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kassia

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This is my third and and final piece in this hang drum experiment inspired by the book "The Deptford Trilogy" by Canadian author Robertson Davies.

The third book in the trilogy is "World of Wonders" and is about the nasty realities of life within a traveling carnival in the 1930's, as well as a story about the wonders of traveling the world. There is also a part of the book about the decline of the theater as movies came into being. So, this song is a representation of many different moods and scenes as I tried to capture all of what was in this incredible book.

As the third piece of this hang drum trilogy, I've incorporated sounds and themes from both of the first two pieces, in order to tie everything together. So you'll hear the boys choir and some familiar synths and drums from "Foolsaint" as well as the chinese ehru and some synths/drums from "Into The Tunnel".

This is, um....a little different. Hope you enjoy it.
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Feter said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
World of Wonders
I just adore your dramatic scenes and pics you
created here and directed so well ...this is
so diffrent and richer with sense of drama ...
totally blowin away by how you let this all
reached this level ...again I m hearing buddah
bar production here ...this is something so
brilliant ...I wish someday you can create
a full video scenes for the three parts ...
amazing end ...kudos ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Feter
Thanks Feter! I really started this piece with a picture in my mind of what I wanted to convey so I'm glad that those images seemed to come across for you.
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futzpucker said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Brilliant
I found this piece very courageous and creative - by far the most so of your rapidly expanding repertoire. You are taking your music out of the safe and into the adventurous here, and I believe you have succeeded wildly.

Wonderful use of your palette of sounds. You have a great deal of reason to be proud of this accomplishment, Shay.
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
patrick
I definitely tried a lot of new things with this one. During a recent roadtrip, we were listening to lots of soundtrack music and I would hear an idea and say "I've got to try something like that!" So I should probably credit Thomas Newman, Clint Mansell and Basil Poledouris for inspiring me. Thank you very much for your wonderful support!
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KissMeKate said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Perhaps y'all can help me out with some peer pressure
In spite of her love for Basil Poledouris' work, Shay has so far flat-out refused to watch Lonesome Dove which is one of my all-time favorite works of art on film. ;)
KissMeKate said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
I really like this one a lot.
Ambitious and interesting, it flows smoothly, yet with surreal quirkiness, through a rich landscape of emotion, sound, and wonder.

This challenges the listener to trust her soundscape as a guide through a unique and different sort of adventure.
KissMeKate said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
No idea why I wrote that in 3rd person
YOUR soundscape :)
kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Kate
it's ok I knew what you meant. :) Thank you!
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Diviner said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Gorgeous stuff
The use of the hung is brilliant and I like the way you build it up. Lovely track Shay, I have really enjoyed listening to the trilogy you have composed. Nice one.
Ps I have not forgotten my offer of a collab, I just have to come up with something decent.:)
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Keith
Thank you for coming by! And just let me know when you've got something you think will work - it's all brilliant!
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davisamerica said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Out of the comfort zone
and down the rabitt hole ....amazing shay. You can nearly see the behind scenes of life within the carnival, and get a glimpse of the inhabitants after the grease paint is removed. I agree totally with Futz ... "out of the safe and into the adventurous". Just wonderful !!
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
jack
yes rabitthole for sure. unlike with most of my music, i did actually go into this with the intention of creating a specific picture and it sounds like that was successful. I'm glad it worked! (you're awesome)
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Marlon said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
very pretty
and very evocative
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Marlon
Thank you for coming by for a listen!
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awigze said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Sublime
Ooooh, Shay this is another Kassia Classic... Sublime, cerebral -I think that is the word of the day. Another excellent accomplishment... no wonder I haven't seen ya around.
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Andy
are sublime and cerebral mutually exclusive? lol....both great words. i'm not worthy. thank you so much for your wonderful comment and your support in these experiments of mine. i'll try to be around more now. :D
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awigze said 2971 days ago (October 29th, 2009)
well?
I havent seen you around much anymore than before.... makes me wanna say, "Shhhhaaaaaaa-yyyyyyy" !!!
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magnatone said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
WONDERful
as shay LEAPS out of the box, with awesome sounds, beats, instruments and energy - the world wonders at the musical brain that can come manifest a song like this. congratulations on this trilogy - i'm in that audience cheering wildly!
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
karen
lol...this musical brain wonders at where this song came from. as you know, i started with the idea of writing 'scary clown music" and this is what happened. not sure i was successful, but it turned out pretty cool none-the-less. lol...thanks for listens and feedback along the way.
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paul f. page said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Just wonderful.
Shay,
How your creativity has expanded by leaps and bounds in just a few weeks! THIS is an amazing collection of images in sound that I am sure replicates major sections of the novel you describe above. You have a real affinity for connecting mood and scene. This is so well-thought-out and beautifully mixed. I can only imagine the hours it must have taken to mix this. Congratulations on another spectacular composition.
Peace.
Paul
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Paul
You leave such wonderful comments on my songs. Thank you - I truly appreciate your words of support and encouragement. It's amazing how the mind expands when given more tools and toys to play with! I've also been challenging myself to find inspiration and ideas in more places. As far as the mix on this one, I actually mixed a lot of it as I wrote it. It seemed necessary on this one to do that, so that I could hear each detail. So by the end of the piece there was only some final tweak mixing to do.
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drakonis said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Inspires an ancient dragon proverb...
"To live nowhere is to live everywhere" -- Dragon Fact and Fiction, chapter 5. The traveling circus, having no residence, the whole world becomes your residence. Speaking of which, this quirky imagery-inducing piece reminds me a bit of the haunting mixture of story and music in "Freak Show" by The Residents (one of my favorites is "Harry the Head" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dFukfz65pU ). But I digress as always... this is a very evocative music-story. Excellent!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
drakonis
ooh I'll have to check that video out. Thanks for your wonderful words of wisdom dragon!
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Skean said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Shay
I'm so glad you've started to do this DIFFERENT stuff, as I new you could have some fun and you're so good piano player so you can't fail, nice piece of work, thanks ;)
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
kenta
Thank you! I'm so glad you are enjoying this stuff!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
yo
This is great. Reminds me of something i'de hear in a final fantasy cinematic. very foriegn with a mystical vibe to it. I can see an open desert, very dry. I see a journey or great decision having to be made...I love the tempo change at the end. very cool Shay.
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
P8
nice visuals! I love hearing what pictures music creates for people. thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts Jay. a 'cool" from P8 is pretty high honors!
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Henke said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Oh my,
I think I need go get that book (those books)! Sounds really nice. I like your new style. Too! Very evocative... Take care.

