Urban Sprawl-Landis Maitland-Whitelaw-Orchestral

This piece was written to showcase as much of a Symphony Orchestra as I could in one piece. Features all the sections: Winds, Brass, Strings, percussion both tuned and not tuned. It displays tension through out the piece and is pleasing to the ear.

You can hear a representation of the piece here on SoundCloud.

I composed this piece in 2020. It is a string sextet orchestral piece, featuring 3 violins, a viola, cello and bass. The inspiration for this piece came from my Divertimento #2, a musical sketch for the same instruments. I expanded greatly on this sketch and came up with this piece and after I finished it and listened to it, I named it Life Just Happens. 

To me the piece has all the elements of a life lived, happiness, sadness, tension, release and all the other emotions that we humans have as we live our lives. It times out at 7 min. 30 seconds, making it a substantial piece of music. This is quite a departure for me, in that it is more contemporary sounding than  my other works. Having said that, old habits die hard and I still combined a couple of delightful melodies to accompany cacophony that exists in the piece. 

Geek Speak: 

I used the BBC Orchestra Pro in this piece for most of the instruments, but since it has three violins I wanted to have the violins to have their own voice. I used the instrument leaders of each string section (there are two ) in the BBC Orchestra violin section. I used Spitfires Solo Strings and took the virtuoso violin from this library. Once the sounds were assigned, I found that they sounded too much like a section rather than solo instruments. To correct this I went into the mixer section and chose a close mic and an ambient mic and that narrowed the sonic capabilities to match more of a solo instrument. I mixed each of these instruments one at a time adding only one at a time to give the balance that you hear on this recording. Once mixed I mastered it with Logic Pro mastering button. 

You can hear a clip of this piece on SoundCloud: 

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Landis plays hand-built guitars by Darrell Pura, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada.
Classical model: Recitalist
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