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    Requiem

    This is a small Requiem that started as an intro and became something totally different. It was becoming very sad and I was going to abandon it but my daughter called with news that a friend of ours had just been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. So I decided to continue and see where it took me. It took me into a very dark place but sometimes it's better to stick it out and get to the other side.

    I also wrote a little prose that goes with the imagery of the music.

    As I wait to feel the water of that vast ocean of souls I hope this small requiem will help give comfort to the living and peace to those who are gone.


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    Thumbs up Re: Requiem

    Unfortunately, I do not have the time or connection - "dial-up hell" - to listen to most of the listening room stuff, but I'm glad I checked this one out.

    IMHO, this is a wonderful example of "less is more;" what I would describe as a piece written for the listener, as opposed to being written for our own musings or other musicians. My wife, acting as one of those "listeners," has been instrumental in reminding me of the importance of not straying too far from the emotional essence of music. A few well placed chords played on any instrument can go a long, long ways.

    I really like the piano sections. For what I'm doing, I rarely write anything over one to two minutes in length these days, and I would be very happy to have them in my portfolio, as is. But there is definitely fertile ground in which to elaborate on.

    The choir fits nicely into the piece. You might want to try going for more of a legato feel to make it a little more sonorous - cut back the number of "breaths," overlap notes, and/or a touch more verb. Speaking of which...

    What reverb were you using on the piano?

    harleg (maybe I'll change this to "Spartan")

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    Re: Requiem

    Harleg,

    Thank for the positive feedback. I haven't used choir samples much so i'll try your legato suggestion.

    I've always liked music the best that made use of as few notes as possible. That does seem to be an important characteristic for commercial success in popular music.

    The reverb on the piano is the same as the rest, just part of the included effects with Apples OSX. I've listened to RoomVerb M2 and Altiverb but haven't heard a big difference in basic quality. Probably more features though.

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    Re: Requiem

    I found this to be a very eloquent and moving piece. The choir gave me chills. Thanks for posting this very personal work. I am sure it will give comfort to the living and peace to the departed.
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    Re: Requiem

    Quote Originally Posted by valhalx
    I found this to be a very eloquent and moving piece. The choir gave me chills. Thanks for posting this very personal work. I am sure it will give comfort to the living and peace to the departed.
    Bill
    I'm glad you liked it. I got a bit too emotionally involved in it but I'm glad I stuck it out and finished it.

    I left out the primal screaming.

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    Good job... Short and direct... emotionally to the point. Like the chord progressions of the choir and how it suddenly changes back to the soft piano.
    Thanks for sharing...

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    Re: Requiem

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael A. Wiktor
    Good job... Short and direct... emotionally to the point. Like the chord progressions of the choir and how it suddenly changes back to the soft piano.
    Thanks for sharing...

    Michael
    Thanks. I tried to keep it simple.

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    Hi,

    I certainly liked this. But I found the chorus like maybe too much detached ? I am no expert though

    Saldor

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    Effective and emotionally concise -- though I find myself repeating a comment oft made:

    You have some strong, solid material, here, Phillip. I hope you will take this forward and develop it further!

    Good job on this!

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    David
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    Re: Requiem

    Quote Originally Posted by Saldor
    Hi,

    I certainly liked this. But I found the chorus like maybe too much detached ? I am no expert though

    Saldor
    I can hear the choir need to be more legato. It's probably just a matter of pulling the midi notes together a bit.

    Thanks for the comments.

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