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Desert Dance II (MJRF2010)


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Summary: This is a re-work of Desert Dance, a LIOLI entry from 2007. It now starts slowly and quietly, but finishes full of energy. I imagined walking through the dry barren hills after sunset, with a myriad of stars coming out overhead, to eventually come upon a small village celebrating around a golden fire in the night.

A subwoofer or low full range speakers/headphones helps.

Further comments:
It's interesting going back to earlier musical work after a couple of years to see what, if anything, I could do to now bring benefit to the early creation. I find there are elements I like in the early stuff and other aspects that I know are not quite right but I a) couldn't figure out what the 'missing ingredient' was, even though I knew there was a hole there somewhere, and b) I did know what was missing but couldn't get a solution to work. The other thing I have learned about myself is c) being too lazy to make improvements because they are going to be 'too hard to do'. The latter has been great learning for me since the effort of resistance is often more than the effort to just get on with it.

In Desert Dance I explored what I thought were middle-eastern influences, although I am not really knowledgeable about the various styles of music of the cultures from the Mediterranean to points further east. The original piece was supposed to be entered in a LIOLI event that was to use some Beathive loops. I think by the time I joined MacJams the LIOLI event had already run its course. :)

The first incarnation came together pretty quickly as it was all crafted out of loops from Beathive and Jam Packs. In listening to it again, I thought I would make it a little longer and let a bit more repetition happen to leave space for a buildup and transition to new themes. There was other repetition that I wanted to take out of some of the loops, like the Oud, where in this version it now almost duels in counterpoint to the Turkish Saz. There is now also more EQ around lead instruments to bring them out better and a more uniform wet/dry balance. The Jin Hu Om melody is new and was hand crafted to replace the original mandatory LIOLI loop in the first version.

I also thought of adding a modulation after the second flute theme, and carrying on with a new melody but decided to keep this incarnation about the original length for the dance section - it seems tidier and I had no clear inspiration as to where to take it further.

The intro is the largest change here. It is a slow build to the dance, like walking through the dry barren hills after sunset, with a myriad of stars coming out overhead, to eventually come upon a small village celebrating around a golden fire in the night. If you hear a Dead Can Dance or Jack Wall (Myst Exile) influence I wouldn't deny it. The Duduk you hear is from QL Silk, and is loop-like in that I didn't have to play each articulation. While I might have had a go myself with selecting and playing from the zillions of Duduk note samples Silk provides, see item c) above. :) The first vocal is from QL Voices of Passion, Syrian, and is also loop like in nature. I decided to use electronic sounds in the intro since they were in version 1 with the main dance theme, and I like the fusion feel and tension they create as a morphing drone under the natural sounding Duduk and VOX. Most of these drone sounds are JP synths, and I also used the Death Song Stormdrone from QL Goliath. I finally hand crafted some beats and added more shakers, a little African choir for low vocals, and some further VOP accents from the American voice. It is all mastered in Ozone 4.

I know that in this piece, the style is similar to Guillo Pran ton Tambourin that I worked on in Nov/09. I guess that just shows the influence of this style of music in my work over the last 3 years and where my head is right now - my 'world fusion phase'.

The artwork is a digital painting I made from picture from a travel photo site.

I'm not sure this is really middle eastern music, but it's the closest genre I could find.

Enjoy the festival!!!
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Comments
dirigent said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Outstanding atmosphere
Brilliant how you succeed in creating this special vibe, that makes this track breathtaking.
Superb sound, excellent mix (I listened quite loud - with a subwoofer).
Great concept, very cool stuff, much enjoyed :-)
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Subwoofer + Volume
First, thanks for the glowing remarks! So glad you were able to hear it full spectrum and that it works in so many ways for you.

Cheers Andreas,
Doug
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davajonah said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
I love this!
And I don't care if it's not strictly speaking "Middle Eastern", it's just wonderful! I'm a big fan of people trying to do "melange" style music. I do it myself - have a listen if you like:

http://www.macjams.com/song/46669

You've done the "world fusion" genre a great service here. I had to download. Nice one Doug.
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Cheers Mr. Jones
Doing world fusion a great service - Whew, that's quite the compliment. I'll gladly take it although I might argue about just how much service. Still, it's great fun isn't it to mix things about? Falafel is brilliant BTW. Do I sense a world music collab in the wind ..... :)

Thanks so much, glad you so enjoyed it.

