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This is the second draft of my string piece. In this draft there are 3 sections that are a bit clumsily connected and slightly underdeveloped, but I plan to fix those issues in the next (hopefully final) draft. I will also name it once I finish.
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Uploaded: Mar 31, 2008 - 06:39:02 AM
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2008 - 06:39:02 AM Last Played: Apr 25, 2019 - 02:34:15 AM
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Mcboy said 4158 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
i can hear
an acoustic guitar playing single notes...and some simple lines ...u should try it and see how it sounds.....kool.
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chipan said 4158 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Guitar
Thanks for the idea. I agree it would probably sound good. I kind of wanted to keep it strings (bowed strings) this time, but I am probably going to fully orchestrate it someday in which case I'll consider a guitar. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

chip
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said 4158 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Good music piece
Hi Chip

I think you are about to get there, much better variation in harmony now and sound.

One of the passes must be at aprox. 2:30 sec. You might try to start the next piece a bit before so it sounds like it's sliding over in the 2 piece if you understand what I mean ?

It will be a fine cinematic soundtrack once you get it done. I can imagine watching a movie with that sound.

/CG.
chipan said 4158 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Overlap
That's a great suggestion Claus, thank you! And thanks for your continued support! Much appreciated.

chip
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dajama said 4158 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Beautiful piece of music
This is very impressive - rich, full sound and very nice arrangement. Very evocative and filled with drama. Nicely done. Peace.
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chipan said 4158 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
drama
Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for listening and taking the time to comment. I uploaded this before going to bed, and when I woke up this morning there were like 20 or 30 songs already uploaded since. It's hard to keep up these days.

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magnatone said 4158 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
String Piece
This is really becoming something exciting. Wonderful musical soundscapes throughout. I can't wait to hear the final version, though I have to say this is extremely impressive just as is. Your string work is so evocative and heartfelt - ya GOT me!
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chipan said 4158 days ago (April 1st, 2008)
String piece
Thanks very much. Coming from you I take that as high praise! I want to make this piece longer, but I'm afraid if it's too long people won't listen. Hope to have the final done soon.
Thanks again for your kind words.

chip
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said 4155 days ago (April 3rd, 2008)
lovely and peacful sound.

This sound so realxing atmostpheric and thought provoking
but do I like it ? You bet
Cheers Peace Dee.
chipan said 4155 days ago (April 3rd, 2008)
String piece
Hey, thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment. It's encouraging to hear that you liked it. Thank you for your kind words!

chip
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futzpucker said 4149 days ago (April 10th, 2008)
Nice composing
Very dramatic piece. You seem to be digging for the deep emotion that strings can provide.

Through no fault of your own I think the release of the string sounds is letting you down a bit. Your composing is better than the sounds you are able get. For instance, I like how you used low strings at times and higher ones at others, keeping the music dynamic.

A bit more reverb and some longer release times are spices that would bring out the flavor in this delicious piece. I will be interested in tracking the progress you make as an orchestrator. This is a great start.
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chipan said 4149 days ago (April 10th, 2008)
Spices
Thanks for your detailed comments, Patrick. I really appreciate your taking the time to offer advice. I will try to work on the releases. The piece is perhaps a bit overly dramatic. I have noticed my music is not very subtle. I should probably spend more time quietly imagining the sounds instead of rushing to put down just anything.

Thanks again.

chip

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futzpucker said 4148 days ago (April 10th, 2008)
Nah...
Overly dramatic? Not to my ears - not at all. I wouldn't worry about your music lacking subtlety, nor would I force myself to spend time quietly imagining the sounds. I wouldn't force anything like that just yet.

I would advise you to simply keep writing, and the contrast between what you write and what you want to hear will keep leading you where you want to go. Along the way, you'll come up with a lot of very good music. You've got a feel, Chip. Go with it.
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chipan said 4148 days ago (April 11th, 2008)
Nah
I really appreciate your encouragement. I will try to keep on plugging and see what happens. It's so great to have a place like this where one can find advice and motivation. Thank you.

chip
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composerclark said 4148 days ago (April 11th, 2008)
Wonderful
I love the simplicity of the opening; deeply emotional, no need for flashiness. It sounds like you were influenced by Beethoven, which is obviously wonderful. I personally think you shouldn't expand this beyond strings because there is such power in what you already have. sometimes adding more takes away this emotional power. For this reason, I'm also not sure the timpani are necessary here... but I have to admit, they work well nevertheless. If you're looking for ideas as to what else you could do with this material, consider modulating.

