Having listened to literally hundreds of sample library demos and midi mockups, I'm consistently impressed with what good composers are able to accomplish with today's technology and tools. However, it is rare that one of these orchestrations moves me in an emotional way -- as a real 'song'. A few that come quickly to mind are 'Illness and Recovery' by Maarten Spruijt (for the VSL Chamber Strings) and Kaveh Cohen's 'The Journey Home' (for Bela D's Giovanni). These compositions strike me as transcending their medium (being merely 'sample based') to stand on their own merit both as productions and as performances. Both strike me as being truly original.
It seems odd to me that given the fantastic toolsets at our disposal -- the great variety of libraries and platforms to run them on -- and the high caliber of people in the field, there are seemingly so few truly original pieces like this. Am I simply not looking in the right places? Perhaps they are right under my nose in the background of the TV shows and movies that I watch, or perhaps my standards are too high.
Curious if anyone else has a few favorite pieces they would be willing to share from our realm that inspire you as music, and not just as vehicles for technology.