The Seminarian

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This thing, which began as an impromptu on 4 July, took me two days to finish. It's intended as a character theme for a young man who is studying for the priesthood.

Yep, some of you can already guess what project this loop is for. ;-) This is my favourite track in the OST so far. I'm going for a Phoenix Wright/Professor Layton-inspired OST, but with quite a lot of deviation as I'll be emphasising chords, melodies and harmonies a lot.

FL Studio 10.

Used in this project:

Akai-Steinway III soundfont, by Denis.

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Hey there Troisnyx, i have seen you wanted a review on this:

I really love the piano jazz chords and the mood of the complete piece. The theme is very lyrical and cute. I like melancholic and sad piano ballad style pieces :D The complete piano part is really nice and i cant find anny issues there. What really sounds quite unrealistic at some points is the violin, especially the upwards slides which are a little bit to fast for my gusto. Dont know which vst you did use. You needed a better one and the sound quality would be much better (i was quite impressed by the solo violin included in EWQL gypsy which has got a nice legato violin and good KS possibilities). But that doesnt change the fact that the composition it self is really, and i mean really beautiful and touching! Which makes the sound even more interesting are those high synth (?) notes which give a very unique touch to the piece. What really works well is the looping itself - very well done and balanced!

All the best to you. Hope i could be of your help :D

Troisnyx responds:

VST is an understatement -- that was Fruity Soundfont Player, and that was a really craptastic violin soundfont. XD And yes, those blips were synths -- soundfonts too, just like the rest of the ensemble.

Thanks for the review -- much appreciated! x

I listen to your music when I want to feel bad about my abilities as a composer haha. Awesome job.

You have very nice chord progressions in this piece (some secondary function chords, very nice) -- that is the thing which stood out to me. Your transitions were seamless, and the overall piece had a consistent character throughout.

On things to improve:
1. Your strings stand out from the rest of the mix -- the piano sounds very nice, and the little electronic synth that comes back a few times is very tasteful. The strings sound very fake in contrast. I know there isn't much you can do about this without spending money, but I really think using some quality samples would improve the track a lot.
2. Adding in some dynamic swells could add a lot of character to the piece. You do this some, but it can be done even more. Just crescendo and decrescendo through phrases.

Overall, I really enjoyed this piece. It was very musical, and I look forward to hearing more from you.

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4.91 / 5.00

Jul 6, 2013
10:34 AM EDT
File Info
2 MB
1 min 46 sec

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