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    Four Episodes Beyond Space

    A work for small orchestra I've been working on for about two years. I've probably thrown away as much as I kept. I know there are things to do yet, but I would
    like feedback about where this is now.
    Gary
    I & II
    hi-fi URL: http://www.soundclick.com/util/getpl...d=5217006&q=hi
    III & IV
    hi-fi URL: http://www.soundclick.com/util/getpl...d=5217028&q=hi
    Last edited by garymosse; 04-09-2007 at 08:55 PM. Reason: description

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    Hello, Gary

    Speaking as someone who wouldn't know how to even go about beginning work on something like this, let me at least humbly say I'm rather in awe.

    Such intertwining complexities!

    And I loved the sweetness of the section about 1 minute into the second file, offering such a contrast to the agitation of part one. In fact, the new moods all through part two (3 and 4 actually) were a nice massage after the sometimes dark chaos of the first part.

    And then when the big energies re-entered about 5 minutes into part two, there seemed to be a new clarity, and even some humor, present.

    I think listening to the entire piece is a journey from the darker more mysterious parts of space where energy is primal and unformed, which then settles into more concrete manifestations, perhaps planets, and then we end with a wry look at the little creatures who appear and live on the newly formed worlds.

    Two technical notes about the recording itself--It was extremely quiet. I had to turn my speakers up to the maximum, and the volume was still not what I'm accustomed to. Perhaps you aren't doing any mastering, including the use of things like "volume maximizers"--?

    The other note is I would prefer to hear this with less reverb. It's my personal preference, and I've become a broken-record about it I'm afraid, but this sounds so distant, as if it's being performed in a very large and empty hall. I'd rather be closer. At the very start, the piano was so wet with reverb, it sounded like I was hearing it from a room Next to the concert hall. And of course, that's all strictly IMHO.

    Thanks for this, Gary.

    Randy B.
    (rbowser)

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    Re: Four Episodes Beyond Space

    Thank you Randy for your interesting comments.
    As I've worked on this piece, I have no recollection of my original
    thinking about the piece. It has been like a live, ever changing
    entity which struggles to hide its flaws.
    I think that the sound I have when recording my pieces often
    doesn't reflect what I hear later on the forum.
    I will turn up the master volume a little, and change rooms.
    Thanks again Randy.
    Gary

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    Levels are very often somewhat low on your recordings,
    Gary, as Randy said; and I'd agree that somewhat less
    "tail" on the reverb would enhance clarity in this.

    Interesting writing once again; and some masterful
    strokes in orchestrating the ensemble, which I most
    particularly enjoyed.

    I remain as I've said elsewhere, though, a bit at sea
    with the writing -- I so often have the sense that
    I've been immersed into the center of an ocean of
    thought, without guidance on where landfall might
    be. Perhaps when you have a moment you could
    further elucidate the reasoning and approach -- I
    for one would be greatly interested!

    I absolutely *loved* your comment: "It has been like
    a live, ever changing entity which struggles to hide its
    flaws." That had me rolling on the floor.

    Isn't that how all of us write... rofl? I sure do.

    My best,


    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: Four Episodes Beyond Space

    Thank you David,
    I con†inue †o struggle wi†h introducing material so that i†'s
    obvious. I am finding †hat more people listen †o the first section
    wi†hou† continuing to the second. That would indicate that I haven't pulled them in.....Gary

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    Gary,

    I enjoyed the set very much, though it does feel a little like a work in progress. You cover so much territory here that it's easy to think you've made sudden left turn into another country or century at a number of spots!

    I especially like the closer on this one, the last two minutes or so of the second file, and even more so the very last bar. Of course I'm a sucker for the understated twist ending.

    I think I'm going to give this another listen tomorrow when I'm not quite so tired and can focus more.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Four Episodes Beyond Space

    Thanks Jamie,
    I am made aware by enough people who know, that I need
    more organization of my material. As I †end to be more of a rule breaker, than follower, I must sub-consciously resist even as my studies a† this poin† are a review of more basic ideas abou† composition.
    Thanks for the comments.
    I won't be correcting in the near future because I just got a new computer, and I can't get GPO to work.
    Gary

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