One of my favorite older tracks, that has been received very positively over time. Because it's a little bit older I was quite hesitant to throw in on here, but after all I think it sounds good enough for you to enjoy. This one has been featured on my first EP a couple of years back: "Datteldo" http://www.archive.org/details/Datteldo
Production notes (as per @DungBeatle 's request)
I had a lot /of fun composing this piece. It started off with an idea I had about doing something in odd time (10/8 I believe it is), with constant 8th notes played with the accents put in rather "off" spots (listen to the left hand in the piano). If I remember correctly, I composed this piano part in Sibelius, just because it was so incredibly difficult to play for me :'-)
After getting the left hand in a cool but odd rhythm, I put together the left hand part, exported the midi file and got into reason, where I could make it all sound good (cuz you know.. sibelius's sounds are not really, shall we say... optimal)
So went into reason, had some fun making the piano sound sensitive and all that and went ahead with the other instruments. At the time I was really into repetitive but accumulating music (don't really know the term... I might use minimalistic, but not sure if correct...) and I think this song is really showing that. It's basically the same piano base layer, filled up to the brim with celli, horns, flutes, contrabassi and other strings. I used the standard orchestra refill that comes with reason, which in my opinion sounds amazing if you do a proper orchestration job and mix everything together well enough. Of course you can't expect to get a brilliant violin solo sound, but hey.. that's why we still have real instrumentalists, right ;-).
So that's for the first part, the second part gets a little bit more chaotic and I start adding in some percussion. If I look back to it now, I don't think I did an excellent job on the percussion though... It's way too loud at times and just doesn't sound real enough to me. I'd probably do a better job now.
The flutes at the last part are a combination of long and short flute notes, for which I used two seperate nnxt's in Reason.
Overall, when doing this type of music, I believe it's important to realize that one patch can and will not allow you to take advantage of the different textures and techniques that an instrument has to offer. Therefore I always use 2 or 3 different patches. For example, I have a pizzicato cello, a marcato cello and some con lengo as well. When putting together the song, make sure that you judge well how every note should be played and use the according patch!
Right... That's it for the first production notes. It's been three years since I wrote this one, so I'm a bit rusty on the details ;-).
Btw, I also have a series of tutorials on my youtube channel, be sure to check them out for more advice! http://www.youtube.com/user/HennoxLane?feature=mhee