Well the great reveal is indeed most interesting!
Anyone else find it slightly heart-warming that Richie's earth-shaking bassline came from an analogue?
Having had several listens through the entire playlist I confess to not being particularly happy with my piece - it just sounds a bit ragged and unfinished, which it is
Ran out of time despite skiving on the Friday before deadline, but decided it wasn't ok to renege on a charity thing I'd committed myself to for the rest of the weekend and wanted to submit something. Although I'd rather have been doing this than riding a long way around Cheshire in the rain and wind...
The Helm plugin quite impressed me - only downloaded it just before starting the piece and used it as a learning exercise, so there are quite a few sounds that are modified presets rather than proper programming. Still, for a free plugin it was impressively flexible. It's actually kind of donationware so I'll definitely be sending some cash their way this weekend, and might even link them to the thread.
I think my main issue, aside from skill, is that I underestimated the time commitment required for the piece - recreating Wagner's orchestration and then making it work was quite a bit more than I expected, given how short and simple it sounds
I got fairly close to how I'd envisaged it in my head, but still needs work on levels, panning, a bit of eq in places and the fx - just threw a bit of reverb and delay at some tracks as it was horribly dry, but did not have time to properly finish it. Similarly, I'd planned to manually play a lot of the filter work in but ended up having to stick with the automated stuff I'd set up as a place holder using the LFOs. May try to actually finish it this weekend, having got this far.
As for the comments about it sounding almost classical, alas that is entirely due to the skills of Mr. R. Wagner - I'm barely house trained, let alone classically trained. As I mentioned to Dave when I submitted it, Wagner deserve the credit whereas I only deserve the blame
For those who don't know the piece, it's from the end of Die Walküre
- this is a good example of what it's supposed to sound like: https://youtu.be/Qx55EmiFadg?t=13439
And this is an arrangement that I was listening to when I had the idea that it could be made to work as something other than opera. Alas the pianist (Cyprien Katsaris) is again vastly more skilled than I am: https://youtu.be/dm9Y2Al6Eow
Whoever it was that mentioned the "wall of sound", it's partly the original orchestration, and partly just the scale of the layering I ended up with - this was my track page:
Have to say I really enjoyed the OSC though.
This is the first piece of music I've ever shared publicly and it was a bit nerve wracking, but the fun of working on it and the general vibe around the challenge more than made up for it!
I think I remembered to thank him via PM, but nonetheless thanks again for organising this, Dave