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Mar 11, 2016 | 4:48 PM EST
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Hey guys,

here is the latest orchestral choir-track that i have written. Its inspired by the famous "Russian Red Army Choir" and also the movie "Hunt For Red October". The track showcases the WOTAN Epic Male Choir by Strezov Sampling.

Honest reviews and votes are always appreciated.


P.s.: Here is a version with video footage showing some midi editing in combination with pictures that shall clarify, which scenario i had in mind when writing this little piece:



Rated 5 / 5 stars

I like this

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

I love the rich vocals at the beginning. It has a gothic and apprehensive mood to it that’s just engrossing. You did an excellent job with the phrasing and the sense of swell and decay within melody lines. It’s very smooth and flowing, and you transitioned moods effectively at :47. The instrumentation is fantastic, with the sample quality super-high. The frequencies are well-balanced and the mastering is superb. If I had to complain about one thing compositionally, it might be that the progression is a bit too slow-paced at times. Then, despite the slow pace of the piece early on, the final climax at 3:01 seemed a bit rushed, both in how you led up to it and how you sustained the energy. However, you do a great job of channeling the drama here, creating emotional heights at 2:08 and 3:01. Overall, this is extremely admirable work. My tiny structural complaints really don’t amount to much. Keep up the great work, SoundChris! :D


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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Where have you been?
In regards to your Orchestral Mixing topic, and after hearing this, I must say that you're your own biggest critic. Of course you are, because you hear the finer intricacies that went into creating this. At least your ears have a bit of realism and know there could be some improvement in regards to mix. For my taste, the best part comes from 2:00 to the end in terms of mixing. Love the mix there.
There's just moments where some of the instruments don't seem to be quite as balanced as the other instruments from the beginning.
Regardless I think a lot of mixing does come from personal taste combined with what kind of sound you're going for. Anyway my input isn't based on experience but rather from someone that enjoys listening to "real" orchestration, classical, and all kinds of recordings in regards to the orchestra. Just a fan, and I too would like to learn. So, though, I might hear the gap, I wouldn't be so ignorant to think I have any answers to close that gap between good and great. I also like textures over realism sometimes if its in good taste. Overall, I love your writing.

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SoundChris responds:

Hey there friend!
Well i have been quite busy lately and wasnt very active on NG. Combining a fulltime lawyer job with the parttime composer job and the care for my father (who is stil hanging on which is almost a miracle) is very energy-sapping.
Well the thing with mixing always is that you just never get it the way you wanted it to sound because there is no listening standard like thx or dolby :D If you would know that everyone would have the same equipment for listening to your tracks mixing would be a simple task. But because everyone has other possibilities its quite a pain in the a... If something sounds very strong on my bose system and the yamaha h7 monitors and also on my sennheiser headphones and finally also in my bmw and i am totally convinced that NOW it is really well mixed i visite some friends. And once they play it on their hifi music systems it suddenly sounds shitty ... :D *NOOOOOOO!!!???!!!*

I guess you know that problem. But i stil think that there has to be some kind of tricks to make it sound well on most of the speakers out there. I just have no idea how to do it. Also i believe that mixing a piece needs fresh ears. And if you composed for a lot of hours you just listen to the track totally differently as someone who listens to it from the customers point of view.

I am really glad you like the mix. Like i said - i always find this a hard task and i am always thinking i would struggle here.

Thanks for your kindness good sir!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Once again, you demonstrate your depth as a composer with this intricate work. The Russian Choir piece from HFRO is one of my favorite cinematic melodies, and you have produced here a worthy companion.

My only (very small) critique is that the first minute felt a little bit compressed to me in dynamic range. I don't know if you were holding back to allow more building, but the level seems to be very steady until that first transitions at about 0:45 and 1:05. There is plenty of room at the lower levels to give it more dynamics without encroaching into the crescendo spaces. I think this would not have been my observation except for the fact that the remaining 2/3 of the piece is so wonderfully dynamic.

One aspect I find admirable here is that the middle section is thematically consistent and yet not repetitious. I have found in some classical works a tendency to begin well and end well, and to leave the middle as just the "potatoes" on the musical plate. Instead of bland potatoes, you have given us a seasoned helping of wild rice in the middle! It is unusual for me to say this, but I find the middle section actually to be my favorite part after several play-throughs.

Again, a wonderful work, and I commend you on a most worthy achievment that can stand alongside the piece that inspired it!

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SoundChris responds:

Thanks a lot scott for another nice review :) Well maybe the first minute with the choir standing on its own may sound a little bit more compressed because i had to push it a little bit in volume because otherwise the piece would have had too much dynamic range from pppp to ffff :D Even i personally dont have a problem with that many people out there hate it to have to turn down and up the volume while listening. So i raised the choir part in volume and also slightly compressed the track.
I am glad you noticed that i always try not to be repetitive. In many cases a repetition would be the easier way and sometimes i guess any composer just wanted to make a faster progress while composing. Well - i always try to resist this impulse and find a way for a musical evolvement of the track. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesnt :D

Thank you very much scott for leaving your thoughts here. Highly appreciated!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is simply brilliant friend.

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SoundChris responds:

Thanks a lot jaysummers - glad you enjoyed it!