Spencer Doidge replied to Ryland Lafferty's discussion New Piece - Tell Me What You Think
"I prefer to withhold my music until a while after it's done. That helps me judge it a little more objectively.
Two things I would do with this one, and this is really about what I like, not necessarily relevant to your objectives, is to use a…"
Feb 27, 2013
Ryland Lafferty replied to Ryland Lafferty's discussion New Piece - Tell Me What You Think
"Hey Eric,

Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it. I have always been a sucker for quirky and wierd sounds and melodies. I always try to some how incorporate it into my music.

Cheers, Ryland"
Feb 26, 2013
Eric_P replied to Ryland Lafferty's discussion New Piece - Tell Me What You Think
"Hi!
I think it's pretty good for what it is. Like Raymond said, it would work well for chilling with a drink or smoke. And I really like the "odd" sounding synth melody around 2:33. I'm a sucker for those types of sounds :)"
Feb 26, 2013
Ryland Lafferty replied to Ryland Lafferty's discussion New Piece - Tell Me What You Think
"Hey Raymond, thanks for your input! It's much appreciated. What do you suggest I do to breathe some life into it?

The idea of the piece was to see what i could do with one simple musical idea. If you could find a way to make it less predictable,…"
Feb 25, 2013
Ryland Lafferty replied to Sandy Herrault's discussion My first piece uploaded "Hope"
"Very nice melodic idea! I enjoyed it. Though, try to be careful with overusage of windchimes, They can be used once in a while for maybe a dynamic change or a pickup to a new part, but anything more than that they start to become a little on the…"
May 6, 2011
Chris Rodier replied to Ryland Lafferty's discussion Video-Game Music
"Hi Ryland!

I'm no professional or anything, but I'm super picky - and this music you've created here is one of my favorite genres (I call it "Epic" lol)

Personally, I'd like for some more 'color' in both parts in the first theme. You might be…"
Mar 10, 2011
Ryland Lafferty replied to Jacob Royal's discussion Your FIVE favorite composers.
"Stravinsky - His orchestral movements are absolutely brilliant.
Chopin - His piano etudes are simply beautiful
Alkan - his technicality and use of chords exceeds anything else I've ever heard
Wyschnegradsky - His microtonal music is pure and…"
Feb 17, 2011
Ryland Lafferty replied to Bernardo Sodré's discussion Soundtrack Idea
"interesting piece, I like what you do with the rhythm, but it would be nice to hear it with a little bit more contrast! It's also kind of difficult to see it in a movie type setting. Try using more diverse instrumentation or add a string section to…"
Feb 17, 2011
Ryland Lafferty replied to Kirk Williams's discussion New Member - Looking for feedback
"I like what you're trying to do! Your harmonies are nicel; very james bond esque. But it takes too long to lead up to something that doesn't last long enough. Try using really thick chords to deepen the textures. Also, I have to agree with Ray, the…"
Feb 8, 2011
Ryland Lafferty replied to Ryland Lafferty's discussion New Piece - feedback/criticism welcome!
"Thank you everybody for your comments, they are all greatly appreciated! I have tweaked a couple things including extending the demented waltz (2:01) and lightened a couple of the textures. plus adding 2 extra bars to the end! Once again, thank you…"
Nov 14, 2010
Vlad Burlea replied to Ryland Lafferty's discussion New Piece - feedback/criticism welcome!
"It`s interesting idea, sound orchestral but the beginning its to short- at second 23(trombon or horn entry), I think you can put first something like piano+winds at 1:43, tu develop that and continue like you have from sec.23. Don`t rush to end will…"
Nov 14, 2010
Greg Brus replied to Ryland Lafferty's discussion New Piece - feedback/criticism welcome!
"There are some notes that stand out harshily and I don't understand why. Also, I think you use a very similar texture for all the mood shifts - sometimes it works, sometimes not.

Now keep in mind that I had to struggle a lot to come up with these 2…"
Nov 14, 2010
James G. Watson replied to Ryland Lafferty's discussion New Piece - feedback/criticism welcome!
"First of all, it sounds great - very Danny Elfman/Tim Burton. The build up iinnhe first minutte is very effective and I do get the mood changes. The only thing that seems out of place for me is from 2:28 to 2:42. I don't know whether it's the sudden…"
Nov 14, 2010
Ryland Lafferty replied to Ryland Lafferty's discussion New Piece - feedback/criticism welcome!
"I was thinking of doing something exactly like that! Though right now, since I'm at the climax of the piece, I need to find a way to bring it back down! That will pose as a challenge! And thank you for the compliment on the mood changes, I have a…"
Nov 14, 2010
John Hoge replied to Ryland Lafferty's discussion New Piece - feedback/criticism welcome!
"I think it's coming along very well! The shift in moods is nice and effective:) Only you know how you're going to wrap it up, but might i suggest bringing the dynamic level down once you're ready to be done, and sort of fading out the same way you…"
Nov 14, 2010
Ryland Lafferty replied to John Hoge's discussion Latest Piece - Full Orchestra, Video Game style
"Very Impressive! You capture the video-game feeling perfectly! The harmony and rhythm is absolutely Perfect! I love it!"
Nov 10, 2010
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  • Greetings Ryland,

    I like your music. It is very cinematic. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.

    Very best,

    Larry Elliott

  • Dude the Theme n Variations on Paparazzi is so cool.
  • many thanks for your kind comment Ryland
  • Hi Ryland,
    You wrote: '...There's nothing better than a fluid melody carried through an impossible to count measure!'
    Right on! I can relate to that. Looking forward to hearing your compositions.
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