Description : You are a Colonel in the Confederate Army, in love with a kind, gentle girl from a plantation family steeped in Victorian tradition. Tonight, at the ball, you will declare that love and make your intentions known. Old School Victorian contest entry at Midisparks Art Sales for this project: https://midisparksartsales.com/project/civil-war-ball-gown/ Please let me know if you would like to compete!

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  1. JAG555
    JAG555 on Sun 21st Aug 2016 - 3 years ago

    Nice melody! I could sleep to this :)

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    That's good Jag555! Glad you liked it. Thanks. Dan

  2. Spivkurl
    Spivkurl on Sat 20th Aug 2016 - 3 years ago

    As someone who, long ago, fell in love with someone from further south, I can identify with the feeling of this composition. I do not, however, generally identify with victorian sort of classical. I like what you've done with the composition on this one. I'm not sure if it is the victorian style or something else, but I found myself wishing for more variation in the velocity of the instruments. It seems that I am alone in this, as the recent MIDI stems I have downloaded are all static in their velocity. It is probably something I must adapt to, along with a list of other things. I think your composition is improving greatly, as well as your mixing abilities! I enjoyed listening! I had no idea that there was some sort of competition going on... I'm assuming because of my absence from social media. If there is time left, then let me know, and I will try to get involved. Good track!

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    No - I think variation in velocity is pretty important if we are going for something expressive. There is lots of variation in velocity but I suppose primarily to achieve sustained, even lines. There is not much dynamic variation I admit. Still a chance on that as I have one more session on this in the morning before I call it quits. Glad you had a chance to listen to it, Pat and yea - contest is on and I will suggest something to you. I know the site does not cooperate too well with your Linux for some reason. Dan

  3. benjizo
    benjizo on Wed 3rd Aug 2016 - 3 years ago

    wow Beautiful composition.Love it.

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    Hey, Benjizo

    I'm glad it hit the spot. I built it on it a little since you listend. Have been taking some time with this one and still a bit of EQ left to do. Best regards. Dan

  4. XyIlent
    XyIlent on Tue 2nd Aug 2016 - 3 years ago

    Hey Dan! i gotta say straight away im not a classical guy im more synths and 808's than strings and brass haha but with that said i really enjoyed this it was really soothing and calm which i enjoy no matter the genre.

    Awesome work man!

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    It is always great to appreciate a different genre and I'm glad you could connect with this my friend. honestly, there are very few genres I dislike, given the right mood and time. I look forward to checking out more of your work and thanks again for visit and positive feedback.

  5. BradoSanz
    BradoSanz on Mon 1st Aug 2016 - 3 years ago

    The song itself was wonderfully composed. I can only imagine what you could do if you had the high-end VSTs. You told a story with the simplicity of two instruments and that in and of itself is an accomplishment. Great work!

    Brado

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    Brado - I appreciate your appreciation a lot. I am hopelessly behind on the available sounds but have made a decent mix and basic musical values my priority even as I try to keep up. So I am very happy if you connected with this despite all. Thanks so much and by the by - there is an extended version out now! LOL. peace my friend.

  6. onlyhits
    onlyhits on Mon 1st Aug 2016 - 3 years ago

    Very nicely done! I love the simplicity of it, just two instruments blending together perfectly. I especially enjoyed the strings.

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    The string sound was FL Studio provided and manageable. It is tough getting the orchestral instruments to sound good.

    I very much look forward to checking out more of your stuff and perhaps you will consider writing some music for art. Best regards - Dan

  7. Mosaic
    Mosaic on Mon 25th Jul 2016 - 3 years ago

    Hey Dan

    Mate this hits right from the very start, love the feelings you have gotten into this piece, little bit of sad, hope, love...Excellent clarity of the mix mate, would go out on a limb and say this one is my all time fav track of yours, amazing piece, very impressed...FAV'D big time...Peace n respect matey...mosaic...Rarely download tracks mate but this one crying out to be downloaded, thank you for sharing this one...Mos...

