I liked Ostinato Trip, but I agree with Phil's comments that maybe a transition to another key or a spacier section would break it up a little. This is not saying that the piece is boring! I liked it. I really liked the section transition around 1:00. Great sax playing and comping. Nice work!
It's an ostinato, but it ain't boring or tedious at all. Nice textures w/a 4-tet M8. It sounds just like (oh!! perish the thought!!!) real, live, intelligent music. Instead of yet some more mindless, smoove jazz noodling. Likin' it!
As for equipment now, I use a Mac Pro Quad Core, with an intel chip which enables splitting the processor and running Parallels. That way I can run all the OSx programs.... digital performer, adobe cs3, final cut, etc, and at the same time Microsoft XP, and all the PC programs, Adobe Audition, forensic restoration Diamond Cut 7, etc. ...... which then allows me to use Waves, iZotope rx, Ozone 3, and other plugins as well.... dragging files back and forth between the two formats as if they were all one format. I use 3 video monitors... Roland GX keyboard, etc.
Back when I started in the industry, we used all the various multi-trk. transports [ampex, scully, studer, mci] along with Harrison, Neve boards, etc.... racks of compressors, limiters, preamps, tons of patchbay cables.... you get the idea.... studios were not the all that fancy and designer chic back then.... lots of white sound board, tile floors, old carpets piled in the corners to throw here and there to dampen sound.... It was the era of experimentation.... either you knew how to get 'a sound'...using as many instincts of imagination for really good mic placement or you didn't get the sound. There were no plugins to 'fix it in the mix'. It was a time all about the music... meaning, either the musicians knew their chops, or they did not get hired. Time of Sinatra singing in the same room without separation from the orchestra.... micing the whole session with only 3 mics! Ending up with a perfect mix. As a former member of L.A. Local 47.... I recall all the old timers that played on most if not all the sessions... horns, strings, rhythm, singers, etc.
It was a magical time.... magical people.
I hope that this new website and varied forums catch on and people ask a ton of questions and others share details, not just generalities.
Thanks for commenting. The consensus so far seems to be that my work is a little too old fashioned--maybe some think it is contrived. I can understand that. I have quite a bit of other material that is much more modern and unique and that does not rely on classical theory and style. Six months ago I had never tried to write music using Finale and in a note-for-note way. I'd just pick up a guitar, bass, mandolin, or any instrument and start jamming! I am a mostly self-taught composer, so these two symphonies are kind of my first full-on experiment in traditional composition. I am learning to walk before I run ;-) Thanks again for your helpful advice!
I don't know much about DAWs, so I am now in the stage of researching about them. Ray suggested a good program, which I think I will explore. He recommended Reaper, and it seems to be a reasonable price, so I'l check it out.
Wow, a Remote Sessions Group sounds very interesting. I would love to find a good violinist. Looks like you've been to the Grand Canyon - I've hiked down in there for a backpacking trip. An amazing place.
Thanks, Doug, for your comment. I enjoyed and was inspired by your pieces. Solstice is really nice. I hope I figure out this forum at some point. Is there some kind of tutorial somewhere that you know of?
Hi Doug, I'm a recent member and am still trying to find my way around the forum. Thanks for the Christmas wishes. I'd love to hear "Solstice" some time when I can find the way to it. Hopefully, one of these days, I'll find it. Thanks! Cliff
Thanks for your comment.
Yes, the solo instruments need to be more in front in the mix, you are right. maybe change some instruments, like bassoon/clarinet. And yes "Duduk" turned out to be one of my favorite.
Well back to work :0)
Hi Doug, thanks so much for your kind words, I´m happy you enjoyed them.
I have listened to your music, I loved Solstice, it´s very solidly structured and articulated, and yet you can feel it flow...! Beautiful work!
Hope you are fine, take care, thanks for sharing your music and thoughts!