Flatfingers wrote:Since I seem to be sticking with this music composition thing, I thought I'd create a thread with links to my latest stuff.
All of these are still me learning the craft and techniques, and I can hear lots of places where each piece could be much better. Even so, I'm reasonably pleased with these.
Violet's Music Box: https://soundcloud.com/flatfingers/violets-music-box
This one was the first original composition. There were several influences, with Danny Elfman's score for Edward Scissorhands and Hans Zimmer's "Davy Jones's Theme" probably at the top of the list. But I hope, and think, I was able to create something that while in the same spirit as those pieces was my own.
Discovery Theme: https://soundcloud.com/flatfingers/discovery-theme
For my next piece, I wanted to see if I could create a more intricate composition with a very prominent theme. When I worked out that theme, and then began layering the accompaniments, I found that I was thinking of something like Jerry Goldsmith's wonderful theme for Star Trek: Voyager. That theme told me it wanted to be played on French horn -- when I did, I couldn't resist referencing Giovanni Gabrieli's fantastic horn concertos. So this one turned into a celebration of discovery... as the intro music for a science fiction TV show. It would be fun to hear a real orchestra perform this one someday....
Ambient 1: https://soundcloud.com/flatfingers/ambient-1
Next I wanted to my hand at some ambient chill. I've been enjoying Yagya and All India Radio, so this turned into sort of a cross between those two sounds. At nearly 11 minutes long, it's definitely on the "will not keep you awake" side.
Ambient 2: https://soundcloud.com/flatfingers/ambient-2
I just "finished" this one last night (April 18, 2017). It gave me more trouble than my first ambient piece, but I look at that as a positive as it means I'm learning more about my DAW (Mixcraft 8 Pro) and about effective techniques of composition and arrangement. At just under 6 minutes, this one's more accessible than the previous ambient piece -- it puts a smile on my face every time I hear it.
(The names of the two "ambient chill" pieces so far are just placeholders. If I do enough of these, I'll probably give them thematically consistent names, write bridges between them so that they can be listened to as a single giant thing, and pretend I released them as an album.)
I'll update this post as I release new pieces. Comments are welcome.
Note: I've found that if you click on these with a smartphone, SoundCloud demands that you download and use their app. If you prefer not to do that, I completely understand. If I can find a different hosting system with comparable features that doesn't impose this app nonsense on people, I'll probably switch over.
Detritus wrote:Flatfingers wrote:Detritus wrote:
Initial reaction was dominant in that post.
Detritus wrote:Ambient 2 is definitely my favorite.
Flatfingers wrote:Detritus wrote:Ambient 2 is definitely my favorite.
I've been playing that one on repeat in the car on the way home from work, and although I can hear bits I'd like to improve, the whole thing just feels fun.
I'm taking a little break from composing the next thing -- whatever it is -- to let the batteries recharge. But I'm guessing the next piece will be somewhere in the area of dubstep. (I've got a rock & roll number started, but it really needs live guitar and I'm just not that good a performer. To be continued....)
JanB1 wrote:Did you ever listen to the musician "AgNO3"?
Detritus wrote:Flatfingers, you are going to get a heck of a lot of plays on Ambient 2. I added it to my likes list, and I play that every day while doing math...
Some days I listen to it several times through over the course of the day...
Lum wrote:I've just played all of them and I liked them all. Ambient 1 would be my favourite after the first playthrough Good work!
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