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  1. Hugget Zukker

    Rain Prayer

    Beautiful and soulful. Excellent melodic writing. I'm sorry, I don't have anything more insightful to say than that; I don't know about choral writing. It would be very interesting to hear a performance.
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    Piano and electronics composition

    Sorry, that came out wrong. It's easy to mistakenly expect the electronics to have a more upfront role when "piano and electronics" is in the title. I think it calls for decent speakers, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. It means you're not compromising your art.
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    Piano and electronics composition

    The synth part covers only a very low frequency range. I use a pair of "basshead cans", and yet it was at times very hard to hear. But I could hear it, and in my listening it served both as atmospheric padding and as a pedal to color the scales played over it. I readily identified the colors of Aeolian, Dorian, Phrygian (very briefly), and then Lydian or its relative Locrian (this sounded interestingly ambiguous to me) in the early piece. In the late piece it got harder to pin them down with the faster changes, but more interesting.
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    Timmy's Adventures in Dingleland

    I love it! There's good unity and contrast between the movements. The overall tone is whimsical, but it gets sensuous and explorative in II, and strange and foreboding in III.
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    White Elephant

    @Rabbival507 Thank you. It's an awesome harp. This is the one: https://www.orangetreesamples.com/products/angelic-harp I agree that the violin part is actually kind of shrill, but I did have a rationale: I wanted want it to sound "too bright" as an atmospheric device, but maybe this is too "too bright." Perhaps I should transpose it down a bit, and, in terms of production, mix the violin quieter since it cuts through the mix like a razor. Why "White Elephant"? It's just a title. I can never think of an obvious title for my music. Then I walked past my nephew's elephant toy and thought of the title "White Elephant." I thought that has a good ring to it; it makes me think of something that is cute, quirky, and pure/innocent. The language in the picture is JavaScript, and a is a string. It's named like that because the script has been "minified", which automatically renames variables to stuff like a, e3, and such 😀 Is it possible to get the thread moved to Orchestra and Large Ensemble?
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    White Elephant

    I can't decide whether this fits "Orchestral and Large Ensemble" or "Chamber Music" better. Please let me know if you think it's in the wrong category. This is supposed to be a small, bright mood setting tune, in which I have used Embertone's Friedlander Violin VST for the first time. Please tell me what you think. (Try to ignore the weird picture on the track if you can.) Edit: I made some changes. I removed sordinos from the string section and re-balanced the dynamics. I think it got a more calm and ambient quality now.
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    Let's See Where It Can Go

    This is a great idea @Rabbival507, and your contribution is gorgeous! Here is my deranged oddball contribution. Sorry about the completely rough arrangement (or lack thereof); I just thought it'd be fun to participate. Edit: Actually, this is kind of bad! I wish I could delete the post.
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    Symphony No. 2

    The Good: I found your harmonic ideas beautiful. Also, before having read your post, I did get a sinking feeling that some ideas were reappearing in some guise, which was a great touch. The re-use is subtle because you seem to have so many ideas, but it was there and subtlety is cool. The Bad: I was missing rewarding cadences and transitions to glue it all together, especially in the first half (but later I found it okay sometimes, which means either I got conditioned to it due to the piece's length, or you made it work.) The Ugly: Nothing about it was truly ugly in my opinion. Try a little harder next time
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    Battle- short music piece for wind orchestra

    Impressive! It works really well with the passages that have sparse and relatively soft instrumentation. You have great dynamics and detail, so that it is interesting and unpredictable, but still works as background.
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    CMV: Music is intrinsically worthless.

