at the moment I am listening to the Prelude. Very interesting!! But why is it necessary to make it sound like a movietrack? There is also some distortion, like some harsh noise. I don't know who will look into this, nor what you try to achieve... music lessons....? But as a composition for some halloween movie this really is a good one. Waiting for the next piece.......
The Fantasia is now playing.... It starts good, modest with soft voices. Again, I hear some distortion as an additional harmonic side effect. This is well rendered apart from that distortion. Your orchestration is well balanced. I liked the development to that solo violin [now playing].
You can make a orchestra "sing"... it may not be enough to get some scolarship, but for me.... the doors are wide open for you ..... Bravo.
Thank you for the comments...Actually, I just realized that the distortion was caused by my converting it to mp3 format from wav...I was in somwhat of a hurry and just used sound recorder...bad choice!! I will re-convert them using iTunes later...that "harsh noise" wasn't in the original wav files.
Actually, my goal on Prelude was to make it sound like a movie sountrack...and yes, the gong part is very out there, but that was again mostly on purpose. I don't only write in that style--in fact, I am wating for the new Marching Band Library to help render a new Overture for Band that I am beginning. As for the Fantasia I had a lot of problems recording in Finale 2006, especially with instrument distortion/dropouts and the tempo at certain points.
By the way, which one do you like better? Thanks again for your comments!!