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Thanks for the th comments on"SCOTCH CLUB".
Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed the production.
Thanks for an awesome review on Spiral. The constructive parts as well. I wish I could remix that song. It was recorded on 8 track tape and the multi track is long gone with all the drum programmiing. It's definitely on my list of redos that I want to get to someday.
YOU'RE WELCOME FRED! I enjoyed the review, it was refreshing to hear your music.
GREAT MUSIC MAN!!
I just listened to Concerto #3; very nice piece!
Thank You Sir.
Congratulations on making the Colorado Top 10! My duet for classical guitar and whistling piece titled Bach's Flamenco is currently #9. I've performed with classical symphonies as a whistler and would love to explore collaboration with you if you're looking for something unique to use as an element in your music. Let me know.
Great picture. I like the music. It's like new and fresh. No one else like it.
Very impressive, I still have so much to learn from your amazing music.
Thank you Mark.
An excellent book
If you are interested in some formal commentary on orchestration and instrumentation, the above link may prove useful.
Raised the shelf on the Garrison, the evidence is not clear til almost the end. I also fattened up the Council and others. I really appreciate all the advice. You are the best.
a great interview with songwriter Jay Gruska, lots of interesting insights shared in this....enjoy.
Thanks for posting Ben. Could it be you've a guilty pleasure for "Supernatural"? I certainly do! LOL Many thanks again for the Gruska post.
GREAT ARTICLE FOR ASPIRING PROFESSIONALS
Dude, my bass setting on my laptop were set as low as possible. The treble settings were normal. All of my work has to be remixed. I figured this out about 5 days ago. I remixed Titania and Garrison, the new song is mixed as well as I can think to mix. I have quite a bit of work ahead of me.
I think the low shelf could come up a bit more, particularly on Garrison. One thing you may want to consider is the relative volumes of instruments compared to each other. For example, brass is much louder than woodwinds. And percussion is louder than all of them at "fff". If you experiment with volume balance for each of the elements being used, you can achieve a higher degree of realism with EWQL Silver. I personally used that library for many compositions.
One thing that may really help you is to set up a stereo in the same stereo spread as your monitors (if you dont have any get some, studio monitors can be acquired for 200 bucks a pair). Then listen to a production of a composition that you wish to produce similarly. This will give you a glaring road map to all the little things that stand out in your mix that depart from your imaged objective.
It will cause you to ask yourself questions like " why doesn't this sample of a horn sound right?" " What is wrong with these effects?" " What is wrong with the comparative volume levels of each of the instrument levels with in the master mix?" " How should I adjust the stereo spread of all of the elements to achieve more realism?" Cross comparison between your production and another recording in the same stereo spread can often give you many clues, as to what action you need to take.
Here is a symphonic diagram, something to keep in mind as you map out the stereo spread of each element in your composition's productions. It is not an iron clad rule, but a production reference.
here is another:
Another simple technique that you could benefit from is automation of the fader. This will give the elements of your arrangement more feeling and texture, this on top of creating variations in the velocity of each element, maximizing the richness of the round robin of samples being utilized by a particular element. This in tandem with automation of the individual tracks fader will enhance the richness and make the texture far more robust for the entire composition's production.
check out my composition "News That Matters" It has a lot of the elements you are going for. Also, this is all EWQL silver. I will unlock it so you can have a listen.
Thanks for all the input. That totally rocks. Oddly enough I didn't find all of this ^^^^ above until today. I guess it is because we are not connected. I had to come to your page and find it. Great advice man. Thanks again.
I really dig the diagram.
Okay I got new tools, Studio One vs and StromDrums. I just finished a mixdown of Chasing the Dragon while attempting to keep in mind all the sound wisdom you have bestowed upon me. Can you please accept my friend request so I don't have to hunt down this page to send a message? I can't just send a message until you connect us.
I am writing a lot of music. Patrick told me that you are on Broadjam. You are the reason I signed up. We know each other from Charlie Browns. I hang out with Paul and Pan every Friday. Afterwards I hang out with your brother. I would like your opinion(s) on some/any of my music. It won't go without saying your music is truly inspiring.
Send Pan and Paul my regards please. Yes, I listened to some of your songs. My first question is "what sound library are you using?" The second is "What DAW are you using?
I think the songs that I heard have some good elements. But all of them are missing the low shelf. And there does seem to be an inordinate amount of dissonance in your choice of chord progressions. Particularly, the song "The Mustering of the Mounted Knights".
My guess is that your sound pallet is dissatifying to you. I am making this guess because it is unsatisfying to me. I am wondering if you are programing a keyboard for the majority of your sequencing and arrangement.
One tendency i am picking up right away is the velocity at which you play (articulating the touch sensitivity of your keyboard), much of the velocity is the same making it dynamically flat. One way you can improve this is by slowing down the tempo and concentrating one the hardness or softness with which you play the part. Then, speed it up when finalizing your arrangement.
