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Dual Tapestry (w/kassia)


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magnatone

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This is our second magnatone/kassia piano/orchestration collaboration, and we had just as much fun the second time around as the first. We started by asking if there would be way to write a piece of music that would allow each of us to play in our own very differing styles. (For Shay that typically means slowly, with depth, richness and a very light touch; and for Karen it usually means speed, movement and um, not so much of a light touch). With that goal in mind, we settled on an idea of Shay writing her part in F, and Karen in corresponding Dm, at 90 BPM, and went off to our separate pianos.

After much passing of improv files back and forth, we landed on a couple of themes that we started to weave together, first by playing separately in F and Dm respectively, then together briefly in F, followed by a call/response section in Dm, and finally a true duet in Dm. Getting all the notes to work out in the duet section was an odyssey in patience and tweaking!

Once we had the piano parts completed and knitted together, it was time for the “Adventures in Orchestration” portion of our process. Again, we come from two somewhat opposite ends of the spectrum, with Shay inclined toward sparseness, while Karen is more apt to throw in the kitchen sink (ok ok, the whole kitchen - thus "KSA" was formed). And as before, we found a happy medium somewhere between those two poles, that we feel expresses each of us quite well. Although we started the orchestration with “assignments”, i.e., “you do the strings, I’ll do the woodwinds”, it wasn’t long before we were each having a LOT to say about each other’s ideas. (Thank goodness for Skype)

So ultimately it is fair to say that almost every note in this song was worked on by both of us at different times in the process, and each instrument choice, each bit of phrasing, and all the big and little decisions that go into orchestration and mix, were done together, from start to finish. Collaborating this way is an act of both trust and confidence, as well as lots of negotiation and compromise. It took us about 4 weeks to complete this song, and in that time we went through over 100 file swaps, and wound up with a total of 39 instrument tracks in the song file. And we’re still friends!

Many thanks to drakonis and futzpucker for the “almost done” feedback, and very special thanks to futzpucker for the use of his two “real percussion” aif sound files. At the end of the song, that timpani roll and cymbal crash you hear are the real deal!

** Song art borrowed from: http://a-rainbow-of-spirituality.com
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Uploaded: Feb 17, 2009 - 08:14:51 AM
Last Updated: May 05, 2017 - 04:08:52 PM Last Played: Aug 29, 2017 - 11:11:01 AM
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Hardware:
Karen's keyboard; Shay's keyboard; Karen's macbook; Shay's macbook pro
Software:
GB, Orchestra Jam Pack with obsessive tweaking of instrument sounds
Comments
Skean said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
FIRST
I AM
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Skean said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Oh you guys
Fits so well together... One's again you two give us a master piece.
I thank you with all my heart for sharing this beauty.
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
thanks!
gotta get up pretty early in the morning to beat kenta! Thanks for your generous support and friendship kenta!
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caroline said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
rich and strong and lingering...
just the way i like my coffee and your music - thank you both of you - yum!! xox
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
pink and fluffy
maybe not exactly for this song, but glad you and the bear liked it!
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Joanna said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Wow
This is gorgeous. Incredibly good. It's something of which to be proud, both of you. Brava!
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Joanna
a comment from you is a little nugget of gold - thanks!
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Outtaorbit said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Goodness.....
You two have got to stop.... these are become duets to live for...beautiful...warm.... uplifting.... they make me dream.
Brava..encore...
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
ORBIT
well, we can't have unauthorized dreaming going on around here (can we?) (wait.....why not again?)
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Rebsie said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Blimey (as we say over here)
This is just sublime. What a beautiful piece of work. Exceptional musicianship through and through. And the true collaboration (i.e. sharing ideas almost note for note) is a joyous thing. I've enjoyed watching your happy little discussions about it in the chat window too.

Great work girls. Now you've got to do an album together. :)
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Hi Rebsie
We were considering the album title "Girls Rule" - what do you think?
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composerclark said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Exhilarating!
I am fascinated by the process that leads to these improvisations, so I really appreciate your sharing this with us in the description. I would never guess that there are two different composers here — despite your distinct personalities, and the distinctions you described in your performing styles, it all feels wonderfully unified and organic. There is clearly much that is complementary in your musical personalities.

The orchestration is nicely done — completely appropriate to the style. And the overall feel is at times exhilarating, and always warm. Beautiful music, first rate.

Here's my only wee nit: I was disappointed by the fade-out ending. That's probably a personal hang-up of mine — I hardly ever see the point of fade-outs, so take that comment with a grain (or a whole block) of salt.

This is fantastic, and I congratulate both of you for this marvelous achievement!
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
thanks clark!
your thoughtful comments are always very much valued! we went back and forth about the fade out - drakonis agrees with you, futzpucker thought it worked well - it's so subjective. For whatever reason, to our ears, it just flowed that way, so we went for it. Glad you liked the rest of the song though - thanks again for stopping by!
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SISTERS said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
dream team!
i didn't know it was Thanksgiving already!
calendar sez February 17, but i feel so thankful for talented minds like yours and for the collective sensitivity you bring to our audio world.

horn was a lovely addition. flute was mixed in so sweetly.
the peak at 2:14 was glorious - the lovely quiet following so beautiful.
39 tracks and your friendship survived!! that IS impressive.

it's a joyous journey with you, karen and shay. thanks for your hard work on this - it's a lovely gift.
anne
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
thanks!
it was an adventure (understatement), but much more fun than anything else. By about 3/4 of the way through, neither of us could play it through on our laptops - too much going on toward the end, we'd both get that dreaded error message that stops the playback. Had to make repeated mp3's to hear how we were doing and then go back into GB to make the adjustments. Sigh.
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dirigent said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Beautiful
What a great track, so well elaborated. Catchy sound, a most lovely arrangement.
Your piano-playing is gorgeous, creates an enchanting athmosphere.
Brilliant production. I like the crescendo towards the end before the last calm-down.
Epic!


