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Hi all,

I already mentioned in this post I would share the score of my latest music track.

 I wrote it all first in StaffPad and then rebuild it again on my computer with my favourite libraries. Love to receive some feedback. I really tried to pay attention to harmony, counterpoint and using the right registers for the instruments.

Download score: https://bit.ly/3ka0ZLu

 

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It's nice. I like your melodies, and it's got a "film score" feel to it if that's what you were going for. 

13 hours ago, gh0stwrit3r said:

I really tried to pay attention to harmony, counterpoint and using the right registers for the instruments.

I thought you did pretty good overall. Since it sounds like you're relatively new to orchestral music I'll throw a few ideas out, which you are of course free to ignore if you don't like:

  • Harmony - try to be more adventurous with chords outside of the home key. As an example, I think an F# sharp major chord at m.17 might be a nice surprise.
  • Counterpoint - everything seems pretty consistent, but maybe try and pass some of the motives between the voices. For example, maybe have the second violins in m.13 echo the quarter, dotted-eighth, sixteenth motive the first violins play in m.12 on a different scale degree. This kind of thing will give unity between the different voices.
  • Orchestration - The instruments are all used pretty well, but it felt like the woodwinds were underutilized. I thought maybe at the big moment at m.22-25 it would have made sense for the upper winds to all have the melody in unison rather than just the flutes.
  • Mix - I thought the percussion was kind of overbearing starting at rehearsal A. They are all marked "mp" at the loudest, but they kind of took over the entire ensemble, especially the cymbals. I might be wrong, but it seemed like you were going for a more subtle approach, so I would tone back the velocity in the DAW, but that's just me.

Overall really good! Thanks for sharing.

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One thing that isn't holding you back is being able to represent your music with great sound samples. Well done! It sounded like a romantic film scene, do you draw inspiration from film/video game music?

I'd comment further, but it would just be a bad version of what gmm said. Listen to that guy 👍

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10 hours ago, gmm said:

It's nice. I like your melodies, and it's got a "film score" feel to it if that's what you were going for. 

I thought you did pretty good overall. Since it sounds like you're relatively new to orchestral music I'll throw a few ideas out, which you are of course free to ignore if you don't like:

  • Harmony - try to be more adventurous with chords outside of the home key. As an example, I think an F# sharp major chord at m.17 might be a nice surprise.
  • Counterpoint - everything seems pretty consistent, but maybe try and pass some of the motives between the voices. For example, maybe have the second violins in m.13 echo the quarter, dotted-eighth, sixteenth motive the first violins play in m.12 on a different scale degree. This kind of thing will give unity between the different voices.
  • Orchestration - The instruments are all used pretty well, but it felt like the woodwinds were underutilized. I thought maybe at the big moment at m.22-25 it would have made sense for the upper winds to all have the melody in unison rather than just the flutes.
  • Mix - I thought the percussion was kind of overbearing starting at rehearsal A. They are all marked "mp" at the loudest, but they kind of took over the entire ensemble, especially the cymbals. I might be wrong, but it seemed like you were going for a more subtle approach, so I would tone back the velocity in the DAW, but that's just me.

Overall really good! Thanks for sharing.

 

I was definitely after a "film score" feel. So that's great.

And many thanks for your advise. I never thought about being adventurous with chords outside of the home key. I'm still playing safe and hold on to what I understand so far. So much to learn and to experiment with. But you challenge me and that's great!

I will make another version and apply your thoughts. Very interesting to see what happens then. And if I can understand it. Many thanks again!

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4 hours ago, Thatguy v2.0 said:

One thing that isn't holding you back is being able to represent your music with great sound samples. Well done! It sounded like a romantic film scene, do you draw inspiration from film/video game music?

I'd comment further, but it would just be a bad version of what gmm said. Listen to that guy 👍

 

Most of my inspiration comes indeed from film and listening to other music. But I also "hum" a lot while walking with the dog. Nature inspires me a lot too. And I record these 'humming sessions' with my phone, I see them as inspiring and spontaneous building blocks.

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