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Safe Harbor


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Ex_Silentio

 Genre: Ambient

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Ambient. Soft synths. Simple. Trying to work in those unruly EXSP24 vox synths.

Safe Harbor -- a story of separation from place, the anxiety of imminent departure, wandering through nervous landscapes, an illusory resolve, struggling to regain hope, and finding it in the most unlikely of places.

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Hits: 3496
Comments: 47
Fans: 21
Plays: 111
Downloads: 112

Uploaded: Feb 22, 2009 - 07:23:08 PM
Last Updated: May 19, 2009 - 11:35:45 AM Last Played: May 30, 2017 - 01:26:04 PM
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Hydrogen3 said 3162 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
Safe Harbor
This is just amazing!! Its like a journey!! VERY Nice!!!
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Ex_Silentio said 3161 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
HolleyHall.
Thank you for listening and commenting. Glad you enjoyed the journey.
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drakonis said 3162 days ago (February 22nd, 2009)
ambi-something
Only negative thing is that the constantly flanging synths seemed a little too regular through the whole piece... I would have wanted a different timbre synth to come in at times as a replacement, they were very insistent :-) Other than that, I really liked the chord washes, and the choice of ominous feeling until the end when the chords resolve, and the heartbeat was cool. Nice stuff.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Ex_Silentio said 3161 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Thanks Drakonis.
Your honest appraisals are always refreshing. Thanks for your comment. I guess I'll just have to cite "artistic differences" concerning the insistence of the bass synth. That was my intention.
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Reinholt56 said 3162 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Hi Ex......
I enjoyed your mix as it was. The picture you paint with your description fits very nicely with the journey that the music takes you on.

Take care.

Paul
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Ex_Silentio said 3161 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Hi Paul.
This was a simple exercise compared to your very detailed ambient pieces, but that suits my simple mind. Thanks very much for taking the time to listen and comment.
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Skean said 3161 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Great
I'm huge fan of ambient tunes, you've done a really great painting with all the sounds you come up with hereā€¦ As, Holly & Paul says a journey I love that as you can imagine your on picture(s) in you mind.
GREAT WORK.
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Ex_Silentio said 3161 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Thank you Skean.
I've been remiss in listening to all the other ambient at MJ. I'll have to go listen to some of your work. I appreciate your comments.
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Wummimann said 3161 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
very,
interesting and calmy. i wish i could make such a sound as you, but i'm too impatiently. the chord changes reminds of R.P.-
Wummimann
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Ex_Silentio said 3161 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
Your impatience ...
produces many wonderful pieces of music. Don't change a thing. RP? Hmmm. Perhaps.
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michael2 said 3161 days ago (February 23rd, 2009)
nice track
some really interesting stuff going on here. love those big chord-ey pads that come in after the first section. would love to hear David Sylvian singing over the top of this.
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Ex_Silentio said 3160 days ago (February 24th, 2009)
Thanks Michael.
Yes, a vocalist would be interesting, in general, Sylvian or not. I'll have to give that some thought. Thanks again.
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Henke said 3160 days ago (February 24th, 2009)
Great meditative ambience
Sweet sounds that work nicely together. I even think I recognized that heart-beat pulse :-) For a song of almost 8 minutes I might have expected a slightly more resolved ending alternatively a longer fade, but that is my only nit. Very nice! Thanks for the download, an instant fav, as usual from you!

/Henrik
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Ex_Silentio said 3159 days ago (February 25th, 2009)
Yes, you're quite right, Henke.
Your nit is well taken. I should have polished up the ending. Thanks for listening and commenting. I appreciate your support and suggestions.
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WharmtonRise said 3147 days ago (March 9th, 2009)
Lovely
Some gorgeous evolving sounds!

This is real ambience.
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Ex_Silentio said 3144 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Thanks, WR.
Nice of you to stop by and comment.
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kassia said 3147 days ago (March 9th, 2009)
journey
incredible soundscape you've built here. your sound choices are excellent and help to really create the mood. there are lots of different sonic textures here, which is great. the diversity kept me engaged, as the background wind-sounds swept me along. very cool stuff. a wonderful adventure in sound. thank you.
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Ex_Silentio said 3144 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Very flattering, Kassia.
I appreciate your feedback.
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Day-Dreamer said 3140 days ago (March 16th, 2009)
Safe Harbor
A fantastical musical journey. Just blown away really, by the ferocious howling wind effect. Awesome:)
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Ex_Silentio said 3139 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
Very windy.
It was really a challenge to make this in such bad weather. Next time, I'm working indoors. Thanks for your comments, D-D.
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Doug Somers said 3136 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
Immersive
I feel like this is pulling me to something distant in time and place, like the view from a plane's cockpit traveling through clouds. I love the space were I end up. Nicely done Ex.

Be well,
Doug
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Ex_Silentio said 3135 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
Hi, Doug.
Very nice of you to add your thoughts here. I appreciate your thoughtful comment.
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blindsidedpoets said 3135 days ago (March 21st, 2009)
Ooo
Very nice, Love the growly yet smooth sounds, it's like what if James Earl Jones was a keyboard
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Ex_Silentio said 3127 days ago (March 29th, 2009)
That's some image.
You must be a writer ... ha, of course you are. I'm enjoying your work here at MJ. Thanks for stopping by.
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davajonah said 3128 days ago (March 28th, 2009)
This one
slipped by me! However, as is usual, a very fine journey into the ambient realm.