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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Andreas!
how loverly to see you back around MJ these days, and thank you for taking the time to listen to our little duet. We got pretty attached to the crescendo too - especially after futz sent us a real timpani aif to replace the GB one with!
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Roxylee said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
a Masterpiece
My ears are astonished and delighted. What skill, emotion, and musical bliss... I'm so glad you two teamed up yo do collabs. The blending of your two styles is wonderful.:-)
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
hi roxylee
thank you for your kind words. we still can't believe how fun it has been to try this together, so we're glad we teamed up too! we always appreciate your steady support!
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loricunningham said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Wonderful!!!
Wow! I'm speechless... wow. When you two get together it's.. it's.. it's... nothing short of a miracle.

Seriously.

I love the obvious roots in classical training, but you both take such a spin on it and make it fresh and exciting and calming - all at the same time.

FAVORITES!!!
magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
hi lori!
thanks for the listen - we are both so happy to have you at MJ! Looking forward to your next past too!
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blaky smith said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Two stars
Once again Karen and Shay you have made a very nice work together.
This is gorgeous and it's really a great pleasure to listen to this piece.
Bravo for this new talented collab and thanks to share...
Marc
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Mr. Blaky Smith!
we so value your comment, and thank you very much for taking time to listen!
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said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
almost

started to just LFAMO, but really feel compelled to congratulate you both on a great effort and duo here. Enjoyed it very much, thanks.

. - Harold
magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
HAROLD!!
so glad you resisted the urge to LFAMO, and instead take time to SSMTU, we really appreciate it!
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davisamerica said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
right then ...
still friends after 4 weeks and 39 instrument tracks ... quiet an accomplishment in itself. you two move so seamlessly about each other it is amazing. wonderful choice of instruments and the production is lovely. Karen and Shay I have such respect for what you do and this is a wonderful work. Don't mind the fade out personally ... only nit is I wish it faded into more of the magic you two weave. BTW the "sink" fit nicely. So ... here's to two amazing artist and my ears and heart send deepest thanks. Kudos ... sincere kudos !
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
sigh.....
jack, your presence on MJ just warms my heart! Glad it SOUNDS seamless to you - in the making of it, there were LOTS of seams to be dealt with. And we did manage to have only "moderate sink" - we actually REMOVED tubular bells - can you believe that??
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thetiler said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
When
I spotted the words Magnatone and kassia I knew I was in for a treat ! Yep !

Like a rushing of mighty waters weaving elegantly through beautiful vistas of natures best. It is a tapestry of really fun instrumental pop with a tender touch of classical. I really like this kind of style. And I can think of no two musicians better equipped for the task at MJ than Magnatone and Kassia !

Way to go! Thanks for setting such a HIGH standard of musicianship, composing and of course listen-ability !
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
mr. fingerstyle guitar
coming from you, those words mean a great deal! Thanks for your continued support of each and both of us at MJ!
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Pete_NB said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Crikey!
Some beautiful and majestic things going on here. This is an impressive piece, especially when you consider all the hard work and coordination required to pull this off. Makes me feel so lazy in my efforts.

The fruits of your labor are well worth it. A marvel!
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Crikey!
(i love that expression, but Americans can't say it and sound legitimate) Thanks Pete for stopping by and leaving these kind words! We appreciate your time very much - and i always look forward to your uploads as well!
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Sigmund said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Duel Tapestry
A tapestry is only as beautiful as its creator's (or creators', as it is)ability to weave the seperate parts together. Karen and Shay, you have woven a beautiful tapestry here! Yes, your playing styles are different, yet your musical styles are very ying and yeng (or is it yeng and yang?) - and really do go well together. Your description above probably doesn't even scratch the surface of how much thought, planning, discussing (and perhaps even screaming fits of agony, hair pulling, and who knows - maybe the kitchen sink did get tossed a bit!) went into this creation but truly one can sense that underlying effort just by listening. So the end result is a piece of music that keeps moving from start to finish, with lots of dynamic - lots of emotion and feeling, and of course the big crescendo near the end - just magnificent! Now, although I am not opposed to fade outs, I am going to agree with composerclark about the faded ending - the piano ending after such a emotional crescendo would have worked beautifully without the fade - if you played this live you would not fade it, yet it could still end in a similar fashion. I only tell you this because I promise myself to try to find something to critique...for the betterment of us all! Excellent work - you two may have really found a niche that bears further exploration - thank you for sharing your work!
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
hi sigmund!
thank you for this very thoughtful comment. sounds like the fade out is losing in early balloting - i don't know - it just works for my ear, although of course you're right, it wouldn't work live. You are a wonderful new presence on MJ and it is a delight to have someone with your orchestration talent take the time to listen to our little duet - thanks again!
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LunaTrick said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Such precision....
Wonderfully articulated composition - for me, the strengths are in the subtle use of the woodwinds, the staccato strings, and the percussion in the crescendo. You have learned to dovetail exquisitely - finding each other's strenghs - harnessing the best qualities in each of your playing styles.

Bravi!
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
thanks!
thank you for your sweet comments daniel - we both appreciate you taking the time to listen. We had special fun with the woodwinds on this one, glad they stood out to you!
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Moviz said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
You both
certainly came up with the goods on this one.... it's just magnificent and beautifully arranged, played and produced. I hope we hear many more combinations like this from you both. The orchestration accompaniment is wonderful and so tastefully done, congratulations, regards M
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Maurice!
i was hoping you'd be able to stop by! I think we might be hooked on this piano collab thing, so i imagine there may be more in the future. After a long rest......thanks again for your comment!
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Char said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Piano feat
extraordinaire! Two heads are better than one and four hands with two beautiful hearts create perfection. Thanks and nods to your peanut gallery helpers. Many thanks. This isn't ivory... it is gold.
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
char!
you sweetie! in THIS case, i think two heads really MIGHT be better than one. the helpers are hardly in the peanut gallery though! (popcorn gallery maybe)
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tokai said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Wow
Karen this is tastier than pop corn. Expressive music, i can see you riding your bike across the mountains to this backdrop. You two are very good.
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
hi tokai!
how very swell of you to come by to hear our little tune! We certainly are enjoying working together, and hope to cook up some more collab tunes in the future!
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haribo said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
well balanced journey into serenity
this was a very gentle journey into serene landscape
thanks for lightening up my mood :)
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
thanks!
haribo - so nice of you to have a listen, and i'm glad to hear it lightened your mood.
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drakonis said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
when the questions come...
When you are sitting there, wondering "why am I spending so much time hammering out these little details?", the sculptors at the base of a slab of musical marble, dwarfed by what seems to be tons of random uncaring notes...

