Old 10-18-2019, 07:32 PM   #1
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Default Fugue for Brass Quintet and Drum Kit in A minor

How does this sound? I'm happy to hear comments about both the production and the composition. This is my first attempt at fugue.


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Old 10-21-2019, 10:29 AM   #2
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Entertaining, good composition and arrangement, nothing to say about the horns. The drumkit is a fresh idea (contrast), but too repetitive imo.
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:44 PM   #3
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Actually, I like the brass, and I'm glad you referenced the location.

Honestly, I would like this creation much better without the drums at all. An all-brass orchestration always sounds like Christmas to me, especially in a fugue or similar type style. Without the drums, I could hear this song playing in a snowy city park on Christmas eve, maybe in London or Berlin or some such place.
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:13 PM   #4
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Yeah, the drum part is too repetitive. Why not compose the drums with contrapuntal parts as well? That would make it more interesting.

The fact that the drums are a lot brighter than the brass also takes the attention away from it.
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Old 10-27-2019, 07:20 AM   #5
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The drums were so distracting to me that on first listen I missed that the composition might be enjoyable without them. In this composition I can imagine that percussion could be used for accents, but a constant drum beat just doesn't seem to fit. Perhaps less will be more.

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Old 10-27-2019, 09:31 AM   #6
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Great Brass arrangement.
The drums were distracting me too much, especially the crash.

No reason to re record material though.
I would add an Expander to even out the Brass tracks.
Bring down the drums, then a nice leveler on the Peaks.

Strings and Cymbals ALWAYS find a way to the top of the mix.

Did you perform all of the parts?
It doesn't sound like an Ensemble recording.

Kick up that Brass.
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