Music Composers Unite!
The first one on the track is a new piece that is very vanilla sounding to me. It is followed by a revised version of Dance of Irresolution with several issues fixed including the ending. The score is quite bare at the moment.
Note: The audio sounds good on my headphones, weak on my laptop and terrible on my phone. I'm not sure how to strike a happy medium there.
These two are the first compositions for a little ballet I want to write. I will add more detail in a comment. Ephemeral Parade is a very simple composition with a small twist. I don't think its very good but its in its rough stages still so its hard to tell.
I would like to hear any positive feedback and impressions or suggestions.
MM - This sounds good to me, the audio is fine and you have nice elements of melody, harmony and rhythm. The problem for me now is that it all seems to run together. You have little in the way of tempo changes or dynamics and the harmony seems very static in the first piece and not too exciting in the second piece. Other than a change of key and a small difference in tempo the two pieces sound the same. There is rhythmic variation but not enough to grab my attention. It's not that this sounds bad, it sounds good actually, but it's just kind of boring.
I don't know where you are in the study of harmony but here are a couple of sites that start with basics.
One exercise I like to practice is to choose a common chord progression, maybe even a pop song, and then write a theme and variations on it. Repeat the progression several times with a different melody each time and then fill in the other voices below it. Piano to start with so you can focus on the chord sounds. Then add chord extensions and substitutions.
Then maybe some modualtions
But of course we know, rules are made to be broken!
MM Coston said:
Ingo, thank you so much for letting me know about the audio quality and weak parts of the composition. I had been concerned that it might be too homogenous. There are many new things for me to learn before I can get these pieces to an acceptable level. Instrument combinations are definitely one thing, and I see that you are right about the harmonies. That would explain why it sounds plain to me. My ideas about harmony have been changing and I think I need to begin planning harmonic development as much, if not more than, the other details.
Revisiting reharmonization exercises will definitely be useful once I manage to determine which harmonic framework I want to use. My current delimma is in choosing and organizing harmonies outside of functional harmony. I've given more detail here