After weeks of hard work, to step back and see this gorgeous work of art, to display it for free, to all your friends, and relax as we crowd around and enjoy the beauty you have wrought from thought, computer, and piano... THIS makes it all worthwhile.

I love this one too. There is the crisp playing mixed with the colorful washes, the grand crescendo, and yes, even the %$#@ fade-out (I have to offer one critical thought :-), I love the notes held by trumpets and cello after the crescendo. Mix sounds great.

Sometimes I have to look at these great results, and back at my current huge unsculpted mess, and realize that it is worth it for me to find time to pick up my hammer and keep chipping away at my latest block. Sometimes life throws things at me that make me lose my way, and you two are definitely major inspirations for me to keep trying. Thank you!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
our very own dragon
thank you eduard, for your kind and thoughtful words. We both so appreciate your feedback last week, and took several of your suggestions and ran with them (as i hope you can hear). Sorry - we just both loved the fade, but you seem to have a lot of company on that point. We're pretty happy with the final mix, even though it drove both of us insane, separately and then together. At THIS moment, it feels like it was all worthwhile, to be able to share our efforts with such wonderful friends!
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kassia said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
poetry from the dragon
your sweet words made my day and i just had to chime in with an echo of karen's thanks. your feedback on this was extraordinarily helpful and insightful and so very much appreciated at a time when we were in the "where do we go from here?" place.

there is no other place I want to share my music than here with friends like you.

keep chipping...songs from the dragon are always worth the wait.
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musichead said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
well
Well whatever you did to get the song done. You kids did a great job. Nice real deal you added.
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
steeeeeeeve!
i don't want to even SAY what we did, to get the song done! (lol) Glad you enjoyed patrick's aif sound files there, on the timpani and cymbal crash - what a difference that made! Thanks for the time Steve!
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gail60 said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Wow! Wow!
KSA huh - Yes, I am certainly a member of the (Karen-Shay-Admirers) club!!! This is gorgeous, beautiful, heartfelt, calming, peaceful, perfect music. What a wonderful team you two make. So serious, you blow me away. Girls, you did such an amazing job here at capturing my attention and heart. Thank you for the gift of adventure you bring us with your attention to every detail. This is Fantastic. I love every note!!
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
my dear gail!
KSA - "kitchen sink anonymous" - a little club drakonis thought he needed to get underway, to support me in the recovery of throwing the whole kitchen sink into my pieces. Fortunately, shay helps me with moderation on that score, since we have to agree on everything that goes into the collab! So glad you enjoyed our little music adventure, and we so appreciate the support of a pianist with the chops that YOU have!
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davajonah said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Great stuff!
You must have been pulling your hair out at times, but what a great end result! Beautiful.
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
thanks!
yes, there was some hair pulling (not necessarily our own either) (just kidding), and also speaking for myself only, a few new gray ones (of the few un-gray left) - but at THIS point, it all feels worth it. We both appreciate your comment and support!
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Cameron said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Polished
Collaboration is at the heart of MacJams, and the two of you have embodied this spirit perfectly in this piece.

When two artists come together, bringing each Muse to the table, it is challenging to weave a tapestry which reflects both voices. In fact, a third entity is created in the process. It is not always easy to make a balance with this entity, and I must say that you two have accomplished this very well.

The melding of two different piano styles has resulted in a vigorous, varied one which has a consistent voice.

You have remained aware of the issue of over-orchestrating, and are mostly successful here. I tend to prefer the more spare, transparent textures. But you do an effective job at building up the high-points from soft dynamics and thinner textures to the climax of more instruments at higher volumes.

The syncopated rhythms in the piano give this piece a lot of life, and offer a good contrast to the more sustained, flowing themes.

I would have to say that this is one of the best collaborations I have heard here on MacJams, because the finished product is very well-integrated, consistent and has a unified spirit.

I would encourage you both to explore the concept of doing a piece with JUST two pianos, without any background accompaniment. You are both excellent keyboardists and I think you would find new vistas of sound to explore together, needing nothing more than the time-honored medium of the piano, which I do so love.

By the way, the mix of this track was superb. I had to scroll down to see what software you used, and am amazed that you achieved such a polished product with GarageBand. Your "obsessive tweaking" really paid off!!

Kudos.
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johnwhitehead said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Wow
Color me impressed. Beautiful piece, and the story of its genesis is
amazing. What an accomplishment!
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
CAMERON!!
may i just say, YOU have made my day, my week, possibly my year. From our previous conversations about my tendancy to "over orchestrate" and "over produce", you know - the kitchen sink syndrome, coming from YOU, this comment just means the world. I think the moderating influence of kassia really makes a difference for me on those points, as I also think my musical inclinations help her to shine a bit more in her music. It's an interesting idea - piano only - that means...um....practicing! (oh NO!)
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Muse Ritual said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
YAYAYAYAY!
Beautiful!

I cat add anything except my very thunderous approving applause! I feel like I learned so much just by listening a few times. Youre both amazing people and it shines through your music so perfectly. Thank you always, thank you!
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Jason!
and thank YOU for this very wonderful comment - we're so glad you enjoyed the music!
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lavalamp said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Nice Blend
I'm quite familiar with both of your styles and this is a perfect blend. Like peanut butter and chocolate. It could be used as a soundtrack.

I tip my hat. Great job. (I heard a Steely Dan riff in there Karen?)

Dave
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magnatone said 3143 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
LAVA!!
Steely Dan? Really? - would LOVE you to point that out to me - which song? Glad you liked the show!
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lavalamp said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
It's the part...
...where you hit the keys a little harder, about 25-35 seconds in. It goes Bum, bum da da dum da da dum...like percussion almost.
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Doug Somers said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
A pleasurable ride down a sun dappled country lane
The styles/themes work so well together here they are of one mind - and yet they provide a contrast in energy that moves the piece along with great care for what the listener experiences in the encounter of each note. Graceful orchestration that always compliments the piano theme letting the melody float above the waves in a sea of sounds.

