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    Andy Brick, well-known film and game composer, conductor and symphonist, has submitted a new work called "Gygran's Song". This piece is a monumental undertaking and was entirely done with GPO (and with the new updates!)

    http://www.garritan.com/mp3/GygransSong.mp3
    (The work is almost 5 minutes and is close to a 7 MB download).

    Here is a description in Andy's words:
    In an evocative, eerie and yet solemn opening, I introduce the main theme in a simple duet of the bass flute and the double bass clarinet. Since it is indeed rare to find either instrument in any orchestral sample library, I thought I would take advantage of the library and employ both at the opening. The theme slowly evolves and grows until, upon its fourth iteration, all instruments in the woodwind choir have been introduced and we are led into a grand and sweeping string development reminiscent of epic cinematic film scoring. After an orchestral shift leads us through a moment of wondrous mystery, a final presentation of the opening theme arrives at its climactic resolution.

    The middle section is again introduced by the woodwinds presenting a secondary theme. But this time their fanciful display is transferred to the wonderful Steinway in this library as it demonstrates its playfulness and agility. As the trumpets begin to add statements of grandeur the fortissimo horns present the entire orchestra in a wonderfully colorful display of both themes playing simultaneously. Particularly impressive to me was how well all the instruments handled the multitude of articulations called for in my score

    I take us through a short dynamic, metric and orchestral diminuendo which arrives at the third section in which the Horn choir is featured in a development of the opening theme. So often employed as a simple use of power, the Horns here demonstrate the wonderfully tranquil yet majestic nature of the section. The majesty is brought forth by forte trumpets as they lead the Violins, Violas and Celli and Contrabasses to a final reflection of that opening theme.

    To complete the dynamic cycle and pay homage to the Garritan Orchestral Strings, I let the GPO strings sing a deeply pensive and reflective coda. If you listen carefully, you will notice how well the GPO low woodwinds fill out the string choir.
    The GPO Instruments used:

    Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Oboe, Modern Oboe, Oboe D’Amore, English Horn, Bb Clarinet, Bs. Clarinet, Contr. Bs. Clarinet, 3 Bassoons, Contr Bassoon, 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, 2 Tubas, Harp, Piano, Croatales, Orchestra Bells, Triangle, Tambourine, Snare, Timpani, Suspended Cymbal, Piatti, Gong, Windchimes, Solo Violin, Violins 1&2, Viola, Celli and Basses (Lush, Trem, Pizz, Sus & Short bows)

    About the Artist:
    Andy Brick is a prolific composer, conductor and symphonist of music for film, television, live concerts and interactive games. He has extensive experience composing and recording live and midi orchestral scores for cinematic soundtracks and is a winner of numerous prestigious awards for his original music, including ASCAP Young Film Composer Award, ASCAP Popular Music Award, and CINE Golden Eagle Award.

    Brick has composed music for Game projects by Electronic Arts, Sony, Interplay, Broderbund, Saffire, Mattel, and Konami and 3DO. His game score credits include Rick Dyer's (of Dragon's Lair fame) The Far Reaches, for which a bonus soundtrack album of Brick's music was released. He also scored Dyer's epic Tolkien-like fantasy adventure Kingdom II: Shadoan released on PC and PlayStation 2. In 2002, Brick provided new music for the US release of Arc The Lad Collection (Working Designs), one of the best-selling RPG videogame series in Japan. Furthermore he has written music for the groundbreaking game music symphony album Merregnon II (www.merregnon.com) recorded with The Prague Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Choir. As Music Director/Composer, Conductor and Senior Orchestrator, Brick worked alongside producer Thomas Boecker (Merregnon Studios), and veteran game composers such as Yuzo Koshiro (Shenmue) and Chris Huelsbeck (Star Wars: Rogue Squadron). In 2003 & 2004, Brick scored two of the largest blockbuster game titles Sim City Rush Hour and the highly anticipated Sims 2. Brick's score for Rush Hour was recorded with the 80 member Moravian Philharmonic. Sims 2 was performed and recorded under the direction of Mr. Brick with the 110 member Bratislava Symphony. In spring 2004 Andy once again took the podium and led the Filmharmonic of Prague through the recording sessions of Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl.

    Let us know your thoughts. I hope you enjoy this incredible work!

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: An Andy Brick Masterpeiece! - Grygans Song

    Oh, my God. This is amazing. This should be your selling demo, Gary. Just absolutely wonderful.

