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Just The Face Of Life

edited May 18 in Creations

This is one of the best and most beautiful pieces I have written…. Over half a century ago. It was part of a larger work, lol, lost to the ages.

ISymphonic “Aah” Choir and Soprano voice.

Comments

  • I’m a sucker for choir music. This is beautiful and uses chords that most choir music doesn’t unless the composer plays some jazz piano.

    A choir is so essentially human and spiritual when voices blend into something larger than the sum of the parts.

    When did you write this and did you make a paper copy or render from memory now?

  • edited May 15

    @McD, playing with choirs on a keyboard is too cool. We have good choices now with ISymphonic, PureSynthPlatinum and Module. There’s still BeatHawk, but I find I rarely use that now.

    I wrote it around 1970. The original intent was not magisterial, but more narrational. This is an improvised version, of course. There was a paper copy but it’s gone with the wind.

  • I’d actually like to see the BeatHawk rendition. I find those to be more realistic. The “Ihs” are particularly interesting, different, and well recorded/ sampled

  • @mjcouche i plugged in the BeatHawk patch you mentioned and it was not very good. Probably because I would have played the whole thing differently if I had been using it. Choirs are pretty individualistic, I think.

  • Ah interesting. Well thank you for trying! Beautiful piece!

  • I’m glad you liked it @mjcouche. Thx, bro.

  • @LinearLineman said:
    @mjcouche i plugged in the BeatHawk patch you mentioned and it was not very good. Probably because I would have played the whole thing differently if I had been using it. Choirs are pretty individualistic, I think.

    I also got the BeatHawk choirs. I changed the envelopes a bit and thought it helped. I hope you do more like this. This would sound great with a real choir. Write some verses for it maybe.

  • Thank you @Stochastically. There were some lyrics when I first wrote it. Here’s a sample, redolent of the 60s…

    Come with me, thru my country
    Let’s all take hands for the crazy ride.
    Deep inside, inner space glide,
    Then we’ll all come back in time.

  • Very nice piece, but I'm still thrown off a bit by the synthesized choirs and I think I understand why now: Best example is at 2:12-ish, where there is a small pause. It is completely silent in a way which would be very disturbing if you were in a room full of people, like a choir. Maybe some more reverb would fix that, or some other sounds mixed in.. just some background noise or something.

  • @JudasZimmerman agreed. I noticed it when I was doing it but glitched on adding the reverb. I added Kleverb and replaced at top of the thread. Have a listen and see if you like it better.

  • McDMcD
    edited May 18

    The reverb remix helped a lot.

    I recommend the Choir IAP in Korg's Module Pro. I think you own it already because it has those "Doot" and "Doo-yat" jazzy choirs you use every other year. Please don't use them here but there are some truly epic choirs too.

  • Heavenly!

  • @LinearLineman said:
    @JudasZimmerman agreed. I noticed it when I was doing it but glitched on adding the reverb. I added Kleverb and replaced at top of the thread. Have a listen and see if you like it better.

    Yes, that fixed it. Supernice! For maximum realism we probably need an AU3 for feet shifting, chairs creaking, muffled coughs too..

  • Thanks @McD @AlterEgo_UK @JudasZimmerman. This forum is a great place to get positive criticism.

  • I love your music. I am not a keyboard player and simply can’t improvise like you do. I wish I could. But I do have a little skill programming synth patches. For a similar effect to adding reverb, try adding a longer release time to the adsr and improvise with that for awhile. If the synth allows for it also play with the shape of the release. Maybe also a little longer attack time. You might like the way that feels.

  • Thanks @boomer. I mess with the ADSR on BeatHawk. ISymphonic has no such controls tho I do have Attack Softener. As to improvising. Did you read my essay on improving such skills?

    https://forum.audiob.us/discussion/27012/how-to-improve-your-keyboard-improvising-100-in-three-weeks

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