EWQLSO Silver: solo violin, cello, & harp
Bill Coakley: piano
Various old Ensoniq samples translated with rubberchicken
some freeware from Izotope Vinyl on the opening piano
and the amazing freeware Crystal Softsynth plugin.
Although I didn't hear the whole thing since I lost the end somehow during the download I enjoyed Ivy Leaves. To my somewhat educated ear the different sounds blended well (I've been experimenting with cross genre instrumentation and I know it has its quirks).
There were enough subtle changes to hold my interest but I found myself wondering if there was a larger context, what it would sound like before or after other movements.
In any case, as I said, I enjoyed it. Keep up the good work.
oh happy day! a review! Thanks Chet. I hope you got to the good part (when the violin/cello kick in) cuz the first minute or so is just setup.
Context: This is the first of around 4 little pieces that could become the basis for a film score. I imagine this piece being the opening credits segment for a film that is understated, and has an emotional tone of repressed passion of one sort or another.
Glad the mix of traditional & tech instrumentation worked for you.
I re-downloaded Ivy Leaves and this time I got the whole thing (apparently my browser sometimes drops bits of things if I am doing a download in the background while browsing other things).
Anyway, I'd heard almost all of it. I think the best way to learn something is to keep doing it. So do keep at it. By the way, I noticed a thread on "How do you attack scoring to picture?" which had some tips that I found interesting (including two how to books).
As to mixing tech and traditional sounds, I am beginning to suspect that if handled well sampled/virtual real instruments can sound more real in comparison to the tech sounds and the tech sounds can sound stranger and more interesting in comparison to the traditional sounds.