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In my years of motorcycle adventures, one of the most awesome roads I’ve driven is Highway 212 over Montana’s Beartooth Pass. It’s one of the highest roadways in the lower 48 states with an elevation of around 10,950 ft. If you manage to get to the summit, it feels like the top of the world. The vistas are so gigantic and otherworldly, its kind of mind blowing. My riding partner and I had been trying to do Beartooth for 3 seasons, turned away each time by various obstacles; road work, slides, weather. But last season, in August 2007, we finally were able to complete the trip over this spectacular high mountain biway.

We left in the morning from Laurel, MT, stopped for a break in Red Lodge where we did one last weather check, and then headed south, and UP. Motorcycling at these elevations can be challenging (especially packed down with 2 weeks worth of gear), and requires quite a bit of "technical" riding (as it's called in the motorcycle world). Beartooth of course features many hairpins turns, the narrow roadway itself is in less than ideal shape because it gets hammered in the long winter months up there, and the weather can turn on you in the blink of an eye. The wind in particular, is a real concern because there’s absolutely nothing to protect you from it, and it blows with the fierceness unique to the high Rockies.

We proceeded with a mixture of excited anticipation and a certain amount of tension. (With motorcycling {speaking for myself only} it’s often a fine line between excitement and fear!) We knew things would have to go just right to be able to look back on the experience as a happy one. Fortunately, with few exceptions, the ride went very well that day, and we really felt like celebrating when we made the summit in bright sunshine with only a slight breeze.

This is the music of the Beartooth Pass crossing. It is full of anticipation, tension, a bit of foreboding, excitement and wonder. The music keeps moving because on this ride, practically touching the heavens, WE had to keep moving. Even the stop at the top was just long enough for a few photos, as we didn’t want to press our luck, and still had many miles to go before the topography would ease up a bit.

Very special thanks to Drakonis for his detailed critique last week, which – as with “Angel Convention,” made this piece much better than it would’ve been otherwise. Also, thanks to Kassia for the extra consult re:volume normalization, using Audacity, and for noticing a few percussion sounds that needed tweaking. And finally, be careful with volume - this song starts out small, but after throwing in the kitchen sink, it doesn’t end that way!
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Uploaded: May 28, 2008 - 11:38:16 AM
Last Updated: May 05, 2017 - 04:09:25 PM Last Played: Sep 19, 2017 - 08:13:35 PM
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Skean said 3464 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Very nice
This is my third listening and it's like I feel the journey and all the happiness and work it brings... Very nice ride thanks.
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MissChaos said 3464 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
perfect
your description is just perfect. I love the drama in this. And yet parts are so hypnotizing and rhythmic -- reminding me of Philip Glass. What is the instrument with the harpsichord-like attack? Is it indeed harpsichord? You've totally just inspired me to write. Thank you.
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drakonis said 3464 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Beauty and Grandeur
Definitely comes across in blazing shafts of sunshine here. Absolutely love this... my final teeny critique is still there that I'd love to hear some more bass under your brass section (maybe double some low trombones) to give more oomph, but as I mentioned before, that is a super tiny suggestion at this point, you've taken it way way beyond anything I could do. This is really breathtaking music, and I am sure it fits the ride. Dang, now I want to go experience that too, I have some relatives in Montana who tell me I just HAVE to come see the area sometime... Grand Tetons are on our list. Maybe someday I can videotape some of this area you experienced, and we can put your music to it, another fun project on my list! ;-) You are a remarkable composer, thank you so much for sharing your joyous works with us mere mortals! Wow. I have a feeling this will get a LOT of great well-deserved attention! Congratulations on throwing in such a beautifully crafted kitchen sink! Lots and lots of your hard work paid off here.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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BossHook said 3464 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Thank you
for sharing this experience both literally and with the wonderful imagery of your musical expression. I particularly tried to imagine making that climb on the bike along with you.
screamalexz said 3464 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
...
oh yes i remember this one. i love this one. i forget how it sounded before but it still sounds beautiful to me.
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magnatone said 3464 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
LOL
Chance I think you're confusing this song with a previous one, maybe "Glacier Ride"?, though they're very different! But since I just posted it, I'm pretty sure you haven't heard it before (lol) - thanks for the listen!
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said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Oh My
What a beautiful tune full of melody and wonderful textures a delight on the ear and a treat for the soul, Karen Magnificent...
j0j0 said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
hey Karen
beautiful- thx for the ride

jeff
Henke said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Great music Karen!
I can definitley see your adventurous journey in this music, it's very cinematographic. Hope that Eduard can get around to shoot some film up there and make a nice video of it. And/Or it could "easily" ;-) be sold to Hollowood for big money! I guess this is what they use big orchestras to play, and you did it more or less yourself. Great piece, fav'd and dl'd and thank you for sharing!

