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Moreover, it seems that the band intends to drastically reduce the orchestral sound on the upcoming albums,


Where are you getting this from?
Mind you, I'm not complaining, the straussian orchestrations have kind of run their course IMHO - I'm not sure about orchestral ensembles in general, there is so much you can do with them besides that :)

 

It was Troy who said that they intend to simplify the aspects of their music, or something along these lines. My guess is a more raw, folkish and progressive sound, instead of the strong influences of soundtracks and the symphonic sonority in general.


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Obviously there is no way in hell Holopainen is ever going down that route - but why would he, when you are in Nightwish you can afford to hire a few wind players :)

The audience is supposed to pay their costs. So, why settle for a few wind players? ;)


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Obviously there is no way in hell Holopainen is ever going down that route - but why would he, when you are in Nightwish you can afford to hire a few wind players :)

The audience is supposed to pay their costs. So, why settle for a few wind players? ;)

 

Uh... Because the number of wind players yields diminishing returns and I don't see how 64 flutes and 32 piccolos are going to make your life easier - unless, of course, you are Karajan on a baroque gig?  :P


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Obviously there is no way in hell Holopainen is ever going down that route - but why would he, when you are in Nightwish you can afford to hire a few wind players :)

The audience is supposed to pay their costs. So, why settle for a few wind players? ;)

 

Uh... Because the number of wind players yields diminishing returns and I don't see how 64 flutes and 32 piccolos are going to make your life easier - unless, of course, you are Karajan on a baroque gig?  :P

 

Brass, strings, percussion etc. instruments didn't cross your mind?


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Moreover, it seems that the band intends to drastically reduce the orchestral sound on the upcoming albums,


Where are you getting this from?
Mind you, I'm not complaining, the straussian orchestrations have kind of run their course IMHO - I'm not sure about orchestral ensembles in general, there is so much you can do with them besides that :)

 

It was Troy who said that they intend to simplify the aspects of their music, or something along these lines. My guess is a more raw, folkish and progressive sound, instead of the strong influences of soundtracks and the symphonic sonority in general.

 

 

I'll wait until I hear the new album to believe it, but I wouldn't be opposed to a change in sound. Vocalist changes aside, they've been playing essentially the same vein of symphonic metal since "Once" - it's been 12 years and 4 albums, and the only major change has been the increasing presence of the folkier sound as Troy became a more integral part of the band. With the variety of styles Floor can sing, and the number of instruments Troy can play, I think they could certainly pull off a more band focused style without feeling like they're reverting to their past sound.


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I think the 2018 tour will be a preparation for the next album. I'm sure they are going to test some things and use that experience in studio. I've got the feeling they know they have to reinvent themselves or, otherwise, they are doomed to a slow death, so they get the urge to try new things and enhance their sphere of action: a string quartet, a wind section and more folk elements. Now they are in a position in which they can do whatever they want, they have reached a status which allows them to experiment and get away with it, and that's exciting. I'm sure the next album will be really special.


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Brass, strings, percussion etc. instruments didn't cross your mind?

 

 

Oh, sure, sorry, I misinterpreted.

The post/discussion you were replying to was specifically about wind instruments, so I got confused :)

 

However, if you have much more than a quartet and a few wind players you have basically a small orchestra, which comes with a lot of financial and logistic problems (musicians take room on stage and have to eat and sleep somewhere :) ) and requires a big shift in thinking from the "band" mentality - for starters, you need to conduct them :)

 

It doesn't seem very feasible to me for more than a one-off date - nor, frankly, interesting: you'd be looking at a band stressed beyond reason, playing the album arrangements yet one more time, possibly with a under-rehearsed orchestra and bad acoustics.

 

I'd be more interested in seeing them touring with the kind of agile, versatile ensemble Loreena McKennit has used in the past - no more than 7-8 cleverly employed additional musicians who occasionally double on a second instrument.

 

 

 

I think the 2018 tour will be a preparation for the next album. I'm sure they are going to test some things and use that experience in studio. I've got the feeling they know they have to reinvent themselves or, otherwise, they are doomed to a slow death, so they get the urge to try new things and enhance their sphere of action: a string quartet, a wind section and more folk elements. Now they are in a position in which they can do whatever they want, they have reached a status which allows them to experiment and get away with it, and that's exciting. I'm sure the next album will be really special.

 
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