You two rock!

Thanks for sharing your joy in working together!

Doug
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magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
thanks doug!
so glad you were able to stop by for a listen, and really appreciate your comments as always. And, as I've said to you recently, it's GREAT to have you back around here! Look forward to your next wonderful piece!
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SmokeyVW said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
wow
this is lovely!

wonderful piano and orchestration

thanks

minor minor issue: at 5:08 after the big crescendo, the single note that emerges just doesn't feel right to me. it resolves soon after. i wonder if just going right into the resolution would work better? the pianos as is would support that i think.


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magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Mr. Smokey!
thanks for your comment Bill - we really appreciate your support. Interesting feedback on what we came to call "the long C", emerging out of the big crescendo final chord. Futz thought it should have more notes, a small chord instead of a single note, and you're feeling like it just shouldn't be there at all. And then there's shay and me - we just loved that moment as is. Different ears, different preferences i guess. Thanks for listening with such care, and for the specific feedback! (you ROCK)
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SmokeyVW said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
.
how about this: make the "long C" a "long F" instead...
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Feter said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Dual Tapestry
its just so awesome to see a wonderful friendship getting so fruitful
like this ..what a song ...alot of emotions summed here and it grows
the orchestration just unbelievable ...what the one can say just
outstanding ...thank you ..for the piece of art !!!! and friendship !!!!
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magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Feter the Magnificent!
thank you feter for your continued and steady support at MJ! Glad you liked the orchestration - we did a lot of deliberating about it!
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richard13 said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
I've made it a point not to vote 10s
but when I saw your names together on the main music page I was positive I would break my policy: you saved me from that. Thank you.

Thank you too, (you two, too?) for an absolutely stunning, un-frikkin-believable piece of musical collaboration. You both deserve all the accolades those above have heaped. Well done and thank you.

Cheers
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magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
thanks richard!
glad to save you from policy breaking! Mostly, we're so glad you liked the music - that makes it all seem worthwhile. Thank you for your continued support on MJ!
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sonnyjim said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Tweaking
That's the payback for those 'symphonic instrument' sounds..... you could almost learn to play the actual instruments in the time it takes to shape the samples!
This is music that doesn't so much go on a journey as burst into bloom. I think that KSA should start exploring soundtrack gigs. I've done a few and they don't pay well (you're doing it for free now anyway, so...), but a nice little film would deliver an attentive audience.
This is a gem; thank you.

SJ
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kassia said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
sonnyjim
Thank you! You are absolutely right...the amount of time tweaking could definitely be spent learning a new instrument, but part of the fun of this process (for me at least) is the tweaking. one of the greatest things karen and I have discovered is that we are obsessive about very different aspects of the composing process - so we balance each other perfectly in what we hear and want to spend time tweaking.

soundtrack gigs sound like tons of fun...hook us up!

thanks for the listen and your wonderful comment. great to see you here!
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LHellman said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
WOW
I really like this new song. You and Shay have another wonderful collaboration!
kassia said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
wow
thanks mom!
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magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
YEAH
(thanks mom)
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Ed Hannifin said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Wow...
..first of all, what a neat way to work...

And then, well, it wouldn't mean a thing if the result didn't end up sounding fully, well rounded, and seamless... You've delivered on that one...

(I would say, with Cameron, that I would love to hear another effort that's confined to the piano... I think that would be astounding....)

Nice dynamics, too... I think I jolted my wife and son from their reading in the next room...

Ed
magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
hi ed!
thanks so much for the listen - it means a lot to us! Just piano - sigh - why does that seem so daunting? for the first 1/3 of the life of this piece, it was just piano, and it's actually kind of cool as just the two pianos. it just never occurred to me at least, to leave it at that. but, that's the kitchen sink disease. we'll take this idea under advisement! thanks again ed - great to see you!
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bug67 said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
I am in awe!
This is going directly to the iPod! Very emotional. Extremely well done. Listening again. :)
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magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
BUGSY!!
Thank you so much listening (again!), and liking it enough to be on your ipod - that's the ultimate of course!
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dreadmon said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Bravissimo!
A stunning wonderland of colors - you guys ought to be in movies!
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kassia said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
BING!
So glad to see you here! Thanks for stopping by for a listen. Your words are sweet and much appreciated. We're very happy you liked it!
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egobandit said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
like a glove
intertwining like your description. So much to look into so many things going on and a lovey space that happens between the both of you. To much beauty An a big thank you!
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kassia said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
ego
thank you mr. bandit for stopping by for a listen. we really worked hard to make our two piano styles be distinct, yet weave together throughout the piece. i'm glad you think we succeeded! thanks for your kind words - glad you liked it!
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MarkHolbrook said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Absolutely stunning...
This is...

I'm listening from my Condo in Steamboat as it snows outside and I can't tell you how fitting this is for a warm by snowy evening. Near the faster parts the music like was like the snow flakes as the flittered down.

Excellent! Thank you both so much! This is a great birthday present to me (even though it was not intended!)
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kassia said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK!
Thanks for stopping by for a listen on your birthday! Hope you have a wonderful time at the condo - RELAX! You've been missed around here lately, but we know life tends to get in the way. So glad you could come in for a listen and we really appreciate your kind words (as always). Glad you liked it!
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davisamerica2 said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
Thanks Karen and Shay
I won't let this one disappear into the abyss. It's a download for sure. I'd like to put it into a perpetual loop and listen all day long. Thanks for this gift. Terry
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magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
and thank you!
the abyss - no, don't want to be there! Thanks for the listen Terry, so great to see you around!
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Dj French Toast said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
This is so beautiful
Really liked the subtle drums and the whole piece is just fantastically composed crescendos and moods and the whole trip it wonderful .....you both did a great job I dont have any crits just enjoyed listening ...thanx to the both of you for the download ...goin in the bedtime playlist :)
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magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 17th, 2009)
hey frenchie!
thanks guy! the bedtime playlist? you might want to reconsider that - that crescendo timpani/cymbal crash ending would wake me up out of unconsciousness (but that's just me!)
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Dj French Toast said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
I like
sleeping to hiphop and death mettle as well :) Guess its the Droney thing for me ...but as of late its been classical pieces Phil Glasses stuff some cage or ill just get on Itunes Radio and hit up the Classical section :) So yea this is tame compared to the rackit I can fall asleep to :)
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jiguma said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
It's that Big Sky again!
Karen, this fits with what I know of your compositions in that it has that "Big Sky" thing going on - expansive and grand, big curving roads and a smile on your face. I haven't really listened to Shay at all yet, so I figure this is kind of an introduction. Do you ride a bike Shay? THAT would explain a lot!

