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    Completed Piano Concerto

    Hi

    A few weeks ago, I posted a sketch for the beginning of a new piano concerto, my second. Well, that got 'torn up' (or rather deleted!) and I started again. The new concerto has now taken shape and will launch automatically via the player at the bottom of the page at:

    http://www.soundclick.com/bands/defa...?bandID=724192

    or to launch each track separately

    First mvmt: http://www.soundclick.com/player/sin...&q=hi&newref=1
    Second: http://www.soundclick.com/player/sin...&q=hi&newref=1
    Third: http://www.soundclick.com/player/sin...&q=hi&newref=1

    The end of the third movement is a little weak - partly because I might add a brief, lively final movement to round things off. Not sure about that though.

    I'm knocked out by some of the new libraries used here, eg Cinematic Strings and CineBrass. These are sounding very good straight out of Finale although this is less evident when streamed from SoundClick.

    Feel free to dip into any of this (it's actually 15 mins worth of music!) and I'm happy to take feedback from anyone dedicated enough tune into any of it.

    Regards,

    Graham

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    Re: Completed Piano Concerto

    Graham - only listened to concerto #2 (first one?). As usual i love your very pastoral pieces. You must live in the countryside or at least want to go there! BTW on a different note - thanks again for your endorsement/recommendation of the KH Romantic violin - I just love it! It's right up my alley. I wish i could have found it earlier!

    As for your comment about the sound of your recordings, they do seem to be lacking. This may be coming from soundclick who probably down sample audio. They used to have two different qualities on their site (low and high) which tells me they do mess with it. It could also be coming from your end although you did notice that the quality was better coming out of finale. Could be too much reverb as well. Sometimes too much can dilute the sound depending on the quality of the reverb. Convolution reverb is the only kind i use.

    Del
    Music happens to be an art form that transcends language. - Herbie Hancock

    http://www.mdtcommunications.com

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    Re: Completed Piano Concerto

    Quote Originally Posted by DelCarry View Post
    Graham - only listened to concerto #2 (first one?). As usual i love your very pastoral pieces. You must live in the countryside or at least want to go there! BTW on a different note - thanks again for your endorsement/recommendation of the KH Romantic violin - I just love it! It's right up my alley. I wish i could have found it earlier!

    As for your comment about the sound of your recordings, they do seem to be lacking. This may be coming from soundclick who probably down sample audio. They used to have two different qualities on their site (low and high) which tells me they do mess with it. It could also be coming from your end although you did notice that the quality was better coming out of finale. Could be too much reverb as well. Sometimes too much can dilute the sound depending on the quality of the reverb. Convolution reverb is the only kind i use.

    Del
    Thanks Del

    You've guessed correctly - I live in the Dartmoor National Park in an ancient wooded river valley, a perfect and peaceful setting for drawing inspiration!

    Pleased to hear the KH Romantic Violin is delivering for you. I find it a bit unpredictable to control at times because of it's expressiveness but it's well worth the extra effort and care to get it right.

    I'm gradually learning to pull back the reverb and in the case of the piano, reducing the stereo width so that it sits in the orchestra rather than having a 'player perspective'. Thanks for your observations on this, I'll look at some fine tuning shortly.

    Regards, Graham

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    Re: Completed Piano Concerto

    Graham - this explains everything! seriously, it takes an open heart and mind and lots of talent to translate that into music which you do so well. I am still very much influenced by the Canadian North (Baffin Island) as I lived there for almost 20 years.

    The KH romantic I would say at times has too much modulation on it but i do find it sounds more natural than the Stradivari. I like the control you have with the Strad though. Getting the modulation is always a challenge. There are a few notes on the KH that I don't like but overall it is pretty good so far. I might feel differently in a year though. I was considering getting the 2nd version but I don't thing they are the same at all.

    I find that getting reverb right is pretty much an art not to mention, skill in itself. DP Dan did a tutorial on some of this which i think it is still posted online but he uses Altiverb - which you may not have. In the end it is all about the music but if the mixing is not good enough, it will not bring out your compositions to their full potential. I used to think i new lots about sound and mixing as i have been doing it off and on for years (PA live work-small scale but mostly in the rock/folk area) but I am continuously humbled by the demands of mixing and sweetening.

    All the best,

    Del
    Music happens to be an art form that transcends language. - Herbie Hancock

    http://www.mdtcommunications.com

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