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Definitely not classical symphony form, but definitely interesting and often enjoyable. Is the production supposed to sound like a real orchestra? I found the brass sounded the least like real brass, the strings were also unconvincing and I couldn't tell if there were any woodwinds until later. The piano was pretty good though it didn't sound exactly like a concert hall setting. As for the music, I like some of the sonic pictures you've painted, but overall it devolves into sound effects and I don't hear themes or development. Still I would be interested in hearing a more realistically produced performance. A lot of work went into this and I applaud your effort, some of it is actually quite cool, but I'm not sure if it reminds me of Mars, but if it reminds you of Mars that's all that matters.

Okay, I just read your notes. It was all improvised. That surprises me because usually improvisation bores me. Kudos on that. Playing a Yamaha Motif for the orchestral sounds explains their lack of realism. May I suggest Cinematic Studio Strings, Brass and Woodwinds and Kontakt for more realistic sounds.

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Thanks a lot Steve for listening, for the analysis, and for the notes, especially about devolving the pictures into sound effects (which I suspected to be a bad habit of mine). The greatest challenge for me, if I will endeavor to develop this project, will be to transform the MIDI score into a readable traditional-notation score. Also, it would be interesting to transform some artificial-sound effects, which I apply, into effects produced by background string figurations. However, depicting the bombardment sirens is probably impossible using ordinary orchestra instruments (though Shostakovich tried doing this in his 8th symphony).

I listened to some of your pieces and was impressed. The toccata (wi score), as I perceive it according to the text, suggests great and tragic passions. For me, such themes as what you wrote in bars 1-8, suggest a great crescendo and/or some unexpected FFF chord with long sustain, followed by a response in the bass register, but this would certainly be not a toccata.

I too experimented with pantonality and polytonality, but eventually lost the feel of diatonic almost completely.

Thank you again,
Andrew


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