Thanks for your comments. I will try to remember when you post. I really like that part of this board - the opportunity for us solo composers (working all day in our dungeons) to hear other\'s creations. I think it keeps our own perspectives fresh.
It was fun toying with Diva to get the choirs working. I found that when I got them close (on midi) that my rendering them to audio was where the real fun began. Caveat emptor - it is a little time consuming creating multitracks and various verb levels and saturation, but there really is no other way. You really must \'play each part\' even if it is a double. I learned that trick here at NS. Then when your \'playing and brain\' are not in sync, resist the temptation to just fix it right away- it just might sound good. You know \'human like\'.
I think Kaveh nailed the solo organic sound with his demo, I wanted to try something a tad bit different.
PS: just thought also I used some very distant woodwinds and horns with the middle section as well. These sections of the orchestra seem to work well lending power to strings and/or choirs (you pros already know this - while I am just discovering the half art half science of orchestrating.)
I\'m debating here on what I should say. Should I post my honest opinion? Was the purpose of this post to garner opinions? I\'m compelled to comment on this piece, but I feel as though I might get seriously flamed based on the unanimous praise thus far.
I will say that the composition of the piece is beautiful. It\'s the samples... Oh dear... it\'s the samples.
Great music. Would have been really nice with a live orchestra to give it the energy it should have. I didn\'t care much for the voices, however. For a piece like this I would rather just get a singer at your local music university and pay her a couple of bucks [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] How often do you do pieces like this anyway... [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Thanks Aaron, Vaultcomplex and Thomas for the kind remarks. I guess I am also predisposed to choral writing - it just seems to elevate the emotional content. Yes, it will neato some day to hear 80 musicians playing something that I have written. I am trying to get the Mormon Tab Choir to do one of my pieces now - If you are ever up here on a Thurs night you need to stop by the Tabernacle on Temple square and listen to them rehearse. When they have the live Orchestra with them it just sounds incredible!!