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 I have decided to make a collage of "Celtic Inspired" music again. Not strictly ancient celt music. The music borrows a and b part melody but adds counterpoint. I plan to make many more tunes along these lines in the near future since this is some of my very favorite music. Crits welcome.

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Wondrous. Would be nice also if you explain how you created this. Instruments, DAWS and sound libraries .

I really enjoyed this. The music was clear and concise.

Hi Tim,

Very beautiful... Lucid, pure beauty...

It would be very interesting if you could try larger forms if it could be done..

Longer sentences, may be a more easily perceived ABA...

May be some tempo change and loudness change...

It would be marvelous.  The style is very promising.

Wonderful work.  Congratulations.

Ali

To me this is ambient music. You paint a sort of a picture and creates a nice mood. Although being a bit static it is nice to listen to, in particular the appealing guitar play.

Thank you Tim

Kjell

Nothing to crit about this, Tim.

It's most pleasant, atmospheric and excellent production. The balance is spot on. The length about right. Were you playing the guitar?

I'm inclined to agree with Kjell....ambient music - to relax and let it wash gently over.

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Saul, Thank you! 

I wish I could say I played the guitars but I didn't. I played the guitar parts on keys. Since I also play guitar at a basic level I approached the parts the way a guitarist might "think" about playing them. The guitars are both Sampletank 4 MAX instruments.The Flute is the Precision Sound instrument Celtic pipes. The harp is Elysium Harp from SoundIron. As far as the mix itself, it's probably too much to go into here. I used a bunch of compressors, dynamic EQ as well as standard EQ. Many sound shaping tools and plugin chains. For reverb I used 2CAudio Precidence 1.5 which is a sound stage positioner and Breeze 2.5 which is a reverb designed to be used with Precedence. I didn't get carried away with the reverb though or tried to keep the space "real".

Viktharien, Thank you for your comments!

Ali, Thank you! These are all very good ideas. I had not thought about tempo changes. I attempted loudness changes. There is some variation here I think?. For future projects I will definitely keep this in mind.

Kjell, It is difficult for me personally to pin a genre on this kind of music. When I think of ambient I think of longer pads in a more dense reverb. Maybe I'm wrong? TBH I was attempting to have the sound of an actual group similar to some concerts I have attended where they played folk music which is often faster tempo and involves finger picking and not strumming. I don't think it really ended up with exactly that kind of realism. Hopefully close.

Dane, Thanks! I was  playing a guitar here. All keys. I wish I could claim to have played it on guitar. I did play it in though.

This mix should be ok across most systems but I think it is best optimized for headphones. This is because I'm doing some unusual things with binaural panning.The kind of thing a person could maybe zone out to and relax with a glass of wine ;)

Thank you Tim!

Very well done Tim, I like it and I don't hear anything I would change. I think Ali has some good points and that might be something to try but that would kind of make it something different than what it is.  I have not been a fan of celtic music but I do like what you've done here. Your work with sound has helped a great deal also. Good work! 

Saul, I'm glad to help another composer if I can help in some way.

Ingo, I always appreciate your direct honesty. As I see it, with this type of music we have en entirely different formula that is likely seen as restrictive to the seasoned modern classical music composer. Go too far away and it's no longer even Celtic inspired. Stay within the framework and be seen as possibly not branching out. In the end much of it speaks to me, so I guess this is why I make it aside from any other reasons. 

I have to wonder what our forefathers would have done with modern instruments and DAWs? Hopefully by retaining a lot of the DNA in addition adding other ideas they would look down in approval since I think they were the experimental, take a chance types ;)

Tim this piece is great just as it is but I was wondering if you had ever considered doing something similar using electronic instrumentation. There is such a rich pallet of instruments available that could either stay very close to traditional sounds or be as varied as you might want. You obviously have a knack for instrument libraries and audio processing, it might be a good fit. This is something I have experimented with a little bit, traditional forms with electronic instruments, and it is interesting.

 Great thoughts Ingo Lee. I have experimented with synths all the way from everything synth to combinations. I had fund at it.

The 1st tune is all synths. The second is a combination. The third has an ambient celtic feel to it and uses synths here and there. When I go back to these mixes from 4 or 5 years ago I cringe because things aren't quite right here and there. I still haven't nailed it entirely even now :)

Thanks again!

Timothy Smith said:

Saul, I'm glad to help another composer if I can help in some way.

Ingo, I always appreciate your direct honesty. As I see it, with this type of music we have en entirely different formula that is likely seen as restrictive to the seasoned modern classical music composer. Go too far away and it's no longer even Celtic inspired. Stay within the framework and be seen as possibly not branching out. In the end much of it speaks to me, so I guess this is why I make it aside from any other reasons. 

I have to wonder what our forefathers would have done with modern instruments and DAWs? Hopefully by retaining a lot of the DNA in addition adding other ideas they would look down in approval since I think they were the experimental, take a chance types ;)

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