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1  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: How to make an epic fantasy track on: April 11, 2016, 12:40:50 AM
Hello everyone. Smiley

Vinnie asked me to correct any English that I thought was incomprehensible or correct. Incidentally I'm now a specialist English teacher of speakers of other languages, so here's my version below.  Grin

Vinnie, my apologies if I misconstrue or misinterpret anything you've written. Wink


This thread is under construction.

What is needed in an epic fantasy track ?

You must have a good understanding of serious music. I have made a complete bibliography on my website

http://vinniejohnson.legtux.org/theory

Cherubini books are more difficult, so study Bazin and Taneyev beforehand.

There are two main types of arrangement : classical or popular orchestration.

What is the difference between a popular and a classical orchestra ?

First I want to compare a used orchestra with a symphonic orchestra.

https://youtu.be/un3W31jzOCw

https://youtu.be/SQNymNaTr-Y

A symphonic orchestra, why not ?


I don't want to say that a symphonic orchestra is not good, but I think we can do better nowadays.

What are the differences ?


This is a small orchestra found in "practical instrumentation" by Frank Paterson

https://archive.org/details/practicalinstrum00patt

What is good, what is bad ?


The ensemble is great, however today we can use an amplified violin better than 1 violin.

The bass tuba can be replaced by an electric bass guitar

the following coming soon

A tuba is essential in an orchestra, isn't it ?

Rimsky-Korsakov has said :

Here the distribution of chords in close three-part harmony is self-evident; any grouping of three instruments of the same timbre is sure to sound well.

The method of using three instruments of the same timbre in widely divided three-part harmony is inferior.

But if the third instrument is of low register (Bass flute, English horn, Bass Clarinet, or Contrabassoon), the resonance will be satisfactory.


We have a perfect balance in brass section with 2 trumpets plus 1 trombone. It's enough.

In the Woodwinds section we have 1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, 2 alto saxophones. It's wrong.

So it's better with 2 Alto saxophones and 1 Tenor saxophone ?

It's a perfect balance in woodwinds section. Unfortunately Adolphe Sax in his brevet said :

un instrument qui par le caractère de sa voix pût se rapprocher des instruments à cordes, mais qui possédât plus de force et d'intensité que ces derniers (Brevet français no 3 226 du 21 mars 1846.

Also strings must be replaced by guitars. I have spoken about this in my topic of "souncloud group" for beginners composers.

http://www.musicbyjason.com/forum/index.php?topic=1100.0

What exactly are the instruments ?

The following instruments are included in the basic orchestra :

- 1 Flute
- 1 Bb Clarinet
- 2 Alto saxophones
- 2 Bb Trumpets
- 1 Trombone
- 1 Piano
- 2 Silent* violins
- 1 Silent* alto
- 1 Silent* cello
- 1 Bass guitar
- 1 Drum kit

((*I am not sure what is meant by 'silent' so I've left it as-is))

It's a hybrid genre, so can I use a heavy metal kit ?

No you can't. Woodwinds and brass are very old instruments. An ideal drum kit is a vintage kit.

I'll be back for the final part of my explanation.
2  Music By Jason Forums / The Round Table / Re: I've returned to Blizzard! on: June 23, 2012, 09:00:29 PM
Are you working on anything you can tell us about? Or is everything at the moment secret-secret? Smiley
3  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: French composer for video games on: June 23, 2012, 08:59:30 PM
Congratulations Cheesy

(Sorry about the delay!)
4  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: French composer for video games on: November 01, 2011, 07:14:16 AM
The link didn't work for me. It resolved to "http://"http//soundcloud.com/phreymusic/prince-of-europa%22".

