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Return of the Phoenix (full piece)


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The Phoenix legend shows up in many cultures, but this particular piece paints its middle-eastern past.

It took quite some time for me to build this up from its prior 60-second snippet (see my "Death of the Phoenix-interlude") to a fully formed orchestral piece, but hey, if a Phoenix lives 500 years, what's a few months?

As with all my compositions, this is written out note by note in Harmony Asst., and can be printed for playing by an orchestra. And it is almost a complete orchestra (using heavily-tweaked Apple Jampack 4), with flute/clarinets/oboe/bassoon, violins/violas/cellos, french horns and trombones, and the timpani. Notably missing are the trumpets, which sounded so "blatty" during the ending, that my wife and Mark Holbrook and Karen (Magnatone) all agreed that they should be banished to go play Telemann for a year.

The Phoenix appears, dies, is reborn, and explodes in brilliance in the end, with a wink. Not overly dramatic, but touched with splendor and sadness.

The artwork is a yin-yang sketch of a phoenix I just did... yes, the Chinese also have an ancient phoenix, and usually couple "her" with the dragon as a symbol of a long happy marriage.

As always, this is a learning experience for me, so if you have a chance to offer any ideas, thoughts, critiques, or suggestions, I would love hearing your thoughts on how I did in this latest step in my musical hobby.
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Macaudion said 2544 days ago (October 31st, 2010)
nvr in a million wouldga've thunk...
...that i'd ever get firsties again, huh... or 37th... or 72nd...

well...


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drakonis said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
thirsty for firsties?
Have a big swig then... but if you don't return to offer your thoughts after this hit-n-run, I'll assume the worst! :-) Always great to see you Macca!
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Macaudion said 2544 days ago (October 31st, 2010)
eh eh eh...
...i'll be right back after i tone down my gloating a bit... eh eh eh...
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composerclark said 2544 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Secondies
Well, this is impressive! An 8:36 composition is a substantial achievement by any standard; is this your longest single-movement? Even if it isn't, bravo to you for constructing something of this magnitude. Or magna-tude, if your name is Karen. Which it isn't, I realize...

I hear the phoenix rising from the ashes — or at least I think I do — when you switch to the major mode, and it is effective, but I think it could be even more brilliant at this point... we have been dwelling in the fairly dark mood for so long that this can be a HUGE dramatic moment in the piece! How do you make it more brilliant? Take a page from Beethoven; more specifically, check out the orchestration of the fourth movement of his fifth symphony... He introduces trombones and piccolos for the first time in the work (if I am remembering correctly), and trumpets are used, there is much octave doubling, and it is very loud and powerful. If you wanted to consider trumpets in your piece, this might be the spot to introduce them.

My only other suggestion is a common one of mine, and it is to consider moving away from the home key area at some point and modulating back to it for the final section.

Question: When you say "this is written out note by note," do you mean that you used notation software? If so, what are you using? Just curious.

Wonderful artwork, BTW!

Anyway, congrats again on a stupendous achievement!
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drakonis said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Great suggestions Clark
-Yes, this is the biggest thing I've ever tackled! Probably a walk in the park for Karen, but the phoenix and I toiled for months to get it to this point. It *is* getting a little easier, so I am sure I am slowly learning things about composition and the tools I have here.

-If my name were Karen, I could play those notes right into the software from a piano keyboard, but alas, I did not have her overbearing piano teacher.

-My wife also suggested adding a key change and switching to major for a bit early on (before the death) to give some brilliance earlier too. But I was so burned out (which is apropos, don't you think?) working on this, that I couldn't spark any interest in myself to go back and add a fluttery dance section at that point...but trust me, there's a bookmark to add that in the next (re)incarnation of this.

-I took pages from Mahler in this piece, but do need to take a page from Clark and Beethoven too. Funny, I *had* trumpets introduced at the very end, right where you suggested, and Karen/Mark/wife all said "Ugh! Take them out!"... not because trumpets shouldn't be there, but because THESE trumpets (the samples from Apple's Jampack and my mistreatment of them) made them sound awful, they were overblown and "blatty"... probably because of my "ff" markings there :-) I still have the scoring for what they should play in the score, but just muted for now and transferred to violins I/II. I will bring back the trumpets once I learn how to tame them better, great suggestion! I've spent lots of time with Beethoven's 4, 7, & 8, but not much on the 5th, which I'll revisit now (I even have a university lecture on the 5th where it is deconstructed, will watch that again too.)

-Yes, it is written in "Harmony Assistant", which is a lot like Notion or Finale or Sibelius. All the parts are properly transposed, and properly adorned with dynamics, staccato heels, etc.

OK, time to rest (hopefully for less than 500 years) and then work on your suggestions... thank you so much for the detailed listen and thoughts Clark, invaluable!