/Henke

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said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
You normally say it about my stuff
Now its my turn to say it about yours

WOW

And everything that is encapsulated in WOW

And you say you have nothing of substance to add

PAH!!!

Lovely stuff Karen

Barretok said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Magical...
This is a very magical piece for me Karen. It really depicts a journey beyond landscapes.
B
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woofer3 said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
a very attractive melody-
that is developed very tastefully. It's beautifully produced as well, with lots of contrast.

Excellent piece of work,

John.
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Moviz said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Karen
That was magnificent, and very descriptive, I enjoyed every mile. You've certainly got to grips with orchestrating beautifully, your wonderful piano playing. I enjoyed the description too at the top; you should write of your exploits and the places you visited, regards M
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paul f. page said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
What a...
...lovely trip you've recreated in your beautiful composition, Karen. You have such a delicate sense of orchestration here, with some nice duets and counterpoint between solo instruments. The keyboard just keeps moving things along insistently and with surity. That's one thing I am enjoying about your music: I never have to worry about the writing or the playing. It is always superb. Congratulations on another wonderful number. (Small suggestion: rubato! Now and again? I wouldn't feel so winded.)
Peace.
Paul
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Feter said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Elevated Passage
truely an amazing story and amazing music to it ...
such flowin and spiritual .you gave this alot .just
so mind blowin ..you filled this piece with alot of
colors and insteruments like lal what was around you
as you passing with all the scenaries in your journey.
o so thankful for sharin such gem !!!
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lavalamp said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Outstanding
Love the texture and the whole dynamics of this piece.

Hats off.

LL
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kassia said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Karen!
You are AWESOME! This sounds fantastic! I didn't even have to read your description - the music paints the picture perfectly. All the anticipation and tension and foreboding, yet hope and joy and accomplishment. Amazing sounds you've gotten out of those jam packs. I don't know how you do it. You did a fabulous job with the percussion in this piece - it all fits so well with the mood and instrumentation - let those cymbals RING! Great job on this - it's definitely one to be very very proud of. You are so very talented, and if this is what throwing in the whole kitchen sink sounds like than I'm not going to any more KSA meetings!
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lengold said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
I can imagine
ballet dancers twirling and doing their stuff to this. Very pictorial music. Lovely listen. Bravo.
Cheers
Len


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said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Sameness
Sounds the same as your other pieces.
said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Elevated Passage
Good work Karen !
jiguma said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Very nicely done Karen
Sometimes I don't get MJ ... here's a quality piece played directly (as opposed to using only loops) with thoughtful composition and excellent production and it gets voted down when at the same time some pretty dodgy music is getting all 10s. This place gets stranger and stranger.

I see the big curves, the joy of turning the next bend, and the exhileration at the end of the ride.

Amazing work.

Neil
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LunaTrick said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
One more reason to disable ratings!
Delightful... enchanting... and there is always something festive about your music... busy with happy swirls and joyful counterpoints... yet very complex. I know you work very hard at these pieces ... and to the discerning ear... it really pays off!
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BossHook said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Came back
for the generous free download!
davisamerica said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
right then karen
another wonderful ride .. these bilking tunes are just the best ... :-]
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MarkHolbrook said 3463 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Downloaded...
Faved, installed in Karens Personal iTunes list on my iPod and Mac...

