Hi all. I have been at work lately revising and editing a 2 movement piece for 9 instruments (unusual combination, I think): flute, clarinet, bassoon, string quartet, vibraphone and piano. This unlikely combination was the instrumentation of a specific group for whom I wrote this. Unfortunately, the group disbanded (personal problems) before the piece could be performed, so i have never heard it live. I'm planning on having performed on a concert later this year. Anyway, thanks to Gary and his marvelous GPO, I have had great fun listening to it while editing, revising and so on. It's all Finale 2006a HP playback. I am attempting a further mix in DP, but that will come in the next week or so as get myself back up to speed on that program. I haven't been using it that much lately and there are so many knooks and crannies.
The pieces are linked by some melodic cells and a few harmonic ideas. Influences at the time were Copland (particularly his Sextet), Bartok (particularly the 6th string quartet) and Chick Corea!
Hope you might enjoy these:
As always, feedback on the music and the production are both extremely helpful. I am really wrestling with keyswitching, getting the right kind of sound and attack out of the piano, phrasing (all instruments) and the right sort of blend and balance. This is the Ambience reverb which I think did a decent job. I am looking forward to trying Altiverb5 but is hasn't arrived yet! One problem I couldn't seem to solve was getting the piano to sound more present. With reverb on it seemed to move a mile away compared to other instruments. On the other hand, at times I had to keep tabs on its volume overall which could simply wipe out a lot of other colours.
Another technical problem, the use of accents in the second movement seem fine on paper, but the virtual instruments kind of overdo it for me. I tried to adjust them, but found the dialog boxes somewhat confusing. Any tips?