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alackbass said 2544 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Return of the Phoenix (full piece)
How one goes about writing a piece like this is beyond me so I don't know how qualified I am to offer suggestions. I will say this, I love your choices of instruments and the simplicity of the melodic themes. I like the choice to build dynamic intensity with simple additions such as lightly played timpani drums.
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drakonis said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
impressions are just as valuable
Andrew, you listen carefully, so I'm very happy to know this pleases you. There's always a voice in my head warning me about habanero peppers and timpani... "USE SPARINGLY!" so I added just a dash. The melodies were great fun to play with, I am starting to try a little Beethovian-style of breaking the melody apart and using a piece of it somewhere else (and handing it around to different instruments) to add spice. Happy to know you like it so far! Thank you for listening and commenting, always a joy to hear from you!
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MarkHolbrook said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Simply
Oustanding!!! I love every single note and think that you simply caught the entire feeling of this perfectly. I get the sketch completely from start to finish. Spot on Eduard! Instant download!
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drakonis said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Thank you again
for taking time to do a last-minute critique, that was very helpful! I always value your thoughts, and I'm very glad to know you like the whole thing (that's a lot of music!) Loved your latest tid-bite of vampire too!
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Symphony101 said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
What a wonderful work
Eduard, there is such a depth in your work. I can believe this took a while to compose, it's absolutely huge ! I so much enjoyed this !
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drakonis said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
"Big Bird"
This did pretty much "consume me" lately... but I keep learning so much when I try to do things like this, it's hard work, but fun too. But then, you know all this, because you've composed some big giant things like this too! It warms me to know you enjoyed it, I'm on the right track then, thank you Yves for listening to my latest, and now I have some time to catch up on yours!
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richard13 said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Bravo, Eduard
This is a heck of a project, a massive undertaking to score an 8 minute piece. No wonder you haven't had time for anything else ;-) This is wonderful, Eduard, in the true sense. I'm afraid, as usual, that I don't know enough to be able to give any meaningful critique except to say that, between pieces like this and your electronic work, you're doing very well in your musical progression. Well done, and cheers.
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drakonis said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
If Richard likes it, I'm happy!
Thank you for helping me along the path... your music is also an inspiration to me, so we'll keep orchestration each others' futures, OK? So, on to listening to your new stuff!
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davisamerica said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Paints a splendid
picture Eduard. Could not even begin to crit. it at all. Your attention to details is always such a treat Well done Dragon.
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drakonis said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Sort of like me and Emma, then?
Hard for me to say anything useful about your stuff when my jaw is on the floor. Thank you, as always, for stopping in and hanging out while I keep trying out these wings.
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magnatone said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Phoenix
Hi Eduard - this turned out GREAT!!! those last set of changes you made really polished things up beautifully - this is a remarkable achievement and you've done a fantastic job. (BTW, the only thing i play in, with my stuff, is the piano. all the orchestration is penciled as i understand you are doing. but yes, she was overbearing.) i'm on about my 9th listen, which means i've been at it all morning - it ain't easy to write a piece of this length and not have one single place that gets a bit dull. you've achieved that as well - congratulations!
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drakonis said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
8 minutes, none of it dull!
Well that is an awesome compliment indeed. As you know from the other side, one gets pretty tired by the second month of trying to wrestle something like this. And although I've learned a lot more now having come this far... this piece still could use a lot of work, and I still have a lot to learn! But thank you for the last-minute listen and tips, and I look forward just as eagerly to your imminent release!
ttfn,
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Skean said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Eduard
I'm speechless :) this is a master piece, I know hove you work with your music compositions, so all I can say is. KUDOS, and thanks for sharing, peace.
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drakonis said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Hej Kenta
I see by your picture why you are speechless... it is hard to talk when kissing your sweetie! Say hi to Morning Light for me! Thank you for listening and enjoying this.
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Jarvoid said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
An orchestral morsel
to marvel over and get your teeth into.Quite the composer here and maestro with the conducting baton.It's all crisp and clear and that flute is masterly in its pitches and "breathy" sounds at it reaches its peaks.Great stuff.

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drakonis said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Those breathy flute players...
They always distracted me when I was in band. Glad you hung in there for the 8 minute ride... probably about as long as that blasted motorbike of yours travels, no? At least the bike gets you somewhere... after listening to this music, you just wind up back in your chair, what a rip off! You should get your money back! :-) Thanks Chris!
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Jarvoid said 2541 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
It is
currently broke again.....Russain quirkiness....but at least it is the right end of the year...it managed a whole summer !!

CJ
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crissew said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Wow
a long and winding road of very nice flowing melody. This is really great stuff. I can hear why you wanted horns at the end, it would add a lot of punch. MIDI horns generally are not that good though, which is why I assumed you didn't use them? Anyway.. great piece!

On the overall mix, I think it sounds a little too dry and dark (as in not enough high frequency sound). Did you use the garageband slider bar reverb? I have found that it tends to make sounds dark and muffled. Try replacing all of your reverbs with the matrixreverb (if that is the case).
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drakonis said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
too dry and too dark, agreed
I always push the edge of what I know and can do, and here I was having EQ problems with all the instruments, it was getting muddy... so I was backing off the AUMatrixReverb, thinking that was doing it (I wound up with it down around 12% dry, way too dry.) And so what I need is more high freqs... and I had scored some higher strings, but the Apple Jampack 4 violins are really screechy at higher pitches, so I took them out, thus the darker sounds, sigh.

I need to be smarter. I need better instrument samples. I need more knowledge in orchestration and EQ and scoring and development sections, etc. etc. :-) Thank you for being patient as I slowly learn this stuff! It is hard work, but it is still fun.
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fasteddie said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
12th-ies!
Very nice Eduard!

This is very enjoyable. It sounds like quite a work with a lot of passion and effort.