So wonderful, so amazing... Blown away!
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michael2 said 3463 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
karen
absolutely perfect. grea t sounds and what a melody. at first i was thinking danny elfman soundtrack material, and then it went off in a completely different direction. you are soo good, it embarrasses me to sit in front of a piano. great stuff.
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AEROjet said 3463 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
wonderful
Now THIS is a piece I can respect. The instruments are well chosen and the arrangement is marvelously crafted. You do well to vary the instruments - which ones carry the melody etc. The chord progression is maintained throughout and there are some intriguing instrumental fills. Bravo, I am happy to hear your work indeed!
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said 3463 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Unforgettable!
I'm left speechless by the beauty of this piece. Such a great piano line, master orchestration and use of instruments. WOW... the intro is very great and sounds a little sad (which is my most favorite type of music). A true masterpiece... thanks a lot for sharing, this is an unforgettable work!

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gail60 said 3463 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
OMG
You my friend have it all! Such lovely talent exudes from you! I am amazed with each piece of how much beaty you create. I love this piece!!! Your music paints the most wonderful pictures that any and every person will enjoy. Kudos girl! You are the best!!!
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Outtaorbit said 3463 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
this is very nice
beautiful..... thanks
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said 3463 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Elavated Passage.
Sounds wonderful as usua.l Karen you have a great gift. I just wish I had
a portion. I would be more than happy.

Peace Dee.
ziti said 3463 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
well
as our friend Tutti so elequently states, all your music DOES indeed, sound the same...it sounds FANTASTIC....to me this is nothing like Glacier Ride....total different sensibility...but fantastic.

You are a ridiculously talented composer and player, and a fun human to boot! ...not that you would be fun to boot...you know what i mean....

actually I wouldnt mind giving tutti a little boot......it's funny that tutti would be afraid to post music here, because people are too mean and stuff....then be so mean spirited himself....(plus he's wrong)

folks sure are funny


deepest of bows to you m'lady

z
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richardhowardjones said 3463 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Ticking..
I got a feeling of intimacy and panorama at the same time.
The beginning felt like a time machine trip.
Beautifully done. Love to Seattle.
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HipHopMoses said 3463 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Amazing...
I like the shy beginning and the gradual motion towards the journey very much enjoyed I would love collab on something with you one day...
Moses
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rsorensen said 3463 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
keep moving
I love the way this one starts. It really sets the mood for what's to come. It really has a sense of urgency to it, but a good urgency if that makes sense. I think you captured your adventure perfectly with this piece. Well done!
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SmokeyVW said 3462 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
magnificent
i love that piano/celeste/bells blend. at times it sounds like a hint of dulcimer too.

this glides along wonderfully. i can hear the majesty as you reach the top. then it's back to the business of riding... i'm picturing a view from the air perhaps riding upon an eagle's back as i see you negotiating the road.

the build up and the timps at the end works great!

many thanks!

by the way, there is a big fat green heart in that picture.


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eanbardsley said 3462 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Just Gorgeous,...
You sure are a fine piano player, and great composer, I just loved this. The Piano so beautiful, the orchestral and rythm sections, complimented so nicely. Really moving!!!

Ian
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BridgeCreek said 3462 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
magnificent
What a beautiful composition, Karen. Simply breath-taking, and captures the spirit of the ride perfectly. Foreboding, excitement, and wonder. I loved every bit of it, and especially the crescendo ending, which captures the conquest of the summit perfectly. Bravo!
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Roxylee said 3462 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Karen, this is amazing...
I feel the exhilaration and the beauty of the majestic views. Just beautiful!!!
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Heightened said 3462 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
No disrespect intended but
you're a psychoanalyst? Wrong profession! You are a premium musician. I guess you can be both but I am totally stumped why you are not playing professionally. Just goes to show: the world is a crazy silly little place.
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guitapick said 3462 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Wish...
...I could have been there, too...

This'll have to do...and will do me just fine...

Wonderful tone poem, Karen...with just the right amount of orchestration and build, to my ear...

You make me want to buy a bike...with a motor, that is...
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dirigent said 3462 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Elevated passage
Hi Karen, this is a most beautiful tune. It flows so very nicely, gorgeous. I like the choice of smooth sounds. The production is simply wonderful - clear and balanced. Fantastic build. I'm impressed. Superb!!
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Scott Carmichael said 3462 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
incredible Karen
Me thinx that you channel Beethoven and Bach, or one of those classics... It's not the first time that I've listened to your work and been compelled to go back and read your bio..."Who is this?"... and I love the glimpse into your "real life"... this journey can be a bit of a metaphor... I think that way when setting stuf to music... you know, the larger picture...

thrilling...

what kind of bugs do you get in your teeth at that altitude?

