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Title: New Recording
Post by: nicoli on December 14, 2008, 11:09:49 am
I got bored last night, so instead of working on my scoring project, I recorded the first section of a new instrumental piece I've been slowly making up. It has three piano tracks, a cello track, a violin track, and background strings...check it out on my MySpace if you want to hear it! :)

http://www.myspace.com/michelleyunggar (http://www.myspace.com/michelleyunggar)

It's the default track, first one that plays. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated, too, but keep in mind that it's definitely not finished.  :P


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: yeshua4 on December 14, 2008, 03:32:53 pm
Nice...I am not qualified to be a critic, so I will just say that I enjoyed it.


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: nicoli on December 14, 2008, 04:29:19 pm
Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated. :)

I'd just like to say one thing though--there is no "qualification" to be a music critic. In fact, most people who make a living critiquing music in magazines, in newspapers and in blogs have no musical training or education whatsoever, yet they're taken seriously by tons of people, from the everyday readers of their articles, their employers, to top level executives at the biggest music distribution companies in the world. Just goes to show that as long as you have an opinion, your opinion is valid. Whether others choose to take it seriously is another matter entirely, but I am one of those people who believe that all opinions are worth something: worth discussing, worth expressing, worth whatever.

If anyone else has qualms about making critiques of my or anyone else's music, please don't feel as though what you have to say is of any less value just because of what you think you know about music. You may find that you know more about music than you think, and sometimes, you might find that you know less, but opinions are not about what you know--they're about what you feel. What you feel should never be discounted by anyone.  :)


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: Dargor on December 14, 2008, 04:35:07 pm
Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated. :)

I'd just like to say one thing though--there is no "qualification" to be a music critic. In fact, most people who make a living critiquing music in magazines, in newspapers and in blogs have no musical training or education whatsoever, yet they're taken seriously by tons of people, from the everyday readers of their articles, their employers, to top level executives at the biggest music distribution companies in the world. Just goes to show that as long as you have an opinion, your opinion is valid. Whether others choose to take it seriously is another matter entirely, but I am one of those people who believe that all opinions are worth something: worth discussing, worth expressing, worth whatever.

If anyone else has qualms about making critiques of my or anyone else's music, please don't feel as though what you have to say is of any less value just because of what you think you know about music. You may find that you know more about music than you think, and sometimes, you might find that you know less, but opinions are not about what you know--they're about what you feel. What you feel should never be discounted by anyone.  :)

Amen to that!! True words. I'm going to have a listen now.


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: yeshua4 on December 14, 2008, 05:46:48 pm
good point!
I just meant that I can't really give any advice on the particulars since I don't know anything about instruments.  I just know I enjoyed it.


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: nicoli on December 14, 2008, 06:12:39 pm
That's fine, too. :)

If I go in rant mode at any time, it usually isn't directed at anyone in particular, but it is usually set off by little things people say. It's nothing personal. The whole thing about being qualified is something I've heard from so many people around me, and I think those people kind of get the impression that I expect a lot of analysis or something from them. That's not the case.

I only meant to express to you that whatever you say is welcome, and I'm not expecting a ten-page write-up or anything. ;) I understand that some people might not have a lot to say, and that's totally okay. I hope I didn't put any pressure on anyone here.


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: w34vi1 on December 14, 2008, 09:23:47 pm
I have musical experience (8+years) and I must say I enjoyed it. The piano's did seem a little busy in comparison to the strings, But that is only what i could pick out that seemed to get me. There are many classical pieces out there that i think are too busy, and yet they are still awesome.


I can't wait to hear more!


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: nicoli on December 14, 2008, 10:05:38 pm
I have musical experience (8+years) and I must say I enjoyed it. The piano's did seem a little busy in comparison to the strings, But that is only what i could pick out that seemed to get me. There are many classical pieces out there that i think are too busy, and yet they are still awesome.


I can't wait to hear more!

Haha, yeah, ABOUT them piano tracks...it would literally take two people to play the entire piano section. ;) You know those pieces called "Four Hands"? It's like that.

Thanks for your feedback! :)


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: yeshua4 on December 14, 2008, 10:50:23 pm
I completely understood your comment nicoli...no problem  8)


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: w34vi1 on December 14, 2008, 11:05:26 pm
I have musical experience (8+years) and I must say I enjoyed it. The piano's did seem a little busy in comparison to the strings, But that is only what i could pick out that seemed to get me. There are many classical pieces out there that i think are too busy, and yet they are still awesome.


I can't wait to hear more!

Haha, yeah, ABOUT them piano tracks...it would literally take two people to play the entire piano section. ;) You know those pieces called "Four Hands"? It's like that.

Thanks for your feedback! :)

yeah i know. I figured it was something like that. And after i listened to it a few times i can make better sense of what is going on. I can't wait to hear more.


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: Rockstar on December 15, 2008, 04:36:34 pm
Good stuff, Michelle; I like the vibe you have in there.  Somewhat movie-soundtrack-like.

You do have it mixed in Mono-Left, though, which is a bit annoying when listening with headphones (which is what I have here at work); might want to check on that :)


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: nicoli on December 15, 2008, 06:27:35 pm
Good stuff, Michelle; I like the vibe you have in there.  Somewhat movie-soundtrack-like.

You do have it mixed in Mono-Left, though, which is a bit annoying when listening with headphones (which is what I have here at work); might want to check on that :)


Yeah, I'm sorry about the mono. Unfortunately, until I get a USB-MIDI adapter that actually works, I'm stuck using the signal cable for my amp with a 1/4"-1/8" adapter in the line-in port on my laptop...I promise one of these days I'm going to have the money to upgrade my recording system. :P

Thank you for the feedback!


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: Rockstar on December 16, 2008, 10:58:11 am
Couldn't you still set Garageband to record in mono instead of stereo? Then you could have your music panned to the center.
I know it's an easy change in Logic (Garageband's big brother), so it should be doable in Garageband...


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: nicoli on December 16, 2008, 11:02:58 am
Hmm...I'll see if I can figure it out. I think someone else might have told me the same thing a long time ago...I'll try.


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: SoundscapeMN on December 20, 2008, 04:55:13 am
hi :)

I like the new piece. Sounds like something a chamber group might perform?. Keep it up! : )


Title: Re: New Recording
Post by: nicoli on December 20, 2008, 07:38:38 am
Thanks for the feedback, Kyle. :)