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About bardofawen

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    Bard of Awen is unfathomably large and largely unfathomable. When he isn't moldering in obscurity, he often spends his time thinking of complex ways to state simple ideas. Now and again, he has been known to commit high crimes against the arts.
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  1. This was lots of fun. Great use of unconventional samples.
  2. There's a lot of good stuff here. As ProjectSpam said, the intro is really great. The layering of the strings/pads is haunting, as are the chimes delivering the original theme's counterpoint. The whole piece feels very much like an ethereal mist glittering with pinpricks of starlight. The addition of the piano echoing a reminder of the famous prelude is a nice touch, but the instrumentation doesn't quite work for me. It might work if you had a better piano, or it might work on a different instrument. Right now, the piano just sounds weak and fake compared to your other instruments. Afte
  3. I don't know if Guitar Center is still having this sale, but to sweeten the deal... IK Multimedia is having a "buy one, get one free" event through the 31st of January. The best part? It doesn't matter where you purchase the product. Your choice of free product is immediately available to you after you register. I picked up Miroslav Philharmonik, then grabbed Sampletank XL for free. There are some other nice options like SampleMoog if you're into those classic Moog sounds, plus a bunch of guitar and bass Amp modeling software. It's definitely worth a look, I think. This offer is good for
  4. Good advice. Thanks, folks. Unfortunately, getting to a retailer is a big problem for me at the moment. I think I may just have to make my best educated guess, order from an online shop that offers a satisfaction guarantee, and see what happens.
  5. I'm going to go ahead and ditto brothersum on the reverb. The entire remix sounds like it's been recorded at the bottom of a well. At first, I thought perhaps you were going a different place with this remix, using the heavy reverb as a sort of envelope to separate and accentuate the original music before you began to interpret it. But in the end, there isn't a lot of new interpretation here. And that brings us to the bigger problem: it's very, very close to the source material. So close, in fact, that it sounds like you took a MIDI file of the original, changed some of the synths, and jus
  6. Thanks for the help, everyone! The Oxygen seems to be the smallest of the true keyboards that I've found, but I think I'm favoring the Axiom 25 for its semi-weighted keys. Does anyone have any experience with the Korg NanoKEYS? Reviews seem to be mixed. Either it's the greatest thing since equal temperament, or else it's a piece of garbage. I'd love to hear some thoughts if anyone has one/has worked with one.
  7. Thanks for the recommendation! I think I'm definitely looking for something more in the 25 key range, however. 37 might be doable, but even with micro-keys, I think 49 would be getting a bit unwieldy. In a very literal sense, I need something that will comfortably fit in my lap.
  8. Hey everyone! I'm currently looking for an inexpensive MIDI Controller, as I've come to realize that mouse-based note entry is contributing to two of my biggest compositional problems: mechanical playback and general compositional fatigue. I've been looking around at some options already, but nothing has really grabbed my attention yet. This is what I'm looking for: - Inexpensive. I'd really rather not spend more than $100, but that's not looking like an option. Cheaper it is better. - Small. I can't stress this enough. I don't have room for a full-size or even a half size keyboard. I ba
  9. Wow. Great stuff! In regard to your question, my gut feeling is that you need to tie this in more closely to the source material in order for it to be considered. I suspect your gut is telling you the same thing, or you wouldn't be here asking this question. Don't get me wrong. You that your friend have a great sound, and I suspect the judges would really like this. It's my impression that the judges here are a little bit more lenient with jazz interpretations and other forms that typically focus on improvisation. You also have a distinct advantage in recording (talented) live musicians
  10. Great album! I really enjoyed "Burn Out" and "Air" in particular.
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