoyed most.
Although at first I was going for a full orchestral scoring, I started writing for a piano and at the end I was left with a piano piece with no idea how to introduce more instruments. I chose to keep it that way however and I present you my humble attempt.

As usual, I would be very happy to have some feedback from you!



It sounds very expressive and natural, albeit a very lonely sound. I'm curious as to how you went about making it. My guess is that you captured your idea on some kind of music notation, practiced a little bit, then hit the record button and played it out on a midi controller. The first time listened, I kept wanting the sound to fill in more with strings sections and maybe a solo woodwind or two, but after the third time I'm not sure that it really needs it.
(04-13-2018, 12:05 AM)Michael Willis Wrote: [ -> ]It sounds very expressive and natural, albeit a very lonely sound. I'm curious as to how you went about making it. My guess is that you captured your idea on some kind of music notation, practiced a little bit, then hit the record button and played it out on a midi controller. The first time listened, I kept wanting the sound to fill in more with strings sections and maybe a solo woodwind or two, but after the third time I'm not sure that it really needs it.

Hi Michael, thanks for listening! I invented the melodies through improvisation on a midi keyboard but I notated everything on the sequencer for the final recording. I used Reaper's Rate automation and some item stretching to introduce some performance elements such as the rubato feel of the 3/4.
Wow, that's pretty amazing, I was convinced that you played it by hand to get it to sound like that. When you say "rate automation", is that the same thing as ramped tempo changes? The nice thing about doing it that way is that it enables you to add more orchestration without it being a nightmare to sync up the timing, since your daw is aware of it (instead of just expressing it free hand, so to speak).
Sounds great, but I haven't watched the show so I have no idea what the original intro music sounds like. As much as I like the all piano version I think it sounds... empty somehow. It could use something more. Not necessarily the full orchestra but just maybe the some high violin notes that fade in and disappear again, some woodwind instrument that pops up to double one of the phrases briefly. Just a few, sparse things to give the illusion of the piano being part of a larger arrangement. Like everyone else is holding back. I think that would add to the tension of the music.
(04-13-2018, 08:21 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]Sounds great, but I haven't watched the show so I have no idea what the original intro music sounds like. As much as I like the all piano version I think it sounds... empty somehow. It could use something more. Not necessarily the full orchestra but just maybe the some high violin notes that fade in and disappear again, some woodwind instrument that pops up to double one of the phrases briefly. Just a few, sparse things to give the illusion of the piano being part of a larger arrangement. Like everyone else is holding back. I think that would add to the tension of the music.

Thanks for listening Mattias! I think I somehow limit myself by thinking of the orchestra as a whole set of instruments that I have to put in good use. Your remarks are very helpful.

Quote:Michael Willis

Wow, that's pretty amazing, I was convinced that you played it by hand to get it to sound like that. When you say "rate automation", is that the same thing as ramped tempo changes? The nice thing about doing it that way is that it enables you to add more orchestration without it being a nightmare to sync up the timing, since your daw is aware of it (instead of just expressing it free hand, so to speak).
 In Reaper you can automate, apart from the Tempo, the rate that the sequencer plays. I use this since the Tempo automation cannot handle ramps (at least it couldn't at the time I was writing it).
(04-18-2018, 01:35 PM)Chris Spyratos Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks for listening Mattias! I think I somehow limit myself by thinking of the orchestra as a whole set of instruments that I have to put in good use. Your remarks are very helpful.

Yes, I often fall into that trap myself, trying to use too many instruments just for the sake of "sounding like an orchestra". Like somebody is going to notice that I didn't use the bassoons for an entire piece and go, "excuse me, I heard no bassoons there... why are there no bassoons? Huh? EXPLAIN YOURSELF!"