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Space Battle/Fantasy

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Hello all,

i am new to the forum and I have enjoyed reading everyone's posts so far! Here is a composition of mine written for full orchestra. It has a bit of an old school film music style to it. Thank you for listening!

 

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Wow...

I don't have much to say other than this was fantastic. The instruments, the sound quality, the theme it was all very intense. 

I'm also into film music so this is a great reference for me. 

Amazing work brother.

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15 minutes ago, LostSamurai said:

Wow...

I don't have much to say other than this was fantastic. The instruments, the sound quality, the theme it was all very intense. 

I'm also into film music so this is a great reference for me. 

Amazing work brother.

 

Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed the piece. I look forward to hearing your music as well.

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Definitely heard the John Williams ;) You hold up a lot of old style while introducing the new parallel rules, which is fun to hear!
Using an augmented V half-diminished to go to a flat tonic is a pretty cool effect you use in here. 
Sometimes I feel like focusing on the 2nd and 4th beats was taken a little too overboard, especially when you highlight it with cymbals. Their spectral envelopes are really huge at their peak, so it dominates, but not as a surprise.
Space Battle is very short for a space battle? The climax of one, yes. I get it could be a continuation of what comes before, but it the way it's presented it very quickly loses the tension of the arc. The ending also seemed pretty out of character... tacked on at the end.
Very good writing though! Was a pleasure to listen to.

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5 minutes ago, Monarcheon said:

Definitely heard the John Williams ;) You hold up a lot of old style while introducing the new parallel rules, which is fun to hear!
Using an augmented V half-diminished to go to a flat tonic is a pretty cool effect you use in here. 
Sometimes I feel like focusing on the 2nd and 4th beats was taken a little too overboard, especially when you highlight it with cymbals. Their spectral envelopes are really huge at their peak, so it dominates, but not as a surprise.
Space Battle is very short for a space battle? The climax of one, yes. I get it could be a continuation of what comes before, but it the way it's presented it very quickly loses the tension of the arc. The ending also seemed pretty out of character... tacked on at the end.
Very good writing though! Was a pleasure to listen to.

 

Thank you so much for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed the mixing of the different styles. I agree that the cymbals stick out way too much on the recording. This was scored to a particular piece of film, so that is why it is so truncated and the ending drops off. Maybe someday I will revise it and flush out the whole thing. 

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Yes, John Williams. More specifically, very Holst Planetsy. Very well orchestrated. Very full sound. Very balanced between the parts notated for. I would reiterate what Monarcheon was saying. It seems like a few short ideas crammed together. It seems like this could be some material used for a much larger piece and some of these ideas should be stretched out and really tied together with a very strong theme. You are lacking a motif or melody that runs constant through the whole thing and ties it together. It sounds to me like we enter into listening to this thing mid story. It is certainly a better job then I can do with notating and orchestrating, but this is what I hear. I hear it a lot with composers. They do 2-4 minutes of something and they compose what you might call your A and B sections but they are really short and lack enough material to separate them or to even call them sections. I apologize for critiquing this way because I listen and critique as a listener as opposed to someone who can actually do what you have done. Great job nonetheless!

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14 minutes ago, Ravels Radical Rivalry said:

Yes, John Williams. More specifically, very Holst Planetsy. Very well orchestrated. Very full sound. Very balanced between the parts notated for. I would reiterate what Monarcheon was saying. It seems like a few short ideas crammed together. It seems like this could be some material used for a much larger piece and some of these ideas should be stretched out and really tied together with a very strong theme. You are lacking a motif or melody that runs constant through the whole thing and ties it together. It sounds to me like we enter into listening to this thing mid story. It is certainly a better job then I can do with notating and orchestrating, but this is what I hear. I hear it a lot with composers. They do 2-4 minutes of something and they compose what you might call your A and B sections but they are really short and lack enough material to separate them or to even call them sections. I apologize for critiquing this way because I listen and critique as a listener as opposed to someone who can actually do what you have done. Great job nonetheless!

 

Thank you so much-so glad you enjoyed the piece and the orchestration. yes I agree, it is a bit fragmented. It was written for a short film cue with several abrupt cuts. Hopefully someday I will expand it into a larger form.

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3 hours ago, bkatona said:

Thank you so much-so glad you enjoyed the piece and the orchestration. yes I agree, it is a bit fragmented. It was written for a short film cue with several abrupt cuts. Hopefully someday I will expand it into a larger form.

 

Ok, well, that is what it sounds like so I suppose it fits. If it is scoring and it needs to fit scene cuts like a trailer would lead you to do then it works well. 

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