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Britten, Four Sea Interludes
Last post Sat, Oct 02 2021 by PaoloT, 6 replies.
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Posted on Fri, Oct 01 2021 00:00
by PaoloT
Joined on Tue, Dec 27 2016, Posts 1191

Hi,

I had made this mockup for the old VI libraries, and now wanted to readapt to the newer VSL Synchron libraries. While I let it decant, I'll send it into the wild to grasp the first impressions.

Britten, Four Sea Interludes - Dawn

Paolo

Posted on Fri, Oct 01 2021 20:11
by Macker
Joined on Tue, Aug 21 2018, London, Posts 382

An engaging piece, and very nicely rendered by you Paolo.

I recall hearing this quite often on the wireless in my young days so I guess it's probably his most popular work. (I can't think of any other works of Britten that I care to listen to for more than 10 seconds - he's usually way too geekily atonal for my taste. Lol.)

The flute seems to have a bit of a 'sore throat' at times, but other than that I enjoyed it all through. Well done!

Posted on Fri, Oct 01 2021 21:26
by PaoloT
Joined on Tue, Dec 27 2016, Posts 1191

Thank you very much, Macker! While Britten is not my preferred composer, he had some incredibly high moments, of which the Sea Inteludes are probably the most perfect ones.

Originally Posted by: Macker Go to Quoted Post

The flute seems to have a bit of a 'sore throat' at times, but other than that I enjoyed it all through. Well done!

That's an interesting note! I'd be happy if you could say something more about what can be improved!

Paolo

Posted on Fri, Oct 01 2021 21:57
by Macker
Joined on Tue, Aug 21 2018, London, Posts 382

Not sure what the 'sore throat' noise is but it disrupted my engagement with the music. It's high-mid-ish frequency and quite harsh; clearly noticeable between 0:54 and 1:05 secs.

My first reaction would be to try a dynamic 'notch' filter on it, or a de-esser might also do the trick.

Posted on Sat, Oct 02 2021 00:26
by PaoloT
Joined on Tue, Dec 27 2016, Posts 1191

Originally Posted by: Macker Go to Quoted Post

Not sure what it is but it's high mid frequency-ish and quite harsh; clearly noticeable between 0:54 and 1:05 secs.

Great catch-up! I'll examine that kind of things in the piece.

Coming back to the musical qualities of the work: I’ve grown by the sea. In a different time and country than Britten, but in the same continent and with a similar type of sea resort.

Despite being so stylized, I feel the sea in these interludes.

Paolo

Posted on Sat, Oct 02 2021 10:19
by PaoloT
Joined on Tue, Dec 27 2016, Posts 1191

Originally Posted by: Macker Go to Quoted Post

Not sure what the 'sore throat' noise is

I guess it was a bit of an abrupt change in timbre when jumping between two dynamic levels. I've tamed it a bit, and it's now probably less apparent, or removed. Thank you for finding it!

Paolo

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