Doug
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Bowman said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
What
a warm and beautiful soulful intro it is Doug. One of your most beautiful creations.

The rest of the work is a kind of joyful middle-eastern funk that I thoroughly enjoyed. The mix is quite wonderful and you're really making great use combining Silk with your other software.

You seem to have a natural feel for what you call world fusion.
A great listen.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Natural feel
I guess it's better to have a natural feel for a genre than an unnatural feel :) There is something in this style that I like, perhaps just the different instrumental sounds and the scales, and of course the solid rhythms.

Silk is a great package that I am only scratching the surface of. I have to slow down a bit (maybe need more IC42 music) and really learn to 'play' the instruments in all their depth and articulations that Silk offers.

Thanks Charlie - glad this tune spread some of its warmth for you!

Doug
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TERRAPLANE said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Thanks
for the journey !! DL..ed
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
A Dload is always a high compliment
So glad you liked it your journey. My next career is going to be a musical travel agent service.

Be well,
Doug
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ic42 said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Alien Deserts
There is something otherworldly here... perhaps the melding of styles that sound IndoAfriTurkiSinoGanistan... thus perhaps some other desert world than ours, but vaguely familiar. Really intoxicating vibe, and I love the buildup. Fusion it is, with the heat of fission. I know of the hesitation of revisiting older things, but each time I do this, I learn a lot and have fun. It sounds like you did too! This is great.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Elektro-IndoAfriTurkiSinoGanistan-pop
Nice call Eduard on all the influences here. Revisiting this particular piece was not something I had intended to do. There are others on my list ahead of it to improve, and yet here it is. I would have made a video but by the time I got my camera the place was .... deserted .. ?

Muchas gracias,
Doug
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Doadars Uncle said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Nicely Orchestrated!
Yes, warm! This has a very good feel to it. I like the transitions.
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Transitions
Thanks for the comments Doug. I was wondering as I recrafted the intro how I was going to slide into the previous piece without having to rework it too much. As it worked out, that transition seemed to be OK, but it took a lot more thought and care than I would have predicted.

Enjoy the warmth, and thanks again!
Doug
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ktb said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Desert Dance II
I would think it must be a real joy to retool something this involved. And of course have it sound this good :-) Exotic, and rich in texture. The beginning had me completely immersed.
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
The Joy of Retooling
Yes, this was fun to revisit. There were a lot of elements of the original, even with the fact it was a loops contest entry, that I did like. There were a lot though that could be improved, and I know that this incarnation takes it part of the way there. Maybe if there is a Desert Dance III I will go back and remove the loops with my own playing - who knows.

It's nice to hear about our immersion in the texture of the piece. It's my composer's wish.

Take care,
Doug
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sloparts said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
What an amazing
musical palette this is Doug. The rhythms and sounds fill the night air as you travel through the desert in search of adventure and romance. (or maybe just a gourd of water and a place to lay down for the night)

Anyway, I really like this new version, even though I've never heard the original. A very cool piece of music my friend, I love it.

Ed
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Gourd of Water
I don't think I would ever do a great job surviving being thrust into a hostile environment since I tend to think about them in a romantic, isn't that a cool place, kind of way. I never thought of having to worry about water!

Glad you liked it Ed. And thanks for stopping by with such kind remarks.

Doug
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guygrooves said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Doug this is brilliant!
I am going to suggest a girlfriend of mine (who is a beginner belly dancer) check this out. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of art.
Peace
Guy
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
I'm flattered
that you would pass this on to your friend. I hope she likes it and it brings a little life into her dancing. It's too bad that this is so short since the danceable bit is really only half the piece.

Many thanks for your generous remarks Guy,
Doug
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bud said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Wow - what a trip - literally
Love what you have here - so energetic and evocative. Great mix of elements and killer production. What fun. I really like the tuned drums or deep gamelan or something near the end.
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Hey Bud!
Those tuned drums are one of the elements I remember you commented on in the first version years ago. They are from one of the Beathive loops I think called Dark Bells or something like that. I thought they were just weirdly cool and stuck them into the first version.

Thanks for coming back to hear v2, and for your supportive commentary.

Be well,
Doug
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Sigmund said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Desert Dance II
Your intro is wonderfully expressive. All of the various percussion parts fit so well together. And it sounds like all your instrumentation, well, belongs. I know I have a tendancy to overuse (or abuse) a new or different type of instrument, but here every part sounds like it was played by a master of that instrument. Probably because it was!