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Vic Holman said 3462 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
very nice
and melodic. a nice glacieral grandeur piece.

you can play the kitchen sink very well. :-)
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said 3462 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
WOW!
This has some wonderful Bach overtones! Then you captured some diverse influences and molded it into a storyline, then the sound keeps unfolding...Amazing! Awed, to say the least.

Now I'm remembering your "mix" day!! lol

It payed of for sure Karen.


I'm on the edge of my chair every time I play it!


What a brilliant work!!



Bravo!



C.



Reinholt56 said 3462 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
HI Karen....
The music itself was a wonderful experience let alone the description!!.

Excellent work, together with that Drakonis touch.

Take care.

Paul
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Macaudion said 3461 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Well...
This one earns a big WOW!, Karen!!! Man...

First off, I really enjoyed reading the narrative. - Knowing that you're from Seattle, (I've just recently relocated from there to SF) and even though the ride wasn't in Seattle, in and around there are some pretty amazing scenic rides. Your notes, narratively and musically, are both making me miss it back there! Having moved there from the flat world of Michigan and Indiana in the early part of my life, it made everything quite a bit scenic. Even the balloon ride in TUKWILLA! I felt like I was on vacation most of the fifteen years that I lived in Seattle.

I was able to easily relive some of your breathtaking scenic moments by borrowing from some of mine.

And really, the music said it all...

Thanks for the memories! Macca
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bud said 3461 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Tremendous work Karen
and a really thrilling story to read while listening. How exciting for you. You managed to communicate so much joy and emotion along with trepidation in this piece. Magical!
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yrp said 3461 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Thank you Karen,
Your piece made me smile (it is a very cold night over here and I really needed some joy).

:-)
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Dragonas said 3461 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Breathtaking!
I lovely the uplifting and foreboding feeling I get when I hear your beautiful piece.
This is a complete work of art.
This could easily be used in a motion picture or tv show.
I hope you have the notes actually written out because this would sound absolutely amazing to hear a real orchestra play.
Can you imagine going to a huge concert hall and hearing this live?
:-)
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egobandit said 3461 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
All I can say
Is the download button still exist on this song. Because who ever dont download is missing out. My favorite part is wher it gets all middle age sounding like gualem is going to come from behind a rock and say take a smoke of the hobbits plant! Excellent excellent loved it!
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harisahn said 3461 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Very nice!
I want to chime in (pun intended) with my praise for your work. You are on a musical plain all your own. Wonderful realization of your voice. Love the orchestration textures and timbres. One comment said a wee bit more rubato...maybe, maybe not. It's your vision. Keep talkin' to your muse and thank you for sharing.
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chipan said 3461 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Another thrilling ride
This makes me want to take up motorcycling. This was reminiscent of your previous work, with great orchestration here again. I noticed you used the orchestra jampack. This is merely preference, but I like the "orchestra steinway" piano a lot more than the standard garageband "grand piano". The "orchestra Steinway" just sounds more real to me. But it doesn't matter that much and won't change the piece which is already magnificent. I also enjoyed the story and the photo.

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davisamerica2 said 3461 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Great great stuff!
The two 2 wheeled vehicle is calling me back!
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rustykangaroo said 3461 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
great, great, track !!!!!
as graceful as a swan. its just lovely. your music really sounds like your passion. there is a lot of intensity in your composing, and the way you just add layer to layer of sound as you go taking us from crescendo after crescendo. "elevated passage" is a dizzying and breathtaking track, excellent job you hard work here is inspiring.
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rustykangaroo said 3461 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
oops !!
correction: this song takes us from one crescendo to another. sorry i'm so sloppy !!!!
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Alannah said 3461 days ago (May 30th, 2008)
Wow Karen ....
.. what a pretty tune .... it started right out with the goosebumps on my arms ... and then when the swells came in those bumps were bigger ... very nice ... there truly are "voices" in this .... from the lilty angelic high notes .. to the visions of highland lasses dancing in a small part .... I couldn't help but just visualize dancers while listening ...
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composerclark said 3461 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Fantastic!
This is in constant motion, which fits your description, but the music stands on its own, like all great programme music. I think you build excitement here through orchestration better than in any piece of yours I've heard -- it's absolute mastery of sonic resources.

