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One Winter Solstice Morn


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dreadmon

 Genre: Holiday

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My holiday entry for the year is a three-minute adventure that takes place "One Winter Solstice Morn." It was written using Sibelius, some pencil and some real-time input; all of it then exported as a multitracked MIDI file and converted into tracks via Dent Du MIDI then imported into Garageband for track recording and mixing.

This one was going to be finished when I got the symphony Jam Pack, but I found some decent soundfonts and decided to take them for a test drive. The percussion is from the Roland Fantom and was played in real time. Happy Holidays!
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Comments: 30
Fans: 6
Plays: 204
Downloads: 155
Votes: 7
Uploaded: Dec 20, 2006 - 03:42:13 PM
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2006 - 09:54:51 PM Last Played: Mar 22, 2017 - 01:33:06 AM
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Hardware:
Roland Fantom
Software:
Garageband 3
Comments
Rebsie said 3930 days ago (December 20th, 2006)
Solstice joy
Very nice tune and sweet arrangement. There are some unusual harmonic variations slipped in here and there which keep it fresh and interesting. It's good to see something Solsticey amongst all the Christmas stuff too!
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dreadmon said 3929 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Many thanks
Cheers, Rebs - thanks for listening and commenting! It seemed like the Solstice was sort of underrepresented this year, at least in my circles, so this is an offering, along with the fire we'll build tomorrow night in the backyard. Glad you enjoyed it!

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SecaMode said 3930 days ago (December 20th, 2006)
good cheer
Lovely piece, the production is nice and spacious. A beautiful orchestration indeed. Great job!
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dreadmon said 3929 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Whew!
Thank you, Sergio! I was sort of holding my breath, waiting to hear comments about the E.Q. because my ears started to fritz out towards the end. Space was an issue, glad the arrangement sounds open to you, that's very encouraging! Thanks again for listening.

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jiguma said 3930 days ago (December 20th, 2006)
Impressive
Nice use of the sound fonts Bing. The bass depth is awesome. An unexpected post from you (no vox for a start!). A nice change from the more familiar focus and music at this time of year.
All the best for 2007!
Neil
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dreadmon said 3929 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Many thanks!
Hi Neil! I've really been waiting to get better sounds before I put some of my scoring work up here. Composing is even more fun than songwriting, and a lot less scary. : ) I'm quite chuffed that you heard such a great bass response - though I think I pushed the envelope a bit and hear some clipping towards the middle, or it may just be my speakers. Gain and bass are two of my pet projects right now, so it's awesome that you picked that up. As always, thanks for listening and commenting - beauty of a year to you!

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ktb said 3929 days ago (December 20th, 2006)
yikes
you are a monster writer dude. this simply feels classic and its only a few hours old to me! Really excellent use of instrumentation. I also agree with rebsie you have some sweet harmonies that truly make it for me.
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dreadmon said 3929 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Mahalo
Hey John! Thanks so much, man - kudos to God for the gift of music. Classical/soundtracks is closest to my heart - so my influences really show when I go there. : ) Thanks for listening!

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SmokeyVW said 3929 days ago (December 20th, 2006)
classic
a nice classical piece. i like the changes, and how you used the full range from low to high very effectively. there are hints of the holiday festivities in there, and a sense of optimism. this could very well go into the classical genre as well as holiday...

thanks!

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dreadmon said 3929 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Excellent!
Thanks, Smokey! I had considered putting it in the "classical" category, but decided to stick with "holiday" so it wouldn't get lost in the mix of really serious classical pieces. This is really a light bit of work - thanks for your insightful comment. In arranging and mixing this, I tried to picture my old high-school band set-up in terms of instrument placement and assignment. I would've gone with a bigger woodwind section, but my G4 Quicksilver was already starting to gasp and wheeze, even with tracks locked down. It was time to put it to bed, you know? Thanks again for listening!

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Macaudion said 3929 days ago (December 20th, 2006)
WOW Bing!!!
Okay, so now I know why you get paid the big bucks to make music... The amount of sophisticated thought that went into to this makes it clear to me that you've done this before. But this is so different than anything that I've heard from you. Nice change up.

I don't know much about classical music, and although this sounded like a simple piece, I can hear well enough to at least appreciate that the melodic elements of this was presented by a sublime sense of knowing...

Very pleasant.

I never use this word, but this was an 'awesome' piece of work to hear from you, my friend - I had to listen a few times, (and I'm sure more times will follow) before I could even 'get it' enough to comment. That makes it even nicer...
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dreadmon said 3929 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Sweet!
Aloha, Dion! An "awesome" from you is an "awesome" well-received, thanks for checking this out. I'm actually quite a neophyte when it comes to composition - I've farted around with a lot of it, but have only recently begun working from theory-based principles. There really was intent in the melody - I knew that I wanted to explore different shadings of it in various settings and have it be the thread that connected it all together. Yours is an affirmation that this stood out, so thanks for your kind comment, bro!

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rtcooper said 3929 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
SAY
Thank You for the CHEER.

And Merry Christmas.



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dreadmon said 3929 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Cheers!
Thanks for listening, RT! Blessings to you and Merry Christmas!