Karen I have to report that I've blown a head gasket on my mighty Vespa :(

Lovely post.
Neil
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magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
Neil!
So sorry to hear about the Vespa - that's bordering on tragic! Maybe it's a sign though, that it's time for something...um....with a little more get up and go?? If you haven't yet been introduced to Shay's gorgeous music, have a listen to:

Among the Trees: http://www.macjams.com/song/47481
Someday: http://www.macjams.com/song/47834

Thanks for stopping by, always great to see you!



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abfkingsport said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
ABFkingsport
What can I say that hasn't already been said of your compositions. You are a blessing to the musical world. Love it, faved it, down loaded it. Another masterpiece.
The King
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kassia said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
anthony
Thank you so much for these great words and for stopping by for a listen. It was great to formally "meet" you in chat this morning. I know karen is a huge fan of yours and I look forward to hearing more of your music. Thanks again for letting us know you liked this collab - glad you downloaded it!
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Reinholt56 said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
Hi to you both.....
This is a beautiful jaunt. A ride across country, with the wind in your hair and the beautiful green of the fields and woods passing by from time to time.

Take care.

Paul
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kassia said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
paul
it's wonderful to see you. karen is so good at giving music a wonderful sense of movement. i'm glad that we were able to capture that feeling in this collab. thanks for stopping by and leaving us such kind words.
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Mcboy said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
what a bounty
of pianistic riches....erik satie....bruce hornsby......new age piano.....i hear it all....u gals rule the piano!
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magnatone said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
Mcboy rules the world!
what a pleasure to have the great Mcboy stop by our little duet - and with these very cool references! We rule....um.....our own pianos, on a good day (speaking for myself only). Thanks a lot for the listen and comment - very much appreciated!
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dajama said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
Magnificent
I love the story of how this came together, and I can say with absolute certainty that all that work (and tweaking!) was worth it. This sounds great; the instrumentation is spot on, and the dynamics of the arrangement are really well done - unpredictable at times, and always effective. The piano playing is superb throughout, and the themes are really nice, melodic and dramatic, alternating with sweet (and also melodic!) and it all adds up to something truly impressive. Nice work. Kudos to you both, and thank you for sharing your creativity with us. Very cool. Peace.
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kassia said 3142 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
david
when karen and I were thinking about what to write in the song notes of this one, we weren't sure if we should give a bunch of details about our process again, but I'm glad you liked reading about it. It certainly has been a wonderful, inspiring, learning process. Really glad you liked the instrumentation - we always spend lots of time deliberating on those choices. Your comments are wonderful and very much appreciated. Thank you for coming by for a listen and letting us know you liked it!
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Vic Holman said 3141 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
drama
great composition. one thing that I always look foe in a great song is a great transition of peaks and valleys. no exception here. dramatic.

I could almost imagine Alannah adding vocals.
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magnatone said 3141 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
Vic
i think this is a way that we're good for each other - I tend overdo the peaks (like, never come down), and Shay tends to spend more time down in the lowlands in her subtle playing. So i guess between us, we've got both peaks and valleys kind of covered, and the fun part was working out how to get from one to the other repeatedly throughout the song. Thanks a lot for your listen!
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bud said 3141 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
I can't imagine a greater testimony
to the value and power of this community than what you two have accomplished here. Would you consider working with Hillary and doing something about that situation in the Middle East? An absolute joy to listen to and a thrill to contemplate. I don't know what else to say.
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kassia said 3141 days ago (February 18th, 2009)
bud
First of all, thanks for the chuckle. You made my day with your comments. Very sweet and kind of you to stop by and let us know you enjoyed the song. I am constantly grateful for MacJams and all of the wonderful people and opportunities it has brought into my life. You are right, there is great value and power here. So glad we can all share in it.
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DWL said 3141 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
I know I won't be disappointed
when I click into one of your tracks!

Beautifully done and a fascinating insight as to how you brought this together. Much kudos to you both.

Cheers

Dick

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magnatone said 3141 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Hi Dick!
so glad you were able to stop by for a listen. We're kind of fascinated by the process ourselves - it's truly a journey of trust, patience (and fortunately lots of humor). Glad you enjoyed the song!
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ic42 said 3141 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
yinyang styles
it is a great gift to hear yin and yang styles merge. sun and moon, night and day become a perfect one. it is a music of a daydream, and it carries thoughts far away. it is intricate. so much detail. however, it is exactly right. thank you for such a gift.
-hakucho
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kassia said 3141 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
hakucho
It is always a great pleasure to have you come in for a listen, and an even greater pleasure to read your kind words. Our goal with this piece was to express both of our styles distinctly and yet weave them together into a seamless whole. I'm glad we have succeeded in doing that. Your thoughts are much appreciated. Thank you.
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springclock said 3141 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
holy hell batman!
this is soooo beautiful..... wonderful tonality.... fantastic chord structure.... mix is fab and clean....I feel like I am watching lights dance around on ice.... it has a longing and a sense of optimism.... I can't say enough about this track.... you also did a great job keeping it moving....totally floored by this....why is this free on MJ?? It's better than that I say!

