To me it sounds like samples (good samples) played via midi. I\'m a horn player, and I just sort of imagine that I would add a subtle crescendo to the early sustained notes that I don\'t hear. A composer could fake it with the right expression programming, but it\'s a trick to program what\'s not difficult to play in a more interesting manner. There\'s so much action in the backup, wouldn\'t the conductor ask for more motion/expression from the horns?
At the end, what should be double tounging is not crisp enough, and that crescendo (tuka tuka duh, tuka tuka da da) just gets louder, not brassier.
I\'m trying to be critical here, if I just heard it on the radio, I wouldn\'t think anything was wrong with it, and it would fit right into a Barry White tune - I like it.
I\'d have to guess real. I only listened for a minute or so, but the differences in the opening repeated phrase lead me to this conclusion. Also, the double-tounging section while pretty tight, sounded varitously sloppy in that real way. Is varitously a word...?
Anyway, what I heard could have been smart writing on the programer/composer\'s part in that begining section, and the minute \"sloppy\" stuff might have just been my ears playing tricks on me becasuse of the horn player that was sustaining through some of that tongue action. Hard call, but I still think real.
You said: \"I only listened for a minute or so,...\". Why? The excerpt stops after 27 seconds.
Joking apart, I think that quite a few posters on this thread must be listening much more critically than myself to the excerpt. I myself wouldn\'t call the \'performance\' \"... sloppy\", \"... not crisp enough\", \"... a bit out of time\"!