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Ed Hannifin said 3929 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Okay....
...now you're REALLY getting the folk police on your case...

I have to say, Bing, that to my untrained ears this just doesn't sound like the "amateur musician dabbling with sound fonts" sort of offering. As Rebsie and karma point out, there's some sophisticated but not mannered use of harmony going on, your usual great sense of melody, and a very restrained use of percussion...

Nice echoes of 'Dona Nobis Pacem' in the opening/ending theme...

All in all, it comes across on all levels and is especially nice for the holidays...

Ed
dreadmon said 3929 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Thank you!
Aloha, Ed! LOL - the folk police aren't sure what to do when I go off in this territory; it's extremely difficult to engage in all the different types of music that I enjoy and then funnel them through one persona, but then it's dizzying trying to maintain different personas, so I'll stick to the schizoid musical path. Thanks for the kinds words and encouragement! My dream for years has been not standing on a stage playing rock in front of thousands, but sitting in a dark theater watching a major film that I've scored. The latter seems more realistic, as well! Thanks again for giving this a listen.

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perceptualvortex said 3928 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Yowzah
Very nice, Bing. I can picture an orchestra playing this. All of the parts are enchanting. I like the solos on the woodwinds, and the driving strings... definitely sounds like a snowy landscape. Happy solstice!
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dreadmon said 3927 days ago (December 22nd, 2006)
Thank you!
Happy Solstice! Thanks for listening, man. I've just gotten another step closer to having some of this stuff performed by a symphony. A bassist that I'm working with plays cello with a local orchestra and he's put the invite out there; so I've got a goal that's hopefully short term. But however long it takes. I'm glad the visual worked for you - thanks again for the comment!

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kristyjo said 3928 days ago (December 21st, 2006)
Nice entry into the 'holiday' fray!
Very pleasant melody, and rhythmic interest, too. A definite program music/soundtrack feel. I enjoy listening to the 'classic' orchestra arrangement. The GPO light packages with Sibelius & Finale give a good idea of ranges and timbres, available to a composer. Nice job.
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dreadmon said 3927 days ago (December 22nd, 2006)
Verynice
Thank you very much, KJ! You are one of my inspirations here at MJ in the orchestral composition field, so I'm happy for your support on this one. Unfortunately, I've not a clue what aspect of Sibelius you're mentioning. I'm afraid I'm rather a neophyte at this program; I'm running 2 and I can barely get the notes on the staves right. Awesome program though - I just wish all of the program info would translate over into GB. Thanks again for listening!

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peacepiano said 3926 days ago (December 24th, 2006)
Great sound
Nice winter feel to the music. Very enjoyable.
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dreadmon said 3923 days ago (December 27th, 2006)
Wintery-y
Well thanks man, I appreciate that! Thanks for listening!

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Alannah said 3926 days ago (December 24th, 2006)
Lovely Bing ...
... oh how did I manage to miss this one when I was making my holiday CD for my Grandmother for Christmas ! She would have LOVED this .... you are truly showing us all how talented you are in so many different genre arenas.
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dreadmon said 3923 days ago (December 27th, 2006)
Thank you!
Aww, thanks Alannah! Sometimes I think the variety is too much, like I'm spreading way too thin. But it can't be helped. I don't think you'll ever hear me doing hip-hop though. It's good, it's nice - but it's not a passion and therefore, methinks it wouldn't come out right. Who was it that said "Do what you know, do what you love?" Thanks again, sweetie!

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composerclark said 3923 days ago (December 26th, 2006)
Film music
Weird story: My daughter is watching TV. I press 'play' on your solstice song and happen to glance at the TV. There's a outdoor winter scene, and I absentmindedly watch, and immediately notice the music, how well it suits that scene, not knowing that my daughter has muted the TV sound, and forgetting that I've already started playing your tune. I then look at my computer and realize I'm hearing your music!

Conclusion: This would make great soundtrack music for an outdoors winter scene in a film or tv show.

Great job here! I really enjoyed it.
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dreadmon said 3923 days ago (December 27th, 2006)
That's cool!
That is awesome, Clark - thanks for the smile! Of all styles of music, I really love writing soundtrack scores the best. It's not really as "fun" as live performances in the writing stage, but to me it's immensely more satisfying in the end. I'm glad you enjoyed this, thanks for listening and for that very cool moment in time!

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said 3921 days ago (December 29th, 2006)
Feel the joy!
Bravo! Well done your Bing-ness! And a very Merry Christmas to you as well. Lovely and spirited arrangement. A seasonal delight.

Be well bro!


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dreadmon said 3920 days ago (December 29th, 2006)
Thanks!
Hey, thanks Mike! I'm glad you liked it! Have a great New Year's!

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prof_parent said 3916 days ago (January 3rd, 2007)
Really enjoyed this...
I know I'll listen to it again. I'll be eager to check out more of your music.
dreadmon said 3916 days ago (January 3rd, 2007)
Mahalo
I'm glad you enjoyed this! I see from your profile that you mainly are a listener, so thanks for stopping by my page - hope to see you 'round again!

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