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Two Trailer Rescores - Please Critique!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Jan 18. 18 Replies

All,I just recently completed two trailer rescores for an upcoming competition and am looking for critical feedback, especially from those of you with commercial experience.Thoughts on…Continue

Everything is Possible (Opera) - Act 1

Started this discussion. Last reply by DriscollMusick Nov 7, 2016. 6 Replies

Hi All,Long time since I've posted here, but here goes...  I am working on an opera with a friend.  I spent the month of July completing orchestral sketches of Act 1 and I figured I'd share them…Continue

Realivox Blue (Solo Soprano VST)?

Started Jan 11, 2016 0 Replies

Anyone had experience with this VST?  It's a solo soprano voice with a fairly good WordBuilder capability (lack of an "ih" vowel being the most obvious downside, IMO).After listening to several…Continue

The Vast Night, for soprano and orchestra (draft)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nicholas Kelly Dec 4, 2015. 7 Replies

This is another older piece that I have recently been reworking.  It was written as the 3rd in a set of 4 songs for soprano & orchestra based on English translations of Rilke poetry.  Sorry, I…Continue

 

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DriscollMusick replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Query on staff sizes - how are they calculated, what size is a 7mm staff?
"See attached.  From Elaine Gould's book, Behind Bars.  She suggests 7mm for parts, esp if lighting is not great."
Apr 20
DriscollMusick replied to Mike Hewer's discussion String Bowing explained-videos
"Thanks for sharing, Mike. Have you seen Andrew Norman's website, Shaken Not Stuttered?  It covers in detail many of the extended string techniques from his major works (Companion Guide to Rome, Play, etc.).   Lots of interesting…"
Mar 28
DriscollMusick replied to Benjamn Ray Maisonet's discussion Ave Libertas
"Congratulations on the new gig and move! I like the piece.  You avoid the pitfalls of repetitiveness that bothers/tires me in a lot of music with a similar aesthetic.  I bet you will be very successful in your new role. My only suggestion…"
Mar 28
DriscollMusick replied to Marijn Hartkamp's discussion Please give suggestions for this symphony.
"Marijn, you asked this forum for specific advice about a particular passage of an unfinished work.  In my response I avoided any comment on style, because 1) you didn't ask for comments on that and 2) by your profile, you are 16 year…"
Feb 6
DriscollMusick replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion We Wear the Mask
"I think a high A is OK for a solo tenor concert work like this, but yes, maybe an ossia note for the rest of us..."
Feb 1
DriscollMusick replied to Rodney Carlyle Money's discussion We Wear the Mask
"Rodney, thanks for posting. Nice vocal setting and interesting orchestration. Not your goal, I'm sure, but the celesta writing was very evocative to me of the score to Age of Mythology, an old PC game I used to play. I also very much liked the…"
Feb 1
DriscollMusick replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Partita Concordia for string trio
"Hi Mike, If you are interested, this is a section of The Rake's Progress that your piece evoked (in a very good way): And if you don't know it, his Cantata (kind of obscure piece written just after Rake's Progress) has some…"
Jan 31
DriscollMusick replied to Mike Hewer's discussion Partita Concordia for string trio
"Mike, excellent work and impeccable craftsmanship, as always. I so admire your modern tonal approach. I think I enjoyed the Prelude/Postlude the most. Oddly the opening recalled Stravinsky's Rake's Progress and some of his other similar…"
Jan 28
Mike Hewer replied to DriscollMusick's discussion Two Trailer Rescores - Please Critique!
"Fair point John, well said. I have only heard the sci-fi trailer and was only referring to that. From what I can tell, you have a good feel for the understated which will hopefully put you in good stead when it comes to scoring delicate scenes at…"
Jan 18
DriscollMusick replied to Brian Katona's discussion The Illuminated Palace
"I think these are well-crafted piano pieces and I enjoyed listening. I understand they are intended to reference historical styles, but my only critical comment is that perhaps they are a little too close to the originals... I enjoyed "Theme…"
Jan 17
DriscollMusick replied to DriscollMusick's discussion Two Trailer Rescores - Please Critique!
"I have always been a fan of Beethoven's use of "unusual instruments [and] sound design"!"
Jan 17
DriscollMusick replied to DriscollMusick's discussion Two Trailer Rescores - Please Critique!
"Thanks, Mike and Ray. I appreciate the thoughtful comments. Just curious: did either of you listen to the first trailer (Crime) or are all these comments focused on the 2nd one (Sci Fi)? I will be honest that I have a much greater interest in film…"
Jan 17
Mike Hewer replied to DriscollMusick's discussion Two Trailer Rescores - Please Critique!
"Thank you Ray. You are spot on in your post, especially about a theme being simple - it could almost just be a hook that keeps building. The idea of unusual instruments too is great. The open mind can make the difference in an overcrowded market…"
Jan 17
Mike Hewer replied to DriscollMusick's discussion Two Trailer Rescores - Please Critique!
"Hi John, I agree with Ingo and Gregorio comments. If I'm judging it as a trailer, then for me, it is still too stop/start. As film score however and on the understanding that scenes and their corresponding music will be separated in time, then…"
Jan 17
Ingo Lee replied to DriscollMusick's discussion Two Trailer Rescores - Please Critique!
"Yes, I agree there is a niche if you make it happen I think, it's good to be different!  There are a host of audio techniques that your competitors are using that may or may not work for you; but knowledge is power as they say."
Jan 16
DriscollMusick replied to DriscollMusick's discussion Two Trailer Rescores - Please Critique!
"Thanks, Ingo. I agree with your assessments. The tone/style is mixed, but that was deliberate since my read of the trailer (I haven't seen the film) is that it does have some camp elements. I think I rather walk that line than try to take it…"
Jan 16

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Modern Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Brooklyn, NY
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
Music undergraduate (composition). Singer & pianist.

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