Stand By (Orchestrated)

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My transcription of "Stand By" from LucidShadowDreamer.
I was inspired to play the role of Debussy as the original was inspired by Eric Satie's "Gymnopédie No. 1."
I created an intro and outro based on a few chords from the original to make it sound a bit more complete.
The original sounded a bit jazzy at times such as having a D7 played directly on top of a Bm7. Thought this would be great background music.

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You create my favorite type of music that I seem to can't get anywhere else- Perfect for animating. I can say though that my subscribed musicians here on NG has opened me up to more classical/ neo-classical based or inspired musicianship. I wish I was more musically adept to give you a more solid review, but I hope you can take delight in knowing that my mind tends to drift off when the music is very, very rich XD Wish I could give you 6 stars...Merry Christmas, Phonom, and stay inspired.

Phonometrologist responds:

Very nice for you to comment in this way. I appreciate you taking the time to expressing your thoughts/feelings. In regards to not being more musically adept, it isn't necessary for a solid review. I have often come across people expressing the same sentiments of a piece of work that I originally felt as well without having to talk directly about notes, phrasing, chords, and etc. and these people had little to no music education. The teaching is useful in understanding how to write, construct, and express as a composer what is already within, but once it is done, you can't define a piece of music by merely identifying the notes in itself just as much as you can't understand or know about a person by dissecting an individual or looking into their DNA. You have to look at the whole of man and even then only when that person reveals to you what is in their heart. Music is a great way to communicate the character of an individual. Thank you and Merry Christmas

Wow. This sure came as a surprise. I'll have you know, I normally don't like surprises, as they often bring other things with them. But this surprise is one that I never expected, but that made me very happy, to say the least.
I didn't think that anyone really notied that short piece I wrote, despite the fact that I found it to be pretty interesting myself. But now you've gone and created an amazing rendition of it! Thank you very much for this lovely Christmas gift; I appreciate it greatly.

I have no idea how you managed to write a 3 minute piece based on a 1 minute one, and pull if off so well. But you sure did. The best part is, I never imagined the piece in this kind of an arrangement, yet it works perfectly. Which means I get something entirely new from listening to this. I can enjoy this much more than the original, personally. You put your own spin on it, and I love the way it's rolling. And yet, throughout the entire track, I can hear the base, and it feels like I never wrote it, but that it is pulled straight out of a movie soundtrack that someone made, for a timeless movie that doesn't exist (but at the same time, kind of does. I don't know how to explain it). Some aspects even remind me a bit of parts from the FF7 soundtrack, but I don't even know if that's me or you XD

I don't really have much else to say. I think the arrangement is perfect, your dynamic work is top notch as always, and I wouldn't change a thing. Great job, and Happy Holidays for that matter! Thank you.

Phonometrologist responds:

Hey Lucid! If you reset your cache, I updated the track after reflecting upon it for a couple more days. I added a bit more dynamic to two sections of which it lends to more of my liking. But I can say that I'm finally done with it.
How did I manage to make it 3 minutes? The intro is playing with the falling chords that transition at the end of your loop and elongating it a bit. The piano part is something that I wanted to emphasis what I thought the main melody was that I heard from your loop, and by me playing the two chords twice that match the rhythm of the Gymnopedie. Your loop is moving in upward contour in terms of your progression. CM7 and GM7 are very typical and serves a good end by finally resting a bit from the constant movement that your loop provides. Just thought it was a good way to land the piece to its ending while also keeping the integrity of what you already had written.
While you never imagined the piece in this kind of an arrangement, have you not heard Debussy's transcription of Satie's Gymnopedies? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqKpAHvrOjw
As a side note, Debussy flipped Erik Satie's numbers between 1 and 3 so Debussy's transcription of Satie's 3 is titled as 1. I'm really talking about Debussy's transcribing Gymnopedie number 3 but you wouldn't search it that way. Wouldn't hurt to listen to it again. That was my platform that I decided to go by in terms of instrumentation.
Although I never played FF7 or heard its soundtrack, I will say that the chords you put together really sound full when the strings sustain the chords you have chosen. With the natural piano decay of notes, you don't quite get the suspense you would otherwise without it being done in this way. You provide some nice harmonies. To me, this shows a potential peak we may reach in a project that I wouldn't otherwise be able to attain without this kind of collaboration. I haven't forgotten the other piece that we discussed in email...

I am a fan. Such rich chords, some of which I can say I've never even heard before. Wonderful cover!

Phonometrologist responds:

Hey etherealwinds thank you for the encouragement. Yeah some of the chords LSD did were quite interesting to analyze as there were some stacked chords or suspended 4ths and 6ths depending on your perspective. They make sense because of the melodic tones leading to them. It was fun and a bit challenging. Thanks for listening and commenting!

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4.21 / 5.00

Dec 22, 2015
4:35 PM EST
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7.4 MB
3 min 14 sec

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