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Gustav Johnson

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Gustav Johnson last won the day on December 31 2019

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About Gustav Johnson

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    https://transcendaudio.weebly.com/ https://soundcloud.com/transcend_audio
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    I teach 5-12 grade band in El Paso-Gridley school district in Central Illinois. I've been "composing" on and off since my first music theory class in college (Illinois State University!). I enjoy writing in many genres and for many ensemble types, and have even been recognized as the winner of the Urbana Pops Orchestra composition contest in 2010. I'm on this forum to help myself improve, as teaching takes the bulk of my time and I have little left to take lessons or courses in composition.
    Please visit my website or soundcloud to see my recent work, and feel free to message me!
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    Minonk, IL
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    Band Teacher
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    hiking, fishing, teaching, church band, drawing, reading, composing (obviously!)
  • Favorite Composers
    Most modern film composers, and anybody from the dawn of time to present day.
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  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Sibelius 7, Ableton Live 9 Lite
  • Instruments Played
    Bass Clarinet & Woodwind guru, although I'm well versed in all concert band & jazz band instruments for teaching purposes

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  1. I figured as much 🙂 It felt more natural in some places than others, and I'll definitely be trying out some of your ideas on my own
  2. Melodically, rhythmically, stylistically - you've done a fabulous job! Any way for you to add in some more soloistic instruments, particularly in the strings/woodwinds/brass? Even if they just get layered in top of the existing ensemble sounds, it'd make a huge difference, I think, in matching the cover sound to the original sound.I'm not familiar with the DAW you're using (looks like FL studio to me...? Based on the video at the beginning), so I have no idea if that'd be a huge step. Your own original ideas are good as well! With your vocal sounds, I'd alter the vowel shape to an "ah" more often, if possible. Great job with the Davy Jones' lullaby theme!!!!!! Find spots to bring the percussion up in the mix, as well as moments when all sounds could be more "attacked" and articulated. A very good cover! Can't wait to hear more! Gustav
  3. I can hear what you're talking about - though I can hear it both ways (as polymeter and not). Does it bug you? If so, sometimes taking some time away from the piece gives me clarity about what to fix. If not, why worry? 🙂 Gustav
  4. Ominous beginning 🙂 The chromatic neighbor tones were weird to me between 1:05 and 1:50, but when they returned after that they made more sense. I really liked the way you included it around 2:00, whatever instrument that was is killer! Ope! There's the weird feeling again around 3:00. Maybe the issue is how pronounced they are? They seem to imply some harmonic change rather than being part of an embellishment/ornament/expression.... I don't know! The transition around 2:45 was rather abrupt as well, it felt like the track was ending and then "Surprise! There's more!" A good track, might benefit from some tweaks but definitely good work! Can't wait to hear more! Gustav
  5. What a lively tune 🙂 I wish the playback felt more human, especially in terms of balance and phrase flow. There was one tonicization that felt somewhat weird, around m. 31-32, I think. Not sure what bugs me about it, sorry! Good piece! Gustav p.s. love the minecraft pic!
  6. I think the difference is the low end frequencies, listening to your cover and the original side by side. The background ambiance could contain more low-end, just work the balance so it doesn't cover over the rest of stuff. Definitely a good cover, good job picking out everything by ear! Gustav
  7. Very good! I'm just a little tempted to turn down the reverb, but the composition itself is nice 🙂 🙂 Gustav
  8. Please tell me you video'd the candles in the snow yourself! That would be super cool 😄 I love the background instruments - the electric "organ-ish" sound (especially the way it pans back and forth), and when the string bass enters it's quite nice. Might have benefited from a simple drum set (mostly light cymbals) at some points, but I'm not 100% sure. A good composition! Keep posting! Gustav
  9. Thanks, Monarcheon - my wife agrees with you 😄 Happy Christmas!
  10. Mashup I made of Carol of the Bells with Silver Bells, loosely interpreted in the style of Manheim Steamroller's Christmas stuff! Happy Christmas, everyone 🙂
  11. Ah - mkay! I use Ableton, so I'm not familiar with how you'd adjust those settings in FL, but I'm sure a little internet research will have the answers. Anyway, I can tell you that I'm learning a lot from my own experimentation, so stay encouraged about trying new things and explore all the rabbit trails that catch your fancy 🙂 Gustav
  12. Hey there! The attack timing is a little funky to me - it's in a weird zone where it would sound better slower OR faster but probably not where it's at 😄 Good composition, though - the melody and accompaniment suit each other. Reminds me a little bit of some Naruto music...? Anyway! What DAW did you use? Gustav
  13. Great tracks! Really enjoyed listening! There are some really cool moments in each of them, but I do love "The Writing on the Wall" around 1:00-2:40 a bunch. Sometimes I wish the riffs had a little more "meat" to them melodically or orchestrationally, but that's probably personal preference. The riff in "Coming Home" is spot on for what I'm looking for - just the right level of complexity and hook! Your producing is very good, especially for your drum/guitar/bass sounds. Wonderful stuff! Gustav
  14. Consider rewriting measure 32 as a combination of 5/4 and 4/4 rather than 9/4. Although you marked the subdivisions, it'd probably be simpler for director and performers to follow it in 5/4 then 4/4 or vice versa. There are a few other places where that concept applies. My general rule of thumb is only write instructions if there's no easier way to notate it! I love the energy in the second half of the piece, for sure! The first half seemed a little bit like it wanted to "take off" but couldn't quite. Maybe that's the intended effect? Good harmonic writing - the parts are a little tough, it'd take a good choir to keep up with this. You have some really nice writing in here, my biggest gripe is that I long for something to make the entire piece cohesive - some theme, texture, motif, idea, ostinato, or something to tie everything together. My advice, if you have time (and it sounds like you do) take a week or two away from the piece. Don't look at it, play it, listen to it or anything - then come back to it and you'll hear all sorts of possibilities you didn't see before. Good writing, keep it up and best of luck with your entry! Gustav
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