A little composition of mine
Hey guys, this was the last thing I wrote and recorded, about 2 years ago now (right before my mom died, at which point I stopped composing).
Anyways, it's not perfect (and the intonation isn't ideal), but I thought I'd post it here anyways and see what you guys thought. Generally, no one on youtube provides any thoughts, because they really don't care about this type of music (they get way more excited about pop covers). It's pretty short and moves quickly through the different moods, so think of it as condensed piece that could theoretically be expanded with a lot more "filler" during each theme.
It's all done with viola and violin in my garage, nothing synthesized. Make sure to watch in the highest definition possible, as it greatly affects the sound quality!
EDITED to add a couple of other short pieces which I listed in a comment below:
Very beautiful! Thank you for sharing
Thanks Julie :)
I like it. It awakes fantasy and imagination, and also very gentle and romantic. I can see it as a ballet. It is sad that you stopped to compose. I hope you will proceed.
What an emotional feeling. I felt like I almost wanted to cry, but don't know why. Beautiful, thank you.
Thanks for the positive input guys :)
Here are a couple of other short pieces I've done in the past:
I like it very much !!!
I like the other compositions too.
I really like it! I'll definitely check out the other pieces too. I think you have really nice vibrato. I also liked that you made use of slides. I think too often people who are composing music with a classical bent are afraid to use slides.
Beautiful composition. Beautiful playing.
Very nice Erik! Slow and harmonic, just what I like. Keep up the good work, and hopefully you will.
I just listened to your YouTube video and was like number 11. Over 600 views already and soon will be on the way to viraldom. ' )
I liked it a lot. I am a big fan of Olafur Arnalds, Max Richter and other modern composers of instrumental music and OST. Your piece will fit very honorably among their best ones. Congratulations. I encourage you to keep composing. I think you have talent for it.
Marco: Dream tally was the last piece I ever recorded. The last messages I have from my mom were from her telling me I should do more with it :)
Erik: Good to hear that you are getting back into your musical development! Kids will be kids and I can see why they could affect you so. Don't take it too personally; many don't know what they really want yet and violin is not for everyone.
Haha, it's not kids that are the problem as much as parents who are unwilling to help their children succeed (as well as adult students unwilling to help themselves succeed). Regardless, I will keep teaching.
Beautiful composition! An ethereal experience. I encourage you to continue to compose. The world needs more of this.
I like it! How many instrument tracks is it? It sounds more polyphonic to me than just a single viola and a single violin.
Hi Han, there are definitely up to 10ish tracks playing simultaneously at certain points in the piece. However, the only instruments used were my violin and viola. I can't remember what I specifically did for each piece, but I generally experiment with different distances and cardioid patterns to have more of a "background orchestra" feel for some of the tracks and more of a "upfront, solo" feel for the leading melodies.
Your composition is very beautiful Erik.
Hey Willy, those are some great suggestions. I have thought of many things like that, but honestly, I just don't have the discipline for them. Even pushing out a semi-finished piece is almost beyond my will-power limit. This is partially because I use most of my musical/discipline energy by teaching. Before I taught, when I had lots of free energy, I was pretty prolific about writing music. A lot of it was vocal and electronic at that time, but I was pumping out songs every week or two. Now I'm lucky if I do one per year :P I've been thinking recently about the potential of quitting teaching and just starting composition (life circumstances could theoretically allow me to do this without starving). We'll see where the journey takes me.
Yes Erik, there are obviously opportunity costs for improving something like one's channel, and you just decide whether it's worth it. :-)
Will: Yeah, I'm at the crossroads of my life where I'm trying to decide whether I want to have lots of money, or whether I want to have a career that intrinsically satisfies me. Those two are generally mutually exclusive (unless you have an insane work ethic). I actually do like teaching as far as jobs go, but the disappointments often outweigh the successes, and I'm afraid that, in the long run, it'll wear down my soul too much. I'm starting to think that money isn't everything, and that perhaps I'd rather be poor and satisfied than rich and grumpy (plus I have the privilege of not having to worry about a retirement fund as much as most others would).