Very nice man! I definitely prefer the first version though. The echo makes it sound like drums being played outdoors in a large canyon - nice effect. Reminded me of times I have sat outside in an area with a similar natural echo delay and tapped out beats. Awesome feeling being "in time with nature".
I'm glad someone understand what I was going for! I still think this idea could work, but with a longer delay. This is also why I used a particularly heavily delayed and reverbed whistle sound in my first draft. I wasn't particularly going for a tin whistle sound, but more of an epic flute type instrument of some description, echoing through the Celtic valleys. Thanks for you positive words regarding my piece, although I think you have ended up slightly distorting my original point about the musical concept for the game in general, but hey, a bit of distortion never did anyone any harm.
I disagree with the statement that the score is "period based" on the wrong dates
In that case, we will just have to agree to disagree. Iberian Peace is the first one of your tracks I listened to, as I didn't realise there was a bandcamp page with the 2 other tracks for a while. I think this is the least successful track, for me there is just something not quite "right" about it, especially in the orchestral parts (sorry, but it sounds a bit cliché to me), and in terms of musical references, it makes me think of the Spanish, but in no way makes me think of the ancient Iberians, if I exaggerate, it is like if you used Italian Baroque music for the Romans. Also the track for the Hellenes for me has nothing Hellenistic about it after the first few seconds, and the music reminds me of the game Cultures (the first one), by Funatics, which is about Vikings, in fact, the orchestral parts of the other two also remind me of that score a bit.
I think it is a shame that you haven't incorporated some more ancient and mysterious sounds into the mix (of all of the tracks).
Your Celtic track is my favourite, I think it has the most fluid integration of orchestra vs "chamber" (as you like to call it), and really has a Celtic vibe. We must have different recording preferences though, as I find there is too much air, or rather that the air is too boxy, on the recorded instruments.
but I recorded them much more loosely then you did
It seems to me like we are hearing different things with regards to my tin whistle recording. When I did the recording I thought that the playing was verging more on the side of sloppy, than just loose, but then I quite liked the effect of it. I don't understand how you are hearing such a MIDI like tight sound. My room I record in adds quite a lot of air and natural reverb to the sound, it is quite clear sounding, but there nevertheless. With regards to dynamics, if I compress it even less, then the quieter bits totally disappear in the mix.
If you can change the stringy drone to a pipe drone, that's a step in the right direction.
Do you think my drone sounds stringy? I think it is more brassy myself, I wanted something vaguely reminiscent of the Carnyx, and other ancient celtic brass instruments. I don't have a pipe drone, I'm afraid. I don't have much in the way of sampled instruments, apart from various percussion hits.
the current sounds instinctively make me think "Africa".
I think I agree with you on this one. I was trying to bring a tribal feel to my track, but I didn't quite choose the right sounds for Celtic-Tribal.
Well, I guess a third draft may be coming online this weekend some time.
For example check out this: http://www.fablesoun..._CurtainUp!.mp3
Yes, these samples sound good. I think if this guy made a 0 A. D. track you would be hard pressed to recognize it as MIDI.