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1  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: IV-V-I The Harmony Card Game ! on: April 09, 2010, 04:58:27 PM
Haha, that actually looks kinda intriguing.  I might have to check it out.

-asp
2  Music By Jason Forums / The Round Table / Re: My Introduction on: January 09, 2010, 07:22:19 AM
Hey there!  Welcome to the forum.
3  Music By Jason Forums / The Round Table / Re: Hey I'm new on: November 12, 2009, 09:34:17 PM
Hello, and welcome to the forums!  Glad to have you.

Be sure to make yourself at home and have a look around.  Only - don't disturb the sleeping Melda.  It is dangerous to awaken sleeping dragons.  Especially ones with musicbreath instead of firebreath.  You'll go deaf just for the sheer beauty of the sound and the realization that nothing will compare again.

Or something like that.  Wink

-asp
4  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Composers in TED on: November 12, 2009, 07:36:25 AM
I don't know how many of you have heard of the TED Conference that occurs every year in various parts of the world, but if you haven't, you really owe it to yourself to look into it, and watch some of the lectures.

One in particular, though, that I thought might be interesting to all you composition nuts here is one given by Jennifer Lin in 2004: http://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_lin_improvs_piano_magic.html

Of particular note (no pun intended) for me was the improvisational section at the end of her speech, of starting with a random series of pitches, and attempting to arrange them into a melody and a work.  Definitely has some cogs turning in my head, and hopefully if I'm lucky I'll get some time to put those ideas to work and see what comes out.

-asp
5  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: Feedback for a newbie please :-) on: October 25, 2009, 03:08:34 PM
Oh, I definitely feel you on the preference for the lower parts.  I had the great luck and pleasure to be the English Horn player my first two years of college, as well, but unfortunately had to surrender it to another oboe major this semester.  The only thing I don't like about the lower register of the oboe is that very few composers seem to really know how to write for it.  You can make some great music there, but all too often they either require it too soft and exposed, or it's purposefully over-load and biting as an effect (and often pretty covered up, anyway).

To get this thread back on topic, though:
I think I'm going to have to agree with the general consensus on Legendary that the jumps might be a little far for that speed, if it's all meant to be one continuous line.  If you were crafty, though, you might be able to pull it off by splitting it between the first and second violins or something, and then still have the jumps.  I think it's probably better for this case, though, to at least smooth it out a tiny bit, first, even if you still do split it between instruments.

-asp
6  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: Feedback for a newbie please :-) on: October 24, 2009, 05:07:44 PM
[...] and on Oboe beyond a fifth can be pretty painful as well.  [...]

Actually, as an oboist, myself, I can say that just about everything up to the octave jumps is usually decently do-able, provided you're kind with the range.  Once you get above the C or so above the staff, fingerings can get really wonky to do rapid passages in.

Though, jumps down on Oboe, especially to the lower half of the staff, can be quite frustrating, without a lot of control and a good reed.  I rarely have much trouble jumping up, though, aside from often being quite 'pitchy', which is a general problem for me anyway, when I stop paying attention.

Do you play oboe, Asvarduil?  Because if so, well met!  It's not too often I get to talk to oboists from places outside my own region of the United States.

-asp
7  Music By Jason Forums / The Round Table / Re: Just stumbling around the interwebz... on: October 15, 2009, 11:07:47 PM
Welcome to the forums!
8  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: Calling All Dawns on: October 08, 2009, 06:09:55 AM
Why wouldn't you pay for it?  This is someone's passion and hard work, and for that they deserve credit and compensation, in my opinion.

Nice find, Max!  Love it!  I think I may have to put my other music purchases on hold for a bit and look into this first.  Curse a music student budget!  Wink

-asp
9  Music By Jason Forums / The Round Table / Re: SMF - Just Installed! on: August 29, 2009, 04:13:21 PM
No worries, no rush.  I was just curious, and this forum needed some kind of activity at the time, so I figured that was as good as any that I could come up with that day, heh.

-asp
10  Music By Jason Forums / The Round Table / Re: SMF - Just Installed! on: August 05, 2009, 10:32:53 AM
So how go the updates?  Any further work on them managed to squeeze through the tiny cracks in Life's ubiquitous "Oh, you've got plans?  Well, actually, you don't; go do this" moments?  Wink

-asp
11  Music By Jason Forums / Mod Projects / Re: COMPLETED: Pact of Vengeance *Melda* on: July 18, 2009, 06:50:21 AM
Great!  Looks really intriguing; I'll have to look through it and check it out.  I love the shine & polish on the presentation, too.  Nice work.

-asp
12  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: quick music question on: June 30, 2009, 09:39:21 PM
If I remember correctly, one of the Brandenburgs features violas, no?  That might be a good place to look.  Or was it just that violas held the bass in one?  I forget.

-asp
13  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: quick music question on: June 29, 2009, 09:26:58 PM
Yeah, I caught that, too, but didn't take the time to figure out what it was as it was well after the cut-off.

The instrument at 1:35 is not in the bassoon family, I don't think.  It doesn't sound like a cylindrically bored instrument.  More likely an oboe-type to me.  If it's an oboe-like instrument, it probably is more likely an Oboe d'Amore, rather than an English Horn or Oboe.  I haven't worked enough with samples to be sure, though, and these aren't exactly the most realistic samples.

Although, listening to it again, I can hear the case for a really high Bassoon, but it doesn't sound strained/thin enough to me.  Again, though, these are not very realistic samples.

Then again, all that said, I haven't really had the time to take a really close listen to this in a couple days.

-asp
14  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: quick music question on: June 28, 2009, 10:38:46 PM
Agreed.  That's what I was saying (or attempting to, anyway).  Somewhere along the way, part of that post failed to travel from my head to my fingers and to the page.  Wink

To better phrase what I was thinking: the oboe's not an instrument easily hidden; the only place I heard that could even pull it off was the aforementioned portion of heavy strings, and there'd be no point in putting an oboe there just to hide it (aside from use as an Easter Egg-esque gimmick; even more unlikely), so I highly doubt there's an oboe sample hiding anywhere in there.  Or well, at least anywhere before about 1:30 or so, because that's where I stopped actively listening most times.

-asp
15  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: quick music question on: June 28, 2009, 02:32:21 PM
I play oboe, and I don't hear anything resembling an oboe at or before 1:28.
If there's an oboe anywhere in there, it's playing extremely subdued parts that are blending into the overall mix underneath the strings, which is far from a typical use of an oboe - especially in movie and game scores, from what I've heard of them.

-asp
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