The only suggestion I have, and this is probably something to think about in your next piece since this one is pretty near perfect as it is, is to consider modulating more than you do. You move to the relative major but don't stay there very long, but it might be fun to try going to other keys, like minor v, major bVI, or minor iv. These all work well if you are writing in a minor key.

The thing that makes modulation work so well is that in moving away from the original key, and then stopping for a visit in other key areas for a while before returning to the home key at the end, is that it creates a sense of having been on a musical journey, which seems to fit the description you give here and in some other pieces as well.

However, as I said, I'm not sure I'd recommend doing anything further to this piece, because it is fantastic as it stands! Great work!
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asconejar said 3461 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
tsada
stress free music, can easily communicate with human emotion and indeed lovingly done!
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said 3461 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Wow.
Very nice. You are quite talented!
Diviner said 3460 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Fantastic
Really impressed, the images it evokes are of the air rushing past you as you are travelling and being in awe of the sights and sounds. Well done Karen, brilliant track.
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ageofthedeathtree said 3460 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
wow!
another absolutely beautiful tune! you make some of the loveliest lil numbers. i really like this one...sounds like it belongs on a soundtrack to me. great composition, great performance, and great production! very impressive song!

fav'd and downloaded...this one will be fully enjoyed with every listen.

sincerely,
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twolvefan8 said 3460 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
jam packs
do you think buying those jam packs was worth it?
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said 3460 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Choice....
Karen... a work of musical art.... beautiful.

Jack
thetiler said 3460 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
What a treat
WOW


So fantasy like,.

Thanks for sharing!
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echoroom said 3460 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Stunning
Production, playing... real artistry here, Karen.
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falzaabi said 3460 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
dezzy
this so sweet it feels like honey bee party or something lol , wow.. symphony orchestra jam pack its the only jam pack I don't have , thank you
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DeputyDoofy said 3460 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
This is fantastic.
Sorry I haven't started listening sooner, but the little guy steals most of my tune-listening-commenting time. Glad I stopped by, though. This is excellent. Will be listening to more as time permits. :)
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craighalkett said 3459 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Brilliant
i just closed my eyes and i was with you on the trip magical journey again thanks for sharing craig
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DWL said 3459 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Beautifully done
and orchestrated.

Smooth as silk.

Cheers

Dick
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digitalnirvana9 said 3459 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Totally
Ready for PrimeTime! That you could do that level of performance with a MacBook and a M Audio Keystation is amazing! You should be in an Apple Commercial..... BRAVO! Peace, Norman
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guygrooves said 3459 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Brilliant!!
I am very glad you stopped by my page as it may have been a while before I found your music. This is the kind of music that makes me aspire to be more than a hack. Absolutely gorgeous piece!!
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springclock said 3459 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
wow
you really should do music for film.....you always have a way for creating motion that really moves the soul....pun intended....greattone and great performance.....I feel like I can hear ice....lovely.....u should be famous....thanks for sharing....this is remarkable

peace and gratitude....peace
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VicDiesel said 3459 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Exciting!
I can just feel those vistas opening up for me. Very well done.


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shavingronaldscar said 3459 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
wowzers!
brilliant work, as usual, magna. you are a true composer. seriously! get some real software!!!! It's a sin to limit such an impresario! grrrr!!!

cool ending!

ps: I would be honoured to do a collab with you. could we maybe trade MIDI/audio files and make some noise together?
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J.A.Stewart said 3459 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Jackie Gleason would have...
loved you... ("Give me some of that traveling music, maestro.")

Another Beauty In Your... Musical Travelogue series.

Have you ever considered getting someone to shoot professional video of these places, adding your compositions as the soundtrack and marketing them that way? I do believe they would find an audience..

Lovely stuff. ;)


--- Joe
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Peter Bauckham said 3459 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
I love
the imagery your music conjures up Karen - fabulous build up and epic production (without getting all compressed).

