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Hi. Some of you probably know that I'm presently trying to prepare my symphony on Finale, ready for dispatch. However, it can be a real brain fryer at times, so I often take the day off, like today (as it's the weekend) and compose. I've recently started a full Requiem Mass. I would like to know what you think of the first five minutes of it.

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Sounds very good to me. Always like to see the PDF or the midi to find out what's going on, but I thought that it captured the mood very well. You've got so much better on the production side, although I'm over interested in that (leave it to the techies I say). My only criticisms are that about 2:00 I might have liked more counterpoint in the strings and around 3:50 I might have moved the quavers at the end of the bar in the brass (against the string arpeggios) to other instrument groups, but maybe the instrumentation is evolving.
Haunting calm, controlled motion. Beautifully balanced. The piece seems to be constantly evolving, which only seems how it should be. I think we have another winning effort by Simon G.
I like this, and I agree that your production is much better. It is very spare at this point but haunting. Not that I'm in a position to give you advice, but I'd just get it all down and wait until later to concern myself about adding more complexity (counterpoint, etc.) and embellishing.
I've already taken Adrian's advice. I'll be posting it later.

Deborah Young said:
I like this, and I agree that your production is much better. It is very spare at this point but haunting. Not that I'm in a position to give you advice, but I'd just get it all down and wait until later to concern myself about adding more complexity (counterpoint, etc.) and embellishing.
Wow you really moved me. What software are you using ?
Miroslav and Cubase.

Chris Dargay said:
Wow you really moved me. What software are you using ?
Ok, Adrian! Take it away!

Adrian Allan said:
Sounds very good to me. Always like to see the PDF or the midi to find out what's going on, but I thought that it captured the mood very well. You've got so much better on the production side, although I'm over interested in that (leave it to the techies I say). My only criticisms are that about 2:00 I might have liked more counterpoint in the strings and around 3:50 I might have moved the quavers at the end of the bar in the brass (against the string arpeggios) to other instrument groups, but maybe the instrumentation is evolving.
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Sounds really good. As for the production, everything (but strings) is really good and naturally sounding, especially the chorus.
Had a listen to what you've done and I'm flattered that you took my advice. I like the oboe addition to strings and the voices instead of the brass near the end. Your trademark percussive flourishes make an impact in all your pieces I see. Look forward to hearing the score. Maybe when you get to know Finale better you will start with the score and then export the midi to cubase at the end.
I think it is great. Well done.

Cheers
Shad
sounds good i didn't know that miroslav had a bank who sounded like that
amazing..
Thanks Charles. Yeah, the choir does sound pretty good if it's treated right. I've attached a "cathedral" impulse response to it (for obvious reasons) with a duration of over 5 seconds, so there's a lot of camouflage. I could do with a few more consonants and vowels too. They're just singing gobbledegook at the moment.

charles stjohn said:
sounds good i didn't know that miroslav had a bank who sounded like that
amazing..

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