I've been reading the suggestions and there are a lot of great ideas. There is a lot of stuff that I never would have thought of.

Good stuff!


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drakonis said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
lots tried, lots thrown away...
and mostly, lots of fun getting there. I am soaking up all these ideas and use them in future editions. I'm glad you like where I'm getting to so far, I appreciate the support!
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RAVENS said 2543 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Wow
What a wonderful composition. I'm sure it took a long time to build, but it is so well worth it. Terrific piece!

RAVEN ;-)
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drakonis said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
each day a little less stuff I know
Doesn't it feel that way... as you find out more about something, you realize how much MORE that you didn't realize that you didn't know? Luckily that doesn't discourage me, but just makes me dig in more... so I'll keep learning this stuff! Glad you enjoy what I am trying along the way.
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VicDiesel said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Long form
First of all: my admiration from trying something this long. That's a lot of notes to enter, and a lot of thinking to do.

My worry with this piece is about the large scale structure. With the fade in the middle and the build up towards the end it's clear what you intended, but you use fairly limited harmonies (Dm-E) which only at the very end branch out into something different. So, even though you are developing, in another sense it feels like the piece is stationary.

You've successfully avoided the trap of just putting a full hand on the keyboard and saying "ok, that's my string section": throughout this piece it's clearly a number of different instruments playing, and all playing independently. I wonder if you can take that independence further. For the most part one instrument is playing a melody, and the others are playing the chord notes. You can give a sense of intensity to the piece by gradually building up the number of parts that are playing truly independent melodies, rather than sustaining chord notes. That sort of increase in information density could be helpful in building your narrative arc.

For the rest you're setting a great mood. The basic idea of the narrative comes across loud and clear.
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drakonis said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
excellent points, all valid and welcomed
Thank you Victor, for listening and offering a thorough and well-thought-out critique... very helpful. And it does help me step back again and try to figure out how to capture these ideas in musical language. I agree it is too static, and needs to use modulation and better-thought-out development to capture the different stages. Trying to solve those problems will help me learn more about music composition. I appreciate you patiently prodding me along that path.
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dave_b said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Return of the Phoenix
I can't offer any suggestions or critique as this is not my genre at all. Very relaxing & peaceful, and I could feel the Phoenix being reborn @ 8:00
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drakonis said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
no suggestions...
That's quite OK, if it was relaxing and peaceful, then it sounds like it was 8 minutes well spent :-) Thank you for spending it here, your comments made my day.
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scaustrita said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
Very Impressive
Outstanding performance!
Flawless voicing and mix.
Very dynamic arrangement.
Worth every minute of listening . . .

:: Awesome ::

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drakonis said 2542 days ago (November 2nd, 2010)
tricky voices
I did spend some time working on the notes of each instrument, getting it to sound like it was played by a human being, not a MIDI note on a computer. I'm glad to know the result was enjoyable to listen to!
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alfredthepelican said 2541 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
great composing
womderfully done. I know how complex it gets to do something like this.
Cheers
Mark
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drakonis said 2541 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
Sometimes I wonder...
How complex am I making it for myself? Maybe I should stick to software engineering, it is easier! :-) But then, I get a flattering compliment from you about this, and it is all worthwhile, so thank you Mark (and it made me sneak over and listen to one of yours too!)
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kassia said 2541 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
so much here
I've listened to this twice and am still not ready to formulate my thoughts - you've created quite an epic composition here mr. dragon. i'll be back soon for more and with more.
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drakonis said 2541 days ago (November 3rd, 2010)
uh oh... that bad?
Seriously, there is a LOT that needs to be done with this bird, so any and all ideas you have are welcomed! It just got too hot in the forge after months, and I had to put it down for a bit, but I will return to it...
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Narad said 2540 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Return of the Phoenix
Very nice listen ! :)
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drakonis said 2539 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Harald!
So nice of you to fly over and say hi and listen to this... I wish I could write music as easily as you do, I'm trying!
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Gorgeous Eduard!
You are in top form here! Thanks again....
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drakonis said 2539 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Little bit by little bit
Michael, whose knowledge/humor/singing I admire greatly, so glad of you to peek at what I'm up to, thank you! I'm never sure what form my stuff will take, but pushing myself to do better is always on my list.
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shavingronaldscar said 2539 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Quite long...
which is a good thing, because it totally lives up to it. Glad Karen plugged this, it's solid as all hell stuffed in a doughnut.
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drakonis said 2539 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
size doesn't matter
as long as it lives up to it! So having this nice compliment coming from you, master of beats and epic mind-altering musical experiences, means a great deal to me, thanks Joachim!
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ktb said 2539 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
a lil awe
is what I feel when I read that you've penciled this in. Deeply lush.
All the instruments sound organic to me. Hope you shop this to some local orchestra's, I think its exceptional. I had to catch myself from jumping up and applauding at the end. Not that I didn't want to it just wouldv'e looked weird to my co workers :-)
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drakonis said 2539 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Wow John!
I did spend quite a bit of time manually shaping velocity curves on many notes of each instrument in GB after the MIDI was imported, to give that "played-by-a-person" sound, so I'm thrilled that you specifically noticed the "organic instrument" sound. Your virtual applause is extremely heartwarming, and makes me want to dig back in and fix the numerous things that I still have on my list to fix in it before it is really 100% there (I stopped at about 80% here.)