Nice work Doug - really enjoyed this one. Thanks for sharing!
Sig
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Master of the Instruments
Certainly the QL packages have masters who play or sing, so I love to ride on their coattails. That duduk in the intro is gorgeous to me, and I can only take the credit for plunking it into the track. Even the inspiration to use a duduk came from the game Myst Exile, and I've been entranced ever since.

Thanks Sigmund for having a listen and being so generous with your note.

Doug
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Outtaorbit said 2610 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
I should write something smart and hip.....
but this is just really nice and incredible.
Nicely done
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
I thank you
for the directness of your comment. It means a lot just as you said it. I'm pleased that this piece connected for you.

Merci!
Doug
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Skean said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Pure art
The song as your picture is pure art, what a journey you given us, cheers bro.
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Art
Thanks Kent, both about the painting and the tune. I hope things are improving for you my friend.

Be well!
Doug
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SlimGirlFat said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Fabulous
I totally love this!

Slimmie
Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Hey Slimmie
Nice to have you come by. It's always great to entertain those who take time to have a listen.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts
Doug
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TobinMueller said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Visual visceral journey
I enjoyed reading your notes in the song description are, especially how reworking older material enabled you to discover things about yourself and your relationship with your music. The build had, for me, a narrative that made the work become visual and compelling. Some of your lead instrumental choice were so happy, celebratory, which I enjoyed more than the chordal instruments loops, but a very nice mix. Thanks for sharing all your thoughts.
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Doug Somers said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Visual visceral journey
Love how you sum up the piece Tobin. It's interesting to me that some artists like to make a statement about the work and how it affected them in its creation, and others just put it out there - a piece is what it is after all.

It's interesting too that you use the words happy and celebratory, which I never thought of consciously but now realise are clearly part of the whole feel to the piece. The dance is about celebration, joy, life - regardless where you are in the world.

Many thanks for your kind words and insightful remarks.

Doug
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scaustrita said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Middle East
You captured the sound flawlesly
I love those progressive rthym I can feel the journey

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Doug Somers said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Another Journeyman
Thanks for the comments - glad I could send you on a bit of a journey, if only for a little while. At least we covered a lot of distance!!

Doug
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davisamerica said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
wow doug
andreas really nailed down everything I would like to repeat here..."brilliant....breath taking .... superb sound and mix ... excellent" X2 ... great track
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Doug Somers said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Thanks Jack
You're very kind. And I get a times 2 multiplier. Woo Hoo!!!

Cheers,
Doug
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Moviz said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Well Doug
I just wanted this to go on and on and on.... I thoroughly enjoyed it the sounds, instruments, production, the lot; just loved it, cheers M
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Doug Somers said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Bonsoir Maurice
Very gentlemanly of you to say so. Maybe someday this will become a longer study (MJRF 2020?).

Cheers,
Doug
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Vic Holman said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
desert
you did such a fantastic job, that this song practically becomes visual.

excellent!
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Doug Somers said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
If visual is what you get
then that works for me. I sometimes have a very clear picture in mind for what I'm writing about but for this the picture only came into focus as I was writing my tome for the comments at the top of the page!

Thanks for your support Vic.

Doug
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Cameron said 2609 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Beautiful unfoldment...
...of exotic sounds. You've created room for them to breathe and grow. There's lots going on but it never feels cluttered.

This is one of those beguiling tracks which could go on MUCH longer than this little gem. It's wonderful as is but I wanted it to go on longer; so many wonderful themes and sounds that you could develop further -- so that it would become more timeless, more trance- meditation-like.

Lovely production, thoroughly enjoyed!
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Doug Somers said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Beguiling
there's a word I resonate with. Thanks Cameron, I will probably give this a more serious going over at some point in the future that will explore some new theme development and lengthen the piece. Right now I want to do something a little more symphonic.

Thanks for your well considered comments and for having a listen.

Be well,
Doug
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VicDiesel said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
That's a large ensemble
ranging through quite a few eastern countries. I like the synthetic dance synths underlying the ethnic instruments. Cool.
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Doug Somers said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Whilst it is repetitious
I do like the dance synth too - it is a bit of a trademark of this piece I think.

Thanks for coming by!