Peter
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caroline said 3459 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
i wish i had a musical box - possibly
covered in deep blue velvet and with silver lock and key - i would open it and this music would pour out and i would take a moment out of the day and feel the velvet under my fingers whilst the soft fabric of your composition washed over me - karen - this is truly beautiful and i have taken a copy to play in my macbook musical box - you are right karen - life isn't always black and white but this music is a ray of white light - thank you for your gift xoxoxox
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gregd said 3458 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Topography
Karen, the map makes perfect cover art, and it (along with the music) reminds me of my hike on the Colorado Trail, where we had similar pass crossings with nasty weather and such. That breathy organ sound that opens the piece has a great timbre and you only branch out as the piece goes on and develop various voices further.

This piece sounds like the most cohesive and thoroughly composed piece of yours to me, very solid, a little less whimsical then your others--which isn't a criticism one way or the other.

Was there a glitchy repeat of the timpani note the end of this piece, in the crescendo? It sounds like an eighth note "drum roll" of the middle of timpani note. Again, not a criticism, just curious. I like how you're not afraid to experiment with any sounds and ideas that you can get your hands on.

Very nice piece of music, Karen.
-g
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Cameron said 3458 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
the same (and better!) wonderful artistry
I'm glad I was finally able to grab a few moments to hear this tune.

All of your works have a similar feel of forward motion, which is compelling.

It's been a while since I've heard one of your tunes (or anyone else's for that matter!) and I can definitely see an improvement in your mixing skills, and use of various sounds.

Your piano playing is always a delight.

An important ingredient of music is PACING, and you did this one tastefully and artfully.

I would have liked to hear slightly more reverb throughout, which would give this track even more of an expansive feeling. Some of the cut-offs seemed ever-so-slightly dry.

The balance between the piano and strings was excellent; the latter served the former very well, rather than overwhelming it.

It is good that listeners have various opinions and voice them, but I would like to see more explanation behind the words. Otherwise, the critiques don't have weight or meaning.

Wonderful job here, Karen!
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Nick_Flash said 3458 days ago (June 3rd, 2008)
Montana
Hey great to hear about someone else in Montana. I live just up the road in Livingston and get to see the Beartooths from my back yard. I'm thinking about driving the pass this summer (in a car though). We'll see.

Excellent song Karen. It has everything.
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haribo said 3458 days ago (June 3rd, 2008)
epic
this lush arrangement is filled with lucid imagery
i enjoyed this piece very much! i will keep on track with your creations :)
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stevel said 3457 days ago (June 3rd, 2008)
Lovely
I really like the energy of this, the way the piece keeps building. Fabulous piano work...bravo!
Steve
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dajama said 3454 days ago (June 6th, 2008)
This is truly a terrific
piece of music. The arrangement is magnificent; there's nothing "kitchen sink" about this - everything here works well, in my humble opinion, and anything subtracted would detract from the piece. I love the sounds, and the dynamics are great. Evocative and moving. This makes me want to travel the world! Beautiful. Very impressive and beautiful. Kudos. Peace.
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Robert Rayner said 3454 days ago (June 7th, 2008)
Wow Karen
Have just read drakonis post and agree a video of the area would be a great idea, from the way you have described it, the music fits perfectly.
Even better.....video of you riding your bike.

Really enjoyed this Karen


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helenmorris said 3450 days ago (June 10th, 2008)
Breathtaking
I love it
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Ed Hannifin said 3449 days ago (June 11th, 2008)
I love the feel of dancing in this...
...and it's funny, 'cause, reading your description, I'm reminded of riding (and camping) the Pacific coast highway and then up over Tehachapi pass...the latter in a blizzard... and for me at least there was the most exhilarating combination of wonder with sheer terror...

None of that here...sounds like fearless, otherworldly peace and wide vistas for your ride...

Great sense of life through it all...

Ed
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Flyinghorse said 3448 days ago (June 13th, 2008)
Magical
Your music, all of it is magic

Thanks, and thanks again

:-)
leemiguel2004 said 3447 days ago (June 13th, 2008)
Lovely
This is a really lovely song. I love the balance and the way it progresses. The piano playing so sounds beautiful. It's really hard to comment on a piece like this because i am enjoying it so much I am drifting into a relaxation. When's the CD coming out!? I'd buy a copy. Look foward to hearing more of your work.
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LaLa_Divina said 3442 days ago (June 18th, 2008)
As so many others have said
This is such a journey. You have captured the emotional journey of what sounds like a dramatic and victorious ride! I keep listening and I enjoy it more each time. Thank you.
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KellyMarkSmith said 3433 days ago (June 28th, 2008)
OMG!!
One word. WOW.

