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    Piece I am working on

    Hello all,

    I know I haven't contributed anything for a while, but I have been working on a multi-movement Orchestral Work. This is the as-yet-unfinished second movement:


    I would like advice on mixing and balance and generally using GPO of course, but I would also be interested in what you guys think musically. I am trying for a very dark angry piece, but I don't know if that's what I have achieved.

    Thanks for your thoughts,

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    Re: Piece I am working on

    A very promising start, Matt.

    I'm not so sure I'd call it "angry" -- to me, more
    turbulent, disturbing, and striving as though against
    adversity or in battle... very effective, and really
    engages the listener.

    On the rendering, were it me, I think I might back
    off a little on the sound treatment and bring out
    the articulations, more. Some of the timpani rolls
    might also need some attention.

    Looking forward to hearing where this goes!

    My best,


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    Re: Piece I am working on

    I always enjoy listening to your music. Had 4 listens. This is coming along nicely. Very strong writing. If you're going for dark and angry, you've got it, especially the last third. My only techno comment would be the reverb seems to putting the orchestra in the distance.
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    Re: Piece I am working on

    Hi Matt,
    My impressions:
    At the beginning all of the voices are upper octave instruments; maybe having the high strings contrasted to low winds would make it clearer.

    Some silence placed in key spots migh† add to the build up.

    The tympani might have more space when it first comes in so that later entrances are more noticeable.

    I have a sense that the note range is a fifth or less; maybe an occasional
    few steps higher or lower might add interest.

    However, that may not be your goal

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