A Low Brass Into - Work In Progress

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  1. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I'm still working out the kinks on this, but wanted to share. I've been monkeying around with low brass/cello/bass blends, and in the third section, I wanted to see how col legno strings would do with eight notes to give the pulsing strings a different texture than straight bowing.

    Overall, I hope it's headed in a good direction.

    https://persistenceofmemory.band/single/43701/low-brass-intro
     
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  2. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    That’s a powerful piece Les.
     
  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Thanks! Think it's worth developing further? I'm considering modulating the key for the rhythmic bit, and then returning to the original key with a modified melodic/chordal thing to give it more of the basic sonata form, and of course, lengthening everything as well.

    I always like to get a bit of feedback from listeners as to whether to go further, or just take it off my hard drive!
     
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  4. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Thumbs up!
     
  5. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Absolutely worth taking the time to develop this piece.
     
  6. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Definitely.
     
  7. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    This piece definitely heightened the feeling of tension, just listening to it... I'm sensing some musically-emotive skills here in the territory of the great John Williams.
     
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  8. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Yeah, John Williams is on another level entirely, isn't he? Thanks so much for the kind words!
     
  9. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenführer

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    Hi, Les. I'm not familiar with all the terms you use, but would like to. (I'd never heard col legno before, had to look it up.) Third section starts around 0:57? Overall, it sounds really great, but I don't think I would've been able to tell it was col legno without being told. I'm still training my hearing, though, so take that as coming from an absolute newbie.

    May I ask how you recorded it? Plug-in?

    (I'm actually working -- slowly, not on the level of soundtrack composers to say the least -- on my Opus 1 with plugins from VSL and Spitfire, along with Arturia Collection V, as well as some free plugins. I also plan on getting the G-Force Mellotron sample collection at some point, just because I love Mellotron.)
     
  10. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Yes, I use sample libraries from East/West, Berlin Strings, and Spitfire Audio. All work out well in my compositions. Try hiring a symphony orchestra to perform your stuff in a studio - 30-60 grand a DAY.

    So yes, sample libraries work fine.

    The G-Force mellotron is very good. The most recent Arturia collection also has a mellotron that sounds good, but not a ton of sounds for it for some reason.
     
  11. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    wow so talented! a Pro amongst hacks, said a big hack.
     
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  12. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenführer

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    Thanks! Oh, you don't need to convince me -- I'm just a hobbiest musician. I also imagine it's faster -- which is crucial in your line of work.

    The only reason I ask is because it does sound very lifelike.

    One of the reasons I chose the particular VSL library I did was because of the individual instrument articulations. I really like that small ensemble sound, for example, in the middle section of Deep Purple's "April". Which I imagine can only be accomplished writing each part individually.
     
  13. Moondog Wily

    Moondog Wily Howlin' At The Moon!

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    Well as for developing it further, the piece itself gives me a "no turning back now" feeling, so maybe that is a message from the song ;~)) Excellent work as usual, the only thing that blows my mind is how you get all these sounds out of a PRS (did I miss something?)!! That new guitar is terrific!!!

    As for take it off the hard drive, why even bother these days when storage is so cheap! Save it all, but organize, classify, tag it well!! Need a fresh 8TB of storage, $150!!!

    Happy orchestrallin'!
    MW
     
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  14. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Not at all, it's just something I've learned to do, and the odd thing is, anyone can, it's just a matter of sticking with it.

    But thanks for the kind words!
     
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  15. Silvertree

    Silvertree I love the smell of a PRS case in the morning.

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    What an epic sound. Very powerful.
     
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    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Thanks, it was fun to do!
     
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  17. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I've worked on this track quite a bit since finishing my last project the other day, and I'll post the revisions later, assuming that it sounds good on Day 2 (sometimes I fool myself into thinking the Day 1 score is great, only to discover that, no, it sucks). :(
     
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