At 8/29/14 02:23 PM, Step wrote:
Simple may not necessarily mean bad! SilverPoyozo's score was 9th highest out of all 61 scores, and his track was just piano and strings. ProudAardvark won a previous NGADM with a piano-only track too. It depends on how you approach it in my opinion. Simple can easily sound bland, so you need to embellish it with enough subtleties or complex composition to avoid that.
Silverpoyozos track may have been simple but the chord progression was interesting and well orchestrated. But in general people are too much impressed by the combination of simple piano tracks with much reverb and dont understand that in most cases its badly crafted, structured and overrated trash - even many like it since movies like the trueman show. Also noone seems to care in general if the composer understands just anything concerning the piano as an instrument which drives me as a pianoman really mad. Not everything which is a piano combined with a few verb effects and slow movement is good.
In Silverpoyozos case it was very good since he really showed that he understood the whole composition very well, nothing happened by accident, he had a good and elaborated concept which he consequently followed and also the orchestration was beautiful. But this is one of the rare cases someone showed a good emotional piano track. One of the guys who really do awesome stuff is @BlazingDragon - i always respected him very much with his piano pieces. But there are a lot of musicians - some even have hundreds of fans - who always use piano + strings, noone seems to notice how aweful this is but people love it nevertheless.
So when it comes to the piano: People plz try to hold back with the cliche that slow + reverb is good and try to analyze whats going on in the composition. Complexity shouldnt be underrated. In most cases its just superior.
@SilverPoyozo : It has been an honor to be grouped with you and i really enjoyed your composition!