/Henke

P.S. Did you hear Parichayaka's piece World of Wonder? It also features the ehru (I think) and actually sounds a bit like this. Fun coincidence...
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kassia said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
Henke
I have NOT heard that Pari piece but I'll definitely check it out! Sounds great. I highly recommend this book - one of my absolute favorites. Evocative seems to be the word of the day here. lol...I can live with that! Thanks Henke, for coming by for a listen!
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richard13 said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
um...a little different
but still brilliant! As amazingly rich, evocative, and carefully detailed as Davies' stories. Yes, I enjoyed it: a lot! Thank you.
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Jim Bouchard said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
I love that hang drum!
Really wonderful. There is a Bruce Cockburn song and album called World of Wonders which inspired me to read the book originally, and it is indeed a wonderful book, but I like this piece almost better. It's very wonder-full and mysterious. I love the way it builds up to the part where speeds up. Such attention to detail!
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scofugate said 3037 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Wow
Nice use of everything! that was the fastest 3:36 in a long time.
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Sigmund said 3036 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
wonder world
interesting. sounds to me like you had a vision where to take this piece, because it certainly follows a non-linear path. the closest thing to a soundtrack that I have heard you compose yet. you do a very good job of combining your voices to create multi-toned textures - something very near and dear to my heart as you probably know. so what next? this genre has endless possibilities, and you are showing yourself capable of taking it head on. nice job - keep up the good work - sig
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blaky smith said 3036 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
First
First piece which I take time to listen to here after more than 2 months of absence. It is excellent Shay, I like very much what you made here, a real pleasure for ears, very well to begin my day. Thanks... Marc
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lavalamp said 3036 days ago (August 25th, 2009)
Royal treatment
Got to hear this on some very nice speakers. So, this did sound extra hi-fi. Love it hear because it gives us a chance to experiment. No reason didn't could be used as a soundtrack.

Dave
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lengold said 3035 days ago (August 26th, 2009)
World of Wonders
The title says it all. Wonderful.
Cheers
Len

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The_ChickMunks said 3034 days ago (August 27th, 2009)
you
are the cute one indeed ....wonderful drums
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ShadowofNine said 3028 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Magic
I almost missed this yu are so prolific lately hard to keep up, another wonderful creation Shay, your work is very inspiring for me...Bravo
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Moviz said 3028 days ago (September 2nd, 2009)
Fascinating piece
and so very interesting to listen to, with all the different sounds, which you've blended so well together. This is very clever, I love those percussive sounds you've used, which give such an interest to the musical story.... and what a good idea to use the book as a theme. Love the ending, with the speeding up of the tempo, which finally sounds like an excited audience rising to their feet with a cheer. It has the feel of actually being in a Theatre or Music hall at the time of 'Hercule Poirot' or thereabouts. Love it, regards M
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carlajpatterson said 3027 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
Lush and Evocative
First of all, I love this piece for itself - hadn't heard any of your other music yet but was drawn to the fact that it was experimental. I love the way you have woven all of these different themes and instruments (incl. voices) together. It's a very satisfying journey to follow you through the way your mind is working here.

