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    John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Powell, James Horner, Alexandre Desplat
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    Logic Pro X
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    Drums & Piano

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  1. https://mixwiththemasters.com/itt31 Another freebie! Good day everyone! John Powell just announced that his mix with the masters episode is free to watch, so dig in 🙂 i adore his work on the dragon series so this is super exciting.
  2. Thanks again for your honesty. Taking notes here and learning from it 🙂 I guess I could have left the timpani out of it. That's true. But somehow I can't do an orchestral piece without it. My pitfall maybe? About the percussion, there's lots of it in it. Celeste, Glockenspiel, Triangle, Chimes, Cymbal etc. But in a very subtle (supporting) way. I wanted to keep the main focus on the piano and violin.
  3. The beauty of music is that it brings people together. From all over the world! It’s an universal language to which we all can connect. A couple of months ago I met macky@piano♪♪(まっきぃ) She is a wonderful pianist from Japan playing outstanding improvisations. Music that speaks to the heart and mind. I'm a big fan of her and it is a great honour to do this collaboration with her. A sweet, romantic music track within the atmosphere of Christmas. On the piano: macky@piano♪♪(まっきぃ) Arrangement, mixing and mastering: David Jansen [a.k.a. Gh0stwrit3r] I hope you enjoy it!
  4. To be honest, no. I wrote it and thought this would fit the music well. One of my friends imagined it was about a little mouse (Stewart Little a like) on an adventure. I guess that's the fun of it. We all imagine things when hearing music.
  5. Star Wars belongs to our cultural heritage. The music is truly phenomenal! Written by John Williams, the man that plays in his own league. He is one of my biggest examples and a never ending inspiration source. How great it is then to attend a live performance of the International Symphony Orchestra of Lviv and the National Choir of Ukraine 'Dumka' playing his music (and from Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Mykola Lysenko, Ramin Djawadi and Vangelis). It was mindblowing! In this video I'll do a short analysis of what is happening on the stage during the Imperial March, Darth Vader's Theme. The music track that has been released in 1980! Hopefully you'll enjoy it! And that it inspires you to write (more) orchestral music for film. Cause maybe on one day ... your work might be performed on stage by a symphony orchestra and choir like this 😉 https://youtu.be/t2L7cB5nRro From a theoretical point of view this composition is also quite fascinating! I can talk about it for many hours. Did you know: During the march all of the pitched instruments playing (strings, horns, and timpani) are at or near the very bottom of their range. The result is a very dark color to the sound. Harmonically, it focuses on the dark sound of minor chords and presents distorted versions of what would otherwise be normal progressions (i–#iv–#v–i in G minor) Melodically, the theme is constantly moving in the downward direction Fascinating!
  6. After watching this video you'll be able to finalise your version of the orchestral music track Show Opener. And I'm really curious about your version! Share it with me before the 1st of December through Google Drive or Dropbox and I'll add it to the showcase I will create. So we can all listen to the different versions! How cool is that 🙂 https://youtu.be/QRtobab6XzE
  7. It has a happy, positive and energetic feel. Reminds me somehow of the John Powell music/sound of the ‘How to train your dragon’ series. The overall sound is excellent. Easy to follow melodies and structure. I love the end with the choir. You could add some more small orchestral percussion in it to give it a little bit more. But overall, good job!
  8. I composed a new music track. This time with solo strings, solo woodwinds, small percussion, harp, piano and supporting chamber strings. I've tried to accomplish a positive happy energy. I would really love to get some feedback on this one.
  9. How do you actually know that all the adjustments that you did during mixing, made the track sound better? We need some objectivity on this matter, cause we can't always trust our ears. The brain is a complex psychological thing which can trick us. We need to protect ourselves 🙂 In this video I show you two simple tricks to get that little bit more objectivity in our mixes. We're gonna use two kinds of reference tracks for that. https://youtu.be/eH3nD1SDXQI
  10. How to mix woodwinds, brass, percussion and the piano and harp in a realistic orchestral mockup? That is the question that I'll answer in this video. I'll show you my workflow, the plugins that I use and why and how I use them. Hopefully this will give you some guidance when mixing your own orchestral mockups.
  11. How to mix strings in a realistic orchestral mockup? That is the question that I'll answer in this video. I'll show you my workflow, the plugins that I use and why and how I use them. Hopefully this will give you some guidance when mixing your own orchestral mockups.
  12. With todays video we start a new chapter of the FREE masterclass Realistic Orchestral Mockups: Mixing! I will discuss my philosophy on the concept of mixing, exporting midi and importing audio and three plugins that I almost always use on my master bus: Voxengo Span, iZotope Insight and iZotope Ozone Imager.
  13. Thanks @Guillem82! I've used Spitfire Audio Symphonic Orchestra as a VST for this one. The opening is indeed very simple, but quite effective. It gives the listener some trust and hopefully a confident feeling (adoption of the rhythm in the piece). I will do a walkthrough video soon of this track on my youtube channel and planning to share the project files (midi mockup etc), so you can have a detailed dissection of it 🙂
  14. This is true epic music. Hard hitting hits, mighty brass (in my opinion you can make that louder) and fast ostinatos. Sometimes it is a bit messy. There is so much going on, certainly when you also give the choir a prominent role. I have a hard time keeping up with it. The piece could benefit from adding some more quiet parts in it, playing with the orchestral dynamics. The use of (hybrid) transitions. I would welcome those. I don't like the piano, but that can be personal. May I ask what libraries you did use -> Metropolis Ark is my best guess?
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