Hopefully soon I'll have something worthy of shopping around... even to the local junior college orchestra, I'd be thrilled to hear something orchestral of mine played live someday. But I must admit that I'm already pretty darned giddy about getting people around the world to even listen to what I'm up to... Macjams is pretty amazing. Thank you for listening to my "educational path" here. I really appreciate it!
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Roxylee said 2539 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Wow, expanded version!
This Phoenix is mammoth, rising from that ash heap. Quite a work, all done in Harmony Assistant, painstaking note by note, and all perfectly arranged. My favorite part is the exploding brilliance at the end. It is a triumph, not an end. Very cool orchestration and as usual, great attention to detail.
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drakonis said 2539 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
Yay, you're back!
Always great to see you Roxylee... thank you for enjoying the brilliance at the end of all that dark :-) Sounds like life sometimes. Here's a toast to some more brilliance in your cup!
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Henke said 2539 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
A late comment
I listened at work and a collegue came by my door and stopped to listen for a few seconds and then he asked me "Who died?" (In English too, actually ;-) And I agree, you did succeed very well on that part. It's a kind of requiem I guess. Me too are quite taken aback at this major feat of writing all this in HA.

But if I really had to come up with some kind of wish for a future version it would be a little more of "explosion" towards the end or the rebirth. OK, maybe newborn Phoenixes aren't all that grand, but still. Just keep talking with Karen about this and she'll help you ;-)

All in all a great job in all respects which I serenely enjoyed. Thanks!!

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drakonis said 2537 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
who died?
Well the requiem part comes through then... but as my wife and others have said, it needs more splendorous parts too, which I agree with.

Oh, and I corrected one of your lines above: "OK, maybe newborn COMPOSERS aren't all that grand, but still." Don't worry, you and others are helping pick the egg-shells off of me ;-)

And it doesn't sound like HA at all then... that is a good sign.

Thank you for stopping in, Henrik, it is always very good to get your thoughts! The bird's not dead yet, I will keep trying!

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Daugrin said 2538 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
Phoenix Legend Redux
Email.

Daug
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drakonis said 2537 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
reviewed.
Saved for repeated reference. Appreciated.
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Social_Ice said 2537 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
seize 2 ahh maze....
u never sieze 2 ah maze me Drac with yore brilliance....love the artwork 2... ~barbara
drakonis said 2531 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Thou Art all sew talon, Ted?
Hey Barbara! Thank you for listening to and enjoying this rather subdued piece, and noticing the artwork I sketched. Your presence gives me smiles!
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Dragonas said 2535 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Drak is spot on!
Eduard, this is grand stuff!
I'm speechless...
I particularly like the slow build and the layering...it's like the Phoenix is growing and spreading its wings about to take flight.
This piece has a "brooding" quality that I just love.
There is a subtle contrast between dark and light that I think could be fleshed out even more.
Kudos!
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drakonis said 2531 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Broodish
Not everyone likes "brooding" music, but if you are an egg, it grows on you :-) Very glad to hear this resonates, and yes, although I'm "done" with it for now, it is not "finished"! Hopefully it won't take 500 years for me to get it right.

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Corporal Beef said 2533 days ago (November 11th, 2010)
DIg It
Aside from the outstanding composition, I really like how this piece builds tension without going too far. The piece is contained, but breathes heavily now and again. It was a pleasure to listen to. Thanks for posting.
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drakonis said 2529 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
restraint
There is so much one can do with these electronic tools... but it is often what you don't do that counts. I am very pleased to know that you liked the measured steps I am taking. I still have a long way to go, but am loving the journey.
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SpaceAlien said 2531 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
A Nipponian melody
I recall Japan from this music.
It seems to be a song of insertion of the movie.

A very beautiful melody.
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drakonis said 2529 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
ichi ni san shi GO!
5 is a wonderful number. And now that you suggest Japan, I hear the Japanese in the melody too! My travels to Japan left a very good impression on me. I will never forget. Thank you for visiting my world. I will keep practicing for you.
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mrattue said 2531 days ago (November 13th, 2010)
Child's View
Really feel like a child among adults listening to this and reading the comments. Don't worry, its not a feeling that is confined to this site!

You take on a very evocative, but limited narrative here, i think, in the story of the phoenix, if i might be so presumptuous?

The idea of re-birth seems to me to be at the heart of every religious system and mystical experience, all condensed into a single moment of fiery consummation. There is not much happening beforehand, and not much after the event, either, in comparison, since it is the same each side of that strange, endlessly repeated coda. A musical hiding to nothing, i would have thought, following a predictable and yet incomprehensibly complex and universally interwoven theme.

Most people try and present a tiny portion of a half glimpsed, hardly understood fragment. You live up to your draconic mantle here, and go for the jugular!

Really impressive, on all counts, but for me most remarkable in terms of courage and ambition.


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drakonis said 2529 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
Aren't we all children?
Welcome to my wide-eyed world of curiosity about everything.

Yes, it is an oft-told tale, approached at many different angles by many different cultures. My attempt to breathe a spark of life into this bird turned out to be a bit too ambitious for my limited skill, but on the other hand, I need to try things just outside my ability to learn and grow. It is by no means as big and complex and majestic as my mind hears it, but I am getting closer. The narrative is indeed focused and narrow, you are correct. Thank you for such thoughtful attention, I appreciate your discerning listen.

