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Posted on Thu, Jan 03 2019 01:12
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5230

(had to remove this)

Posted on Thu, Jan 03 2019 18:08
by Paul McGraw
Joined on Mon, Feb 29 2016, Georgia, USA, Posts 369

This is an awesome piece of music. One might even say "Epic" but I mean that in a good way. I love the ending. I can think of no way to improve upon the composition itself. It is very well done.

The sound quality is a little bit troubling for me. This could be my fault. My hearing is gradually getting worse. I had a terrible ear infection a few years ago which damaged my hearing. But also, at 66, part of my hearing loss is just age, and will probably continue.

OK, so take this with a grain of salt then, I detect a mildly metallic quality in this piece. I do not know for sure where it comes from, but if it was my mix, I would turn off everything, and gradually add back plugins to find the source of the metallic quality.

Thank you, William, for sharing your work on this forum. I greatly admire your work.

Posted on Thu, Jan 03 2019 18:21
by tchampe
Joined on Wed, Apr 25 2018, Posts 26

This is really cool, Bill! I especially like the cranked-up humanized intonation on the Wagner tubas. Those things are gnarly as it is, but making them bend into the pitch positively turns them into lurs! As always, terrifically cinematic. Thanks for sharing.

Tom

Posted on Fri, Jan 04 2019 04:23
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5230

Thanks Paul and Tom!

Actually I wondered if I detected something similar Paul, noticeable with the strings.  

Tom I do like that "gnarly" sound and was definitely going for it.  

Posted on Fri, Jan 04 2019 14:59
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1015

Very aptly evocative of the title. A lot of people name their compositions irrespectively to their musical content, so even if the music is good it suffers somewhat by an incongruous title. I like the use of the Wagner tubas in this way, most people would have scored this for horns and trombones.

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

In these modern days to be vulgar, illiterate, common and vicious, seems to give a man a marvelous infinity of rights that his honest fathers never dreamed of. - Oscar Wilde
Posted on Fri, Jan 04 2019 15:12
by Acclarion
Joined on Sat, Aug 15 2015, Canada, Eh!, Posts 427
Your personality shines through with this one. Congrats on another enjoyable offering!

Happy New Year,

Dave
www.dearvillainmusic.com - music for live performance by David Carovillano

www.acclarion.ca - concert accordion & clarinet duo
Posted on Fri, Jan 04 2019 19:38
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5230

Thank you very much Dave and Errikos.  I probably should have noted that this uses the original Wagner tuba and the 4 newer dimension Wagner tubas.   

Posted on Sat, Jan 05 2019 08:23
by stefan_telser
Joined on Wed, Mar 14 2007, Posts 77

Sounds very convincing.

Best Stefan

Posted on Sat, Jan 05 2019 10:04
by jasensmith
Joined on Tue, Jan 15 2008, Arizona, Posts 1409

The nuns have already split while the poor monks are shaking in their robes.  Better say their prayers

This sounds fantastic William!  The themes, the orchestration, the arrangement. Just the whole ensemble is so powerful.  The horns sound glorious and awesome while those beautiful strings just soar above the orchestra.  Are those Synchron? or Appassionato? (layered I'm sure)

Now I want to pick up my battle axe and raid the neighbor's bird bath. Those damn tweeters wake me up at six in the morning


"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it."
- W.C. Fields
Posted on Sat, Jan 05 2019 12:47
by Lucy
Joined on Sun, Nov 26 2017, Posts 8

A wonderful piece!

Loving those growly tubas, it's certainly encouraged me to use more humanisation.

Posted on Sat, Jan 05 2019 19:01
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5230

Thanks Stefan and Jasen. I didn't mean to inspire any violence toward birds. Remember what we learned from Hitchcock.   Anyway it is the Appassionata strings.  

Lucy, thanks, I am also experimenting with more humanization.  I used to do it within the sequencer but the VI humanizing presets are so effective I started using those only.  I've often thought that the equivalent humanization settings for various excellent live orchestral performances I've heard would actually be BEYOND the maximum that the sliders in VI allow in both tuning and timing.  

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