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Cerberus (Macjams Space Race 2009)



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MJ Space Race 2009


Wherever you are you are always at the crossroads of your past, your present
and your future. Sometimes you are there and making a decision, sometimes
that decision has already been made for you and sometimes you are simply

Cerberus (of mythology), in my version, has three heads, one for the
past, one for the present and one for the future, and you hear the dog at
various stages of the piece, aware of the decisions that are waiting to be
born or the effects put into motion as a consequence of those decisions.

Those decisions may effect yourself, yourself and others or others alone.

The decisions may be global in effect and history is changed thereby.

The decisions may be local in effect and simply move the person from the
present thought to a past, fading memory.

Time lines thus are drawn whereby one persons cause may be anothers effect
be that a moment ago or to come, or a lifetime away.

The Mesh of Time always has it's questions and the answers are a space of time

So take this music with you, wherever you travel in the Cosmos and be mindful of
what you think. Your blink destroys a universe.
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Uploaded: Oct 04, 2009 - 03:40:40 AM
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2009 - 03:40:40 AM Last Played: Nov 18, 2017 - 06:08:38 PM
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Narad said 2995 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Travel in the cosmos
Fine 3d work. :)
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Reinholt56 said 2994 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Hi Narad.......
Thanks for stopping by to listen, and your comments.

I'll be going down the list of Space Race 2009 enrants later this evening to add my thoughts.

Take care.

MarkHolbrook said 2995 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Does this mean a double entry from you!? I loved the first one I listened to yesterday when MJ finally came alive...

I find your pieces are best listened to in really good headphones... to catch all the little nuances and hidden themes...

Great work again!
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Reinholt56 said 2994 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Hi Mark.....
This is my first entry. The previous upload, Terminus III, was a warm up that went wrong!! Ha ha. It was my least favourite to upload for the Challenge, so I uploaded it as a prequel to the proper entries that I will be submitting, as the days tick by.

Thanks for the kind comments. They give me encouragement to continue with this type of music.

Take care (and stay tuned for other entries).

Doug Somers said 2995 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
This has a wonderful light quality
that shimmers and swirls. It is absolutely gorgeous Paul. It's like a delicate light desert, a gossamer cloth in the sunlight.

Thanks for the new addition to my collection.

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Reinholt56 said 2994 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Hi Doug........
Thank you for those wonderful words. I've had to listen to the piece again, with your thoughts in mind. I see/hear where you're coming from.

Glad you enjoyed the mix.

Take care.

sloparts said 2995 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Paul, you have a way with sound
You can make visions in the mind when you do this kind of thing, and visions are what I see. I see the vastness of the Universe laid out before me and the beauty and terror that lies and waits for those brave enough to test themselves on such a grand scale.

Wonderful sound stage Paul, Bravo

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Reinholt56 said 2994 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Hi Ed.....
Your words about making visions whilst listening to this type of music are very true. I think that this is one of the reasons that I churn them out as I do. I have a vivid imagination and I can translate some of this into my soundscapes. If others see a vision that is a wonderful bonus to me.

Take care.

Ex_Silentio said 2995 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Garden of Forking Paths
Very nice "non-developing" piece of space ambient. And I hope you know that I mean that as a compliment. Interesting choice in choosing not to add low tones. Lots of texture in the midrange drone, and very spacious. It is light and optimistic. I enjoyed your description, as well. Now I must go and collapse some wave functions and create some universes.
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Reinholt56 said 2994 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Hi Duane....
Be careful how those wave functions collapse. They can lead to unexpected results unless you are superpositioned to the norm....where you can appreciate all bets for probable outcomes. State space is an even wilder frontier that outer space.....

The way I work, I produce many mixes with various synth setting changes, then work on the one that catches my fancy. All others sit there for any length of time until I come across them or have a period of less creativity. This last few weeks was that sort, so I trawled my folders and came up with this. Reworked it and uploaded.

The non-developing mode was 'safe' for me in this mix, but hey, things may change....Ha ha..

The garden metaphore has resonance, but that's another story/soundscape.....

Take care.

Lennon714 said 2995 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Thought provoking
description pushed along nicely with the music. I almost think it would be cool to have you read the description over the music and post it like that.
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Reinholt56 said 2994 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Hi 714......
Your idea about me reading out the description was good, but my voice, even talking, would clear a building. It somehow grates against normalcy, so I decided against it, before I uploaded. It did go through my mind though, as I typed the words.

Maybe I could make more of a monologue and someone could read the words out for me, with the music in the background. Mmmmmm.

Take care.

Henke said 2994 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
What, only 3.26?
I could have listened a lot longer, got to put it on repeat... (Thanks for the download!) Like Doug said it has a lighter quality than many of your deep space tunes. I find myself recently landed on a new planet full of beautiful and innocent plants and animals like airy birds, butterflies and insects (nice ones ;-) fluttering in the sun(s)light.

Thanks for the story of Cerberus (or Kerberos as we say in the computer world), food for thought...

Take care.

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Reinholt56 said 2993 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Hi Henke.......
I too am familiar with the Kerberos but just hadn't put two and two together to come up with any key....

Your thoughts about where this piece take you are very evocative and maybe I'll listen again and join you, wherever your journey took you.

The length.........maybe I'll do a longer version at some stage. I usually have one in the wings somewhere but this time my folders are extended-version-less.

Take care.

Vic Holman said 2994 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
sailing to the sun. most of the stuff of yours that i have heard usually has a calmness in approach. this catches the essence very nicely!
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Reinholt56 said 2993 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
Hi Vic.......
Thanks for stopping by to listen....This piece, I think, was created in my normal way, with me producing a MIDI track and then arranging instruments along it, and when I arrive at a point where things fit/move together nicely, I stop work. This is probably the reason why bass is more or less absent. I must have gone through my Leads, PADs and any Percussion and missed the Bass section. Oh well..

Take care.

davajonah said 2988 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
This is right up my street! Very gentle, beautiful. Love all the twinkling synths and the dog barks. Short, but very sweet. Really, really nice. Kudos.
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Reinholt56 said 2988 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Hi Dave.......
There was no conscious intent in gentle stuff for this piece. I just tweak instruments until I like something and then go with the sounds until 'some' tracks fit together in a way that I like. Lucky really. It could change with my next uploaded piece.

Thanks for your kind words.

Take care.

drakonis said 2988 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
The howl of the universe
Very very cool synth sounds here. The background "howl/bark" reminds me a little of the heavily muffled barks in Pink Floyd's "Animals" album, except yours are more like "space dogs" and still very recognizable as barks. So I hear Cerberus offering his warning. This was very soothing, but not in a sleepy way, more in an alert-wakefulness way. Well done, as always, Paul!
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Reinholt56 said 2986 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
Hi Eduard.......
The Floyd memory is one I hear. I've been recently having a Floyd moment, or more like hours, as I catch up on all I missed of theirs both in music and video, so I've been immersed for a while in psychodelia of the original kind.

Take care.

aRcTip said 2273 days ago (September 26th, 2011)
As for the upcoming Space Race Challange 2011, I had a peek at the 2009 entries. And my god this one is so good! Just lovely atmosphere, sounds and subtle melodies. It's got to be my favourite track of yours. Downloaded.
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Reinholt56 said 2273 days ago (September 26th, 2011)
Hi aRcTip.....
I remember the feel of it and I've probably put together a couple more with similar rhythms and content. I'm going to search my drive for other versions.

There were some brilliant entries in this challenge. I enjoyed every entry in the list.

Take care.

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