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Writing 'epic' music for the first time in... 5 years? - Samulis - 03-31-2020

So I was stuck awake last night and decided to pop open Sonar and write a little. Three hours later this bad boy popped out...
https://www.dropbox.com/s/sy5iyphhuvumuge/EpicWW.mp3?dl=0

Some rough non-quantized bits, so excuse those (too lazy to fix and my playing is too rubato to just click 'quantize'). As with most of my recent stuff, everything is improvised live on the keyboard, line by line (tons of outtakes as you can imagine, and a bunch of tweaks in the piano roll to fix my stupid mistakes).

Weirdly I haven't written big epic climaxes in a very very long time, at least since Airscape which I now realize was 2015... where the heck did time go?? Confused

Libs used are EW Hollywood Strings, WW, & Brass, plus VSCO 2 for percussion (tambourine, toms, hand drums, bass drum, timp, susp cymbal) of course. I'm actually not a fan of the HW WW (at least, the Gold edition I have, which only includes the pretty meh sounding Mid mics rather than the nice sounding Main mics, and has some weird glitches overall, like the rest of Hollywood ), but they worked out pretty well here in the little woodwind quartet section.


RE: Writing 'epic' music for the first time in... 5 years? - Chris Spyratos - 04-01-2020

Thanks for sharing Sam!

Question: Did you have a specific form in mind when writing this or you went with improvising along the way?


RE: Writing 'epic' music for the first time in... 5 years? - Paul Battersby - 04-01-2020

Very nice. I really like the woodwinds and harp near the beginning, then later the bold brass section for the crescendo. The quiet part after the brass is nice. It's just all good. Smile


RE: Writing 'epic' music for the first time in... 5 years? - Mattias Westlund - 04-02-2020

Very nice! Makes me want to saddle up my horse and go riding through Skyrim Smile


RE: Writing 'epic' music for the first time in... 5 years? - Samulis - 04-02-2020

(04-01-2020, 07:45 PM)Chris Spyratos Wrote: Question: Did you have a specific form in mind when writing this or you went with improvising along the way?

It was all pretty much improvised. Sometimes I'll duplicate parts in order to lengthen it. In general I try to do some sort of 'ABA' or 'ABCA' form or else it gets boring.

(04-01-2020, 10:54 PM)Paul Battersby Wrote: Very nice. I really like the woodwinds and harp near the beginning, then later the bold brass section for the crescendo. The quiet part after the brass is nice. It's just all good. Smile

Thanks, Paul! Smile

(04-02-2020, 05:28 AM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: Very nice! Makes me want to saddle up my horse and go riding through Skyrim Smile

You know, it really ended up quite Skyrim-y, haha.