Another J-bot Original

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Member Since: Dec 04, 2007

But a different cup of tea altogether.

This was a piece I wrote back when I thought I wanted to study music at UNF. Unfortunately, I decided the performance track just wasn't for me, but the composition classes and independent studies were invaluable. I was taking trumpet while I was there, and trying to shake the rust off the valves, and playing in the trumpet ensemble. So I wrote a quartet for the players for one of the recitals.

Anyways, I've always been trying to get a halfway decent mp3 outta this score, and I think I'm getting close. It still needs some more TLC though.

It's a little modern/contemporary feeling I think, with some odd harmonies, and a fair share of meter changes. I kinda had images of leaves or papers being blown around in the march wind when I started working on the original score.

The title is Spring Wind Quartet, and it's posted under the classical section. Unfortunately I had to take down Lantern in the Dark :( Ah well, hope you enjoy this one too :)


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Mans reach exceeds his grasp
Since: Oct 23, 2007

Jan 08, 2008 07:49 am

Quite a different piece:) I like the panning you did. It's un-subtly subtle, if that makes any sense. Only down side I can see is that ,for the average listener, it may seem a bit monochromatic. Personally, I don't know how you made some of those phrases work together, but you did :)

Since: Dec 04, 2007

Jan 08, 2008 01:59 pm

Yes, that's very true, being that it's all trumpets all the time. In fact, I submitted the original midi to the pixel arts midi contest to get some feed back, and some people thought that same thing, that there wasn't enough variation. But I suppose that's the nature of the beast in this case. Not much potential for orchestration in a trumpet quartet ;)

The only part i'm not 100% happy with is the dissonant-ish part right before the slow section. There's one or two chords in particular that I may change to make a little more sense.

As for the panning, that also has to do with the written score/parts. I just sequenced it to achieve the same effect that you would hear as a member of the audience listening to a live performance. I just have the 1st-4th parts arranged from left to right. :) I just hope I got the positions close enough hehe.


Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 08, 2008 09:52 pm

I have to agree with Keith on the panning, And ya, subtly subtle works for me.

That is an interesting piece for sure. The odd harmonies were great and worked very well for the piece.

Keep us posted if you change it, I'd be curious to hear how it turns out.

I could listen to hours of this stuff while driving, very calming yet keeps you attentive.

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