Doug
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SISTERS said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
wow wow wow
gosh darn, doug - that was an AWESOME presentation! from the delicious intro, to the gorgeous female lament, to the pickup in pace, to the amazing instrumental voices - i LOVE every single drop of this piece. faved, downloaded, and placed on the NOW THIS IS REALLY GOOD list. enjoyed this immensely - anne


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Doug Somers said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Deep Bow to You Anne
It warms the 'cockles of my heart' to hear your enthusiastic comments.

Many thanks,
Doug
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richard13 said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
The description is almost as long as the tune
and I love it like that. Thanks Doug for the informative background. The piece itself is, I think, familiar but your remix kicked it up a notch. I too love to hear artists mix unexpected or "foreign" instruments in with somewhat more common ones. Nice track (I'm looking forward to hearing it again with better sound). Thanks.
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Doug Somers said 2607 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Long Description
Yes, I can get pretty wordy. This time I thought I would do a bit of a brain dump on what led to the changes and my artistic intent.

If you're listening with earbuds or computer speakers without a sub then you should hear quite a difference with something more full range.

Thanks for the comments Richard! Appreciate the gesture.

Doug
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Gaylen75 said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Although my passions
in ethnic music are limited they run deep. Jai Uttal is a great influence and a pretty nice guy too. It never shows but for my desire to remain open to new sounds. You have really captured my attention and I hope to find more rich emotional music from you. Thanks for sharing.
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Doug Somers said 2607 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Open to New Sounds
I'd like to think I share that direction with you. I'm listening to Jai Uttal at the moment and I can see why you're influenced by his work.

Thanks for your support and kind remarks Gaylen.

Cheers,
Doug
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Diviner said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Nice and deep
Short and sweet, this is very well put together Doug, really enjoyed this. I love this kind of ethnic mismash that you do so well. Nice one Doug.
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Doug Somers said 2607 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Ethnic Mishmash
Good phrase - it captures the style well. Interesting that you and moorlandt both used the word deep for this one. I'll take that as a good thing :) Cheers Keith, I value your comments on this as they come from one of the Tansemusikmeisters of MJ.

Doug
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moorlandt said 2608 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
This is
very good and very deep. Sorry, I'm too lazy to read the long introduction, but WTF. My ears tell me this is a true delicatesse. Fusion everything as it should be. A brilliant journey that could last way longer for me. Best I've heard the last few days.
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Doug Somers said 2607 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Long intro
Ya, well it is a stream of consciousness brain dump so I don't expect you to read it (that's why I started it with a summary :)

Thank you for the kind remarks Walter. Cheers.

Doug


Off to ponder what is deep that you and diviner hear in this piece....
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Mcboy said 2607 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
very
evocative and pro sounding...a rich tapestry of tonal colors and exciting rhythms...thoroughly enjoyed...had me moving in my chair during the hypnotic rhythm sequence...kool!
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Doug Somers said 2607 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Chair dancing
I know what you mean - some tunes you just have to tap your foot, some tunes you have to move more than that even if you are sitting down. I'm glad this connected enough with you to be one of the latter.

Thanks for your kind words.

Be well,
Doug
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billykirsch said 2606 days ago (February 5th, 2010)
Feet tapping the floor...
There's no better proof this must be good! Full of images and rhythm. I saw a short movie while listening.
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Doug Somers said 2606 days ago (February 5th, 2010)
Images
A lot of visual people here at MJ where music represents images and stories. Cool!

Glad we got those toes tapping along. Thanks for your comments Billy.

Take care,
Doug
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FEEL said 2605 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Gorgeous composition
This sounded fantastic on my computer system, the bass was just enough coming from the woofer without overwhelming the instrumentals. Enjoyed.
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Doug Somers said 2605 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Thanks man
I find that with my iPhone earbuds this piece sounds quite different because of the frequencies that get cut and I think some are boosted as well due to resonances. I mixed it on far field speakers + subwoofer that are set up across the room from my monitor, which is not ideal but then it's given me pretty good results when my tunes are played on other systems.

I'm really glad you liked the balance and the overall effect. Thanks for letting me know.

Be well!
Doug
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T_Being_esq said 2605 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Well constructed
and put together. It is great to work with just loops, really hones the mixing skills.
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Doug Somers said 2605 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Thanks T
Loops can be great as inspiration and time saving for sure. This piece used loops from the original incarnation plus other tracks I laid down 'directly'. Like you say, using loops does allow focus on both what I play and certainly on the mixing process.

Thanks for your supportive remarks!