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Silky5 said 2527 days ago (November 17th, 2010)
Great Orchestration
Some clever movement. Would be nice to add some roulades to the trills. Love the instrumentation you build a vivid picture. Well done fav
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drakonis said 2526 days ago (November 18th, 2010)
I'm on the right track then...
I'm pleased to know you in particular like the instrument choices, and I hear you about embellishing the trills, and will do that, as well as my desire to inject more "movement" to this movement. Thank you for letting me know you like it so far.
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Toveco said 2526 days ago (November 18th, 2010)
Beautiful composition wonderful played
Thanks for let me listening to this lovely piece of art, it really make me relax, and I need that.

Tov/
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drakonis said 2526 days ago (November 18th, 2010)
in this crazy world...
relaxation is very important, and so I am very happy to know you thought this was lovely and relaxing... perfect!
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Honza said 2522 days ago (November 22nd, 2010)
Return ...
There is some strange intensity in this piece, which I like. It somehow evokes to me the image of everlasting bird how the music slowly keeps moving around and keeps changing its form slightly with the time. Could make one feel enchanted and taken away into the realms of the Phoenix and other mythical beings ... I am glad I stopped by to hear sth new from you!
Keep posting pieces like this, thnx!
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drakonis said 2522 days ago (November 22nd, 2010)
slow builds
Always good to hear from you, and I am happy to enchant you too. Hopefully I will get a chance to add more to this and fix some of my own nagging issues with it, as I keep learning how to do better with my music.
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Alimar said 2518 days ago (November 26th, 2010)
Birds of a feather
There are some other trumpet sounds (free) that you may revisit this with later. Over all moods are so deliciously deliberate.

A few string velocities are raspy and a bit delicate (minor slight touching to the strings). Trills are nicely placed. I would love to hear the clarinets louder and hollower.

The build crescendo toward the end is effective... yet I love "bombast."

Try "letting go" a little more in the finale, although the resolve is quite eloquent!

Great job, Eduard!
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drakonis said 2517 days ago (November 27th, 2010)
soundfont of trumpets
I have some other trumpets, but forgot to try them out, I think you are right that they deserve a second chance :-) Great critique on things to touch up, thank you as always for checking out what I'm up to!
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jdholliday said 2513 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
wow
not sure how I missed this Eduard, my apologies, this is really beautiful, do you mean you write the music in a program that then plays it?
Cool artwork too, man this is well done sir!
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drakonis said 2513 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
note by note, James...
Unlike you and the other talented musicians out there, I can't really play anything live (well, I play with kittens sometimes, and they're alive, but that's not quite what I meant.) Yes, it is like writing music on an old Remington manual typewriter, plopping one note at a time onto the screen, then rewinding and playing a little of it to see how it sounds so far... seems dreadfully tedious when I explain it like that. But that's why it takes months for me to come up with anything. Luckily the artwork only took an hour :-) But if you're liking it, then it is worth the effort! Thank you for listening and commenting, and for being the talented musician that you are!

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jdholliday said 2513 days ago (December 1st, 2010)
I did not
know that, that is amazing, really cool, I think doing that is a lot harder than strumming a guitar, what a cool way to compose music, man I gotta try this, I'm guessing it can be done on a key board a little easier than with a mouse? You may not be a musician but you're one heck of a composer Eduard, we just listened to this again and love it!
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jodyrush said 2504 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Great composition Eduard...
very impressive.
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drakonis said 2504 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
Appreciate you stopping by
and listening, thank you! From what I've heard so far of your work, I'm also very deeply impressed and will be enjoying your work and presence here I am sure of it.
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falcef said 2494 days ago (December 20th, 2010)
Return of the Phoenix
Hello good musician the song is beautiful and interesting sounds are good choice and rhythm. Congratulations and best wishes from falcef hello in Italy. Merry Christmas
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drakonis said 2494 days ago (December 20th, 2010)
No trumpets yet...
Hello and thank you for listening! I wanted to add trumpets near the end, but the sampled trumpet sounds terrible, so it is missing. I want to add more to this, and will have some good trumpet sounds in it someday too. I am glad you liked the rhythm and melodies. Time to listen to your music again!
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Mosaica said 2491 days ago (December 23rd, 2010)
Epic
Majestic and stately. Nice artwork.
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drakonis said 2491 days ago (December 23rd, 2010)
Thank you for listening
So kind to have you stop by and listen, I appreciate your thoughts on my music and artwork. I look forward to hearing more of your lovely voice here on Macjams too.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2490 days ago (December 25th, 2010)
How could...
... I miss this masterpiece! I remember listening to it about a month ago; I'm sorry for the delay in commenting.

Brilliant work, Mr. Schwan. As always, the most original and creative writing from you. As always, the most joyful to listen to. As always, the BEST, my friend. This is a piece to be proud of. I enjoyed every second!
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drakonis said 2489 days ago (December 25th, 2010)
high praise
from a brilliant composer and musician, thank you... and I must admit I was wondering what you might think of it, Yeman. May the new year be joyous for you and your family.
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Bowman said 2486 days ago (December 28th, 2010)
Quite wonderful.
There is much to enjoy and admire here and having tried a few long works I know how difficult they can be. I like the slow brooding development. At times I heard middle eastern modes.