Great stuff.
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Ex_Silentio said 3127 days ago (March 29th, 2009)
Hi dava.
Yeah, I miss tons of stuff. The production rate here seems to have accelerated recently. Anyway, I'm glad you liked it. I have always liked the vox synths, in spite of the fact that I find it difficult to make them sound good.
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fathom said 3124 days ago (April 1st, 2009)
A
whirlwind of a trip. Loved it.
Fathom.
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Ex_Silentio said 3120 days ago (April 5th, 2009)
Hi, fathom.
Glad you liked it. More soon, I hope.
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Char said 3117 days ago (April 8th, 2009)
Hello, Ex.
I would not change a thing. I see a woman who has been left to find her own way. Like a character from Charles Dickens, she meets people, some good, some bad. Her favorite place to go when there is too much to handle is the sea shore. She stays for hours and is lost in the watching of the waves beating on the sand. She doesn't mind the wind and the salt sea spray that leaves her raw and trembling because she feels that burning and knows she is alive and can withstand anything. I love what you do. You make me think. Thank you.
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Ex_Silentio said 3116 days ago (April 9th, 2009)
A wonderfully descriptive alternative.
You're awfully good at this, Char. Write more lyrics! That's close to what I had in mind. I wanted to describe the dissolution of a settlement in the north lands circa 1000 AD, displaced and forced to migrate through uncharted territory, filled with dread and uncertainty, without the comforts of home for the first time, then finding a new settlement -- a temporary respite -- but just an illusion, deeper disappointment and longing, then when hope is nearly abandoned, eureka (at 6:20 the clouds break slowly). This could have obvious parallels to the breakup of a long relationship, something along the lines you describe. Thanks for your kind comments.
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tokai said 3114 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Beautiful
sounds, tranquil and dream like. The kind of music by which to view the stars.
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Ex_Silentio said 3110 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
Very poetic.
Thanks, Steve. I'm glad you liked it. If only there were stars in my night sky....
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fabien0784 said 3104 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
well structured
An interesting balance of improvisation and patterns. Maybe a bit too long. Thanks for sharing this windy journey!
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Ex_Silentio said 3102 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
Hi, fabien.
Yes, I tend to be long-winded (speaking of wind). Thanks for giving this your attention. I appreciate it.
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K.I.S.KISMET said 3103 days ago (April 22nd, 2009)
wow
left me in a rapt state. your imagination and creativity are spellbinding:)
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Ex_Silentio said 3102 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
"Wow" to you, too.
I am honored by your opinion. I admire your work.
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Boundless said 3103 days ago (April 22nd, 2009)
Spacious
Great synth work Ex.
Thanks for an
enjoyable
journey.
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Ex_Silentio said 3102 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
Boundless.
That is an excellent title for an ambient piece. I might have to borrow that. It's not often that a jazz musician comments on my work. I am very pleased.
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Narad said 3045 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Anchored
Another extraordinary track from you ! Thanks for this and all ! :)
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Ex_Silentio said 2897 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
Ooops
Sorry, Narad. I try to respond to comments. This one slipped by. Thanks very much for your support. I value it.
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Kody106 said 2903 days ago (November 8th, 2009)
coooooool!!
this is awesome!!!!! i love songs that have excellent surround sound mixing... i like the "bowowowo" sound...sounds like a high bass phaser...:D very nice work!!
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Ex_Silentio said 2897 days ago (November 14th, 2009)
bowowowo
Yeah, I kinda like that, too. Thanks Kody for listening to and commenting on one of my oldies. Take care.
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VicDiesel said 2861 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
The constancy of change
Cool track. The "didg"-like synth and the heartbeat give it a constant mood, but the changes are in the details. Nicely done.
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crissew said 2857 days ago (December 24th, 2009)
Very cool piece
beautiful ambient sounds wash over this piece. I like the flange personally. I think it gives the song a pulse, which ironically came in just after I wrote the word pulse. Pretty wild, I could hear it coming. Very cool tune, enjoyed it!
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thetiler said 2827 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
Great pic !
and the instrumental starts of very nature like wind etc. Like how you use that and nice synth sounds to with it. Enjoy the synth later on and how it combines with the wonderful wind sounds. I am a sucker for those types of wind sounds. You use that in very good ways.

Really seems to combine wonderfully with the picture as well !
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PatriciaGirl said 2354 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
Undulated coolness!
Sorry, I'm late to the party of commenting on songs, but I'm new here and have a lot of listening (catchup) to do :) Great use of soft synths here. I love a good imaginative piece with tension that undulate until the calmness flows in to set the ending phase of this piece. Love the journey! Thanks for sharing this piece. I look forward to hearing more! patty :)
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hackneybloke said 2324 days ago (June 11th, 2011)
safe harbor
dreamy trip. i love those heartbeat drums at the bottom. this doesn't sound safe to me though....it's mysterious and scary...i'm lost in space and my ship doesn't know which way to go. can you hear me major duane?
i've just realised that whereas most ambient music can drone on and on.....8mins with you slips by effortlessly and timelessly. cool track.
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Ambient music is a loosely defined musical genre that incorporates elements of a number of different styles - including jazz, electronic music, new age, rock and roll, modern classical music, reggae, traditional, world and even noise.

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