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    Re: An Andy Brick Masterpeiece! - Grygans Song

    Well, this should certainly sell some copies of GPO. This is certainly a masterpiece of digital orchestration. Andy, you have wonderful control over Garritan Personal Orchestra. I wonder how long this took him to achieve?

    As a videogame music fanatic, this is my style of thing. Great work Andy. Thanks for sharing this with all of us wannabe's.

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    Re: An Andy Brick Masterpeiece! - Grygans Song

    I knew I had heard of his name before . . . then I realized I've been to his website a while ago (www.andybrick.com). He's an awesome artist. I don't know how they do it! Excellent work!
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: An Andy Brick Masterpeiece! - Grygans Song

    Well, this should certainly sell some copies of GPO. This is certainly a masterpiece of digital orchestration. Andy, you have wonderful control over Garritan Personal Orchestra. I wonder how long this took him to achieve?

    As a videogame music fanatic, this is my style of thing. Great work Andy. Thanks for sharing this with all of us wannabe's.
    Lol - Seeing as the updates have been out less than a week, I bet it took him very little time at all. He is so skiiled, that it probably flows very quickly. My guess is he sketched the ideas out in an afternoon and fine -tuned it the next day. It will be interesting to see if anybody knows the answer though. I am curious myself.

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    Re: An Andy Brick Masterpiece! - Grygans Song

    Good stuff!

    The orchestration is just great, and I really liked the harmonies a whole lot. It was really great. Definitely one of my favorites.

    My only complaints would be in the strings used around 0:36 to 0:45. I think those were the Lush strings. In my honest opinion, those Lush string patches sound fake (because the attack isn't slow enough to be called 'Lush', and timbre is thin and akward). I would use the old sus+short strings for that instead. But otherwise, it's good stuff, really! I've listened to it at least 5 times now! lol.

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    Thumbs up Re: An Andy Brick Masterpiece! - Grygans Song

    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Reeves
    Good stuff!

    The orchestration is just great, and I really liked the harmonies a whole lot. It was really great. Definitely one of my favorites.

    My only complaints would be in the strings used around 0:36 to 0:45. I think those were the Lush strings. In my honest opinion, those Lush string patches sound fake (because the attack isn't slow enough to be called 'Lush', and timbre is thin and akward). I would use the old sus+short strings for that instead. But otherwise, it's good stuff, really! I've listened to it at least 5 times now! lol.
    I'm afraid I must agree on that. I tend to use the 'lush' strings with a lot of layering with other samples. Adjusting envelopes might help but these strings are a little thin and I was hoping for these problems to be corrected in the update.

    That said, this is the star demo piece for GPO! Gary should put this up in a showcase on his website (that's NOT to say the other contributions there are carp; the other forum members have done an excellent job too!).

    I keep reading reviews in the trades which praise GPO, then say it doesn't sound as realistic as some other (more expensive) libraries. To all those reviewers: LISTEN to this demo and see what can be accomplished!

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    Re: An Andy Brick Masterpiece! - Grygans Song

    This is an amazing piece. It's almost like a GPO Concerto for Orchestra. It seems to showcase every section. Very nice.


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    Re: An Andy Brick Masterpiece! - Grygans Song

    Yeah, the fact that they really show off each section well is really what I liked about the piece. It really gives listeners a sort of tour through GPO, and I don't even really know if the composer was exactly intentionally doing that or not, but I really liked it. I really liked some of the melodies in there too, they were so charming!

    As far as the lush strings go: Don't get me wrong, they don't sound TERRIBLE or anything, it's just that they aren't that useful as far as I'm concerned. That was why I ended up bugging Tom (sorry about that, Tom) about the strings samples in the violins sus+short bows (read 'Why Do The Strings Sound Different' post if you don't know what I'm talking about). The piece was great, but it was also a bit on the dry side, it was almost as if almost no reverb was used at all. I don't know I would have just added a little more reverb to the mix, but that's probably just an issue of taste. But yes, I really loved this piece and it should definitely get attention of ANYONE who is considering changing their mind about GPO.

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    Re: An Andy Brick Masterpiece! - Grygans Song

    Wow,

    A truly amazing piece that does a great job illustrating the vast capabilities of GPO.

    My congratulations to Andy on the completion of a great piece! As I have said before, I also congratulate the entire GPO team for making it possible to complete work of this caliber in literally a "one person" studio. The younger composers may not find this ability that impressive since they have grown-up with this technology. However, as a representative of the "ancient order of musicians," I find this no less a feat then landing men on the Moon!

    Hope everyone has a great day,

    Dave

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