Secondly, you are the first person I've ever seen list French Horn as an instrument they play! I haven't played in years but I was first chair through high school - loved that instrument! :)

Carla
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Roxylee said 3027 days ago (September 3rd, 2009)
Shay, this is incredible!
Like Patrick said, it's brilliant. Wow.

and give Robert Duvall a chance, willya? ;-)
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egobandit said 3023 days ago (September 7th, 2009)
hangdrum 3
Im glad I took the journey! Its like leaving a sunny valley to enter a cave that exits into a forrest. Very organic and filled with intense imagery. Then the trees swirl as the exit cant be fond, then at the last moment you find it and everyone is there to welcome you back, excellent! (now look what you made me write! :)
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segiperkasa said 3019 days ago (September 11th, 2009)
cool composition
really cool composition with a variety blend of culture....just wondering how you make those oriental sound... using keyboard or its original instrument...
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Outtaorbit said 3018 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
this is beautiful......
funny also....in a good way...makes me grin
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guitapick said 3014 days ago (September 16th, 2009)
"A little different..."
...is very, very good.

Serious music, here...kudos to you...
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Gaylen75 said 3013 days ago (September 17th, 2009)
love it!!!!
I friggin love this. Right up my ally.
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Doug Somers said 3010 days ago (September 19th, 2009)
How cool is that
This has the sense of being a somewhat faded series of memories - it is a fascinating development throughout and never fails to surprise with its instrumentation or twists and turns in melody and time. I love it.

First class and fresh!

Be well,
Doug

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Parichayaka said 3008 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
marvellous
almost like being in a theater or circus. the sound effects are a brilliant touch and make the music more than just an aural experience. I agree with Patrick - very courageous and creative - and tremendously enjoyable I might add! Loved the previous hang drum experiments and this one is a fitting end to the trilogy. Oh, and we now share a song title.
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Calchas said 2997 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Hypnotic...
Very trippy Shay. Wonderful layering and interplay of sounds and textures. Enjoyed!

Be well friend!
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kayakanu said 2995 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Fantastic..
and wonderfully interesting! Original and very very creative

Superb job!!!! : )
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kristyjo said 2988 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
I love the hang drum
I've never seen or played a real one, though. Very rich, textural story-telling here. So compelling.
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ste said 2982 days ago (October 18th, 2009)
isbn
this def has a future sound of london vibe. love it. u r a great writer, performer and producer
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Outtaorbit said 2981 days ago (October 19th, 2009)
Watch Lonesome Dove.........
It's the struggle.......
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Drew Kopr said 2977 days ago (October 23rd, 2009)
Very cool
This has such great depth to it! I totally dig it. Sounds incredible.
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Boundless said 2963 days ago (November 6th, 2009)
Wonderful, Shay
A real delight to hear some hang drum again.

Creative, light, lovely
mysterious at times.

Delightful - merci !
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VicDiesel said 2959 days ago (November 10th, 2009)
Haunting
You string some wonderful mood pictures here. The exotic instruments are pretty cool. Samples or some of them real?

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Char said 2959 days ago (November 10th, 2009)
I am
completely wowed, Shay! You pulled a unique and engaging piece of art out of the ether. Your creativity is astounding. I loved listening to this. Thank you. :)
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bud said 2922 days ago (December 17th, 2009)
Missed this one taking daiughter to college
etc...You really have created a completely new musical universe for yourself in these pieces and this last installment is such an inspired gem. We both share an affinity for the work of Thomas Newman - and you have gone a long way towards honoring his influence with your own inimitable style. Great piece.
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Kori Arashi said 2795 days ago (April 22nd, 2010)
Wonderful! :3
I really enjoyed the variety you explored in this piece! I'm not familiar with the book so I'll have to definitely read it for I'm always looking for a new good book other than SF! There's a lot of moods and tempo changes in it which was super cool since not too many people do it these days! I'm definitely considering this one for the new film! Thanks a bunch for sharing! :3
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