I think at about 4:45 when you end the first section and switch to another that the switch doesn't contrast enough. It seems more like fade out and then a continuation. I would have liked a totally different or more dramatic change.

I did very much like your expansive finale.
All told quite a terrific work Eduard. One that you can be very proud of.
Cheers,
Charlie
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drakonis said 2486 days ago (December 28th, 2010)
Excellent feedback
Thank you for listening and letting me know what works and doesn't... The "death and rebirth" part, where it fades to a single soft (drum)beat and then pulls together again... I think that just isn't working the way I wanted it to, as you point out. I'll have to rethink how to do that. Yes, the Phoenix shows up predominantly in the Middle-east (and China), thus what you picked up on :-) And a thumbs up from you makes my week, thank you!
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elektronix said 2480 days ago (January 3rd, 2011)
A Quote:
“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.”
(Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, 1547-1616)

Wonderful! The instruments, the tunes, the story, the tension:
Really a good job!

Thank you for sharing!

Greetings,

Bernd
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drakonis said 2480 days ago (January 3rd, 2011)
Sancho very much!
How appropriate, as my wife and I just finished reading "Don Quixote" to each other last month... although I have not read any of his poetry.

I am happy to have you stop by and listen and comment, Bernd, especially good to know you felt some tension in there, as that is something I am still struggling with in composition, how to get that across. I will keep practicing and learning, thank you very much for offering a surprising and beautiful quote from Cervantes, and for your thoughts on the music. I am very excited to see that you are rising from the ashes and will be offering us more of your musical gifts too! The Goldberg piece was excellent.

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lholden said 2476 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
beautiful
I can really imagine the flight of the Phoenix on this. Love the flute sound. It has such a lovely, balanced sound. Well done!
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drakonis said 2476 days ago (January 7th, 2011)
I have a thing for woodwinds..
Glad you like this so far... and I hope to fix all sorts of things in it and make it a lot better, hopefully in less than 500 years :-)
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sschedra said 2467 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
Drak,
Wow! I am awed by the subtlety and complexity of this piece. Its also amazing to me that you write it out a note at a time. I could never do that. If I can't hear it and play it (or at least hum it), I don't think I could do it. I can't imagine the patience to produce an eight minute plus piece under any circumstances. This one moves, and develops, and changes right through. Very amazing that all this expression comes from the notation and not from being played. Again, I am just floored by the effort and time it must have taken. The production is good too, but I miss the horns (You know I love my brassy brass LOL).
Bravo Eduard!
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drakonis said 2462 days ago (January 21st, 2011)
no choice...
I don't have the talent to play things on the keyboard, so I am doomed to be patient and have my brain constantly "tapping its foot" waiting for my mouse to catch up with all the demands being yelled at it. And the brassy brass is sorely missed here, and it shall return... "in a blaze of glory" when my poor mouse cools off a bit. :-)
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Silky5 said 2463 days ago (January 20th, 2011)
Back for another listen!
Very relaxing thx
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drakonis said 2462 days ago (January 21st, 2011)
Burning for returning
Having you come back for another helping is a grand compliment, thank you! I apologize for being terribly absent from MJ lately, but I am hoping to get other non-musical work done so that I can refocus here and get back on my musical journey soon!
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RochaMalhada said 2457 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Just checking your pulse
heheheeee

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ic42 said 2457 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
yes I did get the e-mail
Thank you for tickling my in-box! :-)
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tonestones said 2449 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Beautiful piece
Lush, wonderfully conceived piece. I've listened to this several times and came back to notice I never left a comment.
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drakonis said 2449 days ago (February 3rd, 2011)
Thank you and thank you then
Very happy to know this is heading in the right direction then, I still have work to do on it before it takes flight though. It is always a good day when you stop in to listen and comment, thank you Steve!
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ste said 2447 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
sorry
i'm late to this. hard for me to critique anything with this level of skill and commitment but there doesn't seem to be any wrong notes, all sounds well balanced and i enjoy the sounds. lovely stuff
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drakonis said 2445 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
eternity never ends
and neither does my tinkering with trying to complete these things... I am happy to know this was good enough to share in its current form, though! I am starting to return to MJ after real life took me away for awhile, and so I'll be checking out your latest enjoyable music... Arigatou gozaimashita!
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Chimalus said 2447 days ago (February 6th, 2011)
Pretty Birdy
Loving the thought you put into this. I want to see hand-drawn animations over your music. Not sure why. Really impressive storytelling, as usual.

