Elf's Epitaph

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I only spent a day on this, so I'm worried that I rushed it, or that I didn't do a good enough job. I'm going to stop worrying about it and just submit this, because worrying won't do me any good.

Really changed things up this time. My tryout entry was Rise, a trance song. Now I'm entering a orchestral/waltz piece? Man, I hope I didn't just blow it by switching genres.

Anyhoo, enjoy!

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I like the mood and instruments. I think the plucked stringed instrument gets buried under the legato, bowed ones after a while, though. Couldn't hurt to really make sure you can isolate the tones as much as possible in the EQ. I like the sense of climax it has into 1:13, though, and I did enjoy the percussion and how you used it to transition between the various parts of the song. It has a decent amount of dynamic contrast, and, as always, I admire your sense of harmony and direction in structuring the piece. The ending seems fitting, although it does cut off a little suddenly. You do a good job with melodic development, and the chord progression was also rather pleasing. It couldn't have hurt to add some crashes or something when the strings come in at :12 and some other places, though. Otherwise, I think most of the transitions and structural elements were very effective. This is a short, but engaging piece. I like the somewhat Celtic vibe of the first 30 seconds or so, and I applaud your efforts to push yourself and experiment with different genres. Also, good job with moving away from the 4/4 time signature into 3/4, something I should really do more of myself. ;) Great work, Larrynachos! I think the risks you took with this one were worth it! ^^


larrynachos responds:

I accept both your compliments and your criticism! I tried to keep the harp high up in the mix, but it just wasn't agreeing with me. I wasn't quite sure what to put for the ending, but I thought the triangle would be satisfactory. As to the strings at :12, crashes didn't fit. I wanted to keep a calm progression until the epic climax. As to it being short: I wanted to keep it simple. If I were to extend it, I would have just looped the climax and it would have been monotonous.

I'm glad the risk payed off! I really stepped out of my comfort zone of 4/4, but I really wanted to do a waltz. I'm glad you enjoyed the piece! I'm flattered to receive such a generous score, as you pointed out a lot of flaws that could have cost me the contest ^^;

When you talk about worrying too much. We sound like we could be friends. I also worry a lot about how my work sounds. To the point of almost not posting anything. This however. This is fantastic. ;)

larrynachos responds:

It's artist anxiety. All artists have it, for the most part.

Thanks, though :D

That's pretty amazing, I really liked when it built up to the middle part of the piece.

larrynachos responds:

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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3.15 / 5.00

Aug 13, 2014
12:09 PM EDT
File Info
3 MB
2 min 40 sec

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