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  • I would love to have some feedback on if you think this scene's music is finished or it needs something else.
  • Hi Rodney

    Listened three times now.

    Impressed by the atmospheric sounds.

    My only thought was how you saw the death. Is it a slow inexorable passing or a moment of agony? If the latter would it want a bigger frantic climax before the fade away?
  • I have no earthly idea what kind of death it will be for the tree, my friend, I guess it's up to me. How do you feel it should be? My gut feeling is that I did not want it to be too much pain, much like an elder of the forest passing, but how do you feel? Thank you for listening 3 times and commenting.

    Michael Lofting said:
    Hi Rodney

    Listened three times now.

    Impressed by the atmospheric sounds.

    My only thought was how you saw the death. Is it a slow inexorable passing or a moment of agony? If the latter would it want a bigger frantic climax before the fade away?
    Death of a Tree (Ballet)
    I've been asked to write some music for a ballet in April. Here's a scene called The Death of a Tree. Thank you for listening. https://app.box.com/…
  • Do you have vision for the choreography?

    There seemed to be elements of a procession half way through. A mournful procession so the death is fated for this moment.
  • From the choreographer: the twist at the end of my story (that may work beautifully with your ideas) is that the characters of the forest will leave...exit the night...for good. They will leave behind their legacies and will step out into reality (2015). I am not sure how to make that transition clear, but I want them to leave the forest with the idea that they will never return (thus letting go of their innocence in a way...but always having the memories of the night to strengthen them in times of trouble, doubt, sadness, etc.)...like the forest lessons are life lessons...for them and the audience to apply as they will. When they leave, those left behind (other performers) know that they must continue on...must manifest into those character so that the enchanted forest will go on...forever and renewed once again.

    Michael Lofting said:
    Do you have vision for the choreography?

    There seemed to be elements of a procession half way through. A mournful procession so the death is fated for this moment.
    Death of a Tree (Ballet)
    I've been asked to write some music for a ballet in April. Here's a scene called The Death of a Tree. Thank you for listening. https://app.box.com/…
  • I have rain and the distant thunder throughout the entire scene so far. Can y'all tell me if you can hear it, and if it makes an actual contribution to the sound after the bass drum hit after the solo until the tree falls? If not, then I'm thinking about taking out the continous rain until the end of the scene. Let me know. This is one thing I am debating about.
  • I think the rain and thunder is fine as is.

    I was thinking about how it's notated but presume this piece will always just be a sound file. Not meant to be played live?
  • Can you hear the rain and thunder when it starts getting louder after the first bass drum and chime tutti hit?
    It just needs to be a sound file but I guess I could notate it later. Was there anything you would particular like to see in notation?

    Michael Lofting said:
    I think the rain and thunder is fine as is.

    I was thinking about how it's notated but presume this piece will always just be a sound file. Not meant to be played live?
    Death of a Tree (Ballet)
    I've been asked to write some music for a ballet in April. Here's a scene called The Death of a Tree. Thank you for listening. https://app.box.com/…
  • Thank u Susan for your ears and reassurance.

    Susan Partlan said:

    I had the benefit of your description of the scene in listening and felt it depicted the scene very well. I could picture the dancers, and the procession when leaving. I can hear the rain and thunder after the first bass drum hit and chime.

    Nice work!

    Death of a Tree (Ballet)
    I've been asked to write some music for a ballet in April. Here's a scene called The Death of a Tree. Thank you for listening. https://app.box.com/…
  • Very cool!  4 listens. This may sound strange, but it’s like a glimpse into an alternate reality, into something sacred that only trees can experience or perceive.  To me, the rain and thunder creates a bridge into our world.  I very much like it the way it is, and wouldn’t change a thing.  Excellent piece, Rodney.

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