For those of you know about my Beneath post, this is the continuation of that piece. After finishing part II of Beneath, I have decided that I should be able to finish this series with a third part.
For those of you who have missed my previous posts, Beneath was originally something that was started for the Halloween composition contest, but began to take a shape of its own, and grew longer than I anticipated. Though my aim isn't to create something that catches the feel of Halloween anymore, it does have a generally dark feel throughout. Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoy!
edit: Meant to mention that the Vibraphone is the only non-GPO instrument used.
I missed Part 1 ... Halloween was right around the time I got busy and didn't visit the forum for quite a while ... so I played both parts and there is some seriously brooding music there! I can hear your admiration for Elfman in your writing; no doubt!
I liked your sprinkling of orchestral percussion ... to me, it's what can elevate a good orchestration to a great orchestration.
Thanks for posting; I enjoyed your mini-opus ... looking forward to part III.
Pretty good, I'd say. The sound is a bit unpolished, but the themes and orchestration are top notch. It does sound like film music, or some imagery. If I had to label this section, I would call it transformation, or perhaps even enlightenment. It's as if something dawns on the character (portrayed by the main theme) and is then, reluctantly, accepted.
The work as such is again consistent and flowing, with a hint of minimalism, although the melody doesn't suffer from the short-of-breath quality that so often passes for minimalism...
Do go on. I'm looking forward to Part III of III...
Nice work on this, Michael; able setting of scene
with good coherence and flow and forward motion.
Michael, may I suggest experimenting more
adventurously with dynamics and tempo in this.
Material like this, don't be afraid of the broad
strokes -- a lot of accel. and rit., and good, wide
dynamic swings to bring out the inherent drama.
Oftentimes I'm a little wary, myself, to do some-
thing like, say, raking from 90 to 160 in ten measures
because it looks crazy on the page... yet, that's
very likely what a conductor might do, regardless
I've been a bit busy the past couple days, so I'm a bit late in getting back to your comments.
Thanks for listening, Frank, I'm glad you listened to both pieces since many of the themes used in part 2 have the roots in part 1. I'm glad you like how I used percussion, it can be difficult not to overdo it in that respect.
Elfman, eh? Well, I certainly do enjoy his work, but I try not to go quite as far as he does when it comes to over-the-top sort of mystery/magical sounding music. I feel the same way about Elfman as I do Minimalist music like I told FLWrd in my last thread. Great stuff, but needs to be watered down with some other music (No offense to hard-core Elfman fans, of course!)
Hello FLWrd, I'm glad to hear your interpretation of this piece. This is certainly based on imagery of which I will not explain, simply because I'd rather hear what other people think it sounds like
As far as unpolished, I agree. There are some phrases that aren't quite ended smoothly enough, and just cut-off. The ending could be considered one of those phrases, but that's intentional. Most of the sort of jagged edges are things I can fix, but there is one notable glitch I'd like to point out.
The vibraphone chords around 2:15 are actually meant to be arpeggios. Unfortunately, somewhere in the transition converting the file from a Finale File, to WAV then to MP3 it was cut of into a chord with an awkward attack. I may have to exaggerate the arpeggio by hand to make it convert a little better, but we'll see. Thanks for posting!
Your comments are helpful, as always! With part III I was planning on doing something a bit more energetic to provide an exciting finish. I'll admit, I have a difficult time writing an accel in my music without it being too obvious that the measures that contain it were meant for the sole purpose of speeding up the tempo. I really appreciate your suggestions, and will certainly be trying something a little different (while maintaining some of the same themes) for part III.
Thanks again, everyone, for your comments, I greatly appreciate them!