I am new to this forum, and I am very happy to be a part of the community!
I would love to hear what you think about my track "The Transcendence". I have been creating orchestral music for over a year now, still learning and trying to find my own sound.
Niklas Krig - The Transcendence
Looking forward to hear what you think!
For me, if I like it or not depends on what your aim for the piece is. If it's for say the opening of a fantasy, or action movie, it fits well. If it's purely an orchestral piece for the concert hall, it dose not work well.
I too would like to hear a melody or two. Which could easily be added. Music with a driving beat like this is well-fit for a melody over the top. Say the oboe, leading the way.
A good effort all the same.
The production is great and so is the library and the way it is implemented here. The track has this nervous vibe that combined with the simple melody that comes in at the end, makes it probably effective in the right game or movie.
The track - viewed only as a piece of music - lacks enough motion and "events" to be interesting on an intellectual level, but it does evoke emotions.
Meh...another "epic" score.
OK, I'll try to be more constructive :-) but keep in mind all I say is based on listening to one piece once. If your works are broader in scope, I might take back some comments.
The piece has a nice sound and, as Rob says, it would be fine for a movie soundtrack.
I had a massage the other day and the music being played was a generic background piece: relaxing, just enough happening to so that it wasn't boring, but not so much as to draw attention. From my background as a graphic artist, I tend to think in terms of contrast. The background music was low-contrast. Your piece is more intense, but still low-contrast. After it's over, there's not much to remember. For background use, it works well.
If you want a stand-alone piece, increasing contrast would be a start. In composing music, there is a tension between variety and repetition. You take a theme and develop it. Each repetition of the theme reinforces it in the listener's memory (and since music is a temporal medium, we want to make it memorable). The variety in the ways the theme is restated keeps it interesting.
I'm sure a lot of work went into the piece, but I suspect the attraction of the "epic" sound is that you achieve a lot of drama for a relatively low creative investment. William Wu's statement about taking a few melodies and varying/embellishing them sound simple, but can be frustratingly hard to execute well.
If your goal is to compose epic scores for film, the only advice I would give you is to make sure your other pieces show a range and aren't all just "epic" sounds (try writing a comic piece—I think that's the hardest category).
I must say I'm jealous of all the comments and listens you've got on SoundCloud—good job! Obviously, people liked the piece, so whether you do anything different is up to you. But if you want to grow as a composer, you learn more from your critics than your fans.:-)
There is a forum on the web that is pretty soundtrack centric where you can find those sorts of resorces if that is your goal.