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Hi, this is a part of my new work (WIP) in process.
The work will be 4 movements each from a childhood book.
1- Ice Palace
2- Of Mice and Men
3- Sea gull
4- Little Prince
The end of 2nd movement, Of Mice and Men is attached below.
If you wonder my blog has the first movement.
I liked this fragment and particularly noted the inventive clusters in the opening and close, wider spaced notes in the bass. I also like the way you divided the resources - are these to be soloists? You avoided a long chromatic scale sequence very well.
The mood has a touch of horror or tension - at any rate, a jittery feel about it.
A well-done effort. Interesting to listen to.
Thank you very much. You observe better in the direction - outside to inner while I
try to see from inside to outer.
Yes. It is for 13 soloists.
The mood is at the end of the book. George is obliged to kill
his mentally sick companion Lennie before the crowd come and torture him
to death. The gun shots and the feelings afterwards...
Thank you again. Notable gentleman.
Yes this is a great effect Ali, I'm impressed with your ideas I look forward to hearing an extended work. Have you considered including electronic effects into your work? The palette of colors and effects possible with electronics is endless and with your imagination you would make good use of that medium I think.
I think your approach is good Ali and I don't question it. If you did want to explore electronic music you could easily do that for little or no expense. There are free applications available that you can integrate with your Musescore works although you might have to use a DAW, but those are also available for free or at low cost.
One of our members, Rodney Money, recently was commissioned to write a trumpet concerto with electronic accompaniment and he was successful with that although he had little experience with producing electronic music.
Any suggestions for a free DAW? I did not know that it could be this easy. I keep my concern for my music to be notated with MuseSCORE though. .MID file opened with museSCORE. Because after importing I do quiet some editing, transposing, cutting prolonging etc. I do not like refusing classical modern music while doing electronic music. A mixture may be...
As for MuseScore, you may know that version 3 and nice sound fonts are available. Just in case you don't already have it. Band Lab is a free DAW. Personally, DAWs are a mystery to me.
Cakewalk by BandLab is what Bob is referring to. Cakewalk has been an excellent DAW for many years and used to be expensive but BandLab bought it and it is now free but I think they'll try and get you to pay for BandLab which is an online collaboration service, but you should check it out.
Audacity is free and there are 'lite' versions of ProTools and Cubase among others that are free. . I use Reaper which is $60 USD after a 2 month free trial. I like it because it is full featured and has an extensive video tutorial and support program.
DAW's are complicated and require a lot of study. To me the money is less of an issue compared to the commitment of time and study that is required, so you should study these applications carefully, download them and try them before deciding to spend a lot of time with one of them.
Any good DAW should allow you to exchange midi files with MuseScore, although I don't think Audacity will do that, you'll have to do some research, download the trial versions and see if it works the way you want it to.
Combining electronics with traditional orchestral instruments is popular in classical music now. You should search YouTube and Google for examples of these pieces. And of course we'll try and help with whatever you decide to do!
Audacity will import and export midi. Although unless it has something to do with Jfugue, I'm not sure what midi has to do with your process. You could write in MS, save as an mp3 or wave import into Audacity to adjust tempo changes and dynamics (for example) and save from there. Just thinking out loud.
As others have said, it has a great tension/fright effect. Reading then the connection with the book and the particular scene you are aiming to represent with this work, I should say it simply fits as it should.
Surely this would greatly benefit from a better software, since high-pitched notes played by violins in this piece can lose a big share of the sound they are supposed to reproduce, and instead become very electronic and synthetic.
I'm looking forward to see the other movements.