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Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Aurich Dec 27, 2016. 13 Replies

Hi folks - It's been quite a while since I've posted here, but I still lurk occasionally, and I'd like to ask for your expertise on this recording.I finished this choir piece last month, but I still…Continue

The New Moon (choir + piano)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Filip Holacký Jun 2, 2016. 19 Replies

Hello! I recently finished another choral piece, and I'd like to share it!I'm curious about 2 things:1) The harmony in the first 1/3 or so of the piece is a bit more chromatic than the rest. Do you…Continue

Autumn's Fire (for symphonic wind ensemble)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Mar 29, 2016. 6 Replies

Happy first day of spring to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere! Because I'm seasonally confused, I just finished orchestrating this piece about autumn, and I'd like to get some feedback on it.I'm…Continue

Tags: ensemble, Wind, band, Concert

Evening Star (choir + piano)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nicholas Kelly Feb 9, 2016. 2 Replies

For a change, I decided to set a fairly well-known poem for choir: Evening Star by Poe.The piece is a draft right now (and the sound file is just MIDI--maybe I'll make a better recording with…Continue

Tags: Poe, Piano, SATB, Choir

 

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Lawrence Aurich replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"But opera is unique, ostentatious, and mostly over the top.  Almost any recitative will be rendered with great panache yet be as mundane as "my love doth open the window."  Most of opera is great ado about nothing. …"
Dec 27, 2016
DriscollMusick replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"To those who mistakenly believe that the poetry has to match the quality of a composer's music, I can reference about a hundred well-known operas where the quality of the libretto pales next to the music. To cite just one famous example…"
Dec 27, 2016
Lawrence Aurich replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"     Beautiful work.  I say forget about making an acceptable recording and just have it performed.  I wouldn't waste time on tweaking artificial words.  The technology isn't advanced enough to monkey…"
Dec 26, 2016
Ingo Lee replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Lots of possibilities for setting up the space. Also look for a setting for "pre-delay"; adjusting this has the effect of moving a sound source closer to the mic. In general longer pre-delay settings move the sound source…"
Dec 26, 2016
David Lilly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"What are you using exactly for play back?  I'm not sure if I understand correctly, but...  If the Choir patch is running as a standalone program, that could complicate things. But I assume it works as a library within a player of…"
Dec 26, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Driscoll - Thanks for your comments re: mixing... totally agree with your feedback. I uploaded yet another version where I tried to reconcile the piano and choir's distance (not too easy, because they each use different playback engines with…"
Dec 26, 2016
DriscollMusick replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Lovely. Measure 53 was particularly striking. Agree too with your points that the lesser poetry makes for the greater setting. Re: the mixing, I think I listened to your revised version on headphones. What struck me was that the reverb/miking for…"
Dec 22, 2016
Dave Dexter replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Personally, in the few choral or choral-style pieces I've written, I don't write words. Not because I disdain them or anything, I'm just more interested in that quite specific approach to writing and harmony you get in certain choral…"
Dec 22, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Mike and Dave, Thanks very much for your feedback... both very helpful. I replaced the original file with one with more reverb, as per Mike's suggestion... the Soloists of Prague are really a solo (not choir) library and only has a close mic…"
Dec 22, 2016
Dave Dexter replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Wes, basically everything you produce is with "artificial sounds" and most of the time it really shows. Help out or be quiet. Nicholas, this was - whilst obviously sampled - easily good enough to demonstrate how it could sound irl.…"
Dec 22, 2016
Mike Hewer replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Hi Nicholas, The balance between piano and choir seems fine to me.  The reverb might help the choir sound if it had a bigger pre-delay and maybe a longer tail. The choir sounded a little too close for me, but this is subjective as I don't…"
Dec 22, 2016
Nicholas Kelly replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions
"Yes... that's why I'm asking for advice on the mixing, etc."
Dec 22, 2016
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Vancouver lullaby (choir + piano) - mixing questions

Hi folks - It's been quite a while since I've posted here, but I still lurk occasionally, and I'd like to ask for your expertise on this recording.I finished this choir piece last month, but I still don't have a performance lined up--so I've been using Virharmonic's Soloists of Prague virtual choir to create a demo. As many of you know, word-building choir software is quite finicky and cumbersome to use (as time-consuming as Virharmonic is, I tried the free trial of the EastWest choirs and they…See More
Dec 21, 2016
Filip Holacký replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"I really love this - you have an unusually great feeling for harmony. It's works in completely natural way but still it surprises me in many moments. Another fine side of this work is the way you change voices and you make all the parts…"
Jun 2, 2016
roger stancill replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"Hi Nick, I enjoyed listening to this. I liked the balance/counter balance between the vocals and the piano parts. Very nice.      RS"
May 21, 2016
Gav Brown replied to Nicholas Kelly's discussion The New Moon (choir + piano)
"This seems lovely to me. I cannot comment on any technical aspects of it as I myself am a self-taught composer, but I greatly appreciate this work"
May 15, 2016

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
20th/21st Century neo-romanticism
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
British Columbia, Canada
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I'm a classically-trained composer who dabbles in a little bit of everything--I have written for a variety of community and (occasionally) professional ensembles, and I also composed soundtracks to quite a few student films in my undergraduate days. I am currently employed as a librarian, but remain active as a composer--recent activities include readings by the Vancouver and Victoria (B.C.) Symphony orchestras and performances by several professional soloists and chamber groups in western Canada. Some day I hope to compose an opera, even if nobody performs it.
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http://nicholasryankelly.weebly.com/

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At 10:37pm on November 26, 2014, Gav Brown said…

Welcome Nicholas!

At 10:04pm on November 26, 2014, michael diemer said…

 

Welcome Nicholas,

We’d like to hear your music! The main area for posting is the “Music Analysis and Critique” discussion, which is here:

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Glad to have you aboard and hope you enjoy the Composers Forum!

Michael

 
 
 

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