Petition to move this to Member's Compositions on the grounds that your mockup kicks ass and ain't got time to bleed!!! (and you clearly aren't claiming it as your music)
Mix - nice, I think you need to move the percussion groove back a lot, the piano back a little, and bring the brass forward a little (also make it more dry and distinct). Also, snares-on on those snares!
There are some transcription errors if you don't mind me pointing out some things -
bar 47 - violins should be (half rest) quarter quarter dottedQ-eight.
2:21 - brass should be more staccato and militaristic I think
bar 71 - same as 47
87-90 - wrong notes, the "interjections" are supposed to be F-Db, E-F (for all instruments)
91-98 - wrong notes, Trombones play E major (with the top voice doing the 5-#4-5 decoration, the other voices just repeat E and G#). Then the next measure the horns copy this exactly - same octave. Then back to trombones, then horns. Then at 95 everybody moves up to G major, but the same idea. The tuba goes from low E staccatos to low G as well.
99-102 these are the wrong chords too, IMO. It's hard for me to hear exactly but I think they're just major chords with the french horns doing a sextuplet warble on the same 5-#4-5 idea. Don't take my word for it on this one though.
91-102 you could emphasize the crescendos more on these chords.
I only critique because it already rocks well done Alex!
Well done! Really like your channel. Great quality and craftsmanship. My compliments.
One question, Do you search for specific kind of strings to layer with spitfire strings? Or is it enough that they are 'different'?
Great stuff, Alex -- always look forward to your mock-up and this is superb as ever. I salute the great time, skill and care you must put into these!
Question though -- I actually much prefer the tom-toms you've used for the third part of the percussion riff (cabasa, snares then tom-toms) but on the original recording it sounds like synth percussion used for the third part, probably a Synclavier I guess. You say you were working from the score (I assume that was in the messy hand of James Campbell, so I'm sure this wasn't easy!) - were the tom-toms scored for, or were you 'gap filling'? Also, the piano on the original is clearly a synth element (probably doubling acoustic pno I guess) - but it sounds entirely acoustic in yours?
Hey Alex, would you consider doing a mock-up of Danny Elfman’s iconic Batman theme? I’m pretty sure there’s tons of sheet music already out there for it, and I’d love to see the full thing in midi with you’re theory analysis over it, it’s so complex and I’d love to be able to understand it more.
Funnily enough, someone else asked me the exact same thing and I said I'd do it, yes. I've already got the score, it's just it's pretty huge and will take a while to put together and I've got other things I wanted to clear out of the way first. So might be in a few months time. It's an incredible theme, would be really interesting to get underneath it and understand how it works, definitely!
I've just picked up Metropolis Ark 3 actually, and that will be very useful for Batman. In fact, I wish I had it when I did Predator as I could have done some of the sections way better with it!