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Choral Test #1



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This mix came about through me purchasing the commercial version of the Helix synth. The free version has been part of many of my mixes over the last 12 months.

I've been playing with the synth since Friday and through listening to the presets and playing with the settings myself I have a few ideas for new concept pieces of music. This is the first mix of the first new idea.

The idea is of a peaceful choral setting with, in this version, synths playing chaotic and widely spaced phrases and the two sequences repeating with the faster sections modifying their phrasing as the sequence proceeds.

The final version should be classical all the way through. We'll see how long it takes me to get there.

The picture painted as the back drop to the piece is a civilisation observed through a microscope. The different magnifications are the different sections of the piece.

Please let me know what you think.
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elfdaughter said 3421 days ago (November 9th, 2008)
Not bad
The choir could do with a little work - it sounds like they're about to pass out in some places... ;) However, you've given me an idea for a choral piece, so thanks!
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Reinholt56 said 3420 days ago (November 10th, 2008)
If it's given you an idea for something creative then great.

The choir were synthesized, not too successfully in some parts of the mix. It was after all an experiment.

My efforts were successful but at a tangent to my intent. So not exactly an all-round success, this time.


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paul f. page said 3420 days ago (November 9th, 2008)
My first impression...
...is that you are taking your "classic" soundscapes in a new direction, Paul, with increased development and somewhat more of a sense of direction and sequence than in previous pieces in this sound style. You have woven a very intricate pattern here, and careful listening pulls all the little licks out of that fabric. Quite exquisite. I think if you keep developing the "story" you will end up with a narrative of substance. One caveat: vary the tempi; vary the harmonic structure so that the whole doesn't end up "static." You want to (I want you to) move the programme along toward a goal.
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Reinholt56 said 3420 days ago (November 10th, 2008)
Hi Paul....
As ever, your feedback is rich and freely given. All observations noted by me and, when practised, will add to my tools for future music making.

I want to do classical arrangements but for the moment I'm stuck in between electronica and classical, and nearer to electronica with the textures but more classical with some of the phrasing. This HAS to change because I'll go mad if things keep varying as they do so often at the moment.

Something will come of all of this, even if it is only a Christmas arrangement, honed down to something more sonically-kind to the ear and seasonal, to whit. (Even more so if I manage to reinstall one of my orchestral packages on my current laptop sometime soon instead of making excuses and taking the easy road to music production).

The staid tempo is another one of the areas that will be polished variously as my MIDI development comes along, or until my playing improves, sometime in the not too near future.

Thank you Paul for your keen ear and very helpful analysis. It is always useful to listen to a piece after reading your comments.

Take care.

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HenriROGERsoloandbands said 3420 days ago (November 10th, 2008)

I like your experimental pieces .
There are always good ideas and good moods .
About this piece my opinion is the choir sound is not a new sound .

I think you should work on creating more of your own sounds to go further into experimental music .
In my mind "experimental" has a creativity and risk need in all aspects, it hardly can stay half the way .

Reinholt56 said 3420 days ago (November 10th, 2008)
Hi Henri.....
I agree with you about the choir in my mix. The music in this arrangement did not help the voices 100% and the experiment was more with the music and trying to obtain something musically good from pastoral music mixed with fast, frenetic phrases, to try and counterbalance this peaceful aspect.

We'll see what happens in the next mix/variation.

I also enjoy experimental because the 'conventions' of musical theory can be stretched a little.

Take care.


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michael2 said 3420 days ago (November 10th, 2008)
pretty cool paul
congrats on the new synth, don't you just love new toys? i like this one. i know it's just an experiment, but i cam picture some frenetic drumming in the beginning and then it quiets down at the second half. just a thought though; one of the things I like best about your stuff is that you do what you feel like and it's always out there and interesting. i like the choir on the bottom end, kind of 2001-ish. nice one.
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Reinholt56 said 3419 days ago (November 11th, 2008)
Hi michael....
I'm glad you spotted the 'experimental' tag. anything goes in this genre, I think/hope. This mix is just messing around, using a sequnecer and various presets.

Something may come of it and then nothing may come of it. Whatever.

Your suggestions, including the drumming, are very thought provoking and I'm currently looking for a drum synth plugin and so will be playing around with a few over the next few mixes, I hope.

I enjoy being at an angle to the 'norm' of life. It keeps me moving, preventing stagnation.

Thanks for stopping by Michael. It's always a pleasure for me to read your thoughts when you come visiting.

The choir was the basis of the whole piece so I'm glad you found it worthwhile, especially in the 2001 frame of thinking!!

Take care.


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Sir Bass said 3419 days ago (November 11th, 2008)
keep up the good work.
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Reinholt56 said 3419 days ago (November 11th, 2008)
Hi Sir Bass......
I really appreciate you taking time to listen and then to leave me a comment. It makes everything seem worth while.

I look forward to your next piece here on MJ's.

Take care my friend.

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LunaTrick said 3400 days ago (November 30th, 2008)
Bright and dazzling...
Have to have a look at that free Helix program!
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Reinholt56 said 3399 days ago (December 1st, 2008)
Hi Daniel.........
The new version is very interesting although I'm still biased by the U-he Zebra 2 Soft synth. It's early days yet with the Helix synth so we'll see what happens next.

The 'choir' preset that I used for the voice on this mix now, in the Nov 25th version, seems to have been removed (or I've not yet found it again).

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