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One of the first tracks from my Christmas CD, perfect for playing out in the snow or conjuring thoughts of colder weather in the middle of summer (or, for many of my friends in the North East US, a reminder of how nice all of their snow looks). I have always loved Anderson's Sleighride, which was a strong inspiration for both the structure and sound of this piece.

The audio was recorded through Garritan Personal Instruments 4 into my computer and mixed with Audacity and Pro Tools 11. If you want to use this in a project (commercial or non-commercial), please let me know before you use it (this is purely for my own interest and records - I'd like to know how my music is being used and how it's spreading).

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Sumptuous. Excellent production and arrangement. Fun and bouncy, engaging from start to finish with lovely little frills, structurally coherent and good use of instruments. As a previous reviewer also noted, a very fresh and crisp professional sound with good use of the whole soundscape. I'm familiar with GPO IV and have heard some utter horror shows which utilise that sample library. Enjoyed listening to this. Good stuff.

DavidGrossmanMusic responds:

Thanks for your review. I've used Garritan instruments ever since I started writing music with Finale almost three years ago, and I have also heard 'horror shows' from pieces written with them. Just as an orchestral conductor can have the best orchestra and still produce a bad sound based on his or her skill level, VST produced audio files can have the same issues. It all comes down to a combination of a musical talent and the ability to mix outside of a sound library or notation software to get the sound you really want - ignoring the improvements from skill and experience between the music I wrote a year ago and the music I'm writing now, the unmixed music from last year sounds flat in comparison to the mixed music now.

Again, thanks for reviewing and I'm glad you enjoyed listening.


Wow your style is great. This sounds like it would fit perfectly in a Disney movie or something of the like. I really have nothing bad to say about this. Everything is so well put together and just sounds professional. Seriously, if I was somehow playing in another tab and I had no idea what it was, I'd think it was a part from an old Disney movie playing. There is nothing in this that sounds synthy, muddy, or rough. It's just great all around! Congratulations, you get my first 5/5 on newgrounds =D

DavidGrossmanMusic responds:

Thanks. I feel honored that I got your first 5/5 on Newgrounds. I love the music from many of the Disney movies, but personally never thought it sounded like a Disney piece until you mentioned it. As I had also mentioned in my reply to your review on 'The Celebration of a New Year,' that professional sound is one thing that I strive for and pride myself on - in fact, the very first comment I got from my composition teachers on this piece and from other music majors and musician friends was that, had they not known I wrote it, they would think it was written by someone much more professional than myself.

I agree with your comment on pieces that sound too synthesized or muddy. I could be listening to a famous classical piece by an extremely well known classical composer, and wouldn't like it (maybe even hate the recording) if it sounded synthesized.

Again, I feel so honored that one of my pieces deserves a 5/5, and that it is also the first one you gave on Newgrounds.


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Feb 5, 2014
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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.