peace and future....Ian
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kassia said 3141 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
great gobs of jellyfish batman!
Ian! wow! what an incredible comment! you've just made my day. I'm just thrilled to hear people say that the mix sounds good. Karen and I worked very hard on getting it all right - lots of patience and some frustration and hair pulling. Longing and optimism...you know when I listen to it I hear the same things. I think the key to this piece is that instead of trying to adjust each of our styles to fit the other, we really just went with letting our separate voices be heard, allowing that flow to happen, moving from one to the other. I'm so glad you liked this. Your listen and kind words are much appreciated. Thanks!
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magnatone said 3141 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
yeah
what she said.....
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CraizeeMusic said 3141 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Karen!!!
Absolutely AMAZING!!! I can only gawk at the complete mastery that you have with composition. Another very moving piece of music. You two work very well together. Very much exciting to see this type of work! Thanks for sharing!
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magnatone said 3141 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
thanks!!
so glad you enjoyed our little duet! I guess we do work pretty well together, and maybe compliment each other well, in terms of who's stronger with what. We discovered that I totally obsess about some aspects of music making, and shay totally obsesses about others - which means between us, we're completely obsessed about the whole thing. I guess it means most bases are covered!
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Henke said 3141 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
What they all said...
only I really don't mind fades, they are often quite OK, as in this case. Congratulations to a marvelous piece of music and thank you so much for sharing it here. I guess you could dig some gold with it in other places...

/Henrik
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magnatone said 3141 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Dig some gold?
cool idea! Do you know where to start?? Seriously, thank you Henke for taking the time to listen and comment. I always love hearing from you on a song, as I always love hearing YOUR music!
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Hydrogen3 said 3140 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Absolutely Amazing!!
You both have done such a beautiful Job with this piece! One of the best collabs I have heard yet!! Holley :)
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magnatone said 3140 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Thanks Holley!
So glad you had a chance to come by and give it a listen, and that you enjoyed it. We'll probably try another one of these sometime soon!
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ShadowofNine said 3140 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Sorry
I'm late to the party..been sick..but I would not miss your work for anything, this piece is gorges,wonderful, and ohh so tasteful you both have my deepest admiration, a deep bow to yu both...magnificent....
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kassia said 3140 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Dave!
So sorry to hear you've been sick, but thank you so much for making the effort to come in for a listen. It's wonderful to see you here. Thank you for your very sweet words. Karen and I are both huge fans of yours, as you know. It's an honor to hear your thoughts on the music. Thank you!
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Mystified said 3140 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Beautiful music!!
You two make the *perfect* collab team!

Thank you :)
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magnatone said 3140 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Hi Mysti!
I don't know about "perfect" (that might be you and bryn), but i do feel like we're starting to figure out how to do this as two pianists, whose brains both "think in piano", but tend to create very different kinds of piano music, each left to our own devices. It sure is fun though - thanks for the listen!
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thoddi said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
What a treat
This one brings peaceful images of the countryside to me. Music that has the ability to bring along such visuals are proof of grand artistry to me. Bravo. You two seem to have found the good chemistry that leads to great collabs.
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magnatone said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Hi Thor!
so great to see you show up here - we appreciate your time in listening, and that you feel we accomplished a bit of something here. There is good chemistry between us (now that we're speaking again) (just kidding) Thanks!
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TobinMueller said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
True collaboration
Wow, I love your story about all the communications, the back-and-forths, the layering and interweaving of differing styles to create a moderated yet alive collaboration. This is a testimony that should exist on a future HOW TO COLLAB faq page. Very nice ebb and flow, variations of textures, and especially the piano playing. There is never a sense of two competing minds, only one competent and balanced vision. The French horns at the climax were very well placed, a real highlight. The actual melody, for a classical work, is a little weak, merely a spin on the chord progression, although the lines coming out of the English horn are very satisfying. It works well as a New Age or film score piece. Also, I agree with Clark that a true finish as opposed to a fade out would have been more fulfilling. But the result is very satisfying, nonetheless. A very enjoyable piece.

Thank you two for providing yet another fabulous example of how working with fellow MJers is such an emotionally satisfying and musically fruitful experience!
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magnatone said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Tobin!!
thanks for coming over for a listen! Not sure we'd have much that's very articulate to say about "How To Collab" (well, guess i should just speak for myself), but that's a very nice acknowledgment from you, and thank you for that. You're totally right about the somewhat weak piano melodies - we weren't really trying to be classical i don't think. (hmm, or were we???) But so glad you found some of the rest of it stronger. We were pleased when we came up with that Ehorn line, which started to kind of carry the song, over time. Anyway - thank you so much for taking the time to make this thoughtful comment Tobin!
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particledots said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Listening on macbook speakers
this sounds great karen/shay
i am very much looking forwards to hearing it thru a decent sound system
thank you both for sharing such lovely music - i am happy that you are finding a productive collaborative pathway
:-)
b
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magnatone said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
THANKS BRYN!!
i can't imagine how crappy this would sound through macbook speakers! I hope sometime you'll have a chance to hear it through your headphones - then you can tell what you REALLY hear! Appreciate your time, in this time i know is very busy for you! (and we LOVE you!!)
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saymme said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Wow !
what a treat with such a long beautiful song...THANKYOU this has such great feel to it ..wonderfully done!!
magnatone said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Lena!!
it's always a pleasure to have you stop by! I just listened to your poetry reading, which is also beautiful! Thanks again for your time my dear!
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DeathArrow said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
lalala
Karen you always impress me again with your music...you are such a great songwriter. i love to hear your songs, i can relax and forget everything around me !! and if someone makes me do that, that one can REALLY write songs !!!
greeat arrangement by the way !!!
and you always impress my how you record your piano...i never could do that....^^
GREAT SONG !!!
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magnatone said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
la la la
thanks for stopping by DA! We both really appreciate you taking the time to listen, and glad you enjoyed the song!
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sschedra said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Just amazing!
You guys work really well together, musically and otherwise. I learn so much from listening and reading how you put your music together. The results speak for themselves, truly beautiful music.
Thanks again to both of you,
Stephen
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magnatone said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
Hi Stephen
how nice of you to come by for a listen! this is SUCH a learning process for us too - we're just figuring out how to do this together, trying to use the best skills each of us have, and leaning on the other for our less strong areas. Glad you liked it!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
yo
ok very cool, this could easily be put into a movie or cinematic. even the drowning out fade at the end sounded real good i loved those keys. this ones going on the favs to join your first collab lol good stuff!
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kassia said 3139 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
yo to you!
hey jay! thanks for stopping by! glad you love the keys, because I'm not sure Karen and I could do a collab without pianos in it. Not sure if our brains work that way. And I'm so glad we can add another vote to the Pro-Fade side of things! Thanks for listening and letting us know you liked it!
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yrp said 3140 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
A
impossible (not really, but very hard) task you two seem to delve yourselves into.
Most of the collabs I do are done in 3 or 4 emails.It sounds like a nightmare all the work you did.But the results...
The results...
Once I called your music cellebratory but now it imposes itself like a force of nature, really.
Impossible to move away from or ignore.
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kassia said 3139 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
yrp
There were times it did seem a little impossible. Actually, I believe there were quite a few times where Karen or I would exclaim, "This is *&#*!@&#% IMPOSSIBLE!!!" Thank goodness there were two of us - always one to keep perspective when the other one lost their mind momentarily. You're comment is wonderful - thank you for coming by and leaving such kind words!
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Alannah said 3139 days ago (February 20th, 2009)
How could one ....
.. not fall instantly in love with a Magnatone / Kassia melding ! The weaving of two dynamic musical styles into such a fabulous piece ! You two should definitely be proud .. you do each other such favour ! (love the little flute bits) ....
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magnatone said 3139 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
Alannah!
so glad you were able to hear this, and that you enjoyed it. it was hilariously great to see you in chat last night - thanks for stopping by our little duet!
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lengold said 3139 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
I have nothing
new to say about this - just wonderful.
Cheers
Len


