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    A long piece

    Hello all,

    I haven't posted in a while so I thought I'd more than make up for it by posting a relatively long piece:

    http://www.musicbykays.com/B17Full.mp3

    This is a 7 minute piece for an animated short about a WW2 bomber on a mission, the music actually goes all the way into the end credits and does a bit of a medley of themes as if this would have been part of a larger film. Since I was on a tight deadline (as always) I really didn't put as much effort into making this piece as "realistic" as possible when it comes to orchestral simulations. Also, at some points the music might seem more sparse, and that is primarily due to the presence of sfx (my reasoning being that you won't be able to hear the music anyway). Ok, now I'm going to shut up since I'm beginning to sound like I'm making excuses and I really shouldn't......enjoy!

    PS.

    I will try to post the video this time if anyone is interested, it will give you guys a better idea of the scope of the work.
    >>Kays
    http://www.musicbykays.com
    Music Composition for Feature Films, Television and Interactive Entertainment

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    Re: A long piece

    BTW, the "Airplane!" motif was intentionally put into the music as a subtle tribute to Elmer Bernestein's unforgettable music (and as a small tongue in cheek reference).
    >>Kays
    http://www.musicbykays.com
    Music Composition for Feature Films, Television and Interactive Entertainment

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    Re: A long piece

    Hey man, good work. My favorite part is in the middle when the mood gets darker
    A few comments, the first violin sequence in 2/4 is missing a little bit on the attack (the one that comes back at the end). Maybe trying to double it with percs or finding an articulation with a stronger bow attack might help give it definition. Some of the toms timing is a little loose, nothing major but maybe look into that.
    I wish we could see the animation with your piece. That would be fun. HOw much time have you spent overall to complete this piece?

    Good job!

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    Re: A long piece

    I did it in about a week. I think this piece really pushed my poor ol' G4 to the edge and that's why I opted to just get it out of the door and not stress too much on the realism. I'm supposed to get the final mix with video and sfx tomorrow so I'll make a quicktime movie of it and post it on line.

    Thanks!
    >>Kays
    http://www.musicbykays.com
    Music Composition for Feature Films, Television and Interactive Entertainment

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    Re: A long piece

    As always, I end up using a potpourry of sounds pulling from a variety of places. Xsample woodwinds, QLSO percussion, Dan Dean horns and brass, and the still very excellent GOS.

    Williams wrote the book on modern film orchestration, I think trying to separate oneself from sounding like him has become very difficult (in this context of writing). Somebody else mentioned a similarity to Elfman scores which I believe have also borrowed heavily from Williams.

    This piece is a total rip and I'll be the first to admit it, although the inspiration for it came mainly from Elmer Bernestein's music for Airplane and even Ghostbusters. Elmer BTW was simply excellent, in many ways just as good as Williams. I always thought that he was very inderrated in the community and his name was seldom mentioned. I think this had more to do with the movies that he worked on than his actual compositional skills.

    Thanks for the feedback!
    >>Kays
    http://www.musicbykays.com
    Music Composition for Feature Films, Television and Interactive Entertainment

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    I, for one, would love to see the video. The orchestration sounded beautiful. I am curious as to what the short could be like (visually) with such dynamic movement in the orchestration. Excellent piece!

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    Re: A long piece

    Thank you, the video is coming....should be receiving it today so as soon as I encode it I'll post it on line.
    >>Kays
    http://www.musicbykays.com
    Music Composition for Feature Films, Television and Interactive Entertainment

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    Re: A long piece

    Really good, Midphase. I listened to the entire 5+ minutes (my attention span is usually about 30 seconds).

    For my ears, there was a lot of subtle nuance (is that redundant?) in the structure that gave little bits of tension and little bits of heroic in places.

    I liked it a lot.

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    Re: A long piece

    Are you still going to post the video?

  10. #10

    Re: A long piece

    I received the video from the client so I'll compress it and post it on line tomorrow!

    Thanks for all the awesome comments.
    >>Kays
    http://www.musicbykays.com
    Music Composition for Feature Films, Television and Interactive Entertainment

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