I have been working on my first "major" undertaking; my first symphony. I origionally began work on this almost a year ago but, using the sample libraries I had, it just didn't deliver the sound I wanted from it. So, I put it on the back burner until I could find the time, and right library I thought would bring it justice; enter GPO. A few months after getting my GPO, I started the painstaking task of re-orchestrating each part from using my old library, and reconstructing it using GPO, which I found out was VERY time consuming! Once I had the piece put back together, (with many adjustments in tonenation, range, pitch, articulation etc.) I ran into a problem. I wanted to use a harmonica in the score but quickly found out that there just isn't any (my opinion) that actually sounded like a harmonica. So, once again, after much searching, I decided to undertake another task...to make my own harmonica. Boy, did THAT take some work! After many trials and errors and experimentations, I finally came up with what I think is a decent sounding harmonica. Here is how I did it. I used the english horn as a base, then added a clarinet and believe it or not, a muted trumpet! I layered each instrument and exceeded the "normal" eq settings, added distortion, multi tap delay (to simulate the opening and closing of the hands around the harmonica), reverb and finally, using the mod wheel, mapped out the dynamics in volume to simulate the blowing/inhaling a harmonica player performs.
I thought I would give everyone a brief background of the piece so you could hopefully see the picture I tried to paint. I had been contemplating writing a western type score for over 5 years but never really found the time until almost a year ago. I was inspired by watching a documentary of the "Wild West". It was filled with panoramic vista's that were breathtaking. I decided to undertake the idea and write my own western style score. What I came up with is a mix of calmness of the prarrie at dusk, the dawn as it rises on the orange mountains and green plains; and finally, the west wouldn't be complete without horses and cowboys who ride like the wind across the plains, mixing the theme with a spanish/mexican flair. This is the first "themed" type score I've done, and the first movement in a series I plan to write. So, go easy on me Your comments and thoughts welcomed.
The score is titled Symphony No.1 Movement 1 "The Western Frontier"
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