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magnatone said 3138 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Len
you just look so darned good in the T-shirt! So glad you enjoyed our little project - hope they send you an extra large! (although there's something to be said for form fitting??)
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Jarvoid said 3139 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
simply gobsmacked
at all of the whole complete thing,brilliant piano playing and dueting neatly corruscating arou.......what am I burbling about ,it was simply The Dog's Bollocks which means it was bloody brilliant. Thanks to both of you for collabing and contributing it to our little cirque musique!!

Jarvo
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magnatone said 3137 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
gobsmacked!
I had to ask Rebsie what that meant - i understand it's a good thing, so yeah! So glad it was....um...gobsmacked for you! (and also Dog's Bollocks!!)
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paul f. page said 3139 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
It's impossible...
...to add anything substantive to the legions of fans and comments you've already rec'd here. The most remarkable thing about it all, though, is that you two have found a way to collaborate that works...and works well. Fade at the end was, to me, a little abrupt following the big buildup. Just my perspective. You two do a lot with about four chords. (I wonder if there is a lilting melody waiting to be born above all this wonderful movement: a soaring flute/piccolo that just spins out on its own.) Nevertheless, this is amazing...and so are both of you. Brava!
Peace.
Paul
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magnatone said 3137 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Hi Paul
So glad you had a chance to stop by! It's certainly true that this all revolves around a small number of chords, and your idea of a "soaring flute" is very intriguing. Thanks for your interest in our song.
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chronologic said 3139 days ago (February 21st, 2009)
Kassia + Magnatone = magical
Yes absolutely the best of both worlds. I feel like I understand the description perfectly and what I love about it is that you were able to acknowledge what you are, what you have, and what you don't, move forward cooperatively and work around each other, becoming a new whole, like a vine climbing on a tree (Kassia being the tree and Magnatone being the vine... if you like my interp). And to think you guys do this for fun and for free. If the world is broken, it is broken in beautiful ways. The cracks might as well be etchings in old stained glass. And your light is what falls on the aged floorstones. Let the sun not go down. Thanks for what you have done.
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magnatone said 3137 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Mr. Chronologic!
Trees and vines - cool metaphor, i really like that. What a wonderful comment that truly made my day. Thanks for taking the time to have a listen to our collab!
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Remark80 said 3138 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
As always...
The feel on this is stunning as always. I really like the feel of your songs. I need to stop by and comment on your songs more often. I am big fan. Thanks
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magnatone said 3137 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
thanks!
we are delighted that you enjoyed the music. we're stunned too - that we finally finished the darned thing!
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mowguy3 said 3138 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Dual Tapestry
Not enough words in Websters for this one. A work of art from both of you.
Thank you both for the DL and many more listens.
Be well, Russ
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magnatone said 3137 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
hi russ!
that's a high compliment - we appreciate your kind words very much. thanks for taking the time to stop by - i always look forward to your music!
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spitlogic said 3138 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
I never left a comment
I love this song. The playing is beautiful and full of spirit. I'm playing this song over and over again and thinking to myself "man I wish I could have been apart of this." What I'm trying to say is that i enjoy it a lot.
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magnatone said 3137 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Mitchell!!
how sweet of you to come back to leave a comment. So glad to hear you're enjoying our little duet. be safe over there!
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I.G.M. said 3138 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
wonderful
it`s really moving, clear and bright

I.G.M.
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magnatone said 3137 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
thanks!
great to meet you in chat yesterday IGM - your music is just gorgeous, and it's a pleasure to start getting acquainted with it here. Welcome back to MJ!
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WharmtonRise said 3137 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Thank you
For pointing me to this Karen,

I already knew Kassia was a great musician now I know the two of you are and to be this good together suggests and proves ooooodles of talent.

Andrew.
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magnatone said 3137 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Andrew!
it was really fun to talk to you yesterday - you're a funny guy! the addition of wharmtonrise at MJ is truly wonderful, and we so appreciate someone of your talent and skill, stopping by our little duet. look forward to hearing much more of your wonderful music as well!
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Dadai.2 said 3137 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Maggie & kassia...

quit your day jobs... Carnegie Hall is calling.

Just wonderful.

