Sure, take a listen and I'll even provide the airsickness bags. I've got a new piece "American Songs" that I will send to you by email if you trust me with that data. just ping me at email@example.com and I'll send it over.
As far as depth goes, I don't pretend to have any profound messages or knowledge of much of anything.. which you will hear in "American Songs"
I don't think any of us can really judge with objectivity, what we produce. We carry too much baggage. We may be like the parent of someone who becomes famous. We don't see them as famous, we just remember changing their diapers.
I understand what you are saying about the "content." It is much to be sought after. For me, if there is a single objective it is clarity, which may be why I liked the piece I did more than some of the others (though, to be fair I don't pretend to "get it" on one hearing).
Anyway, what I heard is damn good writing. Keep it up.
I'm listening to the second movement of your symphony. Wow! (Perhaps I'll have more detailed comments later). Nice production work. I'm new to production. I hope to some day have software that enables me to produce such polished work.
Hi Patrik, your sounds are touching and breathtaking. Many years I lived in the North (Siberia, Leningrad), and in your music I really feel the beauty of snow valleys, which I already did not see almost 16 years! Just now I listen to your Piano and Clarinet Improvisation. Is it a live performance audio, or you did this alone in your studio?
More Wordbuilder stuff in response to your questions.
Using Wordbuilder in Bubase.
Load the sounds in Symphonic Choirs
For the faster legato passages use the 'hard dyn mod' or 'hard mod' patches
and set the 'hardness using the velocity.
Ser the MOD wheel to the 'attack' that you want and once this is set
don't move it......that's when you get variance which can make it sound rubbish.
Best to record in phrases and start with the syllables you think are going to hardest to get right
in terms of attack and pronuciation, and set the velocity and mod wheels on those
then leave them where they are.
For legato and legato melismas, use the legato setting in Wordbuilder on each syllable you want to be legato
(I've found that slurred legato gives very odd results sometimes). Do this last once you've got the words and
syllables in.....because.....as soon as you add or remove a syllable it resets the legato / staccatto instructions
and messes up what you've already done.
I'll have to scan a copy of the Votox library for you as the link seems to have gone
Bear with me and I'll do a PDF file for you
Thank you for your glowing comments on my recent Gloria. It's quite a traditional style for this as it was written with a particular choir in mind.
I've just listened to your Gloriae......very impressive. I particlarly like the chord changes and the complimentary orchestration. The suspensions are great.....they could hang for a lot longer to appreciate them more......and I do like your dissonances.
With regard to your wuestion about Wordbuilder, my Gloria is my first attempt at choral writing and at using wordbuilder so I'm no expert, but I did find that the velocity settings in my DAW (Cubase SX3) had quite an impact on the wordbuilder pronunciations. I foulnd if I got the pronunciation as near as possible and then adjusted the velocity in some cases the diction became better, half velocity with more attack appears to be better sometimes than greater velocity. One of the most useful tools was a votox vocabulary I found online (but which was written by Chris Alpiar (one of the major site members). Having said tha some experimentation was also required and I found that changing the 'spelling' of the Votox was needed in the different voice registers to acheive the similar results.
Thanks again for your comments....i will listen to some more of your music when I get chance
Thank you Sizzler
Well I studied "formally" in a Jazz setting, which still covers the basics of formal with a lot of other stuff, so counterpoint in the style of bach, traditional harmony, conducting, etc etc. I went to Berklee College of Music in Boston with a dual major of Performance (saxophones) and Jazz Composition. I did a few years at a community college also before that dual major in performance and sound engineering, but that was back when sound engineering was analog only. The rest I am self taught and spend my life always trying to learn. The best lesson I ever learned was "As soon as you think you have arrived, that you are the best - your life is over" For being creative stems from looking at the world like a child and when you decide you "know" something difinitively - its all over hah.
As for finale and EWQLSO - I am a total noob. I like the idea of writing with a score in finale and having it actually sound kind of ok... But I end up sketching with paper and pencil and keyboard and then sequencing in DP or Cubase and then if I am having live instruments or voice I will make a mockup in finale after the fact for printing parts only...
But sometime when I have a lot of free time I will dig into finale and how to use the articulations of a nice library
Welcome to the forum Patrik! You have a nice grasp of music for being pre-university. Don't worry about going to school man, it is very important step in your growth. It should be *very* inspirational and it will help you from re-inventing the wheel. Just keep in mind when they teach you all the *rules* that the rules are learned so you eventually know what and how to break. There are 2 philosophies to being creative: 1st one says live on a desert island and never listen to anything or get involved in anything so you cant be corrupted by the outside - well that's rubbish in my opinion as you cant live in this world and not be affected by all of the mass of music that is there already, it just cannot be done - so the other alternative is to get out there and embrace as much as humanly possible. Learn always, never stop. Embrace different music and culture and never decide there is nothing to learn from some music (even if you think it trivial). That is what I have been trying to do for my life and so far I think I have a voice that is fairly much my own built through all kinds of influences... anyhow I am yammering, just wanted to say hi and welcome