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    First GPO piece.

    Well, here goes!

    This is the final part of my then unfinished first Orchestral Suite "Alaska" originally composed in 1994. While reinterpreting my original work using GPO, I composed this final piece completing the suite using only GPO.


    Criticism or comments very welcome.
    Last edited by myndthegap; 03-29-2006 at 12:50 PM. Reason: Added MP3 link

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    Re: First GPO piece.

    Okay Todd, when does the movie come out! It sounds like a great National Geographic movie score.

    I like the crescendo and strings at 1:12 and again at 3:44. Very tasteful. However, you mentioned that this was part of a suite, last movement. Where's the rest. I think all of us here would enjoy the whole Suite.

    Thanks for sharing, I wish my first attempt was as great as this one (or even my last attempt ).

    Great Job!
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong


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    Re: First GPO piece.

    Any download link for us poor dial-up enthusiasts?

    Alaska - I want to hear it!


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    Talking Re: First GPO piece.


    Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. The rest is coming soon! I'm still tweaking things on 2 of the more complicated parts. GPO is a real challenge sometimes, but worth it.

    Thanks again.

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    Wink Re: First GPO piece.

    Sorry YBaCuO! I'll post it tonight.

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    Re: First GPO piece.

    Great work!

    I agree it has a film epic-ness to it.
    Nice memorable melody.!
    and a great mix!... very seamless.

    My only critique was the sudden volume increase at 1:12... Love the increase, but perhaps a touch high for the softer intro. (but that's just my ears!)

    nice job!


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    Re: First GPO piece.

    A warm welcome to the forum, Todd!

    There is some excellent writing in this -- and you've clearly already achieved a great degree of control over the GPO and rendering.

    However, I would suggest you rethink the management of the dynamics, throughout. It's the single weakness in otherwise very compelling writing.

    Todd, I sincerely hope you will come back to us with the completed version of this. Though only a small part of a larger work, I hear tremendous promise in it... fully commensurate with the grandeur and majesty of its subject.

    Show us Alaska, Todd!

    With my best,


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    Cool Re: First GPO piece.

    David & Jeff.

    Thanks for the support! I see your point on the dynamics and I thought the same thing - it does sort of "knock you flat" at first listen. Although that aspect has a certain amount of charm for me personally, it is is a bit extreme and I will work on the balance a bit more. Interestingly enough, this balance is pretty much from GPO out of the box.

    As promised previously here is a link to the MP3.
    More to follow as time allows.

    Thanks again for all the kind words.

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    Re: First GPO piece.

    Quote Originally Posted by myndthegap
    As promised previously here is a link to the MP3.
    More to follow as time allows.

    Thanks, Todd.

    Todd, just as a procedural note, when you add an additional link or update like that, I might suggest editing your very first post, and indicating that you have done so, there, too.

    That way, everyone sees it, soon as they hit the thread.



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    Red face Re: First GPO piece.


    Thinking a bit more about your critique of the dynamics - I respect your opinion immensely on this so please be a candid as you can.

    The extremes at the 2 timpani roll crescendos are the main points of focus immediately for me. Are there some other dynamics you would recommend I adjust? Are there some specific dynamic changes that would increase the realism of the instruments? I'm still learning the GPO technique so please share your thoughts.


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