Keith J Hampton replied to Victor Kireev's discussion My "small" big band experience
"The arrangement is very nice and it's too bad that the shaker isn't mic'd.  That would have helped. Also, piano should have been an actual piano sound, not electric piano, which I felt detracted. Otherwise, nice arrangement. I'm not going to say…"
Mar 1, 2018
Keith J Hampton left a comment for Timo Schuemer
"Agreed, I have my irons in the fire, some days music must take a back seat to art, which it seems it has done my entire life. Now that I'm retired, I can devote more time to it. Cheers to you in Germany, Timo!"
Feb 25, 2018
Keith J Hampton replied to Kjell Prytz's discussion Contemplative piece for guitar and orchestra
"Very thoughtful work, the last minute and half are where the piece really shines for me."
Feb 25, 2018
Keith J Hampton replied to Keith J Hampton's discussion Brazilian Journey - REDUX
"Yes, I agree, the mix is not good. I'm still getting used to things, and will admit I'm quite rusty at it. My main problem is monitoring. I have two choices, earphones (which I have a very good set of Klipsch) or my really terrible computer…"
Feb 23, 2018
Keith J Hampton left a comment for Timo Schuemer
"I notice you don't post here very much, but more on SoundCloud.... do you get more reponse there?  I'm new to all of this online music stuff...."
Feb 22, 2018
Keith J Hampton replied to Keith J Hampton's discussion "Garden Seduction" - short, modern classical piece for piano.
"Wow, thanks, Marc!  Appreciate that very much, even the parts I don't understand and will now have to go and look up on Wikipedia. :-)   I'm a songwriter in disguise, so it does not surprise me that it's all in the same register as I tend to put…"
Feb 20, 2018
Marc Eugene Farmer replied to Keith J Hampton's discussion "Garden Seduction" - short, modern classical piece for piano.
"Hi Keith,  The piece does seem very solid to me.  The first 40 seconds is awesome.  The theme is delicious.    Some of the chords seemed a bit of a mix of styles- sometimes it sounds impressionistic, sometimes more polymodal or poly tonal ( I think…"
Feb 20, 2018
Keith J Hampton replied to Keith J Hampton's discussion "Garden Seduction" - short, modern classical piece for piano.
"Thanks, EE for your nice compliments.  I'm not worried about the music knowledge, but I prefaced with that knowing this site has a lot of very technically proficient composers who might start to want to "teach".  :-)  I am very comfortable with…"
Feb 19, 2018
The Double E replied to Keith J Hampton's discussion "Garden Seduction" - short, modern classical piece for piano.
"It sounded genuine and authentic to me. The crisp static in the background provided me with comfort, as if listening in from a somewhat distant room while this was played near by . . .

I think playing on a digital setup would kill it somewhat. You…"
Feb 19, 2018
Keith J Hampton replied to Keith J Hampton's discussion "Garden Seduction" - short, modern classical piece for piano.
"Thanks, Gav.  I think sometimes I get caught up in the music and forget that there needs to be some technical proficiency happening too. There's so much to remember when playing! And that red "record" light doesn't help much! :-)"
Feb 18, 2018
Keith J Hampton replied to Marc Eugene Farmer's discussion Kinda Happy- Suggestions/Critique Request
"I like this piece and think it achieves your objective generally.  There are three things I'd want to do to it, if it were my own work. (I didn't think the strings ran too long but maybe should be lowered in the mix a bit.)The first thing is that I…"
Feb 18, 2018
Keith J Hampton replied to Jon Adamich's discussion A Magical Journey (Fantasy Adventure)
"Wow!   Over-the-top cinematic feel... definitely takes the listener places.  A lot crammed into a short time, it's pretty amazing. Reminds me very much of soundtracks that accompany a preview or something equally commercial. Definite possibilities…"
Feb 15, 2018
Gavin Brown replied to Keith J Hampton's discussion "Garden Seduction" - short, modern classical piece for piano.
"Hi Keith, I think there might be something to this comment of yours - It's something I also have to watch out for, although sometimes I like to leave the piece as it is. Bet you do too ;) Keith J Hampton said:
I am wondering if my lack of training…"
Feb 14, 2018
Keith J Hampton replied to Keith J Hampton's discussion "Brazilian Journey" - piano composition
"Interesting, I had not thought about reed intstruments or woodwinds on this. Thanks! MM Coston said:
To me it sounds like a good foundation for a jazz tune. I think a reed would sound good over the texture at points, I imagine a clarinet."
Feb 11, 2018
Keith J Hampton replied to Keith J Hampton's discussion "Garden Seduction" - short, modern classical piece for piano.
"Thank you! MM Coston said:
There are a number of old school "analog" ways of getting a different recording sound if you can line out. One that comes to mind is lining out to a small but good speaker or amp placed in a container open on one or two…"
Feb 11, 2018
Keith J Hampton replied to Robert Fisher's discussion Umbra
"Nice work!  Deceptively simply melody which gives way to a more layered build. I like the addition of the vocal tracks toward the end (were those real humans?) and thought it helped bring the piece into more emotive territory than just piano/strings…"
Feb 11, 2018
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  • I‘m not so active here because I mostly want to post more precise thoughts than on SoundCloud where the general feedback is more like „nice piece, great work“ or something like that.

    It takes time (to really listen and order your thoughts) which is often a scarce commodity unfortunately.

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