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Thinking of You - Gh0stwrit3r & macky@piano♪♪(まっきぃ)[Romantic Music]

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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!

 

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I definitely got Christmas vibes from this! I could picture this going nicely in a film. I think that sometimes when you have the violins doubling the piano melody, it seems a bit redundant to me. But that's mainly my own preference. 

Nice job!

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There were nice little touches when the piano and melody went to different scale degrees at the end of a phrase. The sparse use of percussion (esp. timpani) seemed a little strange, and didn't really complement the vibe, at least for me. Seemed like it was their to prime the audience as it being dramatic, and then end it the same way, but I actively had to make that connection; it wasn't really there inherently.

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11 hours ago, Monarcheon said:

There were nice little touches when the piano and melody went to different scale degrees at the end of a phrase. The sparse use of percussion (esp. timpani) seemed a little strange, and didn't really complement the vibe, at least for me. Seemed like it was their to prime the audience as it being dramatic, and then end it the same way, but I actively had to make that connection; it wasn't really there inherently.

 

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. 

 

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Congratulations on the collaboration!

Doubling the piano melody in a solo violin with a solo flute countering – and doing it all the way through – doesn't compliment the piece. Think of the three as serving the three roles of music in melody, harmony and rhythm to create a more interesting arrangement.

The mix with the overly reverberated flute and violin doesn't make it sit well and accompanying three soloists with a very upfront percussion section makes everything out of balance. The percussion is way too dominant to be subtle and supporting. In a sheer natural orchestral acoustic way it simply don't compliment each other and I am not surprised you couldn't manage to make it work in the virtual realm.

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