The oboe's painfully loud at 5:16-5:24 and makes friends with some just-as-loud strings at 5:55-6:10. Both of these play right through the climax, which needs more sadness, less splendor and an organic makeover. The phoenix vanishes with a stiff, mechanical wink. I'd like a plume of feathers at least. Your flutes may need to pull out of staccato or something.
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drakonis said 2445 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
the art of storytelling
I love storytelling... especially in music... I've got a long ways to go before I'm any good at it myself though. But, your insightful critiques are ALWAYS welcome and very helpful, thank you Matt! I will keep your suggestions and work them in as I work on completing this. And I'm glad you like my artwork!
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Little_Hooligan said 2445 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
The Phoenix
I can only express of what sounds decent to me as this certainly had alot of work put into it..l I admire your tenacity in creating this piece. I like how those toms entered during the middle almost as a short stepping stone. I also like the short build up that took place near 6:18 or so and then the toms returning toward the outro. My sincere compliments to you
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drakonis said 2445 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
my TenAcity goes to 11!
Welcome to Macjams, and thank you for stopping in to listen to my latest work, glad you liked the percussion and musical swell, and most of all, sticking with it to the end! Yup, a lot of work goes into these things, but they're very satisfying when you come along and listen, thank you!
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sammydix said 2438 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
Phoenix
Gawd. This place never fails to impress. Very listenable neo-classical without the usual cringe factor. Lots of dynamics as it should have. Very well arranged.

"As with all my compositions, this is written out note by note in Harmony Asst."

Jealousy.
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drakonis said 2438 days ago (February 14th, 2011)
Neoclassical cringe
Hehehe, I often cringe at neo-classical stuff too, so I'm relieved to know I avoided creating that kind of angular musical clutter! I'm learning a lot here, just wish I had more time for music. And is it OK for me to me jealous of your bluesy guitar playing too? :-)
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paul f. page said 2431 days ago (February 21st, 2011)
Late arrival...
.... But I am glad to have now heard how this large opus unfolds in such a modulated progression of little "inner tunes" as the piece moves on toward it climax. There is, though, quite a lot of sameness in the general timbre and I am wondering if a key modulation might give your exposition a lift...Just a thought. These large-scale move,pimentos are so hard to sustain, but you are able to maintain the intensity from note one.
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drakonis said 2430 days ago (February 22nd, 2011)
Excellent to hear from you!
As always, a thoughtful and very helpful comment Paul, thank you. I'm glad that this is on the right track, but I agree that it isn't quite ready yet, and I agree about the "sameness of timbre", I need to re-orchestrate some areas to give more variety, a key change AND some re-writing to have cellos/strings come and go in different spots will help this a lot, as well as getting better brass samples and adding back in the french horn/trumpet ending I had originally written (but removed because it sounded plastic.) Thank you again for your nudges, I love getting this kind of helpful feedback!
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BlueAttitude said 2430 days ago (February 22nd, 2011)
Magestic!
I wouldn't even know how to begin to produce a piece of music like this. Love the melodies and the movement, and the dynamics too! Can't offer anything in the way of constructive comments, all I can tell you is I enjoyed the piece very much.
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drakonis said 2430 days ago (February 22nd, 2011)
Hey..
I wouldn't even know which end of the guitar to strum to make your sweet blues, so we're even :-)

But, enjoyment is the goal here, so I sincerely appreciate you stopping in and listening all the way through and offering your comments, thank you!
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paul f. page said 2430 days ago (February 22nd, 2011)
right track
Yes, you are definitely moving in the right direction. You have already done such intricate work on this, Eduard, that it won't take much to push it to the next level of completeness. Your own comments sound like a good plan.
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drakonis said 2395 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
not off the ground yet
still a lot of runway ahead of me on this, but I'm having fun and learning a bunch... I am hoping that is the whole point? :-)
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jibes said 2395 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
.
Very well done!!
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drakonis said 2395 days ago (March 29th, 2011)
thank you
and your latest too, is very well done!
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JBurns said 2389 days ago (April 4th, 2011)
grand
this is a grand scale piece, I can see this being played live with an orchestra. Hats off to you friend.
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drakonis said 2388 days ago (April 5th, 2011)
it is a tall hat you have!
Thank you for listening and commenting, very good to know it sounds big and orchestra-worthy to you... I still have some ideas up my sleeve for this, but would like to get it ready for a real performance someday, wouldn't that be cool?
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PatriciaGirl said 2358 days ago (May 6th, 2011)
Sehr gute...
The jam pack never sounded so good!! Wonderful flowing orchestral piece with nice build ups and to top it off; to be written note for note is impressive to me. Great job Eduard! Thx for sharing. I look forward to listening to more of your music :) patty
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drakonis said 2357 days ago (May 6th, 2011)
Bitte
It was a pleasure to hear your first post, and I too look forward to more of your music... and really appreciate you coming to listen to mine too. Glad to hear you like this so far!
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georgeptingley said 2354 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
a sugestion or two
Much enjoyed. Many fine comments already made. So as not to be redundant, I would like to hear more asymmetrical rhythms as you have so much 2 and 4 against 1 type counterpoint. How about more exotic 5s and 7s and 9s. I could hear also some more unpitched percussion as well as a few bells and chimes. Varying levels of reverb would also help to create more spatial depth. As far as changing keys, you might just drag up or down entire sections to hear the effect of more remote key relationships. Still very impressed!
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drakonis said 2354 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
excellent suggestions
First of all, thank you for listening and commenting to this. And because it is still a work in progress, your thoughtful suggestions are gratefully welcomed. I will go back and focus on more complicated rhythmic patterns (I'm still practicing to count to 2 or 4!) as well as setting up some atonal percussion areas. The key changes always scare me because I've not practiced modulating bridges much, but I need to... so your prodding encouragement is a good thing for me :-) I am very happy that you in particular stopped in to critique. I shall continue working on this!
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Doug Somers said 2349 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Like the Mary Ellen Carter, Rise Again
That's a lot of composing good sir - a lot of careful decisions that need to work harmoniously over the 8 minutes, including tons of hand crafting no doubt, and I believe you have pulled it off.

