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Could be a first version, considering expanding it.

So here's me with an orchestral composition - I start very exciting and action-packed, then pull it back into a soft character with the section at 2:03 I can only describe as "golden". After that, it maintains a delicate nature to the end.

I hope you enjoy, do comment on whether you like it or not, if there's something that's bugging you or you'd improve on - feedback is always welcome!
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Uploaded: Feb 02, 2013 - 05:37:47 PM
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magnatone said 1775 days ago (February 2nd, 2013)
Distant Lands
Hi Ash - this is really impressive! your orchestration is robust, clean and tells the story very well. I had no idea you had orchestration skills - I think I'd better go back through your library to find your other orchestral pieces. Beautiful changes, and you're right that 2:03 is "golden" - maybe even "exquisite". You knocked my socks off! (that's an American term for "WOW"!) Congratulations!
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XMaramena said 1775 days ago (February 2nd, 2013)
Glad you liked it! I don't have many of my compositions on macjams - it's mostly my production stuff I just do on the side. I'm thinking I should upload more of my classical stuff though if people like it :)
perceptualvortex said 1775 days ago (February 2nd, 2013)
Really nice
Very effective use of the different voices in the orchestra. I really liked the percussion in the first movement (naturally), and the horns and strings were loaded with cinematic excitement. In the delicate part, I especially liked the parts starting at about 4:10, the violin in particular. I've tinkered with orchestral sounds and have a vague idea of how challenging this kind of work can be, so I'm impressed.
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XMaramena said 1774 days ago (February 3rd, 2013)
I think once I managed to enable x-fade and x-switch patches for the violin, it let me bring out a tone I've never been able to with VST sounds before. Glad you liked the piece!
richard13 said 1775 days ago (February 2nd, 2013)
Nicely done
That opening section is killer and your "golden" movement almost oozes pathos. Both are very well written. I probably would have returned to the action and excitement to round out the composition but that's just me. I'd also encourage you to upload more classical "stuff" if they're anything like this. Besides being good to hear they'd make a pleasant contrast to all the different forms of rock that get uploaded. But again, that's just me ;-)
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XMaramena said 1774 days ago (February 3rd, 2013)
I'll be sure to upload some more in the future then :)
VicDiesel said 1775 days ago (February 2nd, 2013)
The second from the 2 minute mark onwards is very sweet indeed. Great writing.

In the exciting section before that I find the percussion a tad thin sounding. I know the effect you're going for and I'm not sure that I could tell you how to get it. You're almost there...
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XMaramena said 1775 days ago (February 3rd, 2013)
Yup - I know
I'd usually use the "toms menu" from Hypersonic 2, but I don't have the vst anymore and don't have any toms at all so I had to make do with a synth tom and keep it in the background to stop it's synthiness from being obvious! Glad you like the track :)
particledots said 1775 days ago (February 3rd, 2013)
very nice
what orchestral samples are you using here?
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XMaramena said 1775 days ago (February 3rd, 2013)
HALion Symphonic Orchestra
And I don't recommend it. Exceedingly buggy and difficult to set up.
davajonah said 1774 days ago (February 3rd, 2013)
Really nice
I'm listening too on my iMac's internal speakers [need a new cable for my monitors] so it sounds a bit tinny. I know it won't be, when I listen properly. It's very impressive indeed and you should definitely post some more.

The range of your compositional skills and the way you cross genres never ceases to amaze me. You have a lot of talent!
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XMaramena said 1774 days ago (February 3rd, 2013)
so much - this means a lot to me!
PaulaMunk said 1774 days ago (February 3rd, 2013)
this is terrific. LOTR grand and evocative of heroism and even pathos. Very dramatic and spell-binding. Bravo. Thanks.
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XMaramena said 1557 days ago (September 8th, 2013)
it is quite adventury isnt it. glad you liked it
Soundhound said 1774 days ago (February 3rd, 2013)
You Know...
Sometimes you listen to classical and it's in a range that only a dog
could enjoy... This is warm comforting easy on the ears harmonically
and I like it....

Well done.....
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XMaramena said 1545 days ago (September 20th, 2013)
you like it, thanks for listening :)
J.A.Stewart said 1774 days ago (February 3rd, 2013)
All Quiet On The Eastern Front?
The opening movement has a military feel to it, which suggests a scene of encounter and confrontation, followed by your *golden* section, which suggests isolation, ordeal and resignation.

Very nice stuff for a movie. Nicely done, Ash. ;)

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XMaramena said 1493 days ago (November 11th, 2013)
with what others have said about a "lord of the rings" feel, probably reinforced by the battle drums!

It's interesting you feel isolation and resignation at the golden section, not what I had in mind at the time. Interesting indeed.

Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed
egobandit said 1774 days ago (February 3rd, 2013)
Big then soft
Like the twist and turns in this great use of the violin at the start, the flutes arrive just in time I could see a struggle taking place that is somehow solved in the golden part great orchestration 4:22 onward really grips and holds me with its emotion!I really enjoyed this!
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XMaramena said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
so glad you enjoyed it, means a lot.

DWL said 1773 days ago (February 4th, 2013)
Worth following a link
very well done.

Cleverly constructed and a good use of instrumental textures. It's not easy getting such a clean and defined orchestral sound (very often it can be a "wash").



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XMaramena said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
thanks dick, I think the XFade control helped with being able to control the dynamics of each instrument to let each part have its own say in the piece.

Thanks for listening!
Fire_Angel said 1773 days ago (February 4th, 2013)
Great composition and fine control of the tonal texture. Orchestration is detailed without being cluttered and sounds superb as a result.
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FEEL said 1769 days ago (February 8th, 2013)
Well written
Enjoyable listen, very professional sounding.
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edpdx said 1737 days ago (March 12th, 2013)
Distant lands
The first part has a urgent feel to get to a place, a final destination for a weary people, a new beginning. The melody measure 2:37/40 is full of hope and excitement.

Love it!
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paul f. page said 1721 days ago (March 28th, 2013)
Yes. The Sweet Spot
That 2nd section is stellar, Ash. You have such wonderful instincts as to what instruments to feature...and when. This is a superlative track that stands on its own as a beautiful piece of music. The added notion of cinema makes this even more valuable as a piece of pure classical music that is evocative of many emotions and which possesses great maturity in style and overall composition. You are quite a talent. This is so impressive... I love those low celli at 4:23...such a wonderful uplift. This is really something special.
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alackbass said 1643 days ago (June 14th, 2013)
From Distant Lands
Outstanding! Beautiful composition and orchestration.
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