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    Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    I composed "Rising of a new day" in 1998 for no specific reason other than my own enjoyment. When the oppertunity came in 2000, I orchestrated the piece and gave it to the "Danish Radio Sinfonietta" (RadioUnderholdningsOrkestret) who recorded it for the CD "Light on your path".

    However, this download is not the version recorded on CD! It is instead the original synthesized replica from 1998.
    I have never been completely satisfied with the "real" orchestral recording from 2000 - It's not a bad recording by any means, but there was only less than 1 1/2 hour available in total for rehersal AND recording (which was a horrendously small amount of time!), plus I've always felt that the orchestrations I did was lacking in some places (I'm planning on doing a "re-orchestration/edit" when I get some more time...whenever that is...??)

    For now I hope you will find the orginal "digital version" interesting:

    Click here to download "Rising of a new day"
    (4.8 MB - 128 kbps MP3)

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    Re: Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    Hmm... - interesting...
    A short "powerfull" piece...
    I like the digital sound - what kind of sound module is "responsible" for this?
    I, ehm, don't have my "Magle-cd-collection" at hand, so I can't compare it to the acustic version - any chance you'll be able to post this too? - maybe not "in public" if there's a problem with royalties.

    It's generally a little difficult to say much about instrumentation from an digital-audio source only, but in places it sounds a little "too busy" - eg. the oboe/bassoon entrance around 1½ minutes from the beginning... and if the computer has a problem with presenting it precisly "on beat" I'd hate to think of a live recording... heh
    it's a lovely string and percussive sound
    a little reminiscent of a movie score (the beginning made me think of "Pirates of the Caribbean")
    from around 4.20 it begins to be a little odd - not so cohesive as - not that it' a problem to tell what's what... but it seems like a whole new part is being represented towards the beginning... again a little difficult without the score in front of me...
    the accellerando at the end also sounds a little "to busy" - in my opinion that is... - there's no doubt what the idea is - but again, I might be possible to make it more "gracious"... - if that makes any sence whatsoever?

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    Re: Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    I used two synthesizers for this piece: A Roland JV-1080 (sound module) with the orchestral expansion module installed and an old Roland U-20 keyboad with addtional PCM sound cards (for the timpani and clarinet sounds). I agree that the sound is really nice ( ) for a synthetic orchestra (even though, I could improve it even further today).

    I don't agree, though, that the part from 4:20 is odd, or out of context. It represents a side theme that still fits well with the rest, imo. But you are absolutely right that the accellerando at the end could be much more gracious. As I recall, I had some difficulties making it work back in 98 when I made this recording. However, any further improvements of the piece will have to be in the orchestral score, I think I'll just leave the synthesizer version "as is" for now

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    Re: Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    Ah... Roland Rocks!!! hehe...
    I'll look forward to the new an extra improved synthetic version someday.

    As to the accellerando... well, one of the things that strikes me is the tambourine which continues it's thematic/rhythmical part but just at a higher speed which might be somewhat difficult, if not impossible to perform in real life - I haven't heard the real recording yet so I don't know what they did there... but maybe a more simplified rhythm or simply a tremolo/shake would make more "sence", if you know what I mean. - I'll go back and listen to it some more later on.

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    Re: Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    Well, in fact I did change the tambourine rythm during the accellerando to triplets in the score, so it was playable. Remember this is not a rendition of the final score...

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    Re: Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    Hmm... - the sound in the real recording is somewhat more welballanced - but the orchestra sounds "too small", eventhough there's a good deal of chorus/reverb it doesn't hide the fact that RUO is a small ensemble... I think it would sound better with a larger orchestra... there's also some distortion on this recording? or is it my output here which distorts it?
    The ending sounds very untight at times... - the tambourine doesn't "blend" that well with the rest of the orchestra... do you remember if it was played by hand(s) only or if it was mounted and played by hands or sticks?

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    Re: Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    Well Frederik... I am not going to break it apart with an in depth analysis... not really best qualified to do that anyhow. Suffice to say I thought this was super. I loved the different scapes running throughout the piece, and the ending I particularly enjoyed.

    Whenever I listen to new music, by default (a bad 'by default' I appreciate) I try to envisage what the piece would sound like if arranged for Brass Band... this piece, in my opinion, would go down a storm! Have you ever done an arrangement of any of your work for band Frederik? If you have some spare time available, and you fancy doing something a little different, I think arranging this piece for traditional band might very well be worth a shot...

    I'd buy it!!

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    Re: Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    hmm... sad to say I actually agree with John on this on... hehe... - Not that I would be the one to boast of my love for brass band music... But this piece could actually work very well with fairly homogenous sound of the brass band...

    At the moment we're (Frederik and I) are doing a transcription of Frederik's "Håbet" (The Hope) originally scored for large brass ensemble, organ and chorus, with a good deal of percussion... You can download "The Hope" here in it's original version... The version for brassband should be available later this year...

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    Re: Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    Extraordinary.

    Friedrick, this is only the third piece of yours I've listened to.

    I judge music largely by how pleasant it would be to listen to on horseback...

    Thomorrow morning, I'll be chasing some cows with it...

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    Re: Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    Thanks KBOC, I'm glad you like "Rising Of A New Day". It's really fun for me to know that it will played while chasing cows!! Almost like it's a soundtrack to a western movie, but in real life

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    Re: Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    I was playing it while I was tacking up Dottie (my horse) and an angus calf we've nicknamed City Slicker ran over to figure out what was going on... I think she liked it too

    Anyway, thanks again for the great music Fredrik

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    Re: Rising of a new day [mp3 download] (English)

    hallo thank forall you are doing im augandan musician with apassion in music ihave produced some songs and im asinger but im looking for some one tohelp me realise my dream iwrite songs and sings and ineed to learn music production can you asistme to realise my dream or get me apromoter thanks
    yours mukmayer contact mukmayer2005@yahoo.co.uk

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    Hey Frederik

    I lately have been listening to Light On Your Path again and I really fell in love with Rising Of A New Day. I don't know how I could overlook it the first time, but it's really a great piece. Well maybe I like it, because it has a lot of what I like from filmmusic. It really could underscore a western so well.

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    I swear that should be used in a movie.

    Thats truely staggering Frederick, well done.

    Hip hip hooray for a musical Genius.

    -Gareth.
    What Passion Cannot Music Raise and Quell -- John Dryden (1631-1700)

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    Hello Frederick I have tried to down load Rising of a new day several times it says it is over 4Mb but i am only getting a 13 sec clip is there another link thanks sparky

    Sorry cancel the last comment I tried again at 1726 GMT & this time it is ok and I must say it was well worth the effort and wait I whole heartedly agree with Gareth
    Last edited by sparky; Apr-02-2006 at 19:28.
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