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Song of Mbira (Updated)

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This is an updated version of a previously posted song. The main change in this version occurs in the choral section. It seemed a little out of place so I changed the rhythm in the voices, added additional percussion and some vocal grunts (for lack of a better word). The latter was missing in the previous version but was in the original version that I recorded years ago so I guess I just kept hearing it in my head and wanted it back in there. o get the effect I just recorded myself eight times then stacked the recording and spread them out over the stereo field.

Other than that there are a couple of very subtle changes, but mostly it's pretty much true to the previous version.
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Uploaded: Mar 04, 2010 - 12:46:15 AM
Last Updated: Mar 04, 2010 - 12:46:15 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 10:10:56 AM
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futzpucker said 2611 days ago (March 4th, 2010)
You nailed it
I love this piece. Such a great job of evoking the savannah. Great clarity in the mix, excellent uses of all sonic tools - you made excellent decisions while composing, arranging, and mixing this. Really well done, Graham. Thanks for the gift.
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Skean said 2611 days ago (March 4th, 2010)
Song of Mbira
Is a nice journey, very pro sounding, I love it, thanks for this, dld.
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magnatone said 2611 days ago (March 4th, 2010)
oh WOW
I loved v1 - wouldn't have thought it could be improved on, but you DID! this is just excellent graham!
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ktb said 2611 days ago (March 4th, 2010)
loved v1. This steps it up again. The grunts reminded me of Civilization (the game). It evokes a world soundtrack that floats in the background and inspires imagery.
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Ed Hannifin said 2609 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Well, okay....
...yeah... I'll put three versions of this tune into my MacJams Favorites playlist... why not?.... I'll play them back to back while toodling around town to return my library books and pick up guitar strings....

As is always the case with your stuff, there's just a cool quality to the tonalities here, and in the headphones this is almost a demonstration track of a wraparound stereo field...
Hickling_Stan said 2583 days ago (April 1st, 2010)
very engaging
Enjoyed this a lot. So much going on and will listen again on headphones when get back home
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ste said 2565 days ago (April 19th, 2010)
pro sounding
job. love the whole rhythms of the piece. brings you in. lovely instrumentation. great job
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kassia said 2564 days ago (April 20th, 2010)
how did I miss this??
wow I'm even more behind on listening than I thought I was. I love that atmospheric opening leading into the great thumb piano(?) and the gradual addition of different percussion textures is awesome. so many incredible moving, weaving layers. and your production of this is outstanding - even with all that's going on, it never feels crowded or compressed. those vocals are great. very very cool Graham.
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richard13 said 2559 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Absolutely wonderful
If you are having fun again, then we are all in for a treat -- or several ;-)
Thanks for the re-work Graham: it's terrific. And for the d/l.
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Ex_Silentio said 2559 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
I'm glad I came across this. Absolutely top notch. So well thought out and produced. A beauty.
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Parichayaka said 2487 days ago (July 6th, 2010)
The musical scope...
of this is amazing! Grand and with its own indigenous pride and awesome power. Fantastic. I remember liking your previous version but this really blew me away. All the subtleties are mixed in so beautifully from beginning to the end. I rarely download tracks, but this one I've got to have!
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VicDiesel said 2486 days ago (July 7th, 2010)
Dance all over the world
All it takes is two thumbs and some metal strips to lay down a groove.

Very nice!

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Symphony101 said 2466 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
I loved this.
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Mckenzie said 2466 days ago (July 27th, 2010)
beautifully produced
a pleasure to listen to, thank you!
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papag said 2438 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
in the bush
transported to the place...fav'd and dl'd
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Philip18 said 2107 days ago (July 21st, 2011)
What a beautiful scene you create in this piece. Interesting variety of instruments and a beautifully clear sound. I love the interplay between the instruments and the changes in tone that you get. The sound effects near the end are well integrated. Much enjoyed!
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