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Giants & Fairies



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This is a mix that I completed on New Years Eve and returned to after my trip to Bochum last week.

Whilst walking around town in the evening we came across a huge (and I mean ginormous) bell, mounted in front of a building.

I was listening through the tunes I'd completed this year and this one reminded me of that bell. Sort of a contrast between the tiny and the gross.

As with most of my classical stuff, this is an experiment in arranging and mixing. Let me know if there are any glaring mistakes or problems with my ideas about orchestration, please.
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said 3600 days ago (February 7th, 2008)
very nice work, struck me more as a sound track, enjoyed...
Reinholt56 said 3599 days ago (February 8th, 2008)
Hi Davevan
I agree about the sound track versus classical label. I used Edirol so was biased towards classical as the genre.

Either way it's just music.

Thanks for listening and leaving your thoughts.

Feter said 3600 days ago (February 7th, 2008)
Giants & Fairies
the world of unreal ..and the gorss pictures
all decribed so well with the down horns blows
with too much genuinity from the work at the back
thnx for sharin such excellent piece my friend ..

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Reinholt56 said 3599 days ago (February 8th, 2008)
Hi Feter....
I'm happy that you enjoyed this piece of music.

It's always good to hear your views.

Take care.

michael2 said 3600 days ago (February 7th, 2008)
modern classical
love the low notes. this sounds really good, but maybe the backgound is a bit low in the mix (one of my fave parts of the song). that's my only issue, i think your ideas about orchestration are great. the levels aren't really a big deal at all for me, just thought i'd try my hand at "constructive criticism," as opposed to my usual "great track." that said: great track.
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Reinholt56 said 3599 days ago (February 8th, 2008)
Hi Michael....
It's great that everyone noticed the bass details. I cogitated on uploading this because the bass seemed so prominent, but things seemed to fit together nicely enough. The treble/tune part could do with an overall, so maybe sometime in the next year or six I may revisit the piece and change things or add variations.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Take care.

paul f. page said 3600 days ago (February 7th, 2008)
Your ideas...
are always so novel, Paul. I hope someone in the movie industry is listening because it's this kind of track that would fit in lots of film situations. The LOW horns are wonderfully sonorous and rumbly. Just perfect. And the ostinato "overscore" balances the whole in a most delightful counterpoint. The only crit I would make is in the development of this "theme." It repeats itself over and over and over and I keep hoping for it to GO somewhere but it always returns to exactly the same spot. Push the tune somewhere and this composition will be ultra powerful.
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Reinholt56 said 3599 days ago (February 8th, 2008)
Hi Paul...
I hear exactly what you say about this mix. The mix you have listened to is just the result of me 'putting my toe in the water of classical composition' and pulling the toe out pretty quickly thereafter!!

I'll be uploading other, more varied classical pieces over the next months, so things should hopefully improve as far as variety and quality are concerned. I've quite a few themes that have been with me for years that just need a lot of working out and arranging.

I'm also very cautious when allowing others to listen to my more 'proper' music. I err towards simplicity when I'm not sure what the 'correct' way to arrange things is, or if I don't have loops to fall back on. (The Path of Least Resistance comes to mind).

I always appreciate your honest opinion Paul and I will revisit this piece sometime, to see if I can go elsewhere with the theme and backing. Time will tell.

Take care.

davisamerica said 3599 days ago (February 8th, 2008)
right then
i love the bass in this.... dark and sinister... such a cool mix!
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Reinholt56 said 3596 days ago (February 11th, 2008)
Thanks Davis....
I had my doubts about the bass side of this piece, but I thought 'let others be the judge' so I'm really glad that I uploaded it for others to hear.

Thanks for stopping by.

Take care.

said 3599 days ago (February 8th, 2008)
As always....
... you do very interesting music.
I have been of from MJ's so it is hard to catch up with everybody.
I'm very happy my wife ML shove me this one.

Cheers from the beers
Reinholt56 said 3596 days ago (February 11th, 2008)
Hi Kenta...
Thanks for listening to this piece. It took some time for me to upload it. I wasn't too sure if it would have anyone interested in it. I'm pleasantly surprised.

Thanks for your kind words.

All the best to you and your good lady.

david.sfinzi said 3598 days ago (February 9th, 2008)
G & F
I like the idea, and I think the low tracks are good. My comment is with the lead instrument (tuba?). in the higher register (0:29, 3:26, etc) its voice takes on a too open, harsh sound (it's the sample).

I'd suggest bringing the level down as the pitch goes up to compensate, and maybe a little lowpass filtering or reverb on it. Alternatively, and to juice up the orchestration, how about making it a duo with the tuba and trombone or bassoon, and the melody line could alternate phrases. Another possibility would be to double with a fr hrn or clarinet (in octaves)
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Reinholt56 said 3596 days ago (February 11th, 2008)
Hi David.....
I really appreciate you taking time to listen and comment in such a kind and helpful way.

I will heed your suggestions and maybe do another arrangement sometime this year, to try and bring more interest and variety into the piece.

Your ideas would add some excellent contrast to the piece.

Take care.

magnatone said 3597 days ago (February 10th, 2008)
For myself
I'm just so amazed by your ability here, it's hard to listen with a critical mind. It captures my imagination and the various musical ideas you've strung together here are fabulous. Looking forward to hearing more from your library. Thanks
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Reinholt56 said 3596 days ago (February 11th, 2008)
Hello Magnatone......
Thanks for visiting and listening to this piece of music.

You may gather that I'm a bit of an experimentalist. I mix and match but not always in a strict classical setting or arrangement. I'm using 2008 (at least) to come to terms with classical music, music theory and arranging.

Please feel free to stop by and listen, any time.

Doug Somers said 3596 days ago (February 11th, 2008)
with a kind of unpredictable energy. Like a powerful cornered animal. Very nicely put together Paul!

There are no problems in this piece. From a personal preference perspective, I would like to see the theme develop in some way, either in its melody, instruments that are carrying it, or even a key change. Minor crits but my 2 pence worth....

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Reinholt56 said 3594 days ago (February 13th, 2008)
Hi Doug...
It's good to hear from you.

I totally agree with what you and others have said about this piece. It was an experiment that took off on its own, via kind feedback. If I'd known it would have attracted this sort of interest, I'd have put more work into it. I thought that it would fade into the archives, here at MJ's, with minimal interest.

I'll probably revisit the piece over the next while.

Take care and thanks for dropping by.

thetiler said 3586 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
Interesting sounds
from the get go. Nice theme that seems to go through out. Like the use of the trombone.
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Reinholt56 said 3586 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
Thanks Tiler.......
I try to experiment with my various pieces, to learn some of the art of arranging and mixing.

I'm glad you found something you liked in the piece.

Hopefully more classical music will follow as the year progresses.

Take care.

said 3577 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
Giants & Fairies
Bass line sounds very Contra Bassoonish. Interesting music. I agree that the brasses are a tad snarly--can you add mutes?
Reinholt56 said 3576 days ago (March 2nd, 2008)
Hi Soulima...
There is a great deal of bass and low sounds. Contrabass is a possibility. I try not to stick to convention too much in my arrangements. I put together what I think sounds good at the time.

My idea is for pure, synthed stuff as opposed to muted stuff so maybe muted could be tried in another piece. This one is already filed under 'interesting diversion'.

Thanks for listening and leaving your ideas.

Take care.

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