My first completed piece

Metamorpheus

New Member
Hello, good people. I've been lurking around in the shadows of these forums for a while. There are so many nice people here, and so much to learn from so many of you. Humbly, I hereby submit my first finished little piece, for piano and strings. Please feel free to give feedback - on composition, orchestration and/or mix, I am not afraid to learn, and am painfully aware of my ignorance. I have no formal musical training and cannot read traditional notation. The piece is not intended for any particular genre - I just tried to follow my musical intuitions as truly as I could.

Libraries:

CSS
NOIRE
BBCSO CORE
NUCLEUS
Tina Guo Cello vol.1

DAW:

Reason 11

Cheers!


 
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Shiirai

Avian Member
disclaimer: I'm not even a skillfull amateur.

I listened to it twice and have put it on a third time to listen more closely. Which automatically means it's definitely not bad!

I really like the introduction and end of the piece. I also like what you're doing with the Cello (at least I think it's a Cello but what do I know). It does, however, seem like the mix becomes rather muddy at that point. Someone else may care to elaborate if they notice the same. Strings at the start may be a wee bit too soft.

Anyway. Very nicely done!
 
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Metamorpheus

Metamorpheus

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Thank you for even listening. And yes, I do agree about the mud. Any suggestions on how to unmud it would be very welcome, of course. At the moment, though, I am just thankful someone listened and somewhat enjoyed my music.
 

BlackDorito

Active Member
I like the pedal point that sets a dramatic tone to the piece. As mentioned above, you could clear out some lows to make more room for the cello. The low ensemble strings that came in at [1:17] seemed a wee bit incongruous to me after I'd been concentrating on the cello ... like, where has this voice been earlier? Good job.
 
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Metamorpheus

Metamorpheus

New Member
Thank you for listenening, and for interesting feedback. I will experiment with removing some low-end piano, and maybe introducing the cello-ensemble earlier.
 

Shiirai

Avian Member
Thank you for listenening, and for interesting feedback. I will experiment with removing some low-end piano, and maybe introducing the cello-ensemble earlier.
Making sure things aren't in the way of each other is, of course, part of your composition.

If you find you didn't overly populate certain ranges however, I suggest going in with an EQ and balancing things that way. Might want to put a low-cut at around 24hz as well.
 
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