VoP Reall adds a level
Things I love:
Great dynamics in string sections. Rich harmonies. The VoP vocals really add to the emotion and quality of the piece. The darker rougher sounds in the piece are a great timbrel switch.
Things that stuck out to me that I didnt love & my reasoning/suggestions:
Starts at mezzo piano to rise into forttissimo at that first crescendo when it could really benefit from it all being knocked down a bit. I'm thinking piano/pianissimo upwards to forte would level out the dynamics of the piece a bit more while still giving the same powerful crescendo. It also has really straight rhythms (nothing off the quarter note accents), and a few rather sudden pauses. Think of each instrumental pause like you would the end of a word, the last consonant is pronounced at the start of the break. If you extend the midi note like a 16th or 8th note past where you had them, and put an automation with a quickly downward volume in the last tiny bit of it,. it would sound a lot more natural. The horns/drum at 1:14 come pretty unexpectedly unless you know the piece ahead of time. Something like a fast rolling drum crescendo or upward gliss or vocal clip with an automation from zero volume to yell into that would make it feel more like it belongs there, and would have the same power and subido forte effect as apposed to making people jump a bit. The mixing on most the instruments I love, but I feel like the choir could be spaced on both sides as they normally sing above the center stage rather then off right. Or as a contrast put the VoP vocals on the left to counter the choir being on the right.
Overall though this is a pretty damn impressive piece with great emotions and imagery. I'm excited to see how our songs match up to the judges.
Hey, thanks for the review man. Yeah I agree re: the string parts, I didn't have time to switch over to a performance legato so these are using pads even though I have the automation set up for a perf. legato patch. Good points!
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