Wonderful work!
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chipan said 4148 days ago (April 11th, 2008)
orchestration
Thank you very much for your kind comments and advice. It's such a struggle to know how much to add. At first I imagined this as only a string piece. Later I started listening to movie soundtrack scores and felt like strings were too bare. In the latest version (not yet uploaded) I'm basically trying to orchestrate the middle section and possible the last section. I want to learn how to orchestrate better so hopefully adding more instruments won't ruin it. I appreciate the advice though. I will consider it.

chip
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guitapick said 4142 days ago (April 16th, 2008)
Beautiful, Chip...
...sorry I'm late...I agree with McBoy: an acoustic single note would sound nice in there. Wonder why we'd agree on that?

You'll do what's right for you...I really like this, Chip.
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chipan said 4142 days ago (April 16th, 2008)
Guitar
Actually I tried sticking a classical guitar in their after McBoy's suggestion. It was nice, but it would be nicer if it was a real guitar instead of a midi instrument. I decided to try harp, but it was a pretty boring line. Maybe you or another guitarist out there would like to give it a try? If so let me know. I think I disabled the download button here.

Thanks for your kind comments, Bob.

chip
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guitapick said 4141 days ago (April 17th, 2008)
Not an excuse...
...just a fact that I barely have time to record my own tunes, nowadays. I'd love to work on this and, if I find a moment (or three), I appreciate the offer and will do that, Chip.Thanks.

Meanwhile, keep up the great sounds!


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chipan said 4141 days ago (April 17th, 2008)
no pressure
I totally understand. I just put the idea out there. Thanks for your support of my music!

chip
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davidsmith99 said 4139 days ago (April 19th, 2008)
string draft dev.
This has a good feel to it--structure and flow, and nice to listen to.

My critique is with the string articulations. I know this is unfinished, and you may already by aware of this. Sounds in many spots like solo samples are overlayed with section samples, and the cutoffs are a little abrupt. (I use AOJP as well, and it has non-uniform string samples. I've had some success doubling a part and using a different string (such as solo cello) doubling the viola part. Also, slightly overlapping the endings to enhance legato, and sometimes bringing the note in a little early to compensate for slower articulation. (Feel free to msg me if this isn't clear.)

Keep going on it. :)
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chipan said 4139 days ago (April 20th, 2008)
Strings
Thanks very much for your detailed comments. I didn't use any solo string instruments, but I know it cuts off abruptly and there are many issues still to be dealt with. I will try the things you suggested and maybe get back to you if I can't understand. Thanks again. Your advice and encouragement is much appreciated.

chip
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gail60 said 4132 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
Gorgeous
I thoroughly enjoyed this piece. You did an excellent job with the "build" in the beginning. Gave me goosebumps. Wonderful job! Thanks for sharing it with us!
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chipan said 4130 days ago (April 29th, 2008)
Thanks Gail
I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed it. Appreciate you stopping by and getting goosebumps. :)

chip
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SJB said 4117 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
String draft
I like the build up on this and the way it swells up in places. I only paly guitar so I guess I would like to hear a few guitar lines sprinkled in here and there but there is a danger that this would be gratuitous and would distarct from the main event going on here.
I enjoyed this a lot - I'll definately be checking for any updates.
Steve
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chipan said 4116 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
Guitar
Thanks Steve, for your comments and interest. I did experiment with adding guitar and I have even added harp in a yet unposted version. I haven't released the final version yet because I can't decided if I should leave it as solely a string piece (which was suggested by a well-respected MJ member) or orchestrate it more fully. Several (also well-respected MJ members) guitarists have recommended what you said so maybe I should try a version like that and see what happens. Interested in playing guitar for me?

Thanks again,

chip
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kassia said 4116 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
chipan
This is a gorgeous piece of music. I think you have a wonderful ear for composition - not at all overly dramatic. If this is what you hear - than go for it! Don't try to rein it in - let it ring out. As a suggestion I can only echo what others have said - work on the string samples a little more to try to get a more realistic sound. This would be an amazing piece to hear live, with the string sounds swelling all around you. I really enjoyed this - please keep on writing. Thanks.
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chipan said 4112 days ago (May 17th, 2008)
strings
Thank you so much for your kind comments. I will try to work on the string sounds to make them more realistic. Thanks for taking the time to listen and write a long comment. It's very encouraging.

chip
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basil81 said 4040 days ago (July 27th, 2008)
I like it
This is great, kept me listening the whole way through. Lots of emotion in here.
If I might suggest a bit of tweaking with the instruments, in terms of expression, velocity and dynamics. But otherwise, Excellent.
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chipan said 3987 days ago (September 19th, 2008)
tweaking
Thanks for your comments. I also think it needs tweaking. I wish there were some tutorials on how to make strings more realistic.

chip
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