Attached is a MP3 file of my latest composition, "Spring in Mid-May". It composition #2 for what I hope to be a four-composition project titled "Orchestral Art-Songs #1". Actually, I finished this piece sometime during the the fall of 2012. It is the second of two orchestral composition that I finished last year. (The last piece, "Winter in Mid-January" was finished about a year ago.) I guess I'm just a sloooooow composer. LOL! (More accurately, life has been busy between work and family illnesses.)
This computer-based orchestral composition primarily used GPO, JABB libraries along with Kirk Hunter's Orchestral Strings 2 & Orchestral Brass 2 libraries. As I've shared before in the past, I find that GPO and JABB blends well with other libraries, especially with Kirk Hunter's Libraries (with their reverb turned off). I used Apple's Logic Pro 9.1.7 audio/sequencing program along with its own reverb and EQ plug-ings.
The composition is what it is. From a compositional point of view, I'm attempting to develop my own style of "Pop Orchestral Art-Songs" (if that makes any sense). So the melodic and harmonic structures sound relatively "inside" as compared to more modern and sophisticated orchestral compositions. Hopefully, as I write more and more pieces, I'll feel brave enough to develop more sophisticated compositions. I'm just not there yet. However, I am happy to accept any and all comments/criticism/suggestions on improving the overall sound of this piece.
I'm using an orchestral templet (utilizing my modest set of orchestral libraries). Without a doubt, this piece does not capture the true sound of an orchestra. (I know that some of you here have the chops to use GPO to create such a sound!). But, overall, it seems to me that the sound captures the overall mood of the composition. This I like. But I am ALWAYS willing to take suggestions on improving my sequencing/audio-mixing chops!
Here's the MP3 file. Please let me know if you have problems opening up and listening to the music: Spring in Mid-May
I'm sharing this, in part, to help me get motivated to writing more music. Life will always be busy with one issue or another. I need to make time to compose more. In my busy and some-what neurotic mind, sharing this piece to a forum such as this one will provide me a gentle "kick in the behind" to write more.
I hope all is well with everyone. As you listen to my piece, I will make the time to listen to yours. Thank you!
Ted Fiebke - Full-time ICU/CCU nurse & composer-wannabe!