Amongst the 3 dozen or so musical sketches I’m working on, this one has bubbled to the surface, mostly because my Mom asked me for a copy, which has encouraged me to take this one closer to completion than anything I’ve done in the last little while.
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It remains unnamed at the moment, though its working title is “Humble Beginnings” simply because it arose from a single, late-night improvisation of a very unique and texture-rich instrument from the German company Native Instruments called ‘Massive‘. Add a little Orchestral percussion and you have something interesting.
Once I started to get into it, I decided to highlight some of the hidden textures and emergent melodies within the texture using standard orchestral instrumentation – cellos, violins, oboe and clarinet, a little french horn. All of this courtesy of Edirol’s Orchestral plug-in. Finally, the Steinberg Grand Piano (de rigueur, and frankly a little overdone in this version – I will be cutting it back with great prejudice: it’s sounding a lot like my old stuff and the ‘Auger Sound’ is getting on my nerves), and a really cool violin sample using my wife’s cheapo Chinese-made violin for an oriental violin solo melody near the end. I call this instrument the “Shing Jea” violin, after Jeremy Soule’s Guild Wars Factions soundtrack (click here for a little sample on YouTube).
Anyway, here’s the first, unmastered cut. Because of the intense dynamics, you have to be careful of your speakers – I will be running it through a compresser and equalizer and other things to get a better loudness ratio before it’s finalized.