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  1. I would say play around a bit. Though it's Sibelius, you still have access to different techniques, like glissandos, and tremolos. It does make everything harder when you have to think notationally. In some cases, it hinders creative flow. I would say go for a sombre feel, but experiment with textures in Sibelius. Also, do you have something like Audacity? If possible, you could record and manipulate sounds and incorporate it into your music. Production value does seem to be a determining factor. Even in writing, it all sounds like a ton of extra work.
  2. I've never used VSL, but I have included it into my list of potential virtual libraries to invest in. For me, VSL has a high level of intimacy in its sound. I'm personally a huge fan of the strings. Woodwinds are okay, and so are the brasses, though I personally thought about looking elsewhere in regards to wind instruments. I feel that the use of articulation is very versatile, but this is all based off of what I have heard listening to various libraries. Hopefully someone more versed in VSL will leave feedback.
  3. A soundtrack to add to that list: Resident Evil   Though I happened to link one in particular, any of them will do.    The music tends to follow the same flow as the pieces that Nm posted, with more emphasis being on timbre and ways to create tension, more so than melodic material.
  4. I absolutely love the rhythms playing in the drums. My comments play a lot off of what Madsen said. For the percussion, there are different elements that seem much drier than others. Increasing volume will do wonders when reaching the point at 2:24 which seems to be where the build-up is ultimately leading to, among other places. (00:43 is one place where it felt as though the piece wanted to build in volume). Taking into consideration that it isn't mastered yet, I'd say that it sounds good!
  5. Hey guys. Thanks a ton for all of your comments! Nsm - I have been struggling with that as well. Making sure it doesn't sound too bass-y (overpowred), versus not bass-y enough. I think I still need to do some tweaking here and there with that. Kk. Here is a brief update, just to see if I went in the right direction. I accidentally overwrote the old version, but critique on this new version will be just as helpful! Mola Mola Updated Since majority of the OST will be Bossa Nova, if I can get this down, I should be alright with the others. Thanks guys. It really means a lot that you are willing to take time out and offer advice.
  6. Okay, thanks for the input. I'll try backing them out a bit, and see how it feels.
  7. Hey Game-devians. I'm here with a theme for a project I am currently writing for.   The game itself is nestled in bossa nova, and I have been working on a character theme.   I would LOVE some constructive criticism on this piece.   It isn't finished (still have some things I want to add in), but I am concerned the most about the balance and mixing.   Mola Mola   Thanks for those willing to listen and leave comments!
  8. I remember hearing this on your soundcloud profile! Love me some big band with twangy guitar. You'll have a blast with this soundtrack I'm sure!   Keep us updated on new releases! It's nice to hear something that isn't electronic or epic.
  9. Just to give a shout-out to those who replied, I have been doing some research and I realize that a lot of it has to do with me, and how I mix!   I recently started work on another piece, and I do agree that it sounds much more open, and I am starting to see just how time consuming and challenging mixing can be when you attempt to incorporate musicianship into your piece!   It is frustrating (seeing how little I actually know), but heart-warming knowing that my music will sound much better as I progress.   Thanks a lot, guys.
  10. I'm really glad you brought this up, CR. I have a very hard time balancing my music. It's funny, I can hear what I want my music to sound like when listening to other pieces, and yet I can't seem to achieve the same result on my own, for both electronic and orchestral pieces.   Thanks to those who left feedback on this thread.   Also, for anyone wanting to try their hand at the swapping of music, I'm totally up for a round. I know I have plenty to learn from others!
  11.   I've never heard of anyone doing that, yet it makes so much sense.
  12. Thank you for the compliments Charlie! I'm eager to hear more of your work!   Definitely following.
  13. Hey Charlie! I had time to take a look at your reel. Great stuff here! My favorite tracks of you are undoubtedly War Dreams and Memories.   When it comes to integrating sound effects with music, you do a great job. Escape is a piece that comes to mind when I say that. I'm not sure if ambient is something you pursue outside of media projects, but you have a knack for it!   Here's one of mine: https://soundcloud.com/jasminecoopermusic/let-me-tell-you-a-story   Hopefully more people will join in! It's not often that others come by looking for music to listen to, in conjunction with having others listen to theirs.   If you end up on any projects, or have successful ones from the future, you should post updates!
  14. It's funny you say that because I actually was feeling rather low. My distress knocked me out of commission for a while. Then, I realized that the only thing that can hinder my progress is myself. I believe in the statement "There is always going to be someone out there better than you," and I had to understand that I should try to be as good as I possibly can and learn from others, instead of chastising myself for not being where some are at this very moment.   I have a new outlook on how I write, which is fantastic! I have to remember to never lose the drive, and to continue pushing myself.   I'm glad that you gave a bit of perspective on the emotional side Nathan - That was the other facet to my struggle.   I seem to forget that writing is a skill and, like all others, it takes time and practice to improve.
  15. Really good point! I'm glad that you brought to light the performance aspects of the music.   I know for me, being used to digital music, you forget the authenticity that comes when making music mimic the real thing.   Phrases, breathes, accents - I completely understand what you mean.   The music is there, but the musicality isn't as much.   Thank you for the feedback! I really appreciate.