Really must apologize Andy for this very late reply. I've really been busy these past few months.
Thank you very much for that link to the Cue Sheet FAQs. Every little bit helps to get one familiar with the internal workings of this machine. I hope to chat more down the road and hope your own endeavors are going well.
Andy, call me a traditionalist, but I'm having trouble with the percussion on 'Credo'. I understand that nowadays, composers (karl jenkins etc) are striving to create some sort of originality with their music, but after a promising intro and a wonderfully original chord progression, I'm not sure it works for me. Having said that, I'm only one person and I'm sure most other people may feel differently. Now the Kyrie (achingly beautiful) has come on, and I'm thinking maybe the contrast will work. I don't know.
Ambient Life is an interesting track. I can hear your references to Enya among all the other stuff going on in the track. I like that it isn't too laid back because those wishy-washy laid back ambient tracks are what gives new age music a bad name. Good job at keeping it roughly ambient yet lively enough to be interesting to concentrate on listening to rather than just playing in the background.
Andy, I'm honored that your "Ambient Life" was done after listening to my "Dreamland". And I agree with you, Ambient shouldn't just be slow and mushy. "Ambient Life" is great! I like the clarity of each instrument, as well as the interaction between the different instruments. You know how to choose sounds that fit nicely together. Also, you must know a lot about music production, because your mixing and mastering are great and very professional-sounding.
Funny enough, we share a military background: I worked as a lawyer for the Air Force for seven years.
I'm brushing up on my music theory at the moment, but as soon as I start writing songs again I might knock on your door for some advice.
PS: Where does Sizzler come from? Can I call you that?
What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
film, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical / Modern
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I was a professional musician in the Royal Marine Band Service for 13 years. Since becoming a civilian many moons ago have continued to perform and write music for the last 20 years just recently becoming more proficient witht eh advent of suitable software to open the door to orchestral and choral composition. Recently written a Piano Concerto which I need to copyright before putting samples online but will do so soon as would be very interested in comments from fellow musicians.