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    Graduated in 2005 as a Music Composition major. Now I uh, just play the piano sometimes. Hopefully I can start writing a little bit more!
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    Hai Nguyen
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    Something much less interesting than making music.
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    Arrangement & Orchestration
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  1. Hey Skeife, thanks for the kind words, they mean a lot! I'm really sorry for the late reply, I must have accidentally deleted the notification out of my Gmail.

    As far as sheet music goes, unfortunately, of the three pieces that I've posted here at OCRemix, this was the only one that I didn't write up proper sheet music for. The main reason being that I sorta just sat down and doodled around on the piano, didn't really think about time signatures or measures or anything like that, just sorta played. I told myself that'd be the best way to get a jazzy feel for the piece.

    Of course, I did scratch some things down as a shorthand for myself. Unfortunately, they probably wouldn't make much sense to anyone but myself. But, if you want, I could see if I can scan the handwritten stuff into my computer and send you a link through Dropbox.

    If that sounds like something you would be interested in, let me know and I can see if I can get my hands on a scanner.

  2. Hi there Squint. I'd just like to start off by saying that I absolutely LOVE your piano work. I've been learning the piano now for a couple of years and would really like to learn your rendition of Outskirts of Time, AKA To Far Away Inspirations. So the leads me to my main question:

    Was there ever sheets made for 'To Far Away Inspirations'? and if not, could there ever possibly be? I mean, it's a really great tune. I would love to play it.

    Thanks for the great songs.

  3. Hey guys, thanks for all the kind words, it means a lot! Vinnie - You're right. I only just used Finale to notate the music. It would be crazy if you could get Finale sounding that good! The little bit I mentioned in my writeup about Finale was just talking about when I used to listen to the piece on repeat and copy it note for note on my computer. Bahamut - Those small mistakes in the performance bug me so much! I hope they aren't too noticeable! Again, thanks for the support, and I hope everyone had a great holiday!
  4. Hey Martin, thanks for the comment! I'm really surprised (and relieved) that people seem to enjoy the feel of the piece - I was a bit worried that people would think it sounded too much like someone just trying to be jazzy. Which could still be the case, because really, that's sorta what I was doing anyway! I also just wanted to say, I hear what you're saying about the production issues that I had with my first two pieces and how they were resolved. For sure, I agree that production on a remix should be just as important as the arrangement aspect, and so of course, it should be on the
  5. Really good stuff here, man. Lots of variety throughout the whole mix - upon first listen, I don't remember hearing much repetition in the material (if any at all), yet it all seems very cohesive. One of my favorite tracks from VIII. Straight download on this one. Can't wait to hear more from you!
  6. Thanks for the tip Spikey! This is the first time I've used dropbox, so hopefully it works. Enjoy! http://dl.dropbox.com/u/30312375/Gusty%20Piano%20in%20a%20Garden.pdf And oh yeah, the tempo marking at the beginning isn't necessarily accurate through the whole piece. I've never been great with annotating tempo in compositions.
  7. Halc, you've quickly become one of my favorite artists here on OCR. I know you've been arranging for a while, but I only just really started paying attention to artist names, much thanks to you and your distinct style. Just about everything I've heard from your stash is top notch, which makes your prolificacy (pretty sure that's a word) that much more impressive. Keep it going, man.
  8. I would love to make it available to those who are interested in it, but I don't really know how to go about doing that if I don't have a scanner. I wrote it out in my version of Finale 2010. If there is an easy way to get it on the 'net, just let me know and I could put it up.
  9. This is great, very cool to hear a male voice on this one. Even though it sticks pretty close to the original, the little bits that are changed up (a slight pause here, a jump to a higher pitch there) make it a real fun listen. And I agree with what you wrote in your write-up. When I first played Lunar and got to this scene, it blew my mind that I was seeing and hearing what I was. It further validated videogames as a story-telling medium, and became a benchmark for other RPGs to aspire to.
  10. Speaking from a strictly pianistic point of view... If I'm working on something that's completely original, the first thing I tend to do is have a loose guideline of what kind of form the whole piece is going to take. Some sort of classic form (sonata, rondo, fugue, etc.) or something more free form. Since getting out of college, I've done a lot less strict form writing (not necessarily a good thing...), and have opted to do stuff with less "rules." Then I'll usually try to write out a simple melody, followed by other phrases or counter melodies that may have roots in the original theme
  11. Eilios - I've got a Yamaha Clavinova CLP320: http://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/digitalpianos/clp_series/clp-320/?mode=model. I guess I haven't downloaded any drivers since I first got it a couple years ago, so maybe I can look around about that. Neblix - I was previously using Pro Tools (which you may know, since you were helping me on that other topic), which came with something they call the Fast Track USB interface. http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Tools-Recording-Studio-Music/dp/B002P3KINE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1296518498&sr=8-1. Does this qualify as a
  12. Hey guys, I'm just sort of starting out in FL Studio (working with the demo version, currently) and have just been able to get my digital piano hooked up as a MIDI controller and start recording stuff. This may or may not be a pretty basic question (hopefully it is). Is there a way for me to record my piano with its natural sound? Like, as if I'm just playing without it being hooked up to anything. The only way I can seemingly record any sounds from my piano is by doing it through those plugins FL Studio comes with. So basically, the furthest I've gotten so far is to insert something li
  13. Mickomoo - I'm glad to hear you somewhat vouching for Pro Tools. I figured I just bought a dud (especially considering I bought the "Essentials" version"), but maybe I would be able to use it for editing after the initial record into something like FL Studio. I guess I never even thought of importing a file from one to the other - I still have lots to learn! I will definitely keep this in mind. Neblix - Thanks for the clarification, it helps to understand what the computer is thinking when it's using a VST, and how Pro Tools works a bit differently. You mentioned FL Studio as being "gl
  14. Just wanted to say to all you guys who helped out on this thread, a many thanks. Unfortunately, the path I've taken has led me to realize that the DAW I currently have (Pro Tools - M-Powered Essentials 8 ) is unable to record MIDI from my piano, despite the fact that I got the fancy cord to go along with it. If I want to record MIDI, I'll have to upgrade to the full version. It's a drag, since I essentially blew $100.00 plus on that Essentials software, thinking that it could do the MIDI thing (though, I did know that it was a stripped down version of the full one) but that was almost a yea
  15. Yoozer - I bought some Hosa brand cables. Gonna be honest, didn't do too much research into those, just what I saw on Amazon. Figured I'd buy them today at Best Buy since I could get them right way and would be able to return them - I mainly just wanted to test them out and see if I could get my piano going as a MIDI device. Turns out I'll be returning them tomorrow, as I'm having a good bit of trouble getting it to work. I even brought in my laptop and software to Best Buy so they could show me the ropes, but they couldn't figure out why no input seemed to be registering for any instrume
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