The first part is indeed dour, and death is plainly on the way. Even the flute's trill cannot stave off the heaviness of the rest of the instruments as the poor bird plods towards it's inevitable end.

For my taste, I would have drawn out the string trill at 1:44 a little longer, paused, then carried on. I really liked your choice of the effect of the strings there and I guess I would want to get the most from that contrasted moment. Love the Flute/clarinet/bassoon trio that follows (with a strings and the oboe to take parts of the melody as it's passed back and forth toward the transition to the second part.

I find that from 4:24 this really starts to take off (no pun intended). The conclusion of the first theme ending with the sombre tones underscored by the tympani - then the break where the solo clarinet (could I have guessed that instrument would shine in this piece??) starts the next build. I find the play between woodwinds and strings is skillfully done, carrying on part of the character of the first part but with more of a sense of building or growing. Love those off the beat violins and the emergence of the bassoon to play its arpeggio. The grand finale is really at the very end, which is kind of cool - not a long, drawn out, bombastic 'so who's the Phoenix NOW, huh?' kind of swagger, but something more dignified and grand as a result of keeping it short with higher impact in the major key. And that little flute arpeggio at the end is indeed a bit of a wink.

Bravo maestro. May your works always take flight.

Doug

Say - where did you learn to compose - was it the University of ....Phoenix? :)


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drakonis said 2347 days ago (May 16th, 2011)
That's a lot of listening, good sir!
What a helpful critique, Doug, thank you immensely for taking such care to listen and offer your thoughts. There's a great deal of information here for me to integrate on the final journey of this piece, and I appreciate these gems. I'm also thinking of starting the piece a little more upbeat before heading into the death spiral.

And no, the only thing I learned when I visited Phoenix was that I was glad to be just visiting. :-)
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Llarion said 2343 days ago (May 20th, 2011)
Wow, this is ambitious!!
Had to close my eyes to fully appreciate this... Is it my imagination, or did you actually have the temerity to flutter mostly on the dominant, not really establishing the key center until the tympani hits at the end of the pause? It felt like that; sort of a flat-six to five half-cadence, stretching things taut... I liked the sense of release there. Structurally, it felt a little big long to develop, I wonder if it would have been a good thing to somehow foreshadow the modulation that happens at 6:00 somewhere in the first half; just a tonal suggestion of the resolution to come, a thematic tease, if you will. But man, the sheer scope and weight of this, I couldn't even attempt anything like it. I tip my hat with a flourish, and salute you with a deep bow!
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drakonis said 2343 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
long flight...
Yes, perhaps a bit too ambitious for me, as it is taking months and months to get any of it done, perhaps in 500 more years I will finish it :-) I was drinking a bit during the composition phase, and misplaced my shotglass early on... so that's why you heard me spending most of the piece searching for my tonic. I do want to do more foreshadowing early on, and more development in the middle, this is still a bit rough... so hopefully someday soon I will have time to spread my wings again and finish this up, keeping your suggestions in mind, thank you for your thoughts on this, they are very much appreciated! And I look forward to hearing your music here as it shows up.
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FourOFour said 2342 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Superb
Fabulous composition. Enjoyed the listen - thank you.
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drakonis said 2342 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Mutual enjoyment
And your first post is grand as well, thank you very much for listening to mine! I look forward to more of your music and presence here.
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nyakki said 2342 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Wow
Always hate being so low on the comment list because I feel I have to come up with something you haven't heard yet.

I'm checking...

Was Outstanding used... yep
How about Terrific - Wonderful - Great... yep, yep, and yep...

Ah... found one.

This was an extraordinary piece. I really enjoyed listening to it.

Of course downloaded and marked as a favorite.
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drakonis said 2342 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
Pay no attention to what other people say...
I'm only interested in what YOU have to say about it. And if you really enjoyed it, then I'm excited! Thank you for listening and commenting, Dana, your opinions are quite helpful and encouraging to me.
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Jockamo said 2252 days ago (August 19th, 2011)
Meditation
After listening to several of your pieces, I intend to use them as the comforting, calming, accompaniment to my morning meditations... Thank you for contributing to my great new adventure of finding new music that is worthwhile here on MJ.....

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drakonis said 2252 days ago (August 19th, 2011)
A great compliment
Morning meditations are a lot better for you than morning medications! And I'm excited to know I am a part of your sunrise, thank you for the note and the listens, Ned!
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SomeMadGirl said 2242 days ago (August 29th, 2011)
Ooh ooh ooh!!!
I *love* the change at 8:00...the brain is so used to hearing the minor keys and then it just, well, EMERGES into that beautiful change. What an utterly enjoyable song. I can't begin to imagine the work that went into it. Thank you Eduard!
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drakonis said 2241 days ago (August 30th, 2011)
major flourish
It wasn't until partway into writing this that I had the idea for the switch to major to help brighten the ending. I still have work to do on this, but it is getting closer to what I want it to sound like. And I'm very happy to know you wanted to sit through it all and enjoyed it too! I really appreciate your encouragement (and your music!)

Don't forget to record some baby sounds soon, they will come in handy for a sweet lullaby you are going to write :-)
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