I decided to take a stab at doing my own orchestration of "Pretty Women" from Sweeney Todd.
This arrangement goes along with the version I had planned for a movie I was going to make with some friends. It was essentially a revue, comprised of various songs from Broadway musicals. Thus, this song is slightly different (mainly the ending). The melody is missing from the beginning because there would normally be singing that would go along with it.
Haven't listened yet, but I'd suggest you use something different than mega upload- non-premium users have to wait 45 seconds until they can click "download" (which is irritating), and I find the site to be a little bit busy (and therefore difficult to navigate).
Also, you should make a high-quality mp3 instead of posting a 20 MB+ wav file!
Just some thoughts before I listen
I listened, and enjoyed- the blend is very nice. Perhaps it could use a little bit more reverb? Something to trick me into thinking that these digital instrumentalists are playing in a hall somewhere!
Sondheim's work can sound so strange when all you hear is the accompaniment! Nevertheless, nice work! Did you do it by ear?
I thought the end of the song sounded strange... I know you changed it, but to me it felt like there was too much tension being built up for the end to be so short and simple. Perhaps the resolution could be extended a bit? Or perhaps just completely take out the tension near the end? Then again, maybe I'm too used to the original ending, where the tension seems to remain and the song is just sort of interrupted...
Anyway, overall, very nice work! Aren't Sweeney Todd and Sondheim great? Man, I want to take a stab at orchestrating some Sweeney Todd melodies myself...
P.S. Is that your YouTube channel? I've been enjoying your other YouTube music videos as well.
On my ANcient Windows 98 machine here, I still had no problems getting your post to play instantly, because the 'puter's hooked up on cable.
But excellent advice on the thread--Make an MP3 if it isn't already, and get your stuff on a free Box account. Simple interface that works for most people. Obviously there's no real need for the YouTube video player for something like this.
Sounds great! I guess I'm hearing the version which now has reverb added to it, because I liked the ambience treatment on this.
The ending - Sean expressed very much what I would say - The song just--well, it really just plain Can't end like that, so suddenly and quasi-happily. Leaving it suspended and with us feeling a bit chilled - that would serve the music more appropriately.
But the recording sounds very good to me! Thanks for this.