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xiaoan

Member Since 10 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Oct 30 2014 10:59 PM

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Record a Live Orchestra at Indie-Friendly Rates

22 June 2014 - 07:47 PM

Hello everyone! If you ever wanted your music recorded with a live orchestra but felt intimidated by high cost of hiring one - this opportunity is for you!

East Coast Scoring provides great orchestral recording at indie-friendly rates. On top of this, we can also group multiple composers in a single session so you can split the cost and make it even more affordable. Find out more at www.eastcoastscoring.com


The Evil Plum of Berryland - Blockbuster Title Music

27 November 2013 - 05:24 PM

https://soundcloud.com/lixiaoan/evil-plum

Hey guys, just wrote this to practice a modern American film music style, hope you enjoy it!


Anime/J-Idol style track

07 October 2013 - 11:32 PM

Something a little different for you guys. I really love Japanese music so here's my take on an iconic anime/j-idol style.

 

https://soundcloud.com/lixiaoan/lets-adventure

 

The Japanese characters are a literal phonetic translation of "adventure".


Tips on Digital/Real Orchestration - New Article Series

17 September 2013 - 10:49 PM

Hello all, I'm starting a new article series featuring short tips in orchestration. Here's a quick sampler!

 

 

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Digital Orchestration Tip #02 - Creating Movement in Background Harmony 


This short article serves as a quick tutorial in finding active alternatives to typical static "pad" writing when scoring a harmonic background.

In Bar 1 of the example, we see a relatively simply voiced "Static" G major triad. Violin I and Violas are in divisi, with Violas playing open strings for added sonority and the glassiness of strings played without vibrato. This is a perfectly acceptable solution and it sounds good. It definitely serves its purpose.

However, an alternative, more "Active" solution to a harmonic background is presented in Bar 2. The content is nearly identical, with key differences being:

1. Violin I is still playing divisi, but with the 2nd part arpeggiating the 3rd (B) and 5th (D) of the chord in order to add some movement and flesh out an entire G major triad.

2. Violin II is now playing an unmeasured trill on its original note (G), which subtly introduces the added 9th (A) of the chord to lend a slight sophistication to the harmony. This also occasionally creates an interval of a major 2nd with Violin I, creating a hazy effect.

3. Violas are playing the same notes (G and D), still on open strings, but creating movement by undulating slowly between them..

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In essence, we have used variety of measured and umeasured (slow and fast) ornamentations of the original notes to "excite" the harmonic background of the music, without creating a new rhythmic feel or adding any counterlines.

As always, though, you should use your ears to determine when such a technique is necessary, and to what degree. Sometimes all you really need is a pad.


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This article is part of a series I'm starting on my website. If you're interested, I will be archiving the articles here:

http://www.xiaoanmusic.net/#!articles/c13t2


Codename Cygnus extended theme

02 September 2013 - 11:15 AM

https://soundcloud.com/lixiaoan/codename-cygnus-extended-main

Hey guys, here's a sampler of an extended theme I wrote for Codename Cygnus as a Kickstarter backer reward. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

 

Xiao'an


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