Doug
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lengold said 2604 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
I remember
enjoying this the first time round. Can it really be two and a half years ago? I love that loop.
This has taken the original concept to a much deeper level and sounds wonderful. Great track.
Cheers
Len

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Doug Somers said 2604 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
2 1/2 years ago
Time flies! I find the rate of production of new music is going down, but the intricacy is going up. Thanks for your enthusiastic note Len. I appreciate you coming by again for version 2!

Cheers,
Doug
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dave_b said 2604 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Desert Dance II
An intricate tapestry woven skillfully from carefully chosen threads. The percussion is a high point for me. Definitely rocks the Casbah.
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Doug Somers said 2604 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Threads in a tapestry
I love your metaphor. There is a selection process to be sure, which is when I feel more like arranger or producer than a composer. Still, the whole thing is a load of fun no matter what we call it. The next piece I compose will be all played from the keyboard I suspect, so it will be longer in gestation.
Until then,

Thanks Dave.
Doug
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DWL said 2600 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
Wonderful
So much going on yet everything holds together so well.

Really nicely done.

Cheers

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Doug Somers said 2600 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
Lots of sonic activity
Thanks so much Dick. I'm glad you liked the piece and I appreciate your comments!

Cheers,
Doug
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paul f. page said 2597 days ago (February 14th, 2010)
Amazing.
What they said...and more. You've created not only a "visual mix," but and entire screenplay. This is just so well-thought-out on every level. Always excellent choice of instruments (flutes, middle-eastern-sounding vocalizations, percussion, etc.)... The care you have taken with this number is exquisite, Doug....Only one nit to pick: ending is awfully abrupt, esp. after having laid out such a rich storyline. ... I thoroughly enjoyed this composition. You are a man of many MANY talents and with amazing creative energy. Just wonderful.
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Doug Somers said 2595 days ago (February 16th, 2010)
Whew!
I don't know how to respond, other than to thank you sincerely for such kind words. I am so glad to enjoy what I do musically, and to have it bring joy to others is the icing on the cake.

I will at some point rework the second part of this so that the themes are more developed, but for now I'm working on a cinematic mood piece and a classical overture. I don't expect either to be finished any time soon. :)

Thanks again Paul. Your words mean a lot.

Peace,
Doug
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2589 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
This is...
... fabulous. A lot of people attempt to bring a Middle-Eastern quality to their songs but I don't hear many who can really capture the "feel." You captured it here! This is one of the neatest tracks I've heard.

Brought back a lot of great memories of when I was in Syria... especially Al-Hamidiya (a famous place for walking and shopping for oldies): http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/2535647.jpg

Thanks for the ride, I wish it was longer.
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Doug Somers said 2589 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
Longer ride next time
Maybe MJRF 2020? Thanks so much for your comments, particularly where they come from a place of personal experience. I enjoyed the photo too! Perhaps some day I will visit that part of the world.

Be well,
Doug
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ste said 2534 days ago (April 18th, 2010)
mid eastern
sounds aren't contrived like they could have been. love the rhythms and everything else too
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Doug Somers said 2533 days ago (April 19th, 2010)
Thanks ste
Very kind words, and much appreciated ... although I never argue with people who write songs about bouncers......

Doug
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Narad said 2532 days ago (April 20th, 2010)
Desert dance
Fantastic tune ! Such colored multitude of world elements fused in a very enjoyable music ! Kudos !
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Doug Somers said 2531 days ago (April 21st, 2010)
Hi Harald
It's nice to know that there are other fans of world fusion out there. Many thanks for your kind support!

Doug
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Jarvoid said 2526 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Makes me
think of Iranian comic Omad Jalili ( I probly hant spelt that rite ) who will suddenly say 'but remeber Iranians dance likee this' and do a sudden shimmy to a burst of spectacular Middle Eastern music similar to this.It is fun and fantastic,love it.Now where can I hitch me camel?
Doug Somers said 2523 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
Camel hitching post
Hey Chris, thanks for the generous comments. I took a quick look on Youtube at Omid and found he's pretty funny.

Appreciate you stopping by.

Be well,
Doug
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ShadowofNine said 2524 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Simply Stunning
A magnificent sound scape, I feel the desert wind and the tribes moving slowly methodically along the desert road...Bravo
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Doug Somers said 2523 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
Another storyteller
I just came from Ghosts of Thailand and while it differs in presentation, it is similar in it's narrative style. Thanks for the very kind words and for taking the time to have a listen and leave a comment or two.

Best wishes,
Doug
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