Al Johnston replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion New Orchestral Effort (no score) - Feedback appreciated!
"Ahhhhh. OK, at 2'01" there is a brass line that comes in but it is a bit obscured by the string obbligato. Perhaps you might bring down the volume of the string obbligato during the time that that line lasts to bring it out a bit more? That would…"
Dec 15, 2015
Matt Stewart-Evans replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion New Orchestral Effort (no score) - Feedback appreciated!
"Thanks for the feedback Al, and for taking the time to listen.

As part of the brief, I had to keep the piece to a max length of 2:45, so unfortunately couldn't develop out further on that basis, unless 'progressing' the piece more quickly in the…"
Dec 15, 2015
Al Johnston replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion New Orchestral Effort (no score) - Feedback appreciated!
"Thank you for paying attention to making your music listenable. That alone made me like it. The piece spends a lot of time setting a mood, yet I found myself wanting to hear more of the substance for which that the mood was set. Perhaps add such a…"
Dec 15, 2015
Matt Stewart-Evans replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion New Piece for Strings & Piano
"Thanks Tyler, really appreciate you taking the time to feed back!

Agree that the violin is in danger of repetition overload - I kept it to the minimum brief length of 2:30, as any longer I think it would spoil things."
Nov 18, 2015
Tyler Hughes replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion New Piece for Strings & Piano
"Very good piece here. Like the americana/copland feel to it and the subtle use of percussion. I would normally like to hear more melodic material in the violin, but because this is for media, the ostinato works perfectly to fit that need. Good Job"
Nov 18, 2015
Rodney Carlyle Money replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion Latest piece: Opus #26
"And an opera is a lot of work!"
Oct 27, 2015
Matt Stewart-Evans replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion Latest piece: Opus #26
"The 'large scaled works' thing doesn't apply, but I've generally used the term Opus for all of my solo piano compositions since starting out so it's relevant to that extent! Rodney Carlyle Money said:
Opus numbers are normally for the order of the…"
Oct 27, 2015
Rodney Carlyle Money replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion Latest piece: Opus #26
"Opus numbers are normally for the order of the publications or large scaled works."
Oct 27, 2015
roger stancill replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion Latest piece: Opus #26
"Hi Matt, I thought the beginning was so so okey-dokey but then at 40 sec. you opened it up
and ..wowed me. all in all   I liked it. Logically tho' I would finish an octave lower. To my ear,
more fitting to the overall piece.      RS    (an…"
Oct 26, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion Disturbances
"Ah, you didn't mention that it was a 1-day challenge.  It's pretty good for something written in one day, actually. Maybe one of these days, we should run a 1-day contest on this forum and see what folks can come up with. :-)"
Oct 21, 2015
Matt Stewart-Evans replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion Disturbances
"Thanks for that - appreciate the feedback! Part of the challenge for this piece was creating it in one day, so I definitely made use of loops extensively to build the piece out. I think I pretty much built in some kind of development every 8 bars or…"
Oct 21, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion Disturbances
"Not bad. Very interesting use of pitch bend in the violins for a warped effect. There's not much development of the themes, though. It sounds more-or-less homogenous throughout, almost like the looped background music.  Probably works OK as a…"
Oct 21, 2015
Deborah Young replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion Balloon Ride (Latest Piece)
"I really do love this. But this is right up my alley. Sounds like something that would go great with media (movie music, in particular). I recently discovered a podcast that features unreleased music from Soundcloud. This might be a great place for…"
Dec 14, 2012
David Unger replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion Balloon Ride (Latest Piece)
"Well the piece certainly takes you from one place to another, and in a way it feels as if it is doing it rather randomly just as a balloon might do, so I think it rather well tells us the story. However I am not sure wether or not I like that the…"
Dec 13, 2012
Carmen Gabrio replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion Balloon Ride (Latest Piece)
"This piece is very endearing! It's simplistic, sweet and beautiful. I don't have anything bad to say about it, it is simply a wonderful song!"
Oct 28, 2012
Matt Stewart-Evans replied to Matt Stewart-Evans's discussion Balloon Ride (Latest Piece)
"Thanks both for listening. On reflection I think 'Daydream' would have suited this piece quite well.

Lesson learned: stick to Opus #x unless a title has a dead cert name! "
Oct 16, 2012
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