Jack
magnatone said 3136 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
thanks jack!
i think, speaking for myself only, i'm going to play it safe and KEEP my day job!! Thanks for the lovely thought though - and for the nice comment!
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particledots said 3136 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Listening now on my studio monitors
Very impressive Karen and Shay or Shay and Karen
:-)
All the hard work you put in to this obviously paid off. Lovely arrangement and sublime playing...we just need to get you both together with your respective midi orchestras in a coffee shop venue to play this stuff live now...in fact, I will play the bassoon if you ask me nicely.

Lovely, gentle music

Thank you

bryn
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magnatone said 3136 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
thanks AGAIN Bryn!
wouldn't that be wild - in a coffee shop? You are ON for the bassoon gig - i can't think of anybody i'd rather have in that seat. Except wait a darned minute......HEY.......do you even know HOW to play bassoon?? I think we need a little more information.....

Seriously - thanks for taking the time to listen AGAIN, through good speakers - we both really appreciate your continued support and friendship!
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macoco said 3133 days ago (February 27th, 2009)
Another gem by you two!
Lovely capuccino!
A creamy foam layered on a strong coffe.
As said, I love to know how a team developes its tunes.
Thank you for the touching music and the description of the making: it makes me listen with more attention and care.
Wonderful knitting, fellows musicians!

macoco.
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woofer3 said 3132 days ago (February 28th, 2009)
just beautiful music
delicate with authority and grace. most enjoyable.

Love your work Karen,

John
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ziti said 3130 days ago (March 1st, 2009)
i waited
until all the craziness from work was done and i would have the decompress moment to check this out...

another brilliant soundscape...you are beginning to develop real dynamics in the playing and production...fantastic.

There is a lot of love being tossed about here, and we are lucky to be in on it. Great stuff as always, Karen. True music from that beautiful open heart of yours.

deepest bows to the creators of this magic

z
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Bowman said 3130 days ago (March 2nd, 2009)
I liked
the opening with your quiet understated theme and how, like growing leaves on a tree, you filled it up.
It would have been so tempting to press the petal to the metal and let fly to early but you didn't and result is a balanced and very satisfying collaboration. Speaking of which I'm truly amazed how two gifted musicians can work together so successfully.
As for the fade I'm with Clark and Drag on that but nonetheless a wonderful work from both of you .
Best,
Mr. B.


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Heightened said 3113 days ago (March 19th, 2009)
Yikes!
You have just put us all to shame. Out-bloody-standing!!!
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blindsidedpoets said 3112 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
Great Use of Dynamics
Fantastic flow! The building up, and breaking down is wonderful.
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Calchas said 3111 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
My two cents worth...
It's all been said and then some, so---at the risk of serious redundancy---FABULOUS COLLAB!!!

Listening to this is like being swept away on a sonic cloud.

Be well friends!
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anomalous said 3104 days ago (March 28th, 2009)
i
dont know much, but i know what i like. i like this a lot, fantastic interplay and build, and brilliant production.
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rsorensen said 3100 days ago (April 1st, 2009)
just
wow.
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Ren-Tin-10 said 3090 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Very nice!
All that obsessive tweaking obviously works.

Cheers,
Jim
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T_Being_esq said 3089 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Just discovering
you. I can see my playlist will be full. Sound great on its own but flexible enougth to form the backing to a spoken word piece or even a song. A folky style or even slightly operatic/stage musical. Hope you don't mind the comments, just I have so many ideas running around my head listening to it.
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segiperkasa said 3070 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
love this ...
very beautiful piece ...
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segiperkasa said 3070 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
love this ...
very beautiful piece ... can i add in some guitar line in it?
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Monkaton said 3050 days ago (May 21st, 2009)
Good Song
Music such as this runs the risk of becoming a cliche, but you avoid that and create a piece that moves from section to section and lingers only enough to establish the motif and then develop.

Very nicely recorded and excellent arrangement.
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Monkaton said 3050 days ago (May 21st, 2009)
Oops!
I forgot to mention the excellent dynamics in this piece. Very well done.
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dhragon said 3036 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
So beautiful
The cooperative work that was put into this wonderful song is both amazing and inspiring. Beautifully done.
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TheLemurs said 3024 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
nice piece
Deep piano tunes, great playing, overall a very nice piece
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preference said 3016 days ago (June 24th, 2009)
HEY!
nice running strings and overall string work. It really compliments the climbing piano, and the light flute tones sound extremely realistic. I think this track is great because most GB tracks I've heard often come off as sounding generic. There is evidently a lot of feeling in this piece, and I'm extremely impressed that there are people on this site who can truly compose. Hopefully I'll get a mac one day and I can see what this GB is all about!
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AndeeScott said 2946 days ago (September 1st, 2009)
Wow
That was so lovely. I sat all the way through that enthralled. I loved the gentle start to the epic finish.

Is there anywhere I can buy or download a high quality version if you don't mind me asking. I want this is tune in my collection.
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smh said 2914 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Magic...
Another fantastic collaboration...Please keep it up, I look forward to your next.
UnderThePianoMan said 2837 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Simply Magical
You've stolen my heart with this collaboration. Thank you!
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The_Mistress_Project said 2836 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Well...
I think this is probably one of the best compositions I've ever heard. It has really inspired me, and I thank you greatly.

Moon Raven
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tmcfate said 2814 days ago (January 11th, 2010)
two into one
such a good composition. it both charges along yet has a fresh face of say,, spring in it. i can really hear both of your styles in it.
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Floridaplayer said 2599 days ago (August 15th, 2010)
Wow
What a pro you and whoever else rode in with you are. Everything I listened to of yours sounds wonderful. Will have to come back when I have some more time.
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Garni said 2115 days ago (December 11th, 2011)
Dual Tapestry
Two genius at work I am in heaven listening to this piece!

Bravo G-)
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megus said 2090 days ago (January 5th, 2012)
My favorite (so far)
This is just wonderful, ladies! I am sharing this with someone.
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megus said 2090 days ago (January 5th, 2012)
Where is Shay?
How do I find Shat's page?
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say said 772 days ago (August 16th, 2015)
Dual Tapestry (w/kassia)
Amazing collab you two have done here! It sounds absolutely great, there's alot of work put into this..truely amazing !

Thankyou
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