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Composer biography:

Esn was born fully-grown and fully-bearded on Mount Parnassus in 3205 B.C. from the womb of an enraged kangaroo with a poor sense of direction and an open mind about cross-species intercourse. Having inherited from his mother an uncommon ability to quickly jump across large geographic regions, he left the place of his birth and circumnavigated the globe, impressing jungle tribes and Eskimos alike with his great physical prowess and charming personality. Esn learned from these peoples knowledge that is now lost, including the location of the Elixir of Youth, which he promptly drank up. Yet the constant traveling took its toll, and to drive away the developing ennui, Esn escaped to an island atoll with several thousand followers and founded the civilization of Atlantis, which fell a few centuries later in a battle with the Ice Giants. After that, Esn meditated in a Himalayan cave for a few centuries, his mind leaving his body in order to visit the Andromeda Galaxy and persuade an approaching hostile alien fleet of the benefits of positive thinking and flower-smelling over destroying things. This he did successfully, and returned to his body a new man filled with a zest for life and beautiful melodies flowing through his ears. In order to write some of them down and bring joy to other people, Esn began composing music in the year 2005. He hopes that someone will pay him to do it.

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Disagree with Fizzyfox

I disagree with much in Fizzyfox's review. I don't find these sounds to be grating or unpleasant. The moments when you played with the tempo were quite imaginative. I'd love to see the score if you have the time.

Esn responds:

Thanks Benjamin. You can read my reply to Fizzyfox below where I explain some things about this piece. I do respect his point; this piece is really me entering an area which is not my forte.

Much To Learn

I understand you were probably going for quirky sounds, but they just grated and were not pleasant to listen to. The persussion was sloppy and unimaginative/repetitive with no development. It would have been nice to have gotten away from the root notes and feature more chord tones within the (beautiful) melodies (that flow through your ears?)

This piece of music didn't really know what it was trying to be and as a result, neither did I. My suggestion would be to decide on what you are actually trying to accomplish musically and go from there.

At the moment it sounds like a mesh of what you think makes a quirky piece of music, but in reality it's not that simple. Silly noises and quirky rhythms will NOT DO. You need to know what ingredients mix well in order for the finish product to be palatable. Keep trying though, you obvioulsy have a keen interest in music.

Feel free to pick my brains, I'd be happy to help.

Esn responds:

To be honest, I did this for an assignment in which I had to write something in a "popular music style". There is very little that is called "popular music" that I can stand, and I don't listen to it and don't know much about it, so I'm afraid I didn't take it very seriously. I tried to find some sort of stylistic thing that's used in a genre of "popular music" - in this case, it was the slow unchanging bassline with offbeat chords. Then I had to try to fill 3:30 of time. There also had to be a tempo change in there somewhere.

It was also done in Reason, whereas I work much better musically in Finale (maybe I'll be uploading something done in Finale soon).

So the way I made it bearable for myself to work under requirements that I didn't really like was to not take it too seriously. I can understand if as a result of that, the music isn't very polished and it doesn't sound as nice.

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Apr 7, 2010
8:44 PM EDT
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3 min 35 sec

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