The link should be "http://soundcloud.com/phreymusic/prince-of-europa"

While I know you probably don't want to hear 'oh, this reminds me of so-and-so music', the melodic line reminds me of Tides of Darkness by Glenn Stafford to a degree. Smiley

Very exciting track. The only feedback I have is towards the beginning and end of the piece where the cymbals are smashed repeately it sounds like they need something. I'm not sure if the attacks need to be varied or something, but the thought that comes to mind is that it almost sounds like the same recording of a cymbal smash being repeated instead of the more organic sound of cymbals being smashed over and over again, which would have a bit more variation to how they are hit (note: I'm not saying that their rhythmic structure should be changed, just perhaps the intensity of the sounds to be varied).

Anyway, hopefully that helps at all. If it doesn't, my apologies. Smiley
5  Music By Jason Forums / The Round Table / Re: The latest music from Jason. on: November 01, 2011, 07:09:20 AM
Very cool.  Cool

While I doubt I'll play the game (not big on multiplay), I'll definitely keep an eye out for the soundtrack if Valve recognise that there is a market for game soundtracks. Smiley
6  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: StarCraft 2 (music of course) on: September 08, 2011, 07:47:12 AM
While I'll probably sound like a Blizzard apologist, I'm actually happy they've split each race up into a different game/expansion (for StarCraft II, that is, not for any attempts to do this with Diablo III) because it means apart from getting extra amounts of detail in each race's story (three times the amount, I'd guess Tongue) it also means I definitely have a game I'll be looking forward to every two years (at the moment the only other games I'm really anticipating are entries in the Civilisation and Elder Scrolls series, although I'm probably extremely unusual in that regard).
7  Music By Jason Forums / The Round Table / Re: New or Prospective Forum Members on: June 17, 2011, 10:07:22 PM
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8  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: IV-V-I The Harmony Card Game ! on: June 08, 2011, 07:13:13 AM
Intriguing  Smiley
9  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: Cataclysm login screen music on: March 14, 2011, 07:32:54 AM
I haven't got around to listening to the soundtrack for Cataclysm yet; I will however continue to never even think of installing such an electronic addiction as World of WarCraft, though, so I'll have to make do with the soundtrack only at some point. Smiley
10  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: Cataclysm login screen music on: August 27, 2010, 04:11:14 AM
Yeah, that's the drawback of writing game music; the company owns your work, not you.
11  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: StarCraft 2 (music of course) on: July 24, 2010, 08:50:18 AM
I have pre-ordered the Collector's Edition, so hopefully I'll be able to comment on this soon. Smiley
12  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: Brood War Aria Revisit on: July 08, 2010, 12:19:11 AM
Unfortunately I don't know Latin and probably can't do any better than the previously existing attempts.

I mostly just wanted to comment on your user name: I like it. Smiley

Jason might be able to shed more light on the Latin, but he's become less visible since he started working for Carbine Studios (we curse thems!).

Also, even if he can shed it, he might not be allowed to. The legalities of game composition are problematic, because most times the composer(s) don't own the intellectual property to the finished work, and that might make them less likely to share details about their works. That's just an observation of mine, not necessarily an iron-clad truth, though.
13  Music By Jason Forums / My Projects / Re: Music from cinematics on: June 27, 2010, 07:11:25 AM
The cinematic suite is music from Reign of Chaos. The cinematics music for The Frozen Throne was for some reason never released. I'm guessing it was either an oversight, or they wanted to wait until the last possible minute to finish tweaking the cinematics (and their accompanying music), which meant it was left off the soundtrack disc.
14  Music By Jason Forums / My Projects / Re: Music from cinematics on: June 09, 2010, 07:00:30 AM
I have no idea.

It may already have been released as part of the Video Games Live series of concerts, I'm not sure.
15  Music By Jason Forums / My Projects / Re: Music from cinematics on: June 08, 2010, 02:53:17 PM
The cinematic music by Jason from WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos is included as a single track on the accompanying soundtrack CD that came with the special edition versions of the game.

To my knowledge, the cinematic music from WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne has not been legally released on CD. And unfortunately you can't just crack open the WarCraft III World Editor and extract the music, since it's mixed into the movie files of the game.

It's possible the music has been performed by the Video Games Live, or some other orchestral performance of game music, but I'll have to defer to other people who know more about this.
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