Dull Spring Saturday

New Versions (newest are topmost):

Ok, this is the version I would upload now !

After Searching and analyzing I finally found the bug ! The group channels have been Mono and so I had a mono output ! It’s fixed now !!!

 

Ok, here another try. I did some mixing … the volume releation  of the string sections is ok now, but the flute is either too loud or too soft.

Latest Version (pre Mastered). I’m still struggeling to find a good volume setting.

History:

It’s al dull spring saturday and I am bored.

Improvized in 20 mins.

Music, Flute and Interpretation: Karsten Thamm

With drums

Unplugged

A bit harmonized and cleaned up scales

I will keep this, as a brainstorming project. Maybe we can transform it into a real project. Let’s see.

Ok, I renamed it into ‘Dull Good Friday‘, because I edited the strings on Good Friday 2016. The strings are now partially distributed over 8 string voices (4 Violin sections, 2 Viola sections, 2 Cello Sections) Base is still missing. Other voices are to come (Winds and Brass).

 

Production Snapshot:

The volumes are not apropriate, but I’m currently in the process of editing, so the strings are way too loud … all volume relations are not set correctly right now.

FSCG Airfield Video Soundtrack

 

I’m currently in the process of writing a new video soundtrack for my 2014 Airfield Video:

The progress

3.3.2016

  • String chords are spread over the orchestral voices (violins 1+2, violas, chellos and bass)
  • Added an Oboe/Flute melody to silent part.

4.3.2016

  • Oboe/Flute now plays with 4 voices
  • Bassoon added for slow part, as low octave addition for woodwinds
  • Bells and small bells have been added
  • Trumpets have been added at the end
  • Xylophone has been added for Pizzicato part (glider climbing at the winch cable)
  • Credit melody has been enhanced by flutes and oboes (4 voice, 2X2 Harmony, octaved)

TODOs:

  • Enhancement of Last part (Approach and Landing)
  • Percussion Redo
  • De-Clustering of woodwinds in silent part
  • Making instruments organic to add realism (still sounds like synthesized)
  • String Legato Workover (attack still hearable)

5.3.2016

So, the composition is ‘complete’, which means, that adding more would overload the whole thing.

Done since yesterday:

 

  • Enhancement of Last part (Approach and Landing)
  • Percussion Redo
  • De-Clustering of woodwinds in silent part

Next step will be:

  • Adapting Midi volumes of instruments
  • Add a random component to temporal sequence of notes
  • Adding expression and Pitchbend for realism
  • String Legato overhaul
  • Overwork velocities of percussion and Piano

After that:

  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Adding to video

06.03.3016:

Adapted Midi Volumes (better Instrument expressions). It’s a bit exagerated at some points, but I will fix this in finetuning.

Next:

  • Make organic (Pitchbends, Quantization)
  • Improve Legatos

After that:

  • Mixing and Mastering
  • Adding to Video

11.3.2016:

The most difficult part is done: making it organic and Legatos.

After that:

  • Minor tweaks
  • Mixing and Mastering
  • Adding to Video

From Breakdown To Sunrise

My first Approach is the Remake of ‘From Breakdown To Sunrise’ as an Orchestral Version.

I have downloaded a trial Version of Steinberg’s Symphony Orchestra Plugin, in order to evaluate it’s value for my final Goal, making soundtrack for videos.

In the past week I’ve been working on a project template for Orchestral Productions. An Orchestra has a certain layout. Each voice (MIDI Channel) has to be mapped onto it’s position in space. Depth simulation is achieved my mapping the Midi Track onto it’s Layer Channel. All Layer Channels are then routed to the Master channel.

Each depth Channels volume, filter and Reverb is configured with it’s depth properties to reflect the distance to the Listener.

 

2016-02-12 20_03_59-Cubase Pro-Projekt - SymphOrchTemplate

2016-02-12 20_05_55-Program Manager

From Breakdown To Sunrise is my first practise project with this template. I will document it’s progress here.

First Step: The Intro (Version 1)

One Step ahead: (only intro is organic, second part is currently with full volume)

Another step ahead … so this is the basic framework. Anything else is variation and tranposing, and of course a lot of tweaking and sound enrichment.

Almost done making the existing material more organic. The last view beats are not yet organic, just to demonstrate the difference, which is huge.

Oops, just found some malformed chors in the silent part, probably in woodwinds and brass. Gotta re-inspect.

Ok, The ‘Final’ Version (not really final, but I’ve learned enough to start making music for videos):

 

Stairway To Heaven

It’s not perfect, but this is as far as I go.  Actually I’m doing this to make movie- and video soundtracks, so with this project I will finish my series of remaking 70’s and 80’s songs more symphonic. Now I will concentrate on video soundtracks and of course on making won songs for Flute.

This is actually a benchmark project for my recording booth and a practise project for composing, editing and mixing. (Mastering not included, but I tried to make the mix good enough, so I could skip this step).

Anyone else is welcome to use my recording box for singing, but I will stop here.

Original: Led Zeppelin

Music/Lyrics: Page/Plant

Composition of additional parts, Interpretation and Production: Karsten Thamm

Copyright: Some record company …. who cares (I’m too lazy to look it up and I don’t want to bother with copyright issues) ? It’s not for commercial use. Read my copyright remarks and just don’t use it (you will find better remakes out there anyway)

I finally did some Mastering (and a complete reqork of the orchestral part).

 

 

Soundbooth Benchmark

 

Benchmark 1:

Ohne Schalldämmung, Türe Geschlossen, Türe offen, Mikro außen, jeweils mit und ohne Reverb.

RAW-Midi-Tracks für das Aktions-Benchmark:

Full Build Benchmark:

Innenraum (Flöte, Stille, Stimme), Was geht an Schall rein, was kommt an Schall raus.

Wie zu erwarten war, isoliert die Box nicht zu 100 %, aber die Schallisolation ist für den Zweck hinreichen gut (sogar besser als benötigt).

Funktionales Benchmark:

Aufnahmen fertig (muss noch editiert werden):

Cold Season Project 2015

Ok, this is my version of the 80’s classic Kayleigh by Marillion.

There are some reasons for choosing Marillion songs as my cold season projects:

  1. From a musical point of view they are relatively easy to do, but they are not trivial
  2. In my leate teenage years and my early 20’s I used to be a big Marillion fan. It was the first band I’ver ever seen live.
  3. The album ‘Misplaced Childhood’ is like a mirror to my soul. It is very biographic, not only for the author’s point of view, also for mine.
  4. I know the lyrics by heart for a long time.

Like with ‘Grendel’, the intention is to demonstrate, that 80’s music can be transformed in well harmonized synphonic music.

Again I must admit, that the vocal part can be done better (but not by me, but I have to do it, because I want to express my intention). The flute part can also be done better (also by me, but I don’t have that much of practising time).

For Copyrights see ‘Grendel’.

Music: Marillion

Lyrics: Derek W. Dick (aka Fish)

Interpretation: Karsten Thamm

All tracks, except Flute and Voice, are done by the sequencer.