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Return on Y130102IN (Dramatic Film Score) Listener #109

Postby stephendbennett » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:06 pm

My piece "He's Here!" on my Taxi page was returned for listing Y130103IN:

OWNER of an INDIE MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY is looking for DRAMATIC FILM SCORE INSTRUMENTALS in the style of John Williams, Danny Elfman, "The Hun's Attack" by Jerry Goldsmith, etc., for various Film/TV placements. They're looking for Instrumentals that are EXCITING, POWERFUL, EXPRESSIVE, and FULL OF EMOTIONAL IMPACT. All Tempos are welcome, as long as they can successfully capture the emotions that are listed above. Be sure that your production is modern sounding utilizing AUTHENTIC SOUNDING samples. They're not interested in instrumentals that are lifeless, moody, and don't build. Be sure your tracks FLOW and have tons of MOMENTUM, rather than being too sparse or laid back. NO Fadeouts, BUTTON ENDINGS ONLY. Recording and instrumental presentation must be top-notch! Broadcast quality is needed (great sounding home recordings are fine).

"Other" was checked as the reason with "This was good writing. I think it would have worked together with the percussion more prominent in the beginning." as an explanation.

I'm not quite sure I understand what listener #109 is trying to say. I thought I was spot on with orchestrating it in the style of Williams/Elfman/Goldsmith. So is the only reason it wasn't forwarded is that the snare wasn't loud enough in the intro? ...Really?
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Re: Return on Y130102IN (Dramatic Film Score) Listener #109

Postby Salty » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:25 pm

Hey Stephen;

I think your orchestration ideas were spot on, really good- and no question similar to the artists referenced; some of your string and wind sounds were a bit too much midi sounding for me-especially in the sweeping parts; that can be very difficult to get the way you want- or at least has been for me.

The other thing that struck me is that its a through-composed piece with variations on your theme woven in, rather than a different formal structure which could make the thematic material more effective. Im sure, as you know, in a lot of Elfman and Williams pieces they often use a formal structure with a bridge and come back to the original idea in a bigger form.
at your coda- I hear where the thematic idea is but something is buggin me- ill have to listen again- I thnk its the transition when you are first going to the major sound...

Anyway- clearly you have some good skills, keep workin it.

hope thats helpful-

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Re: Return on Y130102IN (Dramatic Film Score) Listener #109

Postby Casey H » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:46 am

Hey guys
This was reviewed directly by the owner of the company, not one of Taxi's screeners. So the library owner felt it wasn't a fit for his/her needs. At least you got it heard directly by the Taxi client... That's always good! :D

If you think the tracks are solid, keep submitting to other listings, libraries, etc. One option is to get a Taxi custom critique and ask specific questions relating to these reasons for return.

Best of luck!
:) Casey
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Re: Return on Y130102IN (Dramatic Film Score) Listener #109

Postby Salty » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:58 pm

yeah ;

I actually had one forwarded by him- and a couple not- but reasonable imo;
My impression is that he's got really good musical knowledge and ears (picked up on some things that the other screeners hadnt)- but maybe he went through each one quickly to see if it fit what he wanted, and if not then not; I did think the comments he made for the ones he didnt forward for me made sense though- this one above Im not so sure, b/c the orchestration definitely has many similarities to the way those guys write.

I did write what I thought the issues 'might' be above- but who knows?

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