Thank You for such a wonderful composition.
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Monkaton said 3429 days ago (July 1st, 2008)
What to Add?
There's nothing I can add that hasn't already been said on the posts. A lovely piece of music with a grand arrangement.

Well executed!!!
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ic42 said 3428 days ago (July 2nd, 2008)
it exhilarates
it accelerates slowly. it is crystals of beauty. but the crystals grow into mountains. they are stunning. it is a magical musical panorama. you paint with music. it is high art. it is a breathtaking ride. it is a place i cannot go. thank you for the view. 0x0
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announcer said 3427 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
Just a note to say I was here
Like in the old days when calling on a person, you would leave a card to say you had been. Well I was here and I cannot add anything to the comments that have been posted already ... but I wanted you to know I was here.

Too bad you don't have a video of the trip to make a short movie out of it with this as the theme. Maybe you do :) 'cause I can see the trip in my mind as I listen
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Foinix said 3421 days ago (July 9th, 2008)
elevated
awesome as usual - we stand in awe of your talent
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RazorsKiss said 3421 days ago (July 10th, 2008)
massive
orchestration!!!
i loved it best when it went all renaissance faire on me.
you have a wonderful knack for thematic orchestral composition. this has television soundtrack, or documentary soundtrack all over it.... i reccomend taking some video of open fields, children at play, or a sunset, and soundtrack it. you are a singularly talented individual, and it is an honor to be able to listen tou your music.
AD
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Soundhound said 3414 days ago (July 16th, 2008)
Wonderfull simple Wonderfull
Your recording techniques are top shelf......
This sounds like your a Pro.......
I enjoy the way you move things around in the Mix....
Lots of Moving Dynamics, perfectly placed.....


I.............REALY LIKE THIS............
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thoddi said 3412 days ago (July 18th, 2008)
stunning
I've missed out on your music Karen. Have some catching up to do... This was pure delight:)

You have a new fan!
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Kori Arashi said 3405 days ago (July 26th, 2008)
Wonderful! Ear Candy!
I love this piece you did here! It's so wonderfully awesome. It flows extremely well and has a nice soft feel to it like a river from a summer day. It brings back very fun memories traveling to Japan with my friends and brings a touch of Totoro from Miyazaki. I'm definitely adding this to my favorites list and keep up the insanely awesome work here. Cheers! :D
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Norman Goodman said 3399 days ago (July 31st, 2008)
Gorgeous
Absolutely brilliant.......love the piano..beautiful phrasing...exceptional arrangement and thematic development......Loved it....you are an exceptional talent......my six year old daughter loved it as well.....and my six month old daughter has remained passive and relaxed in my arms while listening....a feat in of itself
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E-Frame Wrecker said 3396 days ago (August 3rd, 2008)
I'm a little late to the party..
This may be the first piece of your that I have head. Masterfully composed and performed. Looks like its all done through garageband. Thats amazing. Your description really adds a lot to the listeners experience. You are very talented and its a privilege to share your music.
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Sunbeam said 3359 days ago (September 10th, 2008)
hello
hello i com from sweden and is te yerse old.i can onli litle english.And i love yore sing. My dad is curry. nice to meat you. bye bye
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Einarus said 3351 days ago (September 18th, 2008)
Beautiful
This is so huge!
So vivid and epic!

I did hear one thing I can suggest - I'd recommend having one hit of bass drum along with the crash cymbals. I always find the crash cymbals a bit hollow and weaker than the should be without a little bass drum along with it.

Otherwise - I have no suggestions, only many, many, many, many words of praise!

