Two great "pizz" pieces. Loved the rhythm change at around 1m 40s in
"Pizztacular." A very fine through-composed piece and very entertaining
to listen to. What was the breakdown of GPO and VSL?
"Abe Plinkin" was a merry pizz piece that I liked also. It had a "Polka"
flair to start it off and captured the listener's attention immediately.
Two great pieces Larry.
Jack Cannon--Toshiba laptop, 2.8 GHz CPU, 1.5 GB RAM, GPO4-JABB3-Auth. STEINWAY-Gofriller CELLO-Stradivari VIOLIN-COMB2-WORLD, FINALE 2009/11, RME Digiface, Cardbus, V-Stack---Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 8, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express.--MacBook Pro 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.
Thanks for the good words, Mr. Jack. I'm glad that you liked these two.
In "Pizztacular", I believe that the first violins and basses are VSL (Kontakt 3) and the other strings are GPO.
"I've got blisters on my fingers!" Sorry, something just reminded me of that old Paul McCartney quote....
Nice pizzicato pieces. i don't know if I'd be brave enough to attempt it, but you did a great job with these.
Trent P. McDonald
The spirit of Leroy Anderson lives on in the humor and energy of these pieces. Abe works particularly well, and would make for a great encore.
Of course, a real orchestra wouldn't sound as tight as your GPO band does. Try listening to the pizzacato movement of Tchaickovsky's Fourth Symphony with headphones - the attacks are all over the place. It is hard to get bowed players to pluck at EXACTLY the same time, which is only natural; when you have a lot of them, there is a lot of spread attacks. You might try and randomize and offset the attacks for more realism.
Really made me smile, Larry.
All the best,
I can understand that the randomized attacks sounded wrong. I think when you hear it on a recording, there is so much ambience/room sound that it doesn't sound so bad. My guess is that it would work (randomizing) if there is a lot of reverb or distance. Just a guess, though...
Great imagination and execution on these two pieces. Really nice mix on both of them, I enjoyed the placement of the various instruments and had a great big smile on my face listening to your plinkin' and pickin'. John