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ChamMusic
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887 posts since 12 Jun, 2006 from Birmingham, UK

Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:52 pm

https://soundcloud.com/chameleon-music/skedaddle

Just bought ORCHESTRAL SWARM from SPITFIRE AUDIO, an unusual orchestral sample library that featured in the BBC's Blue Planet II and has also been used by Hans Zimmer.

I really acquired it for its subtle textural potential - adding fluidity and movement to otherwise static, sustained samples, and then I starting using it...

This little piece took just 3 hours from start to finish!
It's 100% ORCHESTRAL SWARM!

I'm NOT a great fan of orchestral sample libraries...an attitude that probably comes from so many years actually playing in real orchestras! :0) But quirky little ones like this, that can enhance a variety of compositional styles, are something else entirely!
Last edited by ChamMusic on Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:16 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Frantz
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4809 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Re: City Streets

Post Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:41 pm

It's vibrant and original. It sounds like it could be a soundtrack for a nature documentary with animals scurrying around doing cute things (which is a bit different than city streets).

I prefer the conventional parts more than the "grunting" brass sound effects. It doesn't develop in a predictable way but it keeps me engaged for the duration trying to conjure up images to fit the sounds.

The mix is very good. An impressive piece of work. Three hours well spent. :tu:

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melomood
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312 posts since 15 Oct, 2017 from U.S.

Re: City Streets

Post Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:34 pm

Yep. I can see a montage of young woodland critters ...or a time lapse city

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ChamMusic
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887 posts since 12 Jun, 2006 from Birmingham, UK

Re: City Streets

Post Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:55 am

Thanks both for the feedback...always appreciated.

"animals scurrying around doing cute things (which is a bit different than city streets)."

I can hear that. I had serious problems naming this one! Normally I have an idea / picture and write music to fit it. This time I was experimenting with the new sample library and just composed in one huge rush without any plan or forethought!

A few people suggested a busy metropolis scenario...hence the title, but actually your idea of scurrying animals / woodland critters might paint a better picture in my head....hmmm...I may well change the title...thinking...
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ChamMusic
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887 posts since 12 Jun, 2006 from Birmingham, UK

Re: City Streets

Post Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:18 am

Done!

Name and image changed...maybe not 100% perfect, but definitely better than my original idea!

Thanks again for the suggestions.
Mark Taylor
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melomood
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312 posts since 15 Oct, 2017 from U.S.

Re: City Streets

Post Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:22 am

Cool

Kyrpto
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158 posts since 22 Oct, 2016

Re: City Streets

Post Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:39 am

This song kinda reminds me of a sound track from SimCity 4! Sounds like a real organic orchestra!

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ChamMusic
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887 posts since 12 Jun, 2006 from Birmingham, UK

Re: City Streets

Post Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:17 am

Thanks Krypto...

"organic orchestra"... I can hear that with all those constantly ebbing and flowing layers...woodwind / brass / strings weave around each other at times.
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Frantz
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4809 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Re: City Streets

Post Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:09 am

ChamMusic wrote: Name and image changed
Maybe change the track's URL for consistency?

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fluffy_little_something
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12015 posts since 5 Jun, 2012 from Portugal

Re: City Streets

Post Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:20 am

Impressive how realistic it sounds. I am not into orchestral music, so I could not tell this comes from a DAW rather than a live orchestra :tu:

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ChamMusic
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887 posts since 12 Jun, 2006 from Birmingham, UK

Re: City Streets

Post Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:14 am

@Frantz:
Will do!

@fluffy:

Thanks for that, I'm glad it sounded convincing.
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seismic1
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9009 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Re: City Streets

Post Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:40 pm

fluffy_little_something wrote:Impressive how realistic it sounds. I am not into orchestral music, so I could not tell this comes from a DAW rather than a live orchestra :tu:
This is true. It is both lively and lifelike. I didn't mind the original title, but I can see where Frantz is coming from.

Very clear sound, an an interesting and entertaining composition with some nice melodic touches. It has a very playful character, like a troop of marauding monkeys, holding tourists' valuables for ransom.

Good work :)

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ChamMusic
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887 posts since 12 Jun, 2006 from Birmingham, UK

Re: Skedaddle!

Post Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:25 am

Thanks Tim...I can see the marauding monkeys, so I've changed the thumbnail picture...suits the piece better...more obviously light hearted than the first 'Skedaddle' image!
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aaron aardvark
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1469 posts since 22 Jan, 2011 from near Los Angeles

Re: Skedaddle!

Post Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:53 pm

ChamMusic,
Thank you for the review! Now your song: it sounds rather realistic as an orchestra. Now that you mention it, I think it would work well as background music for a movie, TV show, or video. Perhaps it was the baboon photo, though I could picture it for a nature/animal show. Sound quality and composition are quite good. :)

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ChamMusic
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887 posts since 12 Jun, 2006 from Birmingham, UK

Re: Skedaddle!

Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:04 am

Thanks Aaron.
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