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Author Comments

For this piece, I first focused on arranging for brass. I wanted to explore the more mournful, soft, and expressive side to the brass instruments that is used less frequently compared to the anger and aggression they normally convey. Keeping this in mind, I sought to capture the emotion of a release of a past memory. Maybe something that has been clinging onto the mind for a long time or a memory that needs to fade away. Of course, this is never an easy task, and letting go has a number of ups and downs that accompany the process.

That's why I started with one motif that is introduced at the beginning and tried to mold it into a variety of different contexts to give the sense that the idea is evolving as the music progresses. Overall, it was quite difficult to maintain some sense of thematic continuity while ensuring that the piece remained interesting and unexpected at times. However, I am happy with how it turned out and the progress I have been making. Hope you enjoy it as well!

Libraries Used:

Audio Imperia Nucleus

Cinematic Studio Strings

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I need to get my hands on a good brass VST. This one is very good, however as a french horn player (And i wont judge the entire piece at all harshly on this) I HATE the french horn tone, man, no warmth at all. haha, and im not judging you, unless you can actually change the tone, i suggest warming it up a bit.

Now I studied composition with a focus in orchestra and choir, So i have a lot of critique for you! IM not going to go so far as to analyze the piece or anything.

The balance of instruments is very good overall! I dont feel like you established a very reckognizeable motiff, but i love the sounds, and the over all orchestration. Great tambors though not a lot of instruments used.

I love your chords and swells and use of the instruments swelling in and out of eachother, every bit of your harmonies and orchestration was very effective. I wouldve liked to see your waveform expressing some more dynamics, i feel like you actually compressed your master, but i dont think its needed in an orchestra piece. Not sure though, I also wanted more dynamics overall, but you do create dynamics by adding more instruments, which is well, how the orchestra works. I didnt hear very many cello in your strings, not sure how the VST works, over all, I enjoyed listening to this very much, very somber, very dramatic. with a slow piece, its hard to establish a real motiff, but i still very much enjoyed it!

potato-stick responds:

Ah yes, the horn sound does come off a bit "cold". Unfortunately, I don't have much control over it with Nucleus, as it has only a couple dynamic layers so I had to opt for lower dynamic to avoid the intense, aggressive buzzing that occurs. Maybe I could do some processing on the sound. But at the end of the day, its harder to achieve that with samples, so it might just be the library is to blame.

As for the motif, it is less in-your-face and much more subtle. I did quite a few variations on it from the beginning to the end, which might make it harder to pinpoint, so I could work on balancing that more in the future. In the past, I would sort of just do a more so repetitive structure which helps with creating a clear form to the song, but makes it harder to be expressive and display an evolution. Thank you for the feedback on that. I will definitely be working on that.

As for compression, I actually didn't end up using compression on the master. Maybe I do need to have a bit more dynamic variation, but I didn't want to be so quiet at the beginning that people turn it up just to get blasted towards the middle. Thank you so much though for taking the time to listen and review my piece! I will be taking your advice and applying it to future songs.

I'm quite literally without any meaningful critique, maybe beyond preferring a little less reverb, no thanks to absolutely flawless libraries. I had to look that one up.

I do find myself wanting a more spacious string sound. They're pretty thin throughout.

Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

potato-stick responds:

Thank you for the feedback! I wanted the brass to be the main element of this song, which is why I didn't end up using a full string section. That might have brought out the more spacious feel you were looking for, so thank you for the feedback in that regard! Reverb and mixing is something I've been working on striking the proper balance in and I agree that I used a bit too much in this mix, so thanks for pointing that out as well :)

Beautiful composition! I can feel the tension and the "need to let go" in this music. This is amazing, good luck in NGUAC!

potato-stick responds:

Thank you!

Beautiful library samples.

The mood is exactly as you described some real soundtrack worthy stuff. A great balance of tension and release on the note choice you have a real knack for orchestral stuff. All of it on paper is perfect, which makes it soundtrack worthy. The thing is though nothing stands out, not specific tune to get stuck in your head.

Great job !

potato-stick responds:

Thank you! I appreciate the feedback!

Credits & Info


4.27 / 5.00

Aug 24, 2020
7:21 PM EDT
File Info
4 MB
2 min 54 sec

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