Furthermore, you may want to do a cursory study of scales and modes. I am hearing a lot of tritones, and major/minor scales with a harmony developing on the root and the forth, creating more dissonance. Listen to classical music a lot; i mean, immersing your self in Bach and Mozart Ravel or Rossini, for i wonder if you have developed the aesthetic for much of what you enjoy composing.
However, it is not my intention to offend. I could say much more but I am not sure who you are and if you desire advice or merely a compliment.
On to the compliment portion of my comment. I think you have a knack for sound deign. Also you have done a lot of work which is a manifestation of will to improve. Keep going!!!
All the best,
Wow thank you so very much for the most excellent feedback.
I use Notion 5 and EWQL Silver for the instruments and Cubase Elements 8 for the mixdown. You nailed the point about velocity. I need to take some time to figure out how to manipulate the notes.
I am not offended. I am thrilled that you took the time to listen and respond with constructive input. Thank you so very much.
We gather around 5-6 every Friday on the patio. Perhaps we will all see you there.
Keep up the good work.
are you on spotify yet?
An excellent article on dither, what it is, what it does, how to use it, how not to use it, and how to use it in tandem with normalization.
I find your song "Sorrow" to be an excellent piece, I enjoyed it greatly.
thank you benjamin, that was my first attempt at writing in a classical style!
Greetings Mr. Grubacevic-
I enjoyed your compositions you have posted.
Tnx Benjamin :)
You got me. lkb
New article is up! It's about music snobbism; intellectual vs aesthetic music listening pleasure; ART or ENTERTAINMENT music classification (as a result of music snobbism). Classical vs jazz & film music, untrained musicians vs trained ones etc. http://www.anitaandreismusic.com/artvalue/ 1
GREAT ARTICLE ANITA. I really enjoyed your site too. Excellent content. (though I have not explored it all)
I enjoyed your thoughts on aesthetics; it is a complex topic that in my view is a lost mode of the educational process, for the musician and for the admirer of music.
It seems that unfortunately for most individuals, their limited aesthetic preferences have to do with some sort of extrinsic approval. The muse which can only be heard through intuitive resonance is often replaced by indoctrination into a formal method (for the musician), or doing what they think sounds "cool".
Intuitive guidance is scoffed at now both formally and popularly. And, individuals are conditioned in society to fear being scoffed at. Where does that leave aesthetics?
Great read, thank you for sharing it with us.
Wow, what a comment Benjamin!! Right spot on! It's exactly how you said! I guess that might be only a reflection of a state our society is in. How to beat that then by staying authentic? :) I think that is the only way.
If you would like to copy/paste your comment on my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Anita.And
reis.Music) or linkedin it would be amazing. I would really appreciate it. Because it really contributes to a story!
Anita, thanks for the article. Well written and relevant. I passed it along on my page for others to read. I also agree that the best way to "beat it" is by "staying authentic". Be yourself, wherever that may lead. You'll never regret it. Anyone who likes what you do will be a true fan. In the immortal words of Ricky Nelson, "You can't please everyone/So, you got to please yourself". Anthony
Thanks Spermatochords! :))))
I just discovered your reply to my comment and while trying to comply with your request, i found that the link you supplied is not working for me. Have you changed your facebook since then? Sorry for the slowness of my reply.
Hi Benjamin, and I can see this 2 weeks later hahaha. Here is the link to fb page https://www.facebook.com/Anita.Andr
Another musician that has died. Why do we go away?
does it matter. This man ad the ideas, but he needed MUSIC, in depth. But he had abilities beyond mine.
So cryptic.....is it a poem?
Beautiful! Sounds like one of the old masters. It's just too short!
Really cool and unique songs!! Great vocals and productions! Really enjoyed listening to them!....a kind of vibe of U2 meets Sting.....:).... Blessings.... Julia
Many thanks Julia!!
great vid on publishing....and publishers....enjoy!
here is another!!!
Hi Ben! The scammers are generally pretty obvious. I mean, I have been offered exclusive contracts that when read carefully are completely unfair. No lawyer needed, just some slow reading and good common sense. It the end it is a personal decision composed of many factors including, how much you think your work is worth and how badly you need money. The later often times getting in the way of good judgement! Thanks though... worthwhile info none the less. On another note... What do you think of TAXI?
I like Taxi and I am a member, but Taxi has few licensing opportunities for classical composers, it is mostly jazz and rock, so it seems.
Here is a great article for those interested in trailer productions.
Is it true about your success story ?
Er, What do you mean Acela? This is just an article I stumble upon, it has nothing to do with me.
You have me built, Now blow me away!!!! Change, and BLAST!! Its in there, I hear it. lkb
Greetings Mr. Bodien,
Thank you for your comment though I am not sure what you're trying to say.
Thank You for the encouraging review. I'll be back to listen. Looks like you have a bunch. lkb