-Einar S.
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Char said 3351 days ago (September 18th, 2008)
I listened three times.
As with all of your work, dependent upon what you are listening for, you hear different things. Always, I hear Karen, though. Maybe it is the peal of your laughter at a good joke or your quiet humility that is lifted on angel's wings, but there is the distinctive Magnatone touch. I was remiss in not listening to this one. I must make time as your music always makes my day. Thank you.
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Enrique Gil said 3332 days ago (October 6th, 2008)
I am amazed...
at the talent around this community. This piece is truly wonderful and a definite download!
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vegetal777 said 3328 days ago (October 10th, 2008)
Beautiful
This is wonderful... a lot of talent you have. Beautiful composition Magna.
Totally fav.
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kristyjo said 3327 days ago (October 11th, 2008)
...
This is great. I love your choice of instrumentation. Although I didn't hear the kitchen sink, I did hear some excellent use of guitar, brass and piano. Thanks, also, for sharing the story behind the music.
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jpeters said 3307 days ago (November 1st, 2008)
Beartooth
Having made that trek on my old R/90 a few years back, also via Red Lodge, I think you've truly captured the flavor of Beartooth. Thank you.
mackellar said 3293 days ago (November 14th, 2008)
Great Work
I can only hope to compose music this beautiful. You truly inspire me.
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HenriROGERsoloandbands said 3273 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
Orchestral

Realy nice building and energy.
DeathArrow said 3241 days ago (January 6th, 2009)
lalla
wow another terrific tune !!
you should play concerts anywhere you're pretty good !!
i think people would come in crowds !!
so beautiful and all the changes in the song i'm amazed of the variety !!
greeat !!
cheers, luke
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Patriotpizzaman said 3178 days ago (March 9th, 2009)
Magical
I'm truely honored to have been welcomed into this awesome group of musicians who reside here on MacJams. You are very talented Karen and I want you to know that this is a very powerful and emotional piece of composing you've put together. It moved me deeply and inspired me to start to look beyond the ordinary and reach for the truely unique.


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JungleMovement said 3167 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
Lullaby
Its beautiful and well put together and it gives a very welcoming and familiar aura. It was truly a very enjoyable listen!!!!
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WharmtonRise said 3163 days ago (March 24th, 2009)
Lovely movement
I do like the music box feel at the beginning and then the way it progresses into the orchestral ambience. Nice spread in the mix. The piano has the drive perfectly expresses the situation perfectly. Really marvelous lyrical feel throughout including through the denser sections.

Thanks for pointing me towards the elevated passage Karen!
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einstien said 3154 days ago (April 3rd, 2009)
this is so wonderful
... such a talent
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shavingronaldscar said 3154 days ago (April 3rd, 2009)
word
I like the crisp touch of overdrive on some of your keys. wow... you're brilliant. this is epic, like all of your pieces. you are a master of progressions.
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Daugrin said 3107 days ago (May 20th, 2009)
High Pass
Thank you. Thank you some more, I enjoyed every bit of this piece. A little music box becomes a big deep system, I wonder, do you hear it all at once? I mean as a composition? The keyboard harmony might sound cool voiced with french horns, clarinet, flute, pik and oboe etc. I think I hear the woodwinds giving this even more build once it starts going that is. Just a thought...

Daugrin
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valormystic said 3095 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
WOW!
Hey. I'm the new guy. I really enjoyed your composition! I could definitely hear the climb of crescendos up to the top! It makes me wish I went up too to experience the beauty! You have a marvelous gift. Keep writing! By the way, when my music (finally) gets through I'd love for you to critique me! Thanks!
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desakota said 3092 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
energizing and uplifting
glad I stumbled across your music...nicely produced track, accomplished composing, will be sampling more..
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ste said 2774 days ago (April 17th, 2010)
i
find it difficult to offer anything constructive as you have far more chops than me, but i will say that i like it a lot. saucy title, though. great work as always
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alackbass said 2774 days ago (April 17th, 2010)
I'm running out of things to say
You're astounding.
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Alannah said 2774 days ago (April 17th, 2010)
Did I miss this one ... the first time 'round?????
... How does something like that happen ???? Oh man .... unless I DID hear it ... but neglected to comment ... or I did comment ... but cant find it now .... OR my alzheimers is kicking in and whether or not I heard it before ... I am NOW hearing it for the first time anyway ..... GREAT stuff K ... but you already know what a HUGE fan I am ! Flutes are beautiful .... interesting how one can hear a piece and certain instruments find their way to our ears ..... and then listen again ... and a different one becomes the prominent one ..... lovely .... sigh .... sigh ... (OMG? ... no ... ) SIGH ! GAD how I wish I could do this !
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