    I'm not confident that I can change your view, but here goes: People's emotional interpretation of music is not totally arbitrary, it is very obviously connected to recognizable aspects of the music in a very consistent manner. We, as music consumers, are probably not like computers whose internal states can be enslaved by notes as if they were encoded 1's and 0's in a piece of software. It is very difficult to predict how a person is going to interpret a musical object, but from there it doesn't follow that there is no (statistical) correlation at all between the intent of a savvy composer and its consumers' experiences of it. As I write this post, I feel a high confidence that you will read it and have your internal state impacted by it somehow. I feel a lower, yet considerable amount of confidence that you will find a meaning in it that is in the general direction of what I intended to convey, however far off the mark it may be. But I feel totally certain that I could never consistently transfer to you any ideas and feelings I wanted to via mere English. For that, you would pretty much have to be me, or be neurally wired up to my brain, and you're neither (as far as I'm aware). It does, however, not follow from there that my words are utterly worthless because they don't transfer information perfectly. The same goes for music: You can't say it's futile because it doesn't consistently and precisely transfer a predicted meaning or feeling. At least music does make people feel positive feelings. Even sad music does, but people still identify it as "sad" very consistently for whatever reason. Is that worthless? People grow attached to it. Music also has monetary value: It helps sell digital audio, records, movies, games, concert tickets, etc. People have always gathered around music, so it even appears to be integral to human community. Is community worthless? As a composer, the trouble is finding and keeping your own motivations to create..
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    In our nature

    Lovely. Keep up that good work, Hemio. Good title too.
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    Butterfly Duet- my first composition

    The transition between the two moods could be more fluid or dramatic, but you have done well at conveying the individual moods clearly, and you have natural melodic flow. I really like that you are trying to tell an emotional story. I'm not an expert on form, but I think a nice trick you could try to employ is to let some recognizable elements (motifs/themes/rhythms/harmonic devices/whatever) carry over from mood 1 to mood 2 to give the piece coherency despite mood changes. Given your described inspiration source, I hear the wilderness before and after, but I hear all the destructive wildlife arriving at once with no foreshadowing, and all the chirping birds and butterflies disappearing at once. That's not necessarily wrong in itself. If the story was that you were hiking in the woods one day, went home, then returned next week and saw that everything had changed, then we wouldn't observe a gradual transformation from the hiker's POV, but in that case we are maybe missing a pause from leaving the woods, and anticipation building as the hiker returns, followed by the dramatic discovery of the change. For example, you could have an intro to the cheery section (the hiker approaches the wilderness), then, following a short departure after that section (the hiker goes home - a brief silence or some restive transition), repeat the intro (the hiker returns) in order to falsely promise the return of the butterflies, but then betray the listener with discordant shock (all the birds and butterflies are dead). If your story should rather use gradual transformation (omniscient narrator - we see the transformation happening before our floating eyes), I think a nice trick to go from idyllic to dark is to play a dissonant, maybe off-key pedal point (a sustained bass note that juxtaposes the harmony), and then gradually pervert the music above into something more sinister. There are many ways to skin a cat. It's a very nice first piece all in all.
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    Discussion of long composition

    Yes, but if you always found yourself writing 2-5 minute instrumental pieces like me, but often consulted a repertoire of instrumental music for inspiration often extending beyond the 5 minutes, wouldn't you begin to suspect it might be a good idea for you to challenge yourself to write longer pieces so that you could naturally write pieces at any duration, say 0 to 12 minutes? If writing long pieces feels completely normal to you, then your attitude makes perfect sense. If you were like me, feeling overwhelmed when a piece becomes too large, I think it makes some sense to seek further education. Please don't write off my wish to grow so lightly. The fact that you used to think large-scale music superior (which I don't and never have) must have given you a special appreciation that must have really aided you in writing large-scale pieces more intuitively than I could.
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    Dance of the Dragon

    I'm a strange person. I think the piece may not have it entirely together in the long run. I should spend more time on it, and practice "kill your darlings" more... Not as dramatically so as Carlo Gesualdo, but more.
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    Wasps

    If it's advert music, then to me it sounds like an in-depth teaser for something professional and expensive. If you want more foreground, you could have a drier element in there (the piano is a good candidate), but I don't think it's necessary. I like it.
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