I Can't Leave Well Enough Alone. Which May Be A Good Thing.

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After seeing the film I scored about my brother on PBS - things always sound a little different on broadcast - I wondered if I could (a) improve the music quality for broadcast, and (b) do a better audio postproduction mix. So I set out to find out last weekend and felt good enough about it yesterday to post it.

After a few days' work, I think I made improvements to the score. The cello repeating phrase now starts a beat back from the violin phrases to create more interest; I 86'd the synth line in the beginning and replaced it with a cluster of low strings just rubbing against the strings with their bows slightly; I changed the music submix, and changed the post mix so that my brother's voice is less muddy and stands out a bit more.

Some of you saw the earlier version of this short film; let me know if anything is noticeable, and if so, whether you like the new version better.

I had to put my ego to the side and reduce the volume of the music vs voice-over to make this happen, but I'm happier with the outcome overall.


The score without picture is here; honestly, I think it's a nice piece of music on its own. It's more textural than a big melody, theme and variation. See if you agree.

 
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As much as I love that video and it's message from your Brother, I really like hearing the piece by itself as well ;~)) It is one of my favorites of what you have posted over the past few years! As for the differences, it would take my primitive caveman mind some real time to really compare them A/B so I can not say if I like one over the other!! Watching the video with the new track, I did feel the voice of Robert was clearer and more forward. Thanks for sharing!!!
 
As much as I love that video and it's message from your Brother, I really like hearing the piece by itself as well ;~)) It is one of my favorites of what you have posted over the past few years!
Thank you O kind one!
As for the differences, it would take my primitive caveman mind some real time to really compare them A/B so I can not say if I like one over the other!! Watching the video with the new track, I did feel the voice of Robert was clearer and more forward. Thanks for sharing!!!
I say thanks to the Great Gods of EQ, Compression and fader automation!

Thanks for your kind comments!

Great music as always! Love the cellos and oboe.

Shades of Sorcerer's Apprentice too.
Thank you - I hadn't thought about Sorcerer's Apprentice, but now that you mention it, the instrumentation has a similar tone. Of course, now when I think Sorcerer's Apprentice, I think of a guitar! ;)
 
Beautiful piece of music, I can’t say on the differences as missed the first but clearly you’ve a great talent sir
Nah, I just bang my head against the wall a bunch of times, and somehow music comes out. Then I work it to death to make it sound halfway good.

It's all smoke and mirrors!

But thanks for the kind words! ;)
 
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