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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. I know when you have a proper balance in your orchestral template, the composition should mix itself for 90% or so. So I will try different mic settings. Trees only too. I still have to learn a lot. Thanks for the advise!
  2. The ambient mics are the dominant ones with the brass. With a tree mic in the mix. That gives a great sound and feeling of width. Brass needs to breath. Closed mics on the brass are indeed normally not a good idea. I only use those for non-realistic stuff, sound design or trailer like compositions.
  3. I'm creating mixes with different mics in the Spitfire Audio Libraries. A combination of tree, close and ambient. Sometimes the tree is dominant (strings), but sometimes it is not (with the brass for example). The link to the MIDI mockup is the one from me, the adjusted version. The instruments that I have added, were missing in the mockup from Ashton. For example the piatti, desk bells and woodwind runs.
  4. Sometimes a new composing project can drive you nuts. Momentarily I have to deal with one of those. I can’t put my finger on it, but something is wrong. Something is missing. Something doesn’t work. Which is really frustrating. I guess there are many strategies to get out of these situations. One that often seems to work for me, is studying work from others. Doing a remake of an existing score. And that is just what I have done this time. A remake of a small piece of the Polar Express Suite! If you would like to remake this piece of the Polar Express Suite yourself, you can download the midi-mockup of this project on my Patreon page for free: https://patreon.com/gh0stwrit3r/
  5. The playlist is up and running! All amazing submissions so far! If you would like to be part of the list, don't hesitate and throw me a link to your original composition/work on youtube.
  6. Not sure if this is allowed (i hope it is!). The intention of it comes from the heart with no commercial goal or whatsoever. Just a composer reaching out and willing to help others in these difficult times. I have been thinking about this idea for quite a while. And I think it is a good moment to execute it. I want to support you as a musician or composer! And help you to get momentum, a following. Support you to grow your audience. So this project, is about you! If you are a composer or musician creating music for film and video, you can submit one of your music tracks to this playlist. Think about which one to pick, cause there is only one spot reserved for one of your tracks. It’s limited to one submission only. At this moment you can submit your music track by just throwing me a link in the comments on Youtube to your music track (which should be on YouTube too). I will listen to it and if it is appropriate, I will add it to the playlist. Now I can hear you think, when is my music appropriate? Well, I only have one rule at this moment. It has to be an original composition. No covers. They are not allowed. Only original work. Preferably piano, orchestral or hybrid, but not limited to these specific genres. I will start promoting the playlist from second one. Do my utmost best to create as much traffic to it as possible. Getting your music tracks in the spotlights. When your music is available on Spotify too, I will add it to a playlist on that platform too. Hopefully with an even more exposure for your music. So start submitting your tracks! And I hope we can make a successful playlist. One we all can enjoy. And hopefully one that leads much other good things in life. https://youtu.be/hrR7y8TvS80
  7. Thanks Jean! That's a great compliment 🙂 And indeed, maybe it's not a typical waltz but more a 3/4 rhythm cinematic track.
  8. This is the first Waltz I ever have composed. It's in a kinda oriental sphere written. Would love to hear your opinions 🙂 https://youtu.be/8EPBmkm0vos
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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
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