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    I was involved recently in a discussion about Jazz Strings, and if they can be achieved with Sample Libraries.
    The bar was set with a lovely cue from "The Black Dahlia", score by Mark Isham. this had a beautiful warm, con-sordino sound with lovely swooping portamenti.

    This was my approach to this kind of sound.
    Jazz Strings Demo.mp3

    This uses 5 instances of the muted Solo Stradi.( 3 for 1sts and 2 for 2nds).
    The string section is mostly GPO lush mutes with some K2 VSl legato and sustain strings layered in.

    There has been some talk lately about The Stradi used in an ensemble building capacity, so I thought the forum might find this interesting.

    The piece itself is just a little 1 minute doodle.

    regards Joe

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    That's impressive, Senor Joe! Sounds pretty realistic to me. Nice going.

    Regards,

    Larry
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Joe, that sounds just great. Such a full sound. Very rich in harmonic texture. I would like to hear more of this sound. Please make more.
    -Jay

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    Joe, absolutely moving, beautiful strings sound. Reminds me of Claus Ogerman type of voicings. Did you copy it by ear or do you have the score? Really nice work, my brother

    Roberto

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    Beautiful. Completely successful, Joe. Aaaah yes. Thank you!

    Randy
    rbowser

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    Re: Stradi Ensemble Building-Jazz Strings

    Thanks guys for giving it a listen.

    To clarify, this is my own composition,..........hmmm.... maybe composition is too grand a term for this little snippet. It was a quick improvisation just to see how much the stradi's portamenti can add to a section sound.

    My own estimation of this cue, is that, while it serves to get the idea across, I dont think the LSO will be looking nervously over their shoulder.
    Being able to control the portamento in the Stradi definitely helps though.

    regards Joe

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    Re: Stradi Ensemble Building-Jazz Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by joaz

    To clarify, this is my own composition,..........hmmm.... maybe composition is too grand a term for this little snippet.
    I was just getting into this - when it ended! Great sound Joe - and should you decide to bring in the full orchestra and add another 5 mins to this, just let me know!

    Kind regards, Graham

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    Go ahead, taunt us, Joe, with this lush, gorgeous
    opening (I hear a little cap-doff to Sam B. in there?).

    And then just leave us out in the wind waiting for
    the rest of it. Go finish this thing, will ya? It's gotta
    be one of the most interesting openings I've heard
    in quite a while -- well worth carrying forward.

    How can you resist, Joe? It's sitting there whispering,
    "Develop me, develop me..."

    You do hear it, now, don't you, Joe...?

    Develop me, develop me...

    Develop me, develop me...

    My best,


    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamKeitch
    I was just getting into this - when it ended! Great sound Joe - and should you decide to bring in the full orchestra and add another 5 mins to this, just let me know!

    Kind regards, Graham
    If ever I do Graham........you will be first to know.

    regards Joe

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    Re: Stradi Ensemble Building-Jazz Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    Go ahead, taunt us, Joe, with this lush, gorgeous
    opening (I hear a little cap-doff to Sam B. in there?).



    How can you resist, Joe? It's sitting there whispering,
    "Develop me, develop me..."

    You do hear it, now, don't you, Joe...?

    Develop me, develop me...

    Develop me, develop me...

    My best,


    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .
    Thank you David for those encouraging words.
    I think it is well nigh impossible to remain un-influenced by Barber's string writing, if you have ever delved into his approach.

    I would say he is one of the masters of divisi writing, he always seemed to know the perfect spot to go divisi, and his chords always seem so perfectly spaced and balanced.

    I do indeed hear this piece murmuring in the background, but while I can fire off a quick 1 minute doodle fairly rapidly, developing expanded structures, seems to take substantially longer.

    5x1 minute sketches = 2 days
    1x5 minute piece = 10 days.

    I honestly wish I had better time-management skills, but sadly, what meagre management skills I have, all tend to go into chaos-management.

    OK.....this one will go on the list of pieces awaiting further development.

    regards Joe

    ps It is a long list............................

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