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    hey Mos - i'm really happy this one hit the spot brother. it was good going back to some old roots. thank you very much for sharing your response to this one as you did. really appreciate it. best regards - Dan

  8. BillionaireExclusive
    BillionaireExclusive on Wed 20th Jul 2016 - 3 years ago

    Cool song

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    Thanks, Billionz. Glad you had a chance to check it out. best regards - Dan

  9. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Tue 19th Jul 2016 - 3 years ago

    The Victorian era is such a fascinating time. The music fits the story and makes me think of that one I did a few years ago Moonlight dance. Maybe this is the same ballroom for both tunes, just different times, in mine they're all ghosts ;) There was a really cool series on you tube about household killers in the victorian and Edwardian eras, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_x0JgAo2v8 It's a wonder anyone survived! What's the competition? Not sure I'll have time to do much of anything, just have soooo much going on :/ I do know cigar box guitars were around in the civil war era though B-D

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    on the homepage there are a few links to victorian portraits that are for the competition. having a little trouble getting that voting plugin to work again but it would be great if you submitted. might extend through august anyway. honestly i was hoping for cigar box entry because it would be very period.

  10. TayaliJeffrey
    TayaliJeffrey on Thu 14th Jul 2016 - 3 years ago

    Wow.....the moment I heard your piece I could feel my spirit wonder off This the type of music where u find yourself zoned out in an attempt
    to explore the galaxy yet in your body
    Thank you, sir
    Keep doing what you do

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    Hey Tayali. I'm happy if you connected with this classical entry. It has been a bit of a tear-jerker for me - taking me back a lot of years and reconnecting me with a lot of memories, feelings. Yes - it is a galaxy inside us - gotta keep exploring every day and i'm glad if this one prompted that process for you a little.

    best regards - Dan

  11. Metabolic
    Metabolic on Wed 13th Jul 2016 - 3 years ago

    As a man who romanticises the Victorian era this is very pleasing to my ears.. I would enjoy a whole album in this style, it would make for great reading music.. You've captured your description well, although I did find my mind drifting back to my childhood, playing The Ocarina Of Time.. Great memories inspired by great music.. Thank you my friend :)

    Hearing great music like this, and others here, I feel inspired to make some actual compositions.

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    Hey Metabolic. I know what you mean by "actual compositions". Returning to roots, foundations, basic musical values, is helpful for all the work I think, experimental included. Glad if I managed to capture a bit of the Victorian angst in this one. And glad also if it got the mind a' wandering.

    Regards - Dan

  12. theHumps
    theHumps on Wed 13th Jul 2016 - 3 years ago

    This is nice Dan, peaceful, sullen, and a bit haunting. The chord changes are what is the best part, that along with a simple composition, 2 instruments. You captured the feel of the Victorian age with this track.

    I also think the ending was cool, leaving it hanging is a great idea. People are not expecting it to end in the middle of the run. That's good songwriting!

    Think I will check out that Victorian contest, I write in 3/4 from time to time so that might be fun. Thanks Dan!

    Cheers!

    Wayne

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    Hey, Wayne. I'm glad you liked the changes. Took a little while to work out. And then to discover it was a bit sadder in feel than I might have wanted - but that control comes with years of writing experience.

    Would be awesome to have you on board with a contest entry. Let me know if there is any info or question you have. I think you have my email - but it's

  13. BeatMaker4real
    BeatMaker4real on Wed 13th Jul 2016 - 3 years ago

    I read the description ,then clicked on play.....Perfect fit for the scenario.Nice work

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    Thanks BeatMaker. Really glad if it came across for you. Best Regards, Dan

  14. DesignedImpression
    DesignedImpression on Tue 12th Jul 2016 - 3 years ago

    Def matches the type of scene described D. I like your recent creations, getting more involved and expressive creations man. Solid capture of old sounds and presentation is vividly entertaining. Hope all is well, keep going man! The picture on your site does convey the vibe closely, ancient mysterious I see you still working on. Awesome, thank you for sharing with us D. Peace.

    midisparks
    Reply by midisparks

    great to hear from you Dave and thanks very much for the positive words. In a way, yes, you are right - I am trying to dig deeper with expression, with finding my original roots in music. Those are classical roots of course. I hope there will be some interest in the community to write for these Victorian images. Of course you are welcome. How about this one? https://midisparksartsales.com/project/lady-in-purple-dress/

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dance with me ere I leave
ere bugle summons me to troop and saddle
and know ye when we join again
your lover true may finally send
a fine farewell to battle

spinning go, spinning go
let us lose ourselves in dreams
white columns grace our manor fair
and childrens' laughter fills the error
'stead the wounded soldier's screams

merry go, merry go
our warm embrace sows seeds for good
that soon for you I'll take the train
and gladly lead your bridal train
o'er fertile fields unstained by blood

 


 

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