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Kormáks Saga (Edited)


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Per John Whiteheads suggestions, I had a second look at the song and decided to re-mix it. I've brought vocals to the front, as well as enhanced the some of the more unique sounds for this song such as the usage of shoes on the floor. Earlier description:

This is one of the new projects I have going. This song is an attempt to dive into Viking and Icelandic folklore, and in this example I've chosen the Kormáks Saga, (originally written in Icelandic sometime between 1250 - 1300 A.D). The song is a part of a series I keep coming back too, although, each time much deeper, each time with a new set of historical knowledge. Kormáks Saga begins like this:

"At the door of my soul she is standing,
So sweet in the gleam of her garment:
Her footfall awakens a fury,
A fierceness of love that I knew not,
Those feet of a wench in her wimple,
Their weird is my sorrow and troubling,
- Or naught may my knowledge avail me -
Both now and for aye to endure."

And ends:

"There was dew from the wound smitten deeply
That drained from the stroke of the sword-edge;
There was red on the weapon I wielded
In the war with the glorious and gallant:
Yet not where the broadsword, - the blood wand, -
Was borne by the lords of the falchion,
But low in the straw like a laggard,
O my lady, dishonoured I die!"
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Kormáks Saga
(Originally written in Icelandic sometime between 1250 - 1300 A.D)

Kormákr visited lovely Steingerðr in the cold at Gnúpsdalur. While there, he composed poems of praise and love to her. Her father Þorkell did not approve, so he brought her back to Tunga (tongue). Kormákr continued to visit her thereafter, so Þorkell wanted him dead.

Steingerðr

The killers were incompetent, so Þorkell could no progress. Steingerðr saw what her father was up to, and she took him in her hands.
He made no further efforts to help the assassins, and Kormákr killed them both. Ultimately, Kormákr asked for Steingerð's hand, but the wedding never came to pass.

But low in the straw like a laggard, O my lady, dishonoured I die!

© M09
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Plays: 101
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Uploaded: Feb 10, 2009 - 01:09:20 PM
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2009 - 01:09:20 PM Last Played: Dec 06, 2017 - 09:14:05 PM
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Comments
mikkinylund said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Original comment from John Whitehead
I took the freedom of re-posting your comment to this new version since I am going to delete previous version:

Cool
I like the mix of traditional instruments and contemporary beats. Lead vocal some times up in the mix and times back. I liked it up front. Need to hear the words to this story. You're on to something here. Great track!
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five_extra_arms said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
David Byrne's Throwing His Shoes
This is so cool. I bet David Byrne wishes he thought of it first!

What a great world of sounds of ancient times and yet so up to the minute (or newer).

You are such a talented musician. One of the finest and most original that I "know".

Bob
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mikkinylund said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Bob
Um, I love David Byrne, don't know all of his music, but his persona is great. The fact that you for some unknown reason compare him with me is utterly flattering. Thank you!
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blaky smith said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Unique sounds
Wow, great work here on all levels, very original and so well interpreted, a pleasure to my ears, bravo !
Thanks...
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mikkinylund said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Blaky
You're welcome! Tanks for listening and to take the time to make a comment!
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bud said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Great song Mikki
I love the mix of traditional instruments and modern beats.
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mikkinylund said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Bud
I do too! In fact, I am on this journey of traveling through unknown instruments, not because it's a thing, but just because I just happen to love new sounds. Hopefully, after some MacJammer's help, I will be able to develop some new, mice instruments for you all (on an amateur level naturally).
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Feter said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Kormáks Saga
O my ...medieval spirit within electro mood ...maybe your best vocal
work this is too impressive for me ...I just love this kind of music ..
brought on this way ..just excellent ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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mikkinylund said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Feter
I am glad you did enjoy. I have so many stories like this going around in my head right now, I don't even know when and if sleep are allowed. But - I am happy where I am.
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egobandit said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
A woven tapestry
And a story to go with it. The mixture is ahead of its time. LOved it!
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mikkinylund said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Ahead...
Hm, now I feel embarrassed again, but thank you...
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Vic Holman said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
what was once old...
... is reborn anew.

another great track Mikki. great way to mix a old traditional song to a contemporary sound. I really liked all the vocal tracks you mixed in here.

what a great listen!
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mikkinylund said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Vic
Nothing wrong with looking in the past and bringing into the light once again. You have done it, so, I did it too. I think I do it as a celebration to my forefathers and foremothers, if they hadn't been, I would not have been, or had the opportunities to be what I want to be. Every and all music we here today originates from some something else, and that music originates form something else, and the ladder trickles down. We are mainly one step, but we do what we want to do, and can do. Thank you for your time, your ears, and your comment. /Mikki
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Relic67 said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
great story
I really like the wailing female voice that comes in at certain points.
Your production reminds me a bit of a wonderful scandinavian disc called "the Horse and the Crane" by Ale Moller.
A lot of fun. Great post!
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mikkinylund said 3229 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Relic
Thank you... I've never heard of "The Horse and the Crane", but will of course look it up.
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hongshan said 3231 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
Brilliant
Mikki,

Beautifully done. I love the historic sound mixed with the modern edge. Is that jews harp? It almost sounds like a an aboriginal didgeridoo. I think it gives the song a lovely trance like feel. I think you're onto something here. Also the mix is superb. Everything is clear and distinguishable.

Top performance

Micky
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mikkinylund said 3229 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Thanks
It is a Jew Harp in combination with a Key Harp. Unfortunately I am not performing them, but are determined to get my hands on some of the old Scandinavian instruments. I used to own some really nice pieces back in Scandinavia, for example I played and owned two really old Kantele's (a Finnish 40-string instrument). I've had several Jew Harps throughout my life as well.
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mikkinylund said 3229 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Ooops
Jews Harp... :)
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LunaTrick said 3231 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
WOw - a Jews Harp
Very cool... great track... wonderful vocals once again!
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mikkinylund said 3229 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Thank you
Thank you Luna!
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lengold said 3230 days ago (February 11th, 2009)
Superb
You can do no wrong in my book. I feel guilty taking the download (thanks) I feel that I should be paying for it. Love that percussion especially.
Cheers
Len


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mikkinylund said 3229 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Oh
You would be surprised, I am on the creative battlefield at the moment, all it takes is that I get hit by the bullet of non-inspiration and I'll post something utterly nonsense. Thank you though! :)
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Char said 3229 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Extemely complex
piece with so much going on. Fascinating. You did a really good job putting it all together. It is world music. Thanks.
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mikkinylund said 3229 days ago (February 12th, 2009)
Thank you
